Thursday, August 29, 2019


From the PSAs the station has made the past week or so, it appears WSIU will move to an all news/talk format from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. The promos indicate that starting Monday, the station will broadcast 1A at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Fresh Air at 11 a.m. and Think will replace Fresh Air at 2 p.m. For someone who likes the news, like myself, this is great, but I imagine classical music fans will be disappointed.

I certainly did not hear much discussion about this leading up to the announcement. I would think such a change to the schedule must have been in the works for awhile and wonder why they are doing it. Maybe the listenership drops drastically after the end of Morning Edition and picks up noticeably when Here and Now starts.


  1. This is typical SIU - going ahead without any form of discussion. In the past, the station dropped the Saturday afternoon Live at the New York Met broadcasts on its 75th anniversary along with others on Mozart and 40s music run by dedicated volunteers. Fortunately, we do have WSIU where these programs found a home and this station deserves full support unlike WSIU with its equally dismal PBS TV.

  2. Correction last sent3nce should read WDBX in the first part.

  3. Agreed. though I like the programs, a station with the tagline "Powered by you" ought to have done more outreach before going ahead with the changes.