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Science Friday and Fresh Air Return

Proving that a public radio station can listen as well as broadcast, we have made some programming changes after receiving member and listener feedback regarding our July programming changes.

sciencefridayEffective Friday, September 27, 2013 and Monday, September 30, 2013:

  • Science Friday returns to the KWMU and WQUB lineup beginning Friday, September 27, 2013 and will air Fridays from 1-2 p.m. and again from 9-10 p.m.
  • Fresh Air will regain an afternoon slot on Monday-Thursday from 1-2 p.m. It will also remain on the schedule in the evenings from  9-10 p.m.
  • Here and Now will air from 2-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. We will continue our collaboration with Here and Now to bring reports from St. Louis to the national program on a regular basis.
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Fresh Air host Terry Gross. Photo credit Will Ryan

“We made the decision to bring back Science Friday and move Fresh Air back to the afternoon as a result of feedback from our listeners and members,” said General Manager Tim Eby.  “Public radio listeners are passionate and loyal people, and we truly value their opinions and their support.”

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Geri Mitchell is your new morning voice at St. Louis Public Radio

We are pleased to announce that Geri Mitchell has been named the new Morning Host at St. Louis Public Radio and Quincy Public Radio. Geri will begin her hosting duties on Morning Edition this Monday, September 23 at 5 a.m.

gerimitchellphotoSince 2009, Geri has been a familiar weekend voice on St. Louis Public Radio–heard mostly on Saturday afternoons. She is also a familiar voice for listeners to The Gateway | KWMU-2.

Mitchell is a 21-year veteran of radio and has spent time at KUSA, KEZK, KYKY, KSD and KMOX.

Geri has an MBA in Business Marketing from the University of Phoenix and a B.S. in Mass Communications/Journalism from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

St. Louis Public Radio Collaborating on New Programs Beginning July 1

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning ~  Benjamin Franklin

Growth and progress often are accompanied by change.  And change is coming to the St. Louis Public Radio program lineup beginning Monday, July 1.

Our move to Grand Center last year initiated a significant effort by St. Louis Public Radio to strengthen our connection across the St. Louis region. The updated program schedule that begins in July will reflect that approach through an expanded effort of collaboration with producers of other public radio programs.

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At 11 a.m. each weekday, we’re excited to announce that The Takeaway, with host John Hockenberry, will begin airing on Monday, July 1.  The program is a unique partnership of global news leaders PRI (Public Radio International) and WNYC/New York Public Radio in collaboration with The New York Times and WGBH/Boston.

As outlined in a New York Times article from April, The Takeaway has recently taken on a new approach that includes more perspectives from reporters at local stations, instead of presenting a purely national perspective.  We’re excited about this opportunity to give our excellent team of reporters and producers at St. Louis Public Radio a new venue to showcase their expertise and connect the stories and issues in St. Louis with a national audience.

In addition, some of you may remember John Hockenberry as the first host of Talk of the Nation!

Here’s a sample from a recent broadcast from The Takeaway.

With this same concept in mind, we’ll also begin airing Here & Now from NPR with co-hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson at 1 p.m. This news magazine covers news that breaks between Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As with The Takeaway, St. Louis Public Radio will be one of several local stations around the country that will be collaborating to provide news features and other content for the program. As a contributing station, we’ll have the chance to bring a distinctly St. Louis perspective to national stories.

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You can listen to a sample from a recent Here and Now broadcast below to give you a taste of what you’ll hear beginning on July 1.

These additions are precipitated of course by the discontinuation on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. NPR notified us in March of its decision to cease production of the program. The final broadcast of Talk of the Nation and Science Friday will be Friday, June 28.

In coordination with these additions, St. Louis on the Air/Cityscape will move to a new time at 12 p.m. The noon hour is one of the most coveted times in radio, and the move will let us really showcase our local talk shows. Fresh Air will then move to 9 p.m. We will no longer air the second hour of On Point.

All of these changes begin on Monday, July 1.

We also have one additional change to our weekend lineup starting Sunday, July 7.  We’re pleased to be adding the TED Radio Hour with host Guy Raz to our Sunday lineup at 1 p.m. Based on fascinating TEDTalks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, the show tackles astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think and create. Studio 360 will move to Fridays at 11 p.m.

Thank you for your wonderful support for St. Louis Public Radio this year. We look forward to hearing from you regarding these new additions to our line-up.

Here’s a short list of all of the changes:

  • At 11 a.m., each weekday, The Takeaway will air.
  • St. Louis on the Air/Cityscape will move to 12 p.m. (noon) each weekday.
  • Here & Now will air each weekday at 1 p.m.
  • Fresh Air will move to 9 p.m. each weeknight.
  • We will be adding the TED Radio Hour on Sundays at 1 p.m. (starting July 7)
  • Studio 360 will move to Fridays at 11 p.m.
  • Talk of the Nation is ceasing production and will be leaving our air.
  • We will no longer air Talk of the Nation Science Friday after June 28.
  • We will no longer air the second hour of On Point.

Consider More Things, Plus New and Old Friends Join our Lineup

2013 will bring some changes to the St. Louis Public Radio program schedule beginning this weekend with the permanent return of some familiar programs plus a new NPR show to test your knowledge.  Then, on Monday you’ll get more things to consider with an additional hour of All Things Considered each weekday.

The new friend joining our schedule on Saturday at noon is Ask Me Another, a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience.   Ask Me Another‘s entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday‘s Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.

