New shows are coming to Interlochen Public Radio this week, starting with “Live Wire” at 7 p.m. Saturday on IPR News Radio. It’s an eclectic gathering of creative types devoted to the idea that artists are “critically important to the world.” The show is hosted by Luke Burbank, a regular guest on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”
Other new shows on IPR News Radio include:
- “Truth, Politics and Power” with Neal Conan, Mondays at 7 p.m.
- “Left, Right & Center” from KCRW, Fridays at 7 p.m.
New shows on Classical IPR include:
- “Afterglow” music from the Great American Songbook, Saturdays at 9 p.m.
- “Harmonia Early Music” with Angela Mariani, Sundays at 6 p.m.
- “Wind and Rhythm” wind band music, Sundays at 7 p.m.
Other changes to our program schedules will roll out through next week. All the changes are in the evenings except for some adjustments to the Sunday morning lineup on News Radio. Some current shows will air at new times, which we think will better serve our audience. We thank everyone who took our survey last spring. It provided helpful guidance for these decisions.
You can view the new daily schedules for our stations here.
The changes to Classical IPR are designed to focus our service on the music that our listeners express a strong preference for. This led to a decision to no longer carry weekly jazz shows, even though we still intend to feature jazz performances on Classical IPR occasionally. (And there will be some vocal jazz on "Afterglow.") Also, Kate Botello will no longer host “Show Tunes” each week and will devote more time to making classical music accessible to young people on “Kids Commute.”
The changes on the news side were aimed at giving more exposure to shows we know are highly regarded by our listeners like “On the Media” and “Reveal.” By eliminating the evening rebroadcast of “The Takeaway,” we can offer more variety during the week.
We hope these changes will improve the experiencing of listening to IPR for everyone and would welcome your feedback. If you would like to discuss any of this with IPR’s Executive Director, Peter Payette, please reach him directly at 231-276-4446.