WGBH changes dials, brings news talk to 89.7

Filed in Local News by on September 25, 2009 1 Comment

Radio_IconBoston’s WGBH has been on the air for quite some time, in both TV and in radio. It’s FM station has set itself apart from its visual counterpart by embracing auditory form with a focus on classical music programming. That’s all going to change now that WGBH has purchased the classical channel WCRB-FM.

The station says it plans to shift all of its classical air time over to its new end of the dial. By doing so, they hope to still cater to listeners craving a classicle fix while also opening up their trademark spot on the dial to new programming.

Some listeners surely spend their time at 89.7  particularly for its NPR programming, and some purely for the classics. Either way, with the acquisition of another site to cater purely to its musical fans, WGBH needs a new line of programming to fill 89.7’s  newly opened time slots.

From the sound of the lineup so far, they may just convince them all to stay after the music stops.

Greater Boston, a nightly news-zine broadcast on WGBH’s  TV spot, will apparently be adapted into a radio format. The biggest news perhaps is that WGBH says it is looking into adding segments from their national programming as well. These programs include Frontline, and best of all, the American Experience.

WGBH says it will continue to broadcast its NPR programming, which consists of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. WBUR, the other station that broadcasts the NPR titles, is a news talk powerhouse and will be likely competition for the virgin station. That’s not even mentioning other news talk competitor WBZ Radio.

And it seems the radio war has already begun. Shortly after news hit of WGBH’s venture into news talk, WBUR memoed out this little bitch slap.

“Short of a massive investment in resources, it is hard to imagine a scenario in which WGBH will be able to challenge us seriously on the local news front”

Oh snap!

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