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WKSU-FM replaces daytime classical with news/talk

July 22, 2013 - Andy Gray
WKSU-FM is replacing five hours of classical music programming each weekday with news and talk shows.

The changes will take effect Aug. 5 and were announced in a press release this morning. Classical music will remain on the air from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays with news/talk filling the other 15 hours Monday through Friday.

Dan Skinner, WKSU executive director, says in the release, “We believe this combination of news and music is the sound of Northeast Ohio’s future. WKSU is dedicated to telling the story of Akron, Canton, Cleveland and beyond through local and regional news, and the added national programs will allow us to tie the world together. The station continues to offer quality, unique music presentations that stand out nationally and honor WKSU’s objective of promoting arts and culture.”

Classical music also will be featured after 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, replacing the folk music programming that currently runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. Folk programming is being relegated to online and HD radio substations with the exception of the "Folk Alley Radio Show" from 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays.

“Morning Edition” will continue from 5 to 8 a.m., and “All Things Considered” still will start at 4 p.m. (although the show now will run from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by “The Marketplace,” instead of that half-hour business show running at 6 p.m. before the final half our of “ATC”).

“Fresh Air with Terry Gross” moves up an hour, from 3 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Shows making their Northeast Ohio debut include: “The Takeaway” with John Hockenberry (9 to 10 a.m. weekdays), the national call-in show “On Point” with Tom Ashford (10 a.m. to noon weekdays) and “Snap Judgment,” a contemporary blend of story and urban music (4 to5 p.m. Sundays).

Classical programming also will be replaced from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays, and several other weekend shows will have different time slots. The new programming schedule can be seen at the station’s website.


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