Coming Soon to a Radio Near You

The New Year will bring some new programs to our weekly lineup at St. Louis Public Radio with two shows joining our schedule beginning the weekend of January 7, 2012. There is some familiarity to each of these shows but this will mark the first time they will be heard weekly on the station.

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland

Joining our Saturday lineup beginning on January 7 at 1 p.m. will be Marketplace Money from American Public Media. Marketplace Money, with host Tess Vigeland, is part of the portfolio of programs from Marketplace including the Marketplace Morning Report (heard weekdays at 6:50 a.m.) and the evening program heard at 6 p.m. each weeknight.

Marketplace Money brings the week’s economic headlines home by looking at matters of personal finance with wit and wisdom. The weekly, hour-long program offers a mix of feature stories and segments to help people better manage, save, and spend money.

Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a familiar voice to Marketplace listeners. She is a longtime public radio veteran, both as a reporter and host. Vigeland served as host of Marketplace Morning Report for three and a half years and as substitute host on Marketplace. Prior to joining the team at Marketplace, Vigeland reported and anchored for Oregon Public Broadcasting radio and television in Portland and at WBUR radio in Boston.

Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson will continue on our schedule moving to a new time on Sunday at 1 p.m. Zorba Paster on Your Health will be leaving our schedule with its last broadcast on Sunday, January 1, 2012. Listeners will still be able to hear the program online at the Zorba Paster web site.

Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington

Also joining our line-up on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in January is Snap Judgment with Glynn Washington. We previewed SJ back in September with a short run during our Saturday special slot. The response from that short run convinced us to make room on a weekly basis for the program.

Described as storytelling … with a beat, Snap Judgment tells intriguing stories about extraordinary and defining events in people’s lives. The program’s raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another’s eye.

Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey – leaping from one person’s frying pan into another person’s fire. Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters. Snap Judgment’s fast-paced (sometimes dark, sometimes playful) narrative highlights people from across the globe who put everything on the line.

Below is a recent story from a broadcast that was recorded before a live audience (I was among the lucky ones to attend) in Washington, DC in early November. The story is from Noah St. John, a 15-year-old writer and actor who exploded onto the performance scene by winning the Youth Speaks Grand Slam Championship and representing the Bay Area at the Brave New Voices festival as only a sophomore in high school. Noah’s story is titled The Last Mile.

Beginning on January 8th, a one-hour version of The Tavis Smiley Show will air at 8 p.m. We’re very excited about these two new additions to the line-up and look forward to hearing from you in regard to these new programs.
We are adding a new daily program to the program schedule, moving one program’s broadcast time to an hour earlier. One program is going to have a name change. Effective January 2012, The Sound of Young America is evolving. As part of that evolution, the name of the show will change to “Bullseye.” The tone of the show will remain the same, but its sound design and non-interview content will be enhanced. Host Jesse Thorn will incorporate a new twist to the show, with the help of independent producer Roman Mars, who may be best known for his work with Snap Judgment.

Bullseye, (New name for the program formerly know as “The Sound of Young America”): Sunday, 1 to 2 p.m., beginning January 8, 2012

World Café, (Evening broadcast of this program moves to an hour earlier): Monday-Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., beginning January 9, 2012

Echoes,(New Program): Monday-Friday, 8 to 10 p.m., beginning January 9, 2012

Weekday evenings, Echoes helps you escape into a modern soundscape of evocative, ground-breaking music that crosses cultures, traditions and musical boundaries. Host John Dilberto guides you through the world of contemporary music, sharing his thoughts and featuring artists and events that are shaping contemporary music. Enjoy a lovely blend of instrumental, world fusion, impressionistic jazz and intimate Living Room Concerts recorded in artists’ homes. Produced by John Diliberto and Kimberly Haas.

About John Diliberto: John Diliberto is a nationally published writer and award-winning radio producer who has spent many years exploring and exposing new music. His productions have long featured space music, avant-garde, jazz and new wave sounds, culminating in the award-winning Totally Wired program, which directly preceded Echoes.

