The first week of July brings a handful of changes to both of our channels’ program schedules.
The changes are prompted by the departure of This American Life from the stable of programs distributed by Public Radio International. WFIU used to receive quite a few shows through PRI, including the BBC, but over the years that inventory diminished to the point that the few remaining programs we received had to be measured against the expense to maintain them. As of July 1, we are ending our PRI affiliation. On our main channel, that will mean the loss of Living on Earth (Saturday mornings), Afropop Worldwide (Saturday evenings), and The Record Shelf (Wednesday evenings).
Joining the Saturday morning lineup at 7 is Living Planet, the weekly environmental magazine from Deutsche Welle that reports on major trends both in the U.S. and abroad. Sound-rich reports explore new technologies, visit innovative ecological projects, and keep you up-to-date on the state of the environment. Recent programs focused on an Australian couple’s mission to save a rare tree kangaroo, water flows in Kenya’s desert, a unique program in Britain to save the bee population, and a woman who devotes her life to Latvia’s bears.
Saturdays at 10 p.m., Fort Wayne visual artist Julia Meek of Northeast Indiana Public Radio explores how folk traditions are passed down through music on Folktales. From ancient to modern, from steel drum bands to didgeridoos, from Americana to Arabesque, Meek considers how music expresses customs, heritage, and myths.
Wednesday nights at 10 we’ll be bringing you Collectors’ Corner hosted by Henry Fogel, dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and professor of orchestral studies. Each two-hour episode offers orchestral, vocal, chamber and solo-instrumental recordings that are long out-of-print or hard to find, but qualify as hidden classics.
The departure from PRI will also affect the schedule for digital-only WFIU2: We’ll be offering Fresh Air Monday through Friday at 7 p.m., with the BBC World Service following each weeknight at 8. Radiolab will join our second-channel schedule Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Says You! airs on HD2 Sunday afternoons at 2. Leaving the WFIU2 lineup will be Science Friday, Studio 360, and the Whad’Ya Know? Radio Hour.
Also, Saturdays at noon on WFIU2, Relevant Tones will be replaced by Harmonia.
We believe you’ll find these programs positive additions to the weekly lineup. Once you’ve had a chance to sample them, please let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.