The Best of @PubMediaFans — Edition #13

The week’s news in public media… through Twitter.

Roly Ortega
Oct 2, 2017 · 7 min read

Hello there once again. I don’t think I need much of an intro, other than to say that this is the week’s news in public media, garnered through our tweets so that you don’t have to go one website or source after the other after the other. Everything you need to know from this week is right here in one place.


It looks like WYCC 20 in Chicago will get another month after all. Originally scheduled for a October 25th cut-off, the station will now sign off on November 24th, the day after Thanksgiving. It’s pursuing a channel sharing merger with WTTW 11 since WYCC’s signal was sold in the spectrum auction.

WYCC 20 will shut off in November instead of October. However, it could merge with WTTW 11.

Frontline has been on Tuesdays for a while now but starting next week, the program moves to Wednesdays. The Wednesday run begins by looking at North Korea and its dictator, inside the regime. It will remain at its 10:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. CT timeslot.

90.7 WMFE in Orlando is buying 89.5 WKSG-FM in Cedar Creek, Fla., nearby Ocala, to expand its own public radio network across portions of North Central Florida that didn’t have public radio access. Call letters and of course, programming will change as a result. Expect the changes to start in early 2018.

90.7 WMFE is adding an 89.5 signal near Ocala to expand its coverage.

Just like many other public broadcasters, Prairie Public Broadcasting is facing cuts in its budget and the North Dakota legislature is dropping $400K in funding for the broadcaster, meaning that jobs and programs are going away as a result.

Prairie Public Broadcasting is facing a cut in its budget that could see jobs and programs going away.

NPR and Wine together? Yes please. Introducing the NPR Wine Club. Yes, this does exist. Done as a way to support NPR and public radio, but 12 hand-selected wines for $80 doesn’t seem too bad at all.

The NPR Wine Club? Drink up while supporting public radio.

WJCT (TV 7 and 89.9 FM) in Jacksonville will soon have a new President and CEO. Introducing David McGown, who will take over early next year in January.

A new president and CEO for the flagship PBS and NPR outlets in Jacksonville and the First Coast.

91.3 WLRN-FM in Miami aired Topical Currents, its long-running local talk show program, for the last time on Thursday as Joseph Cooper retired from the station. The program began in January of 1999 but will now be replaced by Sundial, a new program hosted by Luis Herandnez starting Monday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Sundial replaces Topical Currents on Monday as WLRN’s new local talk show program.

More investigative reporting is coming to more local public radio stations. A $1.5 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to American Public Media (APM) will help bosler investigative reporting over at AM 820 and 93.9 FM — WNYC in New York City, 89.3 KPCC in Pasadena — Los Angeles, 90.1 WABE in Atlanta and 89.3 KCUR in Kansas City.

WNYC, KPCC, WABE and KCUR will see more investigative reporting through a grant from CPB delivered to APM.

For the first time ever, Northern Wisconsin has a 24/7 full-time outlet for Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR)’s Ideas Network. The station is heard on 101.3 W267BB in Wausau, simulcasting the HD3 signal of 90.9 WHRM, one of WPR’s NPR News and Classical Network stations.

The Ideas Network is now heard 24/7 in Wausau, thanks to a low power translator broadcasting an HD Radio signal.

Since 1977, New Hampshire’s PBS outlet (and its three TV stations) has been called New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV). But NHPTV no more. As of Sunday, October 1st, the network is now known as New Hampshire PBS (NHPBS).

New Hampshire Public Television is no more but PBS still exists there as New Hampshire PBS.

Programming Changes:

Starting Monday, October 2nd, those who live in the Susquehanna Valley will soon hear more Marketplace when 89.5 WITF-FM adds Marketplace Tech, which is hosted by Molly Wood.

AM 820 WNYC will soon air even more news from the BBC. Starting Monday, October 2nd, AM 820 will carry the BBC Newshour from the BBC World Service. The program will be on-air every weekday at 3:00 p.m. ET and every weekend at 4:00 p.m. ET. However, the Sunday editions won’t be aired until Sunday, December 2nd due to AM 820 currently airing Flyover from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) in that timeslot.

The BBC Newshour comes to WNYC starting Monday and will be on-air, seven days a week.

