WETS/Tri-Cities, TN Drops Weekday Music
January 26, 2010 at 4:20 AM (PT)
Weekdays are for news and talk at noncommercial WETS/KINGSPORT-JOHNSON CITY-BRISTOL, as the station drops its MONDAY-FRIDAY Americana and Classical programming in favor of more talk programming, starting MONDAY (2/1).
The station is expanding NPR's "ALL THINGS CONSIDERED" for two extra hours to air 4-8p, and is adding the BBC WORLD SERVICE 9-10a and 8p-5a, DIANE REHM 10a-noon, "TALK OF THE NATION" 2-4p, and "BOB EDWARDS WEEKEND" SUNDAYS 10a-noon.
"We have examined programming options for WETS for more than two years," said Station Manager WAYNE WINKLER. "WETS has been a vital part of our community for 36 years, and we feel this change will best fulfill the mission of the university and of WETS-FM. We feel a new approach to programming is in the best interest of the station, its listeners, and its financial future ... We took many things into consideration before deciding on this change. Ratings were certainly a factor, as were the results of the last several fundraising campaigns. It was clear to us that the bulk of support for WETS came from those who listened to news and information programming."