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Summer Schedule Changes For RadioWest And More

Photo of the RadioWest team.
Austen Diamond for KUER

This summer, KUER’s signature show RadioWest will be taking a short hiatus from our broadcast schedule. Doug Fabrizio and his team will be stepping back from the program they’ve aired each weekday for 18 years to rethink and retool. The break will begin on May 27 and last a few months. In the meantime, here’s how to stay connected to Doug and the show before their return at the end of the summer.

In turn, KUER is making several changes to our program schedule, effective May 27. We’re featuring new and familiar programming in the parts of the schedule where you’ve grown used to hearing RadioWest. And, we’re reshaping our afternoon programming to air Marketplace (3 p.m.) and The Daily (3:30 p.m.) as soon as possible — and to ensure that All Things Considered is part of your evening commute from 4-7 p.m. View the full summer lineupand read below for an overview of the changes.

BBC OS airs 9a-10a (new!)

While RadioWest is on its break, give a listen to the BBC World Service program OS (or “Outside Source”) from 9-10 a.m. Nuala McGovern hosts this live broadcast from a small table in the middle of the vast newsroom at BBC’s headquarters in London. As a result, a mild ambience of news production can be heard throughout the show. Using BBC reporters and editors (and sometimes walking over to their desks with a wireless mic), Nuala rounds up the major global stories of the day.

Afternoon/Evening Drive

  • Marketplace moves to 3-3:30 p.m. Marketplace will now air earlier in the day — and shortly after the financial markets close in the Eastern time zone. Also: The show will now air live (rather than on tape delay), making it as essential as possible.
  • The Daily moves to 3:30-4:00 p.m. The radio version of The New York Times’ moving, popular podcast will also move earlier. KUER will air this almost as early as our broadcast window permits, to ensure the conversations led by Michael Barbaro are fresh and relevant.
  • All Things Considered starts at 4 p.m., ends at 7 p.m. ATC will now coincide with the bookends of traditional drive-time. We’re very excited to serve All Things Considered to commuters who travel during the entire 6 o’clock hour.

1A replays at 7-8 p.m. (a special version), Monday through Thursday (NEW!)

The Joshua Johnson-hosted daily from WAMU and NPR has been very popular with KUER listeners. Yet some folks inevitably miss the show because of its mid-morning timeslot. For the summer, we plan to air a one-hour, “evening version” of this show (which collects the best parts of the show’s two hours).

The New Yorker Radio Hour airs Fridays at 7-8 p.m. (NEW!)

Also, KUER will be trying out The New Yorker Radio Hour this summer. Hosted by editor David Remnick, NYRH is inspired by each week’s issue of the popular magazine -- and is just as compelling. In just four years, the show has become a very strong and powerful offering for public radio on the weekends. KUER will air the show “hot out of the oven,” shortly after its national release, so the news and analysis will be as fresh as possible.

Weekends: Only a Game and On Being move to 6 a.m.; Weekend Edition starts at 7 a.m. [Effective May 31/June 1]

Two great weekend programs that aired in the wee hours, Only a Game and On Being, will get a little more spotlight by airing an hour later at 6 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In turn, Weekend Edition will start an hour later at 7 a.m. on both days.

At KUER, we know that program schedule changes have to potential to disrupt your routine. We make changes as infrequently as possible. However, we also want to make KUER as strong and relevant as it can be. As always, I want to hear your thoughts on these changes -- what’s working, what’s not. Also, tell me what you think of new programs like OS and The New Yorker Radio Hour. Those shows are eager to reach KUER listeners, let me tell you, and I want to know if they’re up to your high standards.

As always, thank you for being a listener.

Joel Meyer

Director of Programming and Promotion, KUER

Joel joined KUER in 2018, following a westward journey from Chicago that involved a 14-year-old Chevy and a 17-year-old cat. (The car broke down. The cat survived.) As the station’s program director, he focused on KUER’s program schedule, promotional strategy and content development, including the recent reboot of the marquee program RadioWest and the launch of Preach, a joint podcast venture with PRX and CPB.
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