However, it just won’t be the BBC Newshour. AM 820 and to a lesser known extent, New Jersey Public Radio (NJPR) will be making more changes, including adding 1A to 2:00 p.m. weekdays on AM 820 to replace Here and Now, adding The Capitol Pressroom (from AM 1400 and 90.3 FM — WAMC in Albany) to Sunday mornings, adding the combined hour of Planet Money and How I Built This on Saturdays from 1:00–2:00 p.m. and yes, adding an extra hour simulcast of the BBC World Service on weekends at 9:00 p.m. The overnight simulcast will continue to start at midnight.

AM 820 WNYC is seeing more programming changes, not just adding the BBC Newshour.

88.7 WBFO in Buffalo is making programming changes this weekend, once again as a result of losing Car Talk. Here are those changes, taking place throughout the weekend from here on out.

  • Saturdays at 6:00 a.m.: Marketplace Weekend
  • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.: Planet Money (after Weekend Edition Saturday)
  • Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.: How I Built This
  • Sundays at 11:00 a.m.: TED Radio Hour
  • Sundays at 12:00 Noon: Radiolab
  • Sundays at 1:00 p.m.: Travel with Rick Steves
WBFO is making a whole lot of changes as a result of losing Car Talk.

89.7 WOSU-FM in Columbus is adding two new shows coming in early October, actually next weekend. The first one is NPR’s It’s Been A Minute, hosted by Sam Sanders, formerly of the NPR Politics Podcast and the other is Milk Street Radio, hosted by Christopher Kimball, formerly of America’s Test Kitchen.

  • It’s Been A Minute will air Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
  • Milk Street Radio will air Saturday afternoons at 4:00 p.m.
89.7 WOSU-FM in Columbus is adding two new shows next weekend.

Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) has an interim replacement for the long-running The Joy Cardin Show which this week, went off-air after 14 years. The Morning Show begins Monday, October 2nd from 6:00–9:00 a.m. on the Ideas Network and hosted by Kate Archer Kent, but a new show will actually begin in early 2018.

The Morning Show begins next week as a temporary replacement for The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.

Programming changes are also coming to Alabama Public Radio (APR) as it will start airing new programs starting next weekend.

  • Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. — It’s Been A Minute, replacing The Best of Car Talk (beginning October 7th).
  • Sundays at 10:00 a.m. — Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, replacing The Best of Car Talk (beginning October 8th).
  • Sundays at 11:00 a.m. — The Moth Radio Hour, replacing Says You (beginning October 8th).
  • Sundays at 2:00 p.m. — Reveal, replacing Fresh Air Weekend (beginning October 8th).
Alabama Public Radio will soon have It’s Been A Minute, The Moth Radio Hour and Reveal on its schedule.

Another station replacing The Best of Car Talk is Boise State Public Radio. But this created a domino effect for the station as new and other programs will be moving around too. There’s too much to discuss here but changes will affect at least both 91.5 KBSX in Boise and 91.7 KBSW in Twin Falls.

Changes coming to Boise State Public Radio as Car Talk is being dropped.

Topline is a new :90 segment from the BBC World Service starting Monday, October 2nd. This will offer a quick rapid-fire segment of the latest international news from the BBC. One station that will be carrying these new quick segments will be Michigan Radio (covering Ann Arbor/Detroit, Flint and Grand Rapids). It will air Topline three times, mainly at the bottom of each hour from 6:00–9:00 a.m., every weekday morning.

Michigan Radio is one of a handful of stations that will be carrying the new Topline segment, each weekday morning from the BBC World Serivce throughout the morning.

Technical Problems:

There was a problem with 93.9 WNYC-FM on Tuesday while the AM 820 signal was still working. 93.9 FM was eventually back on-air and the FM signal’s webstream was still online in the meantime.

93.9 WNYC-FM went off for a little while but did return back on-air after hours.

Maintenance forced 91.3 WLTR in Columbia, one of South Carolina Public Radio (SCPR)’s News/Classical stations, to go off-air. Streaming online did continue throughout the entire time.

One of SCPR’s News/Classical stations went off-air but it continued online.

