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WOUB Radio strengthens core news service
NPR and BBC News, Culture, and Talk Programs added to give station all-day news focus

ATHENS, Ohio (March 31, 2004) -- WOUB-FM has added five daily news, culture, and talk programs to its midday schedule to give the station a continuous weekday news and information service from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., Director of Radio and Interactive Services Tim Myers announced today. Four of the new programs are from National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C., and the fifth is from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The new Monday through Friday lineup, which became effective Thursday, March 25, follows NPR's "Morning Edition," which airs from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.:

  • "BBC Newshour" (9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) provides a mix of global reporting and analysis with a focus on exploring why events are happening and how they will affect the world.

  • "The Diane Rehm Show" (10 a.m. to noon) offers conversations on an array of topics with many of the nation's top newsmakers, journalists and authors as well as listeners. A full hour is spent on each subject, giving listeners an opportunity to go far beyond the headlines.

  • "Day to Day' (noon to 1 p.m.) updates the major news stories of the day with reports from NPR stations and a worldwide network of NPR and freelance reporters. Hosted by veteran NPR correspondent Alex Chadwick, the program includes new as well as familiar NPR voices and contributors from the online publication Slate.

  • "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.) is a daily magazine of contemporary arts and issues. The program features Terry Gross' in-depth interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on news and current affairs. The show gives interviews as much time as needed and complements them with comments and reviews from well-known critics and commentators.

  • "Talk of the Nation" (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) is a daily exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape, from politics and public service to education, religion, music and healthcare. Veteran NPR journalist Neal Conan hosts the program Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Ira Flatow takes over the host chair to discuss all things scientific for "Talk of the Nation Science Friday."

This new line up of programming will replace the standard daily fare of Classical music on WOUB-FM. "We have spent quite some time looking at this issue and have recently completed a member/listener survey to determine program preference. Our listeners identified 'news' coverage and intelligent discussion about national issues as their highest priority. We are focusing on providing what we feel will be the best service to our community-at-large," said Myers.

All of WOUB's program hosts and producers will remain at the station; some will assume new responsibilities. "All Things Considered" will continue to anchor the late afternoon part of the schedule following the local news magazine "Afternoon Edition."  

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Media Contact: Public Information Coordinator Olivea Oldham, (740) 593-4944 or Olivea_Oldham@woub.pbs.org

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