American University Radio has announced that effective Monday, June 25, 2018, WAMU will implement a new programming schedule. These changes are designed to better reflect a news-and-information format, and to bring some of the best new public media programming to WAMU listeners.
Two new programs will air beginning Monday, June 25:
- The Daily is the new radio edition of the popular podcast by the same name, produced by The New York Times. The host, Michael Barbaro, turns the traditional form of interviewing on its head, with an irresistible layman’s approach to some of the compelling and complicated stories of our time. In conversations with Times journalists, their sources, and newsmakers of all kinds, Barbaro delivers a daily deep dive into one or two of the day’s buzziest news stories. The Daily will debut Monday, June 25 from 3:30-4 p.m.
- Live Wire is a weekly one-hour variety show taped in front of a live audience in Portland, Oregon. It features original sketch comedy, spoken word, and interviews with writers, filmmakers and comedians. You may recognize the show’s host, Luke Burbank, who is a regular panelist and fill-in host for NPR’s most popular program, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!. Live Wire will air beginning Saturday, June 30, from 10-11 p.m.
The new additions mean eliminating some current programs, including the Saturday evening jazz programming. Hot Jazz Saturday Night, which was created, produced and hosted by Rob Bamberger, will air its final three-hour episode on June 23, 2018. After 38 years and nearly 2,000 episodes, this original WAMU program had an impressive run.
Additionally, Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, a nationally distributed show which aired as a fourth-hour of jazz programming after Hot Jazz Saturday Night, will also end on June 23.
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