90.1 WJUF in Inverness, Fla. from 89.1 WUFT-FM in Gainesville went on-and-off air on Tuesday for some tower work maintenance, as a result of fixing its tower that resulted from damage from Irma.

An on-and-off-air experience at 90.1 WJUF on Tuesday due to maintenance as a result of damage from Irma.

90.1 KUER-FM was on-the-air Tuesday, but at low-power because of maintenance. Coverage was spotty throughout the day as a result.

Even maintenace didn’t take 90.1 KUER-FM off-air, but it did go at low power.

Rainfall, not maintenace or damage, was the reason why KLRU 18 in Austin experienced signal problems for parts of Tuesday. While it was on-air, signal was spotty at times. Pretty interesting in this situation.

Rainfall caused KLRU 18’s signal to go spotty, not maintenance or damage. Anything can happen to a TV signal.

89.1 KSTX in San Antonio, home to Texas Public Radio, had its online webstream go off-air on Wednesday. Thankfully, after an hour or so, they actually let us know that the webstream came back on-air and we can’t thank them enough for letting us know!

89.1 KSTX went off-air at least online for an hour.
But they let us know that they’ve back on-air. We thank 89.1 KSTX!

92.1 WBST in Muncie, Ind., the flagship to Indiana Public Radio, went off-air on Wednesday due to problems. Listeners were directed to online or its four other stations in the meantime. No word as to what those problems were.

92.1 WBST in Muncie, Ind. went off-air because its signal suffered problems.

Kansas Public Radio actually let everyone ahead of time that 91.3 KANV in Olsburg, Ks. and 99.5 K257BT (KPR1) and 97.9 K250AY (KPR2), both in Manahattan, Ks., would go off-air on Thursday due to maintenance.

KPR actually let us know that some of their stations would go off-air Thursday because of maintenance.

Later that afternoon on Thursday, the stations came back on-air! At least they let us know that it would go off for a certain time that day.

The three KPR stations came back on-air on Thursday, the same day that maintenance was performed.

It feels like a week ago when one of NET Nebraska’s low-power repeaters went off-air but it finally returned earlier this week. No word as to why it went off-air in the first place or why it went off for so long.

A low-power repeater of KXNE Channel 19 in Norfolk, Neb. came back on-air this week after going off last week.

AM 1370 WXXI in Rochester had some problems on Friday but boy those problems were quick because it quickly came back on air, just minutes later.

Nothing was being heard at AM 1370 and no idea as to why that was the case.
The outage only last two minutes! It was very quick indeed.

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) experienced some web and webstreaming problems on Friday. They were working on it and got the website back up and running, but the webstreams were still a problem. On Saturday, the streams were back on.

Web and Webstreams from Colorado Public Radio (CPR) went off on Friday.
While the website came back on, the webstreams were not.
It took a day, but on Saturday, the webstreams finally came back on.

One of 90.1 WFYI in Indy’s repeaters, 91.3 WNDY in Crawfordsville, Ind., went off air on Sunday morning starting at 7:00 a.m. for transmitter maintenance. New equipment is being installed, thus forcing the station to go off-air. Streaming continues for those affected.

91.3 WNDY in Crawdforsville, Ind., a repeater of 90.1 WFYI in Indy, went off-air starting Sunday morning for planned transmitter maintenance.

90.5 KKTO in Lake Tahoe, Calif., one of Capital Public Radio’s News stations is currently off air as of late Sunday night. Webstreaming and the other stations were unaffected.

Late Sunday night, 90.5 KKTO went off-air and is expericing problems.


There’s even a birthday shoutout to give away this week as we say happy birthday to 89.9 KUAC-FM in Fairbanks, Alaska. It turned 55 on Sunday and its sign on date was October 1st, 1962. Television came nine years later in 1971 and is currently 46 years old.

55 years of KUAC-FM in Fairbanks. KUAC-TV 9 is only 46 since it didn’t join KUAC-FM until 1971.

That’s it for this week’s news. If I missed anything, then please let me know by email: and also follow us on Twitter @PubMediaFans for even more news and exclusive content, including some that you may not see here on these weekly newsletters.

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Roly Ortega

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Television news junkie who likes to talk about local media as well as sports, Family Guy and other stuff.

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