by KPR Intern Nathan Clem
Kansas Public Radio is issuing changes to its programming schedule, effective July 1, 2017.
These changes will expand the station’s news coverage, while still providing hours of classical, jazz and folk music each week. Listeners can now tune into All Things Considered until 7 p.m. on weeknights, followed by classical music until 9 p.m. and jazz programming from 9 to midnight. Weekend news coverage has also been expanded. KPR is hoping that these changes will create more consistency while still offering the eclectic programming that the station is known for.
Here is a comprehensive list of the changes:
• All Things Considered will be extended to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will also air on Sunday at 4 p.m.
• Weekend Edition Saturday will be extended to 10 a.m., as Car Talk will be dropped from the KPR schedule.
• Classical music will air from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 7-9 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• The Jazz Scene will move from Saturday afternoons to Monday evenings from 9 p.m.-midnight.
• Trail Mix will now air on both Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. (not repeat episodes)
• The Retro Cocktail Hour will also air both Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 p.m. (not repeat episodes)
• A new show, Conversations, hosted by KPR Director Dan Skinner, will air on Sunday mornings at 6 a.m. on KPR2.
• Jazz With David Basse will now air Saturday AND Sunday 9 p.m.-midnight.
• A Night on the Town (previously Saturdays 9-10 p.m.) is being dropped from the KPR schedule, as host/producer George Harter retired from producing new shows last year.
• KPR Presents will move one hour earlier - Sundays at 6 p.m. - with an encore broadcast Saturdays at 6 a.m.
• The investigative journalism series Reveal (presently airing on KPR2) will be added Sundays 6-7 a.m.
"In part, this is budget driven. We’ll be letting go of some shows - Car Talk, Pipedreams, Hearts of Space, etc. - in an effort to lower our annual programming costs. In addition, these changes will afford us an opportunity to create some efficiencies within our schedule,” said KPR Director of Programming Darrell Brogdon.
• Archived episodes of Car Talk will continue to be available at CarTalk.com and on the KPR app.
• Music from the Hearts of Space can still be heard Sundays, at www.hos.com. Sign up for a free account and hear each week's show on Sundays (only), anytime, all day. In addition, Hearts of Space offers a subscription service with 24/7 access to over 1,000 Hearts of Space shows, and eight continuous play channels. KANU Listeners can receive 25 percent off any subscription until September 30, 2017. Apply the promotion code KANU at checkout. (Subsequent renewals, If any, are at regular rate).
• Episodes of Pipedreams can be heard online at pipedreams.publicradio.org/.
KPR's programming schedule is available HERE (KPR) and HERE (KPR2) and will be updated with the new changes on July 1.