KPBS/San Diego Drops Classical To Go News-Talk 24/7
May 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM (PT)
Noncommercial KPBS/SAN DIEGO is taking Classical programming, presently airing at nights and on weekends, off its main channel to make the station all News-Talk, starting MAY 23rd. A new Classical stream will be added to the station's web site, and its HD2 channel will continue to air CLASSICAL-24.
"This is a positive move forward for KPBS," said KPBS GM TOM KARLO. "KPBS is committed to serving our community with news and information all day, every day. The recent world and national events have demonstrated that locals rely on KPBS -- on all our platforms -- for the latest news and updates. Now they will have access to that public service on KPBS-FM 24-7."
"These are very exciting changes for KPBS radio and the organization as a whole," said Director of Programming JOHN DECKER. "The addition of these new programs, along with some of the time shifts will better cater to our audiences who like thoughtful news from a local, national and world perspective -- and throughout the day and night."
Among the changes, the 9a show "THESE DAYS" will change its name to "MIDDAY EDITION" and will run one hour at noon weekdays, while "EDITORS ROUNDTABLE" becomes "THE ROUNDTABLE" and will air as part of "MIDDAY EDITION" on FRIDAYS. The station is adding several new syndicated public radio shows, including the BBC's "WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY," WARREN OLNEY's "TO THE POINT," the CBC's "Q," a simulcast of "PBS NEWS HOUR," and "THE SPLENDID TABLE" and "BEING."