Red River Radio announces programming changes to begin the week of September 30. Several brand new shows will join the line-up while a few older shows will either no longer be aired or will move to the station’s HD3 channel.
The new shows include "Radiolab," “Ask Me Another,” the “TED Radio Hour,” “Mountain Stage,” and “Snap Judgment.” which are all programs from NPR. The station will be removing “From the Top,” “Thistle and Shamrock” and “World Café.” “Fresh Air” will be heard exclusively on Red River Radio’s Digital HD 3 channel and From The Top will move to Red River Radio's HD 2 channel.
The reasons for the changes include a desire to reach new audiences with a broader range of shows while also saving the network about $20,000 in annual programming fees. According to station manager Kermit Poling, contributions have been slower over the last couple of years due to a sluggish economy. This necessitates some cost cutting measures. “We were determined that any changes we made would include new and interesting programming worthy of our audience,” said Poling.
Replacing “Fresh Air” on weeknights at 7 p.m. will be “This American Life” on Mondays. Tuesdays will feature a new 52-week season of “Radiolab.” Both of these programs are long-time public radio favorites.
On Wednesday evening, Red River Radio will air the brand new show, “TED Radio Hour” hosted by Guy Raz. Based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.
“Snap Judgment” host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey, leaping from one person's frying pan into another person's fire. Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters. The show will air Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
NPR's “Ask Me Another” is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. “Ask Me Another's” entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of “Weekend Edition Sunday's” Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz. The program will air on Saturday mornings at 11 am.
Celebrating its 30th season in 2013, “Mountain Stage” with Larry Groce is a two-hour weekly exploration of the exciting and spontaneous sound of live performance, offering intelligent, contemporary music of various roots and styles. This show will air Saturday evening at 7 pm. More information about all of these programs and a complete schedule is available on Red River Radio’s website at www. redriverradio.org.