UPDATED: September 29, 2020
Decisions made by the producers of two popular public radio programs have created listening opportunities for fans of WSKG and WSKG Classical.
American Public Media, which is the public radio network responsible for “Live From Here”, ends distribution in September. It’s the end of an era. “Live from Here” with Chris Thile once bore the title of “A Prairie Home Companion.”
“As a result of COVID-19, the current economic climate has pushed us to make some challenging decisions. After much consideration American Public Media has made the difficult decision to end production and national distribution of Live from Here,” wrote Chandra Kavati, Vice President of Distribution and Underwriting at American Public Media
“Live from Here, previously A Prairie Home Companion, has and always will hold a spot in the hearts of public media listeners. After a 44-year run it was an incredibly complex decision to sunset this program,” she wrote.
“Live from Here” host Chris Thile shared, “ Though it turns out this past episode of Live From Here was our last new show, I know we’ll have many, many more music-filled evenings together by and by, and I’d like to propose a toast: to all you listeners out there. Thank you. It’s time for this noise-maker to follow your lead.”
WSKG Classical is airing a pair of replacement programs. At 6:00 P.M., WSKG Classical has a ‘new music’ program, hosted by WSKG’s Dan Davis. “It’s an opportunity,” said Charles Compton, who directs radio at WSKG. “For the first time in decades, we are free to create a local show for that Saturday evening time slot.”
Then at 7:00 P.M., listeners now find “Women in Music with Laney Goodman.” It’s a weekly, one-hour radio series with an eclectic mix of some of the best music of female artists from around the world.
Another program undergoing profound change is “On Point.” Its producers at WBUR will convert it from a two hour call-in show to a one-hour interview program.
“The new “On Point” will be designed to amplify host Meghna Chakrabarti’s magnificent on-air presence and her journalistic breadth and depth. Highly-produced. More narrative storytelling, defined by editorial rigor and coupled with the deep conversations that are On Point’s hallmark — the program will tackle the most consequential issues of our time,” wrote Margaret Low, Chief Executive Officer at WBUR.
At WSKG, the new time for “On Point” will be weekdays at 8:00 p.m. By moving “On Point” into an evening time, Compton said listeners should have more time for its extended interviews. “During their busy, mid-morning hours,” he said, “most folks don’t have the time to listen longer than 10 to 15 minutes.”
“Plus,” Compton said, “we can finally place a very popular public radio call-in show into our empty mid-morning time slot.”
Instead of airing a recorded version of 1A on weekday evenings, WSKG will air its live, two hour call-in program on weekdays at midmorning. 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor.
Jenn White, who is now the full time host of 1A, convenes conversations with people from around the country about the most important issues of our day.
The new ‘On Point’ debuts Monday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. On the same day, ‘1A’ can be heard 10:00 a.m. to noon, also on WSKG radio.