Reruns are out at KPLU. New content is in. Sort of.
The station announced today that “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland will be dropped. “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” will fill that time slot.
The public radio station at Pacific Lutheran University (88.5 FM) is one of Puget Sound’s main providers of National Public Radio programming and, of course, jazz.
Beginning this Sunday’s KPLU’s program schedule will change between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. KPLU’s Assistant General Manager/Director of Content Joey Cohn said the 94-year-old McPartland hasn’t recorded a new show for over two years and KPLU has been airing reruns.
KPLU will be expanding its broadcast of the news magazine “Weekend Edition Sunday” by one hour and repeating the NPR news quiz “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” at 10 a.m. That shows airs originally on Saturdays.
OK…so, it’s not exactly original content. But at least it’s only 24 hours old instead of two years old. Public radio seems to be mired in the same abyss we in the newspaper biz are in with so-called legacy comics (“Peanuts”). We are loathe to irritate long-time readers and listeners who want to continue reading “For Better or For Worse” or listening to “Car Talk” even though they’re all reruns. (The “Car Talk” guys are retiring this month but NPR will continue to air reruns.)
Trouble is: there’s only so many pages in a newspaper and so many minutes on air. If you devote those precious resources to the dead or retired you automatically cut out new, fresh and young voices and talent.
So, kudos to KPLU for having the guts after two years to take this step.
Other changes on Sunday include “Jazz Sunday Side Up” moving to 11 a.m. and becoming a three-hour show. “Jazz Northwest” continues to follow that show and moves to 2 p.m.
The new Sunday lineup is as follows:
5-10 a.m. “Weekend Edition Sunday” with Rachel Martin and Gary Crawford
10-11 a.m.: “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” with Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: “Jazz Sunday Side Up” with Ruby Brown
2-3 p.m.: “Jazz Northwest” with Jim Wilke
The 3 p.m.-midnight hours remain the same with Ken Wiley’s “The Art of Jazz” from 3-6 p.m. and “All Blues” with John Kessler from 6 p.m.–midnight.
Listeners with questions and/or comments can contact KPLU at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-NPR-KPLU.