Written by: Tom Rieland
Date: January 4, 2013

The weekend lineup has changed on both 89.7 and Classical 101 for 2013 — you’ll want to check out these new programs:

Hosts of Radiolab, now heard on 89.7 FM NPR News every Saturday at noon. Photo: NPR

Hosts of Radiolab, now heard on 89.7 FM NPR News every Saturday at noon. Photo: NPR

Four New Shows on 89.7 FM:
Noon – Radiolab – a show about curiosity, where sound illuminates ideas
2 pm – The Moth Radio Hour – the best storytellers in front of a live audience
3 pm – The TED Radio Hour – inspired by the riveting TedTalks from the world’s most remarkable minds
Sundays at 3 pm  – On The Media-  analysis of the media including coverage of major stories

Two New Shows on Classical 101:
6 pm – The American Sound – Host Jennifer Hambrick showcases inspiring music with an American accent
7 pm – Fretworks – Host John Rittmeyer features the world of classical guitar






    The premise is faulty. NPR does not depend on federal funds. Local stations depend on federal funds and that’s where federal funds go. Each local station is governed by its own local community and provides programming for its local community per its local board policies and its community advisory boards, based on local needs and interests. Each station chooses to buy, or not buy, programs from individual production companies and producers, for example, American Public Media, Public Media International, NPR, Association of Independents in Public radio, etc. Each station also produces its own programs. Some local stations, mostly in rural and smaller communities, depend on federal funds for up to 50% of their budget. Stations in the larger markets may get less than 5% federal funds. So to cut federal dollars is to prevent the smallest communities the opportunity to have locally controlled public media. Based on the facts, the discussion is very different from the one being presented.