Four New Programs to Debut on GPB Radio

Dec 1, 2016

As a valued GPB listener, we want you to know about some upcoming changes to our program schedule.  Beginning in January 2017 listeners of GPB radio stations outside of Atlanta and Athens will regularly hear On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, Nightcap with GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw, and Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio (see program descriptions below). GPB will also expand Political Rewind to three days a week.

Here’s the new weekday lineup for 2017:

5 – 9 a.m.          Morning Edition

9 – 10 a.m.         On Second Thought with Celeste Headlee

10 a.m. – noon  On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Noon – 2 p.m.   Here & Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson

2 – 3 p.m.           Political Rewind (M/W), The Takeaway (T/Th), Science Friday (F)

3 – 4 p.m.           Fresh Air (M-Th), Political Rewind (F)

4 – 7 p.m.           All Things Considered and Marketplace

7 – 8 p.m.           RadioLab (M), TED Radio Hour (T), This American Life (W), Snap Judgment (Th), Studio 360 (F)

8 – 10 p.m.        Performance Today with Fred Child (M-Th), GPB Jazz (F)

10 p.m. – Midnight    Nightcap with Sarah Zaslaw (M-W), ASO on GPB (Th), GPB Jazz (F)

 

Additionally, we’ll debut the new cooking show Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Radio on January 1 at 1 p.m. This show replaces America’s Test Kitchen, which will no longer be in production for radio. The co-host of America’s Test Kitchen television program, Bridget Lancaster, and other America’s Test Kitchen personalities will continue to appear regularly on Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Sundays at 2 p.m.

These changes were made after reviewing listener feedback, discussions among the GPB management team, and conversations with our program providers. They will allow GPB to increase its public service while wisely investing resources.

We encourage you to listen and are confident that you will find the programming to be substantive, enlightening, and entertaining – exactly the sort of quality public radio programming you have come to expect from GPB.

FAQ:

Q:  When will this change take place?
A:  The new schedule will launch Sunday, January 1.

Q:  What is changing?
A:  GPB is adding four new programs and expanding one program.

Q: Why are you making these changes?

A: News doesn’t just happen during Morning Edition or All Things Considered. It’s 24/7. To meet growing demand for news and information we are adding two NPR news programs that listeners across the country have been enjoying for years. To do this we have to move your favorite classical music programs to the evening.

Q:  What are you adding?
A:  On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, Nightcap with Sarah Zaslaw, and Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio

On Point (weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon) offers conversation about the country and the world we live in — about who we are, and where we’re going. It’s fast, fun, serious, surprising and open to everyone since they do live call-in. It has aired on GPB Atlanta/WRAS since 2014 and not a week goes by that host Tom Ashbrook doesn’t hear from a listener in Georgia. On Point was born in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, when the country was looking for answers and impatient with old certitudes. They still carry that urgency today: to test, challenge and probe. And while they do it, to celebrate the people, arts and ideas that make life a joy. Sample the show here.

Here & Now (weekdays from noon – 2 p.m.) is NPR’s midday news program. It’s a live production of NPR and WBUR Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country. GPB News has been a part of Here & Nows Contributors Network for two years, regularly filing stories about Georgia issues for the national show. Here & Now reflects the fluid world of news as it’s happening in the middle of the day, with timely, smart and in-depth news, interviews and conversation. Co-hosted by award-winning journalists Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson, the show’s daily lineup includes interviews with newsmakers, NPR reporters, editors and bloggers, innovators and artists from across the U.S. and around the globe.  Sample the program here

Nightcap (Monday – Wednesday from 10 p.m. – midnight) is a new classical music program from GPB’s Sarah Zaslaw. Sarah joined GPB Radio’s music department in 1998. Her first weekly show, A Musical Offering, won the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ Gabby Award for best locally produced program in 2000. Since that year she has shared classical music and lunchtime company with thousands across the state on Midday Music. Her 2006 Mozart special K is for Koechel was picked up by stations nationwide. In 2008, Sarah also took on hosting The ASO on GPB, for which she has interviewed such artists as Joshua Bell, Alan Gilbert, Yefim Bronfman and Hilary Hahn.

Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio (Sundays at 1 p.m.) is a new program from the former host of America’s Test Kitchen.  From street food in Thailand to a bakery in a Syrian refugee camp to how one scientist uses state of the art pollen analysis to track the origins of honey (and also to solve cold murder cases), Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio goes anywhere and everywhere to ask questions and get answers about cooking, food, culture, wine, farming, restaurants, literature, and the lives and cultures of the people who grow, produce, and create the food we eat. Sample it here.

These new programs have been under consideration for some time. They represent some the best that public radio has to offer, and you may like some of them even more than the programs they are replacing.

Q:  What are you expanding?
A:  Political Rewind with Bill Nigut will now be heard Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Fridays at 3 p.m. If there’s one thing the presidential election cycle has proven, there’s no shortage of political issues that need to be covered.

Q: What are you dropping?

A: To make room for Performance Today and Nightcap in the evenings, we will no longer air SymphonyCast, Night Music and Harmonia. Additionally, Savannah Music Festival Live and The Green Island Radio Show will not have weekday repeats. Savannah Music Festival Live will continue to air Sundays at 8 p.m., followed by The Green Island Radio Show.

If you have any additional questions or would like to make a comment about these changes feel free to contact GPB Member and Audience Services at ask@gpb.org or

404.685.4788 (in Atlanta) or 800.222.4788 (outside Atlanta).