Studio 360 is closing its circle.
The long-running arts and culture program hosted by Kurt Andersen is ending production. The announcement was made earlier this month by PRX, Studio 360’s production and distribution partner.
Here at KUER, we were sad to hear the news. Studio 360 has been a staple of Sunday programming on our station since 2002. It also leaves an impressive radio legacy: immeasurable insight from in-depth explorations of creativity, an omnivorous approach to culture, and last but not least: the fascinating “American Icons” series.
Full disclosure: I’m not impartial here. For many years, I worked two cubicle rows down from Studio 360 at WNYC, where Kurt and I also worked briefly on a project. Still, I think it’s fair to say to his team, on behalf of the KUER community: Thank you for so many great years.
With Studio 360’s departure, several changes are coming to KUER’s weekend lineup, effective Saturday, Nov. 2.
- On Being moves to Sundays, 2-3 p.m. The program, which currently airs twice on Sundays (6am, 9pm) will move a single airing in Studio 360’s former slot. If you’re new to the show, On Being is a Peabody Award-winning conversation about the big questions of meaning, hosted by Krista Tippett.
- Weekend Edition returns to 6 a.m. start time. By popular demand, the kickoff of NPR’s weekend newsmagazine on Saturdays and Sundays will move back to 6 a.m. The program will still end at 10 a.m.
- Only a Game airs at 5 a.m. on Saturdays. With the restoration of Weekend Edition’s 6 a.m. hour, our weekend sports storytelling program will return to its former airtime at 5 a.m.
- Innovation Hub joins KUER’s lineup, Sundays at 9 p.m. KUER is proud to welcome this conversation-driven program hosted by Kara Miller. The program explores new avenues in education, science, medicine, transportation and more.
I’m excited about these changes. I hope you are, too. If you have questions or comments, please send me an email at email@example.com or call 801-581-6777.
Director of Programming and Promotion, KUER