WGBH Radio (89.7 FM) has announced some changes to its schedule that suggest station executives are planning to up the ante in their competition with WBUR (90.9 FM) for the news-and-information audience on public radio.
Disclosure for those who don’t know: I’m a paid contributor to WGBH-TV’s “Beat the Press,” and appear occasionally on the radio station as well.
The most significant move is that “Eric in the Evening,” the daily jazz program hosted by Eric Jackson, is being cut back and moved to Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight. It’s a shame, but I suspect not many people listen to terrestrial jazz radio in the age of Pandora.
The individual one-hour local talk shows hosted by Emily Rooney and Callie Crossley will be melded into a two-hour block called “Boston Public Radio” that will be hosted by Crossley on weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. Crossley will be joined by Rooney, Kara Miller, Adam Reilly, Jared Bowen and others. “Boston Public Radio” will be rebroadcast Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m.
Two NPR staples are notably absent from the line-up: “Fresh Air” and “The Diane Rehm SEO Services Show.” (Update: The original schedule sent by WGBH had nothing listed for 10 to 11 a.m. Turns out that’s when “Diane Rehm” will be broadcast.)
The full text of the WGBH press release appears after the jump, supplemented by a few additions emailed in response to an inquiry.
Boston Public Radio, 89.7 WGBH, is expanding its programming to include more NPR, more “Marketplace,” a focused jazz destination and a seamless local talk block from noon to 2 p.m.
Beginning Monday, July 2, 89.7 WGBH will expand its exploration of economic issues and trends with additional broadcasts from “Marketplace,” American Public Media’s program focusing on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. WGBH will begin airing “Marketplace,” hosted by Kai Ryssdal, weekdays at 6 p.m., and will expand to four “Marketplace Morning Reports” instead of its current two. The station also will Hintroduce a daily, four-minute “Marketplace Tech Report” focusing on the innovation and technology sectors of the economy.
“Our audience appreciates the high quality and the creative reporting done by ‘Marketplace’ on weekday mornings during WGBH’s ‘Morning Edition,’” says Phil Redo, 89.7 managing director. “As we add the full ‘Marketplace’ report at 6 p.m., WGBH Radio now will be the place where Boston listeners turn for relevant economic news to start and finish their day.”
The expanded partnership between WGBH and “Marketplace” will include a “Marketplace” reporter actively working with the WGBH editorial team to provide more locally focused coverage on a weekly basis, allowing both entities to enhance their coverage in Boston, a key economic region of the U.S.
In addition, WGBH Radio is expanding the popular program “Morning Edition” to air an hour earlier, beginning weekdays at 6 a.m., and run an hour longer until 10 a.m.
WGBH’s “Morning Edition” includes content generated by NPR as well as local news and feature reports produced by WGBH News.
“We’re pleased with the listener response to WGBH becoming ‘Boston Public Radio,’” Redo adds. “Our emphasis on local coverage of innovation, health care, the MBTA and Occupy Boston is part of our vision to provide listeners with a deeper exploration of the many issues facing our region.”
The focus on important topics with a diversity of voices will continue as 89.7’s mid-day centerpiece “Boston Public Radio,” beginning Monday, July 9, with a seamless two hours of local talk led by Callie Crossley, who will be joined by Emily Rooney, Kara Miller and other WGBH contributors. The program will reflect that 89.7 truly is “Boston Public Radio” by drawing on an array of stories, and storytellers, from across our community that allows for expanded conversations of the day’s top stories and showcases a breadth of opinions and opinion-makers.
This summer also will bring a new focus on jazz on 89.7 as the program “Eric in the Evening,” featuring Eric Jackson, the “dean of Boston jazz,” moves to weekends airing from 9 p.m. to midnight Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The 89.7 schedule will continue to evolve, reflecting listener feedback and drawing on the resources of Boston’s only combined multi-platform (radio, TV, Web) newsroom.
The 89.7 WGBH weekday schedule changes include:
- “Marketplace Morning Report” airing at 5:50 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:50am, 9:50 a.m. with “Marketplace” airing from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
- “Morning Edition” expanding from 6 to 10 a.m.
- “The Diane Rehm Show” airing daily from 10 to 11 a.m.
- “The Takeaway” airing daily from 11 a.m. to noon.
- “Boston Public Radio” (local talk format with Callie Crossley, Emily Rooney, Kara Miller, Jared Bowen, Adam Reilly and others exploring local news, politics, culture and technology) airing from noon to 2 p.m. with a daily replay from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- “Eric in the Evening” airing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight.
- “Tell Me More” (NPR program hosted by Mishel Martin, examining U.S. and international news, ideas and people; its range of topics covers politics, faith and spirituality, the family, finance, arts and culture and lifestyle) airing from 2 to 3 p.m.
- “The World” airing from 3 to 4 p.m. and then again from 8 to 9 p.m.
- “All Things Considered” airing from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
- The audio of “The PBS NewsHour” airing from 7 to 8 p.m.