The Times, or at least some shows, they are a changin’ –
WHQR’s program line-up has remained relatively stable for years. Yet change comes to all things and we’re tweaking a few hours in our schedule to meet our primary goal of serving you the finest public radio has to offer while remaining good stewards of your financial contributions. With that in mind, we present some new programs to enjoy as we begin 2012:
We welcome to the schedule Classics for Kids, an award-winning feature for young listeners that offers fun and thoughtful insights into great music. Naomi Lewin is your host Sunday afternoons at 2:00, repeated Mondays at 12:06. January is dedicated to music by the prolific and all-too-short-lived Viennese master Franz Schubert.
Friday nights at 8:00 it’s time for Celtic Connections, an hour filled with the music of Ireland, Scotland and wherever the Celtic spirit moves. Hosted by Bryan Kelso Crow, Celtic Connections is produced in the studios of WSIU Radio in Carbondale, Illinois, and distributed worldwide.
Friday nights at 11:00 and Saturdays from 10 to midnight, join local jazz buff Willard Fields for the best in recorded jazz from WHQR’s studios.
Listen on Saturday mornings from 6 to 7 for Fresh Air Weekend, with Terry Gross. It's a "best of" the previous week's shows, so if you missed one of Terry's great interviews, here's another chance. And BBC World Service expands on Sunday mornings with an added hour from 6 to 7.
To make room for some of these changes, we say goodbye to Bob Edwards Weekend, Thistle and Shamrock and Jazz with Bob Parlocha.
In response to some recent comments: we are NOT dropping jazz; as noted above, we will continue jazz in Bob Parlocha's time slot, locally hosted by Wilmington's Willard Fields.
We know listeners can be concerned when we make changes to programs that are their favorites. But we also have to stay within our budget and be responsible stewards of the contributions our members have made.
The Board of WHQR adopted a program budget for 2011-12 that added several thousand dollars more to be raised for and spent on acquiring national programs. But rising costs of the programming we purchase from NPR, PRI and APM make some of these decisions necessary. The changes will help the budget balance, and make use of other outstanding program services which are free, or which we are already paying for but were under-utilizing. We are still working to provide the absolute highest quality programming possible within our means, and we look forward to your continued support.
We encourage you to give our new shows a chance, and tell us what you think with a comment below, or an email to Feedback, or a call to our Feedback line at 910-292-WHQR (9477).
--Philip Stine, Chair, Friends of Public Radio
--Cleve Callison, WHQR Station Manager