PROGRAM CHANGE ON Classical 90.7 KWMU-3:

Sunday Baroque, (New Program), Sundays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., beginning January 8, 2012

Sunday Baroque is a celebration of beloved and appealing music from the baroque era (1600-1750) and the years leading up to it. The music you’ll hear includes: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concertos, George Frideric Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and Water Music Suites, and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. You’ll hear their tuneful and lively music–and music by their talented contemporaries and predecessors–as part of the mix of familiar favorites and new surprises. Sunday Baroque offers great performances of their work by yesterday’s and today’s best performers. Fresh and inviting, genial and inspiring, and often surprisingly modern sounding, it’s the perfect accompaniment for this unique day of the week, whether you’re sleeping in, joining family and friends for a leisurely brunch, or relaxing alone with the Sunday paper and a cup of coffee. Host Suzanne Bona has been a classical music broadcaster since 1987 and is a professional, classically trained flutist.


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24 responses to “Coming Soon to a Radio Near You”

  1. William M. Fogarty, Jr., MD says :

    We are extremely sad to note the discontinuation of Zorba Pastor’s program. As a physician, I was amazed at his breathe of knowledge and ability to field questions on any topic in medicine. He never gave flippant or incorrect answers to patients’ questions and always showed respect for his callers. I think the community will be the poorer for this discontinuation.
    William M. Fogarty, Jr., MD

    • Robert Peterson says :

      Dr. Fogarty, thank you for listening to St. Louis Public Radio and for taking the time to comment on our upcoming program changes for early January 2012. I’m truly sorry to hear that you’re disappointed with one of our upcoming program changes that removes “Zorba Paster on Your Health” from the broadcast schedule. Over the years we’ve listened very carefully to the listeners, members, and community, and are very committed to evaluating our program schedule and service on a regular basis. And as much as we would like to please everyone all the time with our programming decisions, it is just not possible. Again, thank you for listening and sharing your comments.

    • Faith says :

      I cannot believe KWMU has made the decision to stop broadcast of Zorba Pastor, and I don’t understand why there are duplicate shows of “Wait wait don’t tell me” and “Car Talk.” Also, I am listening on Sunday evening, and noticed that “Smiley and West is gone, and yet there I can see no mention of this change either. These decisions seem like poor ones, and I was going to re-up my membership, and now am having second thoughts.

  2. Donna Walter says :

    I will also miss Zorba Pastor’s program.

  3. Hilary says :

    I’m very happy to see Snap Judgment added to the regular roster. It’s a wonderful show, with excellent story-telling. Frankly I’m glad to see Zorba Paster’s show go. That’s one I nearly always turn off. Contrary to the doctor above, I more than once heard him give incorrect or misleading/incomplete answers about conditions that I’m familiar with. (And I find the banter between Tom and him to be grating!) I am sad to see Smiley and West go. Always interesting, informative, and spirited discussions. I’ll have to try to see if there’s a podcast for that.

    • Robert Peterson says :

      Hilary, I’m pleased to hear that you’re looking forward to Snap Judgment joining the St. Louis Public Radio program schedule. Glynn Washington and his production team put together an outstanding program and will help to add greater diversity to the subjects and people featured on St. Louis Public Radio.

  4. Tracy says :

    I too will miss Zorba Pastor’s show. Though is laugh was like nails on a chalkboard, I really enjoyed running my weekend errands to the Car Talk of personal health.

  5. Becky Gagnon says :

    I also will miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Zorba. His answers are always knowledgeable but easy to understand. He also answers in a way that seems to give callers the confidence that they will be successful in dealing with their problem.

  6. Lynn Goode says :

    Zorba Paster’s show is one of my favorites. I hope KWMU reconsiders and airs the show again soon. I’m happy that World Cafe will be on more often. But I find much of the music on Echos eerie so I won’t be listening from 8pm – 10pm.

  7. Ed Bryant says :

    While I miss Zorba’s laugh and Tom Clark’s sarcarsm, I am very much looking forward to the new Marketplace show and Snap Judgement. I’m still waiting for KWMU Raps with Nelly and the St. Lunatics 😉

  8. Barbara Massello says :

    I mourn the loss of Zorba Pastor’s program. It’s cheerful entertaining, and informative. He and Tom are a delight. Having to listen online is a poor substitute. Nothing that’s coming in the way of new programming sounds especially good in comparison to Zorba and Tom. It’s obviously been popular here because nearly every week they take at least one call from someone in St. Louis.

  9. Walter Lehman says :

    I will also miss Zorba Pastor’s program. He and Tom were informative and entertaining.

  10. Brian Hall says :

    Add me to the list of people who will miss Zorba Paster. I didn’t catch his program on a regular basis, but I found it informative and entertaining when I did.

  11. Becky Gagnon says :

    Please remember that many of your listeners who live in a rural area don’t have access to high speed internet and so will not be able to listen to Dr. Zorba on-line.

