The Best of @PubMediaFans — Edition #9
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Houston and Southeast Texas (as well as Southwest Louisiana) was hit hard and affected in so many ways by Hurricane and later, Tropical Storm Harvey. And so much in fact that many NPR member stations on Monday pre-empted whatever programming that they usually air for an hour of Think with Kris Boyd from 90.1 KERA-FM in Dallas — Fort Worth which provided a special report with updated information on the situation in Southeast Texas.
After hosting the program and delivering it on-air for 25 years, Warren Olney has decided to pull his daily program To The Point from the radio airwaves. On November 10th, 89.9 KCRW in Santa Monica (which produces the program) will pull the program from the radio airwaves and PRI — Public Radio International (which distributes it) will take it off from public radio which will lead other stations who carry it to scramble to find other programming.
November 13th will be the first day the program becomes a podcast. KCRW has no idea as to what it’ll replace in its current 1:00 p.m. PT timeslot but has indicated that it will replace it with a news-centric program.
Most stations air the first feed of the Marketplace Morning Report, starting at 6:51 a.m. ET and then usually twice afterwards at 7:51 a.m. and 8:51 a.m. ET. But now, stations will have the option of a yet earlier feed. Starting Tuesday, September 5th, an earlier MMR feed will be offered at 5:51 a.m. ET. But, it won’t come from Marketplace’s HQ. Instead, it’ll come from the HQs of the BBC World Service in London and hosted by Anu Anand.
Things just continue to get worse at Fairbanks’ PBS and NPR affiliates, KUAC-TV 9 and 89.9 KUAC-FM. Budget cuts continue at KUAC, leading to even more programming changes and other things. And as of Friday, September 1st (this week), KUAC-FM is no longer a part of the APRN — Alaska Public Radio Network.
South Carolina Public Radio has now launched HD Radio service for the very first time. It only affects one station for right now, 89.3 WSCI in Charleston. The main format, being News/Classical, is on 89.3 WSCI-HD1. But now, SCPR’s other service, news/talk, is now available on 89.3 WSCI-HD2.
It’s unfortunate that sometimes, weather messes up plans of all and any kinds. This one is no different. Due to weather delays, 90.7 WMFE in Orlando will have to work on installing its new transmitter antenna for another week. That means that while 90.7 will be operational from a back-up antenna, the Classical service on HD2 will remain off-air for the time being. However, the Classical service is still heard online at WMFE.org as well as the 90.7 WMFE Mobile App for Apple and Android (DISCLAIMER: I currently have that on my phone.)
Despite the challenges West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) has had to face, they have found to way to expand their operations, even though this one is on a part-time schedule basis. A partial simulcast of programming from WVPB is now available on 89.7 WSHC in Shepherdstown, W.V. from Shepherd University. That partial simulcast will include weekday mornings from 6:00-9:00 a.m. (yes, that is Morning Edition), weekend mornings from 6:00-10:00 a.m. (that includes Weekend Edition as well), Saturdays from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 Midnight (imcluding WVPB’s Mountain Stage) and Sundays from 7:00 p.m.-12:00 Midnight.
88.1 WYPR will soon air a new monthly program called Life in the Balance that will air on the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. ET and heard again at 9:00 p.m. ET. It’s about stories from people going through personal hardship and going through it with everyday problems in today’s society, i.e. drug abuse, homelessness, etc.
One of the BBC World Service’s major programs is the BBC Newshour and it continues to expand across many public radio stations. The latest station to devote it? Well… not just a station, but an entire state-wide radio network. NHPR — New Hampshire Public Radio will soon carry the program weekdays at 3:00 p.m. ET, starting Labor Day itself on Monday, Sept. 4th. It already carries their world service during the overnight hours.
On Saturday, September 9th, Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) will become the latest NPR News member station to drop Car Talk from its schedules. Starting a week later on the 16th, it will be replaced by an MPB-produced show called Fix It 101, which will move from 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday mornings and will be heard on MPB’s Think Radio, which consist of public radio news/talk.
There were some technical problems that took place over at KUAC-TV in Fairbanks, Ak. on Wednesday, but only on its PBS Kids subchannel on KUAC 9.5. It has since been restored, even though there’s no word as to why it went off-air temporarily.
There were some internet streaming issues with Capital Public Radio in Sacramento which left over-the-air as the only option to actually hear them. The issues have actually taken place since Wednesday, August 16th. It was part of a larger connectivity issue that took days to fix from Tuesday, August 29th up until Friday, September 1st and as of Sunday, September 3rd, all streams are now working once again. This includes their CapRadio News and CapRadio Music streams as well as JazzStream and ClassicalStream.
There was a short and intermittent 5-minute internet stream outage for SCPR — South Carolina Public Radio on Thursday. The outage took place at 2:10 p.m. ET which by then, software upgrades were taking place. By 2:15 p.m. ET, the streams went back online.
For a while on Saturday morning, the internet streams of 90.9 WBUR in Boston all went out, just as the last half-hour of Weekend Edition Saturday was getting started. After 30 minutes, it did return but not until Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! already started in the 10:00 a.m. hour.
Earlier in the day on Sunday, Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR)’s 102.7 WRNI-FM transmitter started to broadcast under low power. Engineers went to find out as to why it wasn’t broadcasting at full power.
After a quick while, they’ve rebooted the problem and the station quickly came back up and running at full power.
Happy 8th birthday to 89.9 WJCT in Jacksonville’s mid-morning radio program, First Coast Connect, hosted by Melissa Ross. The program currently airs weekday mornings from 9:00–10:00 a.m. ET.
(The following is connected to the birthday on top of this post.) This birthday gets a big promotion. So much so in fact that WJCT has invited Melissa to host a live event on Thursday, September 7th from 8:00–11:00 p.m. ET on WJCT 7 that’ll showcase a behind-the-scenes look at WJCT itself as well as showcasing their history. She’ll co-host it with WJCT’s C.O.O., Karen Feagins and will be called WJCT Takes Look Ahead/Back (according to TV listings). This also comes just days before WJCT Channel 7 turns 59 on September 10th.
Last year, it raised $7 million to save itself from becoming a potential repeater or a separate service of 94.9 KUOW in Seattle. Now, its surviving and thriving as 88.5 KNKX in Tacoma — Seattle and on Thursday, August 31st, the station known as KNKX turned one. The station has been around longer than that with KPLU as its former call letters for 50 years until Pacific Lutheran University sold it to Friends of 88.5 FM and changed the call letters to KNKX to stand for Connects. Fun fact: 88.5 KNKX is home to the national Jazz 24 service, providing 24-hours of jazz music.
88.5 KQED’s mid-morning program, Forum, has turned 30. The program is one of the most-listened to on Bay Area radio and is heard from 9:00–11:00 a.m. PT on KQED-FM. The program is currently hosted by Michael Krasny, who’s hosted the program since 1993.
So that’s it for this week’s newsletter. To access more content from us, check us out on Twitter @PubMediaFans. You’ll also want to email to me email@example.com if you encounter any other station news, birthdays, technical problems, events or programming changes that I may have missed from this week. Have a great week and welcome to September and the subsquent arrival of the Fall season on Friday, September 22nd.