On July 1, 2011, KHSU will make some changes to its program schedule. These changes are designed to save KHSU money in the face of cuts to our state funding, while expanding some shows and launching new programs that KHSU's listeners will enjoy.
A Letter from General Manger Ed Subkis:
When KHSU begins a new fiscal year on July 1, some changes will take place in our program schedule.
NPR's "Morning Edition" will now begin at 3:00 A.M. Early risers (or really late-night owls) can now hear the latest and most timely news from NPR when it is first broadcast. On Saturday and Sunday morning, "Weekend Edition" will add an extra hour, as well as begin earlier on Sunday. This new schedule - from 7:00 to 10:00 A.M. - will allow more opportunities to hear the entire program as it accommodates the varied schedules we have on the weekend - be it sleeping in late or getting up early for weekend chores. On Sunday morning we will repeat the popular "Wait Wait - Don't Tell Me" after "Weekend Edition." Listeners with busy Saturdays can now hear what they may have missed on a more leisurely Sunday.
At the same time, we say goodbye to some old friends. "The BBC World Service" and "Mountain Stage" will be retired from the KHSU schedule. Listeners have enjoyed these shows over the years, but when we took a hard look at the cost for these programs, it became evident that KHSU can no longer afford them in these financial times. Diehard fans, however, can continue to hear these programs over the internet. We recommend that you go to the programs' websites to find archives, podcasts or links to other stations where you can hear them in real time.
Also on Saturday "Car Talk" and "Wait Wait - Don't Tell Me" will still follow "Weekend Edition," but slide back one hour. Our childrens' music and storytelling programs "Redwood Earlines" and "Whippy Dip Radio Show" will move to Sunday at 6:00 P.M. From 1:00 - 3:00 P.M. "Mountain Stage" will be replaced by "American Routes." Other changes on Sunday include the "Conscious Contact Gospel Hour" beginning one hour earlier at 5:00 A.M. and "Sista's Place" adds another half-hour, now starting at 2:00 P.M. "Latino USA" moves to Friday afternoon at 1:30 P.M. and will air in place of "Humankind". "The Thistle and Shamrock", previously heard Sunday at 6:00 P.M., moves to Thursday at 2:00 P.M., replacing "The Brazilian Hour", which leaves the KHSU schedule.
We want to thank everyone who chooses to listen to KHSU, with a special thanks to our members for their financial support. It's a fine balance to make program changes that will enhance our core service while still achieving the necessary savings we need to keep KHSU strong in this challenging economy. We think we have accomplished that balance and are excited about this new schedule. Listen, and tell us what you think when you get a moment.Listen, and tell us what you think when you get a moment.
KHSU General Manager
Narrative of Changes:
Monday - Friday:
-"The BBC World Service" will no longer air weekdays 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.
-Weekdays Midnight to 3 a.m. a number of programs will move and we will add four new programs: Philosophy Talk and Hear the World, Earthbeat and The State We're In from Radio Netherlands.
-Weekdays from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. "Morning Edition" will air with updates.
- "Weekend Edition" will begin at 7 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday and run for three hours instead of two, ending at 10 a.m.
-Saturday programs "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me" and "Car Talk" will shift an hour later starting at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. On Sunday we will air "Wait Wait" again at 10 a.m.
-"Mountain Stage" has been canceled. A new program, "American Routes" will replace Mountain Stage.
-On Sunday, "The Conscious Contact Gospel Hour" will start at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m., "Sista's Place" will be two hours starting at 2 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m. and "Latino USA" will move to 1:30 p.m. Friday after "the Homepage".-Also on Sunday, "Redwood Earlines" and the "Whippy Dip Radio Show" will move to 6 p.m. before "Folklife Woodshed" from their Saturday morning slot.
-"Thistle and Shamrock" will move to Thursday afternoons at 1 p.m. before "Ethnic Excursions".
Frequently Asked Questions:
-Why change the KHSU program schedule?
-I used to hear my favorite program at a particular time. Why is it now gone?
-I love "A Prairie Home Companion" and now it's gone. Why?
-Where's "the BBC World Service"?
-Don't you have to pay for the programs replacing the BBC?
-What is new with all of these changes?
