Q: Why is Hot Jazz Saturday Night ending?
A: The majority of member feedback we have received from WAMU audience research indicates a strong desire for even more news on the weekends – because while you may not work on the weekend, that doesn’t mean the news cycle takes a break. This feedback has remained consistent and set the direction for the station’s long-term vision to become the DC-region’s 24-7 news and information station.
Hot Jazz Saturday Night provided engaging musical content to its fans for over 38 years – a great run for any public media program. While we are sad to see it end, we recognize that each generation of shows paves the way for the next, and all of those that have come before have made the station what it is today. Rob’s dedication to Hot Jazz Saturday Night will continue to be valued well beyond his tenure on the air because Rob and the show are part of WAMU’s foundation.
Q: What is taking its place?
On June 30, 2018, in place of the long-running program Hot Jazz Saturday Night, from 8-10 p.m. you’ll hear Live From Here with Chris Thile, which you may know formerly as A Prairie Home Companion. This widely popular variety show features host Chris Thile providing tongue-in-cheek radio drama, humor and interviews with musical guests. The third hour of Hot Jazz Saturday Night will be replaced with Live Wire, a one-hour variety show that blends original sketch comedy, spoken word, music from up-and-coming artists, and interviews with writers, filmmakers and comedians.
You’ll also note we have additional changes to the Saturday evening line-up, including:
- Beginning June 30 an encore broadcast of All Things Considered will air from 6-7 p.m.
- Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! will have an encore broadcast at 7 p.m. followed by two hours of Live From Here with Chris Thile.
- Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired will be replaced with international news from the BBC World Service at 11 p.m.
Q: I love Hot Jazz Saturday Night. How will I be able to hear past episodes?
A: These shows represent an impressive body of work – nearly 2,000 episodes – and one that we believe should be preserved. In fact, we’ve been working with Rob and the Library of Congress to archive episodes dating back to 1980, and store these at its Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia. The Library of Congress’s interest to archive the show is a huge honor for both Rob and WAMU; unfortunately, the repository is not accessible to the public. Fans will be able to hear his last episode through June 30 on WAMU’s website at https://wamu.org/show/hot-jazz-saturday-night/.
Q: I donate to WAMU specifically for Hot Jazz Saturday Night. How do I stop my membership?
A: We’re sorry to hear that this program change impacted one of your favorite shows. We wish we had more hours in the day to accommodate all the great programming listeners have come to love. We certainly understand why this change may impact your desire to donate.
Please contact our membership team at email@example.com with "Cancel my Sustaining Membership" in the subject line - they will be in touch with you within 48 hours.
We hope you will continue to listen to the other programming we provide, and hopefully we will regain your support again in the future.
Q: Will there no longer be any music programming on WAMU?
A: While there may not be a show dedicated solely to music programming, some of the shows we air, such as Fresh Air and Live From Here, feature conversations with or performances by notable and up-and-coming musicians.
Additionally, you may recall WAMU transitioned Bluegrass Country to Bluegrass Country Foundation, ensuring our music fans could continue to hear this programming 24/7 on HD via 88.5 FM Channel 2 in the Washington area.