Why is the evening edition of 1A being replaced?
The evening edition of 1A, which debuted on WAMU at 8 p.m. Monday through Friday in June 2017, is an edited rebroadcast of the live show from earlier in the day. It was created to test a curated, evening version of 1A for listeners in the Midwest and the West Coast who would not be able to hear the show live. The show has been a success. Over the past year, the evening rebroadcast of 1A has seen a 33% increase in stations that carry it and it continues to grow. Beginning February 24, WAMU will no longer air the evening rebroadcast of 1A. It will, however, be available to member stations that choose to air this version of the program.
Is 1A being replaced, too?
No. We will continue to air 1A at its regularly scheduled time of 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
I always listen to 1A in the evenings. How can I still do that?
You can visit the1a.org and stream each day’s segments from the website or listen to the 1A podcast.
Why are you adding PBS NewsHour when I can watch it on two different television stations in the region?
WAMU wants to provide an array of credible sources that our listeners are both familiar with and trust. Public television viewers have turned to the PBS NewsHour for solid, reliable reporting that has made it one of the most trusted and award-winning news programs on TV – and WAMU wants to bring this important news service to more people. Additionally, WAMU will be the first public radio station in the country that is not a joint licensee (public television and public radio) to broadcast the show. It’s an informative program that we wanted to make part of the WAMU lineup.
The World used to be on at 8 p.m. then you moved it to midnight not long ago. Now you’re moving it back to 8 p.m. — why?
The producers of The World (PRX, WGBH Radio Boston and BBC) have reinvented their newsmagazine – from updating the sound and style to deepening its content. The program emphasizes international news and global journalism through interesting stories and engaging voices, and because of that, WAMU is committed to support innovation and reinvention and bring it to our audience as soon as its available.
I’m tired of news all the time. Why are you moving Hidden Brain/Reveal/Planet Money to the weekend?
History has shown us that during election years, interest in news increases, and we strive to deliver on that. As we enter this election year and beyond, WAMU is making tweaks to our program schedule to focus on providing our weekday evening audience with a more consistent schedule of news reporting from an array of credible sources that our listeners are both familiar with and trust. On Point will now be five nights during the week instead of four. And, we’re removing an encore broadcast of It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders – however, that show will continue to air on Saturdays at 4 p.m.
I love to listen to This American Life/Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me/It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. Will these shows still be airing and when?
We are only replacing the 7 p.m. Saturday rebroadcast of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me with special programming including documentaries, podcasts and other shows that represent the diversity of public media. Therefore, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me will continue to air at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and This American Life will continue to air on Saturdays at 1p.m. It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders will continue to air on Saturdays at 4 p.m.