By Jacob Stockinger
Are we classical music fans who live in Wisconsin lucky or what?
Wisconsin Public Radio already provides us with a much higher-than-average amount of classical music than most public radio stations around the country. And now WPR director Mike Crane has announced that, starting this Friday, two more classical music programs will be added.
Here is the official press release that also asks for listener feedback. (The Ear likes the Sunday changes but would still like WPR to air Terry Gross’ “Fresh Air” interviews earlier in the day – preferably mid-afternoon– and not over the dinner hour; and also to air Bill McGlaughlin’s “Exploring Music” as part of the weekday morning music schedule.)
“Beginning Friday, August 17, Wisconsin Public Radio will introduce some changes to our weekend schedule. They include two new programs and new times for some old favorites on our News and Classical Music stations and regular slots for two of public radio’s most popular programs on our Ideas Network stations.
“News & Classical Music Schedule Changes: Listeners to our News & Classical Music stations will enjoy two new music programs and have the opportunity to hear some of our most popular programs at new times.
“On Saturdays, “To the Best of Our Knowledge” is moving to 6 a.m. Weekend Edition Saturday will continue to be heard 7-9 a.m. followed by a special edited version of Michael Feldman‘s “Whad’Ya Know?” (below) called the “Whad’Ya Know? Radio Hour” at 9 a.m.
“On Sundays, “To the Best of Our Knowledge” will air for an hour at 6 a.m. Weekend Edition Sunday will continue to be heard 7-9 a.m. followed by another hour of “To the Best of Our Knowledge” at 9 a.m.
“Then, from 10 a.m. to noon, we’ll offer a fresh approach to classical music called “Sunday Brunch.”
“Finally, at 8 p.m., we’re adding “From the Top,” a national showcase of young classical performers hosted by classical pianist Christopher O’Riley (below, with a young gues), who is known for his transcription of rock songs by Radiohead, which he has performed at the Wisconsin Union Theater.
“At 9 p.m. the overnight classical music will start — an hour earlier than the current schedule.
Ideas Network Schedule Changes Listeners to our Ideas: Network stations will experience fewer schedule changes, but we think you’ll be just as excited about them.
“On Friday nights at 7 p.m., the second hour of “On Point” will be replaced by the popular story-telling program, “The Moth Radio Hour.”
“On Saturday afternoons, we’re replacing our rotating one-hour specials with the show that made science fun, “RadioLab,” at 3 p.m. Both of these programs have found time on our airwaves in the past, now we’re pleased to offer them as a regular part of our weekend line up.
Let Us Know What You Think
“We considered a number of options when making these changes – find answers to frequently asked questions on our website. We are excited about “From the Top,” “Radiolab” and “The Moth Radio Hour” and the new schedule, and we hope that you will tune in and let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Audience Services at 1-800-747-7444.”