WGBH details its new radio programming

Filed in Arts & Entertainment, Local News by on November 28, 2009 2 Comments

Last time we talked about public broadcasting powerhouse WGBH, they were attempting to rebrand their radio channel 89.7FM as a news talk destination, moving their classical station to a dedicated spot on the dial to make room for new programming.  The station has plans to bring some of its more popular television show to radio, and says it will begin to do so starting this Tuesday, the first of December.

Amongst the programs getting the radio redux are shows “Beat The Press,’’ “Nova,’’ and “The News Hour.’’ WGBH’s “Greater Boston’’ TV host Emily Rooney and “Beat the Press’’ commentator Callie Crossley are also slated to host a weekday news/commentary show focused on local issues and local news. That show however, which has yet to receive a name, won’t begin until  Jan. 4.

For those still pining for some Shubert, the classical music station is shifting to WCRB on 99.5 FM, which WGBH acquired for around $14 million. But while the new station will serve to preserve the classical elements that WGBH became known for, the station is conversely shedding its blues and folk programming to make the shift to what some disgruntled supporters describe as a talk news clone of WBUR, Boston’s already full time NPR news station.

When asked about WGBH’s new battle plan, Paul La Camera of WBUR described it as “quite creative, and “very ambitious,” adding “we wish them well.’’

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  1. Re “But while the new station will serve to preserve the classical elements that WGBH became known for, the station is conversely shedding its blues and folk programming to make the shift to what some disgruntled supporters describe as a talk news clone of WBUR, Boston’s already full time NPR news station…..”

    Many WGBH members are indeed disgruntled and are leaving comments and unaddressed questions in the “WGBH Radio Boston” Facebook group you link to.

    But since Novermber 6, >1200 people have registered with another Facebook group, “Supporters of folk and blues on WGBH”, leaving scores of thoughtful and heartfelt comments.

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=201481030324&ref=ts

  2. Patrick says:

    Oh, I missed that facebook page, thanks for the link!

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