Replacing Car Talk; All Night News From The BBC


 Sparked by the retirement of Car Talk, WSKG Public Media this October will implement a series of important program changes to its radio services.

WSKG Radio

Effective this October, Car Talk will no longer be available as a unique, remix of older shows. So, radio director Charles Compton says it’s a good time to discontinue the program, and offer something different.  Fresh Air Weekend is produced with weekend audiences in mind and will replace Car Talk on Saturdays.  

Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air Weekend emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. Many of the most popular reviewers from weekday Fresh Air can also be heard on Fresh Air Weekend sharing insights into recent movies, music, and books

On Sunday afternoons, Folk Sampler replaces Car Talk.  Earlier this year, when Folk Sampler moved from its Saturday evening slot to make room for Free Range Folk, numerous complaints were lodged by WSKG fans.  In response, WSKG will offer a second broadcast of Folk Sampler on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 pm. 

The Folk Sampler is a weekly radio program of folk, traditional, bluegrass, and blues from the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Each program is thematic–from love to hate, from winter snow to summer rain, and moonlight on the water. Most of all, The Folk Sampler is about great music. Its addition will fill Sunday afternoons with folk and americana music from The Folk Sampler, A Prairie Home Companion and Thistle and Shamrock.

An expanded Retro Cocktail Hour replaces 12th Street Jump: Fridays, 9:00-11:00 pm. WSKG has received multiple audience requests to expand Retro Cocktail Hour and air both its hours on Friday evenings.

The Retro Cocktail Hour features Space Age Pop, Bachelor Pad Music, Exotica, Lounge Music and Cocktail Jazz. Here you’ll find vintage recordings from the dawn of the Hi-Fi Era.  Host Darrell Brogdon promises an imaginative program with light-hearted (and sometimes light-headed) pop stylings designed to underscore everything from the backyard barbecue to the high-tech bachelor pad.

New Yorker Radio Hour replaces Selected Shorts.  As a news/talk program, programmers felt New Yorker Radio Hour would better serve news audiences who already tune in for Weekend All Things Considered and Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

The New Yorker Radio Hour is the program you will look forward to curling up with every weekend.  David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, is joined by the magazine’s award-winning writers in any hour of radio that delights and informs. The New Yorker Radio Hour features a mix of profiles, storytelling, and insightful conversations about the issues that matter, plus an occasional blast of comic genius from the magazine’s legendary Shouts and Murmurs page.

WSQX Radio

PBS NewsHour airs weeknights 9:00-10:00p.  As part of our effort to broadcast live news coverage around the clock, WSQX will offer a radio version of the PBS NewsHour on weeknights.  The PBS NewsHour is an hour-long evening news broadcast, hosted by Judy Woodruff which offers news updates, analysis, live studio interviews, and discussions with newsmakers.

When news breaks overnight, WSQX will provide full coverage. Replacing overnight jazz, The BBC World Service airs most nights midnight to 6:00a.  With over 60 bureaus worldwide, and journalists in more places than any other international broadcaster, audiences count on the BBC World Service to provide accurate, impartial and accessible news with a global perspective. Each week, nearly 8-million U.S. public radio listeners tune in for programming from BBC World Service.

Other Recent Changes:

Hearts of Space (new age/ambient music), Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 pm.

Concierto is rebroadcast Sundays, 5:00-6:00 am.

Pipedreams is rebroadcast Sundays, 11:00p-midnight.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is rebroadcast Saturdays, 6:00-7:00 am.

Blues Before Sunrise moves to 10:00 pm on Fridays.

Beale Street Caravan moved to 5:00p on Saturdays.

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4 thoughts on “Replacing Car Talk; All Night News From The BBC

  1. I’m disappointed that Blues before Sunrise is moving later again. I appreciate the excellent news coverage that WAkg abs WsQx provide, but I look forward to some respite with music on Friday evenings and I find Blues Before Sunrise about 10 times better

    • Dear Mr. Crisafulli, sorry to hear of your disappointment. We realize when making program changes that not all listeners will be pleased, but this change reflects the growing public service WSQX seems to be providing with news & information according to research. The PBS NewsHour is very popular with radio listeners at many stations nationwide, and we wanted to “strip” it every night at the same time for consistency. We hope you’ll continue to enjoy Blues Before Sunrise and Beale Street Caravan (heard Saturdays at 5pm on WSQX). Thanks for listening!

  2. Very disappointed at the canceling of Selected Shorts. If people want the New Yorker hour, they can go to WSQX… This plus no more opera (not your fault, necessarily, but still…), not making me happy!

    • Dear Ms. Robinson, Selected Shorts is one of those programs that attracts a small number of very dedicated listeners. Unfortunately, after researching the situation carefully, we decided that hour should be performing a better public service than it has with Selected Shorts. We realize we can’t please everyone when we make program changes, and we’re sorry to hear that you’re one of those who will miss Selected Shorts. As you may have heard, we will be carrying the Met Opera live when the program returns to the airwaves December 2. Here’s their lineup for the season:

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