  12. Sara says :

    Wow – I thought Zorba Pastor’s show was one of the best. I always tried to catch at least a portion of it each week while running kids around. I will miss it!

    I’m a member but don’t remember having been given the opportunity to “vote” for my favorite shows. Where is the feedback that you are referencing above coming from? I fill out all kinds of on-line surveys for various groups I belong too – why not give members the added benefit of being able to vote for their favorite programs on KWMU? Not that I necessarily think all programming decisions should be based on the survey, but it would give a better picture of what we want, I would think.

    • St. Louis Public Radio says :

      Thank you for your comments and suggestion that St. Louis Public Radio do an online survey. It is a very good and solid suggestion. You’re also correct that we would not want to make all our decisions based on a survey only. One way that we get specific member feedback about the programs they listen to and enjoy is through our on-air membership campaigns. Whether a person calls in or makes a pledge online, we ask for feedback about the programs. We also get emails, letters, and phone calls regarding our programs throughout the year. We also get audience data from NPR and through Arbitron surveys. It is critical for us to know how people are listening to our station and the programs we provide. We take all of the information gathered and provided, and make the best informed decision possible. We truly want to serve you and the rest of the community with the finest public radio has to offer. – Robert B. Peterson III – Director of Radio Programming & Operations

      • William Hendrickson says :

        I listened today for Dr. Zorba and was surprised not to hear the show. Having earlier notice and more specific reasons for the changes would be helpful. Today my sister in Phoenix called to tell us to listen to Garrison Keilor to hear his parody of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” (both my wife and I had interviewed Beckett before his death). I had to say that for some reason not known to us it was not being repeated on Sunday, even though many other programs of lesser interest to us are such as “Click and Clack”, “Wait, wait, don’t tell me.” If I had a vote, I would vote for the return of Garrison Keillor on Sunday. WLH

  13. Harry Byrne says :

    I think it is a definite loss to drop Zorba from the radio line up. I think he helped many people, myself included, to stay healthy and learn about better ways for taking care of our physical selves. I am not sure another business-oriented show is what we need to listen to; there are already quite a few business reports being offered on Public Radio.

  14. St. Louis Public Radio says :

    Thanks to everyone for your feedback. I’m truly sorry that we’ve disappointed you with this change. Listeners in the St. Louis region have always been very active in participating in the various national and locally produced programs broadcast on St. Louis Public Radio. However, the people who actually call in to a program represented only a small fraction of the people that are available to listen to the radio, or are actually listening to a particular program. Over the years we have listened very carefully to our listeners, members, and community, and evaluate our program schedule and service on a regular basis. And as much as we would like to please everyone all the time with our programming decisions, it is just not possible. Here’s a link that will allow you the opportunity to continue listening to Zorba Paster on Your Health at your convenience: Robert B. Peterson III – Director of Radio Programming & Operations

  15. dlf says :

    I don’t understand why KWMU repeats so many weekend programs but can’t find time for a beloved favorite like Zorba Pastor. First “Whadya Know” was cancelled, and now Zorba. This is very disappointing and makes me feel that KWMU has really gone downhill in the last few years.

  16. William Hendrickson says :

    I listened to the radio today expecting to hear Dr. Zorba. Advance notice and reasons for the changes would be greatly appreciated. Today my sister called from Phoenix to tell us to listen to Garrison Keilor for his parody of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. I had to tell her that for some reason not known to us Garrison Keilor is not repeated in St. Louis on Sunday even though programs of lesser interest to us such as “Click and Clack” and “Wait, wait, don’t tell me” are. We personally would vote for the reinstatement of the repeat of Garrison on Sundays if we were given a vote. We are, however, very happy that Scott Simon is on for 3 hours Saturday morning. WLH

  17. Kathleen & Rick Heagney says :

    We looked forward to listening to Dr. Zorba and Tom on Sundays. We will miss the light-hearted banter they used to share wellness information.

    This horse is long out of the barn, but we dearly miss Michael Feldman’s Whatya Know, too.

  18. Hanar Marzouk says :

    I am really, really disappointed in the judgement of NPR in StLouis for canceling ” Zorba Paster on your health”! We do not need more financial/economy programs. We do not need repeat of some programs!
    I use to give yearly to NPR. I no longer will !

  19. here says :

    I Will have to visit again whenever my course load lets up – nevertheless I am getting your Feed so i can read your blog offline. Cheers.

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