-Why did you take "Mountain Stage" off the air?
-If I can't hear "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage" and "The BBC World Service" on KHSU, where can I hear them?
-Why are you airing so many hours of "Morning Edition"?
- And "Weekend Edition?" Why are you adding another hour of that program?
-I listen to "Wait Wait...Don't Tell me" on Saturday. Why are you airing a repeat now on Sunday?
-Why did you move your children's and storytelling programming from Saturday morning to Sunday evening?
-What else is changing?
-How can I comment about programming on KHSU?
-Where can I see the entire schedule?
-PDF download of Schedule
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A: For many reasons. Some are financial - we were paying a significant amount of money but did not have a significant audience or attract enough financial support to pay for some of these programs. Other changes were made to improve our program flow so that listeners will continue to enjoy the theme of our programming for a longer period of time. In some cases, we wanted to "put our best foot forward" and air our most popular programs at times when more people would be likely to hear them. Last, we wanted to add some new and exciting programs to our schedule. TOP
A: In most cases your favorite program is not gone; it has just been moved to a different time of the week. This is especially true on the weekends. Take a look at the new schedule (link is below) and see.TOP
A: Pretty much the same reason as "A Prairie Home Companion." The BBC is an expensive program service that aired at a time when there was very little audience. In today's economy, we just can't afford to pay large fees for programs that few people can listen to. TOP
We still have BBC news on "The World," which airs weekdays from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM. TOP
A:No. There is no charge for the earlier feed of NPR's "Morning Edition," which will replace most of the BBC hours. This is already paid for with our program fees to NPR. The other early morning hours replacing the BBC are filled with programs that come to us at no charge. TOP
A:Our favorite new program is "American Routes" on Saturdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, replacing "Mountain Stage." This program looks at many musical styles and performers as they intersect with unique aspects of American culture. It's all connected and unified through the music. "American Routes" is produced and hosted by folklorist and American music expert Nick Spitzer. TOP
A: "Mountain Stage" was another of our shows with a noticeable price tag. It's been on the air at KHSU for many years, and many of the programs were repeats. We think "American Routes" is a good replacement with a similar appeal but a fresher sound. TOP
A:The internet. You can go to the programs' websites to find archives, podcasts or lists of other stations that air these programs where you can listen in real time. TOP
A: "Morning Edition" is an evolving program. News is always happening and "Morning Edition" is up-to-date as most of us on the West Coast are still sleeping. Night owls and early risers in the KHSU audience can now hear the timely news of the day when it first happens. NPR updates "Morning Edition" throughout the morning as stories evolve, so there is always fresh news in the later hours of the program. TOP
A: Most people's lives change on the weekend. They sleep in later or do domestic and recreational activities on a different schedule than during the week. Our new schedule for "Weekend Edition" - from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM - will allow more opportunities to hear the entire program as it accommodates weekend lifestyles. This change also makes the Saturday and Sunday schedules consistent with each other as we air the program at a regular time on both days. TOP
A: You may listen to the whole show on Saturday, but as we noted above, people have busy and changing lifestyles on the weekend. "Wait Wait" is one of our most popular programs. A repeat on a more leisurely Sunday morning will allow people to hear the program if they missed it on Saturday, or if they just want to enjoy its clever humor again while news the show pokes fun at is still timely. TOP
A: We talked to teachers and parents about this move. The suggestion was that we move these shows ("Redwood Earlines" and "Whippy Dip Radio Show") to a time later in the day because families and children have many Saturday activities that take them away from the radio. We chose early on Sunday evening as the best place to move these shows for two reasons. First, the weekend is winding down by then and families tend to be settling in back at home; and second, many of the songs and stories in these programs come from a folk tradition, and what better way to tie this in than to air these shows before "The Folklife Woodshed"? TOP
A: On Sundays, "Conscious Contact Gospel Hour" now begins an hour earlier in the morning; "Sista's Place" expands an extra half-hour and now begins at 2:00 PM; and "Latino USA" moves to Friday afternoons at 1:30 PM. We'll also hear a variety of discussion, music or entertainment programs early in the AM before "Morning Edition." TOP
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A: You can see the schedule at our program grid page, or download a pdf copy here