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Listeners can play along, testing their knowledge of history, geography, literature, grammar, spelling, pop culture, and even mathematics, with the competitors called up to the stage.

Ask Me Another host, noted comedian, and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton. Each episode features an interview with a Mystery Guest (noteable actors, comedians, and authors whose identities are revealed via puzzle clues throughout the show), who then takes a turn in the contestant’s chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her.

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Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg

This American Life, which has been airing at noon on Saturday, will move one hour later to 1 p.m. with its Sunday broadcast remaining at 6:00 p.m.

Also joining our weekly line-up is Radiolab, which will air each Saturday at 3 p.m.  Listeners have been able to hear the program in short runs on the station so we’re excited to have the series on each week beginning in 2013.  Hosted by Jad Abumrad with co-host Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is designed for listeners who demand skepticism but appreciate wonder; who are curious about the world, but also want to be moved and surprised. Radiolab won a Peabody Award in 2011.

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Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad & Robert Krulwich

Another program that you may have heard in short runs is The Moth Radio Hour, which will be heard weekly beginning this Sunday at 7 p.m.

Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating.

Originally formed by the writer George Dawes Green as an intimate gathering of friends on a porch in Georgia (where moths would flutter in through a hole in the screen), and then re-created in a New York City living room, The Moth quickly grew to produce immensely popular events at theaters and clubs around New York City and later around the country.

The final major change in the schedule begins next Monday with an expanded version of All Things Considered.  ATC will begin at 3 p.m. each weekday beginning on January 7, 2013, running until 7 p.m., with Marketplace still at 6 p.m.  We’ll also bring you expanded news coverage from the St. Louis Public Radio newsroom with news updates from Maria Altman beginning at 3:04 p.m.

The move to start All Things Considered at 3 p.m. means that we will end our broadcasts of PRI’s The World as of this Friday.  We had a long run with the program, but in looking at how we could better serve our audience we believe this is the best choice for listeners to St. Louis Public Radio.

With the new programs on the weekends, there are also new times for Snap Judgment and Marketplace Money, plus the Sunday airing of Car Talk will be leaving the schedule.  For the complete schedule see our Program Grid on the website.

The Candidates and St. Louis on the Air

As Election Day approaches next week, we have received several inquiries from listeners asking why they have heard some candidates on our daily program St. Louis on the Air while others have not yet been featured on the program.

While our reporters have been covering many of the races including Lt. Gov. and the Missouri 2nd Congressional race, on the talk show we have limited time. Given this we decided that the four races in which we would extend invitations to candidates were: Missouri Governor, Missouri U.S. Senate, Missouri Attorney General, and the Illinois 12th Congressional (which is an open seat currently held by Rep. Jerry Costello).

In order to keep a record of fairness, our producers Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer have reached out to all of the candidates and kept meticulous records when doing so.

The four Republican candidates confirmed before any of the Democratic candidates.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Dave Spence was on the program on Monday as have the other three Republican candidates.

Democratic Senator McCaskill was scheduled to be on the program last week though she had to cancel due to the illness of her mother. She was rescheduled to be on the program on Tuesday but again had to cancel following the passing of her mother on Monday.  Senator McCaskill has now been rescheduled to appear on St. Louis on the Air on Monday (the day before the election).

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster’s campaign has not acknowledged our request for an interview after repeated attempts.  IL 12th district candidate Democrat Bill Enyart was on the program last week. In the case of Governor Nixon, his campaign has virtually said there is no time. There are no active negotiations taking place to have him on the air.

We have also devoted time on the program to third party candidates including the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate, Jonathan Dine.

We are also devoting two programs this week to a discussion on the major ballot initiatives facing voters in next week’s election.

All of our election coverage can be found on our website, as well as on Beyond November.org, which is a collaboration with The St. Louis Beacon and the Nine Network for Public Media

Finally, a reminder that St. Louis Public Radio will be your source on-air and on-line for full election coverage on election night.

A Humorous New Year’s Eve Treat

Burn some holiday calories by laughing along with the Capitol Steps in their year-in-review awards ceremony, Politics Takes a Holiday! Listen Saturday, December 31, 2011, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Capitol Steps comedy troupeThe Capitol Steps Politics Takes a Holiday special will feature awards including:

  • Biggest Clueless Middle Eastern Dictator Who Thought ‘Arab Spring’ Was Just a Trending Fashion
  • Best Not Just Any Committee But a SUPER Committee
  • Most GOP Debates Ever Held Ever
  • Worst Place to Hide Your Mistress While Serving as Governor of California

If there is anything Congress can agree on, it is that the Capitol Steps’ will have you laughing harder than Rick Perry’s debate opponent!

So laugh away 2011 with the Capitol Steps’ Politics Takes a Holiday, Saturday, December 31, 2011, at 1 p.m. on St. Louis Public Radio – 90.7 KWMU-FM.

St. Louis Public Radio on St. Louis on the Air

This past Wednesday (December 21,. 2011) I had the chance to join host Don Marsh for an hour long conversation to talk about St. Louis Public Radio on our call-in show St. Louis on the Air.

The hour, which seemed to just speed by, included a discussion about our program changes taking place in January, the latest with federal funding for public broadcasting, where we hope to be going with local programming at the station, and our move to Grand Center in 2012.

Here’s the audio from the program if you missed it.

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.
PROGRAM CHANGES ON THE GATEWAY 90.7 KWMU-2:
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.