On Monday June 29 KUSP will make some adjustments to our weekday broadcast schedule. These are the first changes that are consequences of our work to re-envision KUSP and adjust to the economic realities brought on by the end of our efforts to find partner stations with whom we could work to further our mission.
The back story behind our visioning process is on-line at kusp.org/participate – so there’s lots of related information to see over there. On this blog I’ll just review the programming changes you can expect.
The most significant change for many listeners will be the end of our broadcasts of Marketplace, produced by American Public Media, or APM. KUSP has been a Marketplace station since 2008. You’ve heard their coverage of business and the economy weekday afternoons and also as part of Morning Edition.
We are discontinuing Marketplace on KUSP in order to reduce programming costs; on a minute-by-minute basis it is one of the most expensive programs KUSP acquires. Over the summer, as we finalize our new vision for KUSP, we will save thousands of dollars by not broadcasting Marketplace and extending All Things Considered (which will now air from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM).
The way public radio programs are priced for local stations by distributors such as NPR and APM is very complicated, and not consistent from one program to the next. Depending on what we find as we complete our visioning and planning, Marketplace might return to KUSP later on.
We are also making a change in our early morning schedule. Morning Edition from NPR News will start at 4:00 AM, instead of 3:00. At 3:00 we will bring you Outside Source, from the BBC World Service. Hosted by Ros Adkins, one of the BBC’s best known and most respected presenters, Outside Source is a live round-up of breaking world news and is a little different in style from the more traditional news presentation of World Update, which continues on KUSP and will precede Outside Source at 2:00 AM. If your day starts early, the combination of World Update, Outside Source, and Morning Edition will give you an unmatched range of perspectives on the news.
Let me close by noting two other recent changes to what you hear on KUSP. After ten years, Kelly O’Brien has retired her twice-weekly feature on transportation, energy, and sustainability – Life in the Fast Lane. Kelly is a small business owner, a community leader, and volunteers as President of KUSP’s Board of Directors. These other commitments – especially her volunteer leadership role at our station – have made it impossible for her to devote the time Life in the Fast Lane needs. We’re sorry to see the program go, but very happy she’s continuing as part of the station leadership as we work through our planning and transition. The archive of Life in the Fast Lane programs will continue to be available at kusp.org.
Also, we are bidding farewell to Dylan Music, whose voice is familiar to regular listeners to KUSP’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Dylan has been part of our announcing staff since 2011. He leaves KUSP to take over from David Wittrock as the regular host of Morning Edition on KAZU, and we wish Dylan well in this next phase of his public radio career.