WABE/Atlanta Plans More Local News-Talk Daytime Shows
November 7, 2014 at 4:03 AM (PT)
ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS noncommercial Classical-News-Talk WABE/ATLANTA will drop Classical daytime programming to expand local News-Talk programming in the coming months. The station announced plans to add 25 hours of new weekly programming and expand its newsroom staff, with Classical fans offered music on WABE CLASSICS/HD2 and more News-Talk on WABE NEWS/HD3.
President/CEO MILTON CLIPPER said, “Our listeners are more diverse and technologically savvy, and with a variety of options. We’re investing in what they want most: News about what’s happening in their own community, and coverage of local arts, culture and activities that make ATLANTA a special place.... We’re determined to make Intelligent Radio for intelligent listeners even smarter."
CREATIVE LOAFING adds more detail to the changes, with 9-10a using local news segments interspersed with items from NPR's MORNING EDITION; Classical "SECOND CUP CONCERT" host LOIS REITZES hosting a two-hour arts and culture show at 10a (the "SECOND CUP CONCERT" show she hosts will be available on HD2), with participation from MARA DAVIS, H. JOHNSON, and SCOTT STEWART; a new local show at noon; and, likely, a nationally syndicated show after that.
The moves come in the wake of GEORGIA PUBLIC RADIO's controversial deal to program its News-Talk offerings on GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY noncommercial WRAS, replacing the eclectic music programming the station had previously aired.