Broadcast Schedule Update

Broadcast Schedule Update

At the end of this month, we will update our broadcast schedule at WBEZ.

To put it bluntly, our goals in doing this are simple: offer you more of the programs you love, in a lineup that suits when and how you listen. We’re also adding some new shows we think you’ll enjoy.

Monday through Thursdays we’re offering evenings of stories and ideas. The rule of thumb: storytelling shows at 8 p.m, idea-driven shows at 9 p.m. That lineup includes On Being, Snap Judgment, TED Radio Hour, Radiolab, and The Moth. It’s knockout.

Q moves to 10 p.m. And Fresh Air Encore moves to 11 p.m.

We’re giving you more Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon (We have your back, all you late risers). Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! shifts to 10 a.m. when more people have a chance to enjoy it. We’re also adding TED Radio Hour and Fresh Air Weekend to our Saturday lineup.

We’re introducing two exciting new shows to Sunday: Freakonomics with Stephen Dubner and The New Yorker Radio Hour with the magazine’s editor David Remnick. Reveal – from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX – will also air more regularly. We’re excited about all of that.

We’d like to give a special note of appreciation to Car Talk, which is coming off the broadcast schedule. As you may know, long-time host and radio giant Tom Magliozzi passed away in 2014. The show stopped production in 2012. We treasure what that show brought to the radio and to all of us. It was, and is, a really special show. With no new episodes in production though, public radio has begun bringing the program’s run to a close. Whenever we want to, fans can listen to old episodes of the show online — whenever we need a good laugh. I know I’ll be one of them.

You’ll start hearing the updated schedule the first week in March.

We know that change always takes some adjustment. We’re excited about this because we’re always looking for ways to serve you better. As always, we welcome feedback, comments and questions –

Just a reminder as well, you can always listen to anything we’ve broadcast during the last seven days on-demand using the rePlayer function on our mobile app. That’s right, anything in the last week. You can also find lots of shows we don’t have on the broadcast schedule, and listen to them whenever you want. It’s kind of like premium cable for public radio – but it’s free.

If you don’t have the WBEZ Chicago app yet, you can download it free for both iOS or Android.