WFUV Tweaks Programming
October 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM (PT)
FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Triple A WFUV/NEW YORK has just made several programming adjustments to focus more on being a vital, local contemporary music service. These include some tweaks to the weekday music mix and replacing NPR news headlines with all local newscasts.
While continuing as a Triple A station, WFUV will bring forward its role as NEW YORK’s source for music discovery. “With such a wealth of exciting new artists these days, we’re renewing our commitment to that,” said WFUV PD RITA HOUSTON. “But we also have a responsibility to preserve what’s gone before, so we’ll dig even deeper into the work of music icons and draw a line between them and today’s new artists.”
At the same time, WFUV has dropped top-of-the-hour NPR newscasts, although the station remains an NPR member station, contributing content to both NPR News and NPR Music. WFUV’s award-winning news department will provide coverage of national, international and local news at :50 past each hour during morning and afternoon drive. “We are expanding the role of our news department, to do more in-depth reporting on issues important to all of us,” said WFUV News and Public Affairs Director GEORGE BODARKY
The station has also dropped drive time Total Traffic reports, and the show, Echoes, has been replaced from 2-5a by the weekday FUV Music mix. “This gives us three more hours to do what we do best,” said HOUSTON. “We have an opportunity to fill a real need in the NEW YORK market, and we’re excited to offer a music mix that’s uniquely diverse, eclectic and true to our public radio values.”