WVXU Drops Remaining Music Programs From Its Public News/Talk Lineup

Cincinnati Public Radio’s Public News/Talk 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati/88.5 WMUB Oxford OH has announced it will remove all of its music programming from its lineup starting this upcoming weekend.

The lineup change is timed with the end of NPR’s “Ask Me Another” with Ophira Eisenberg and the retirement of local host Bill Cartwright whose “Swing with Bill Cartwright” aired on the station since 1996. The station is dropping John Diliberto’s syndicated “Echoes” from the weekday lineup where it currently airs from 10pm to 12am and the locally-produced “Jazz with O.T.”, which will continue to be heard on 90.9 WGUC-HD2 from 10pm-12am on Fridays.

In the last few years, there’s been an explosion of exciting new radio shows and podcasts focused on news, politics, current events, arts and culture, science, and storytelling. With an ear to bringing a wider diversity of voices to the Cincinnati airwaves and solidifying 91.7 WVXU as the full time news/talk/information station serving our community, Cincinnati Public Radio has made the decision to stop airing shows which are based on musical recordings.

The new schedule takes effect Saturday, August 14, with new programs such as Cultivating Place, A Way with Words and Code Switch and Life Kit.

“After 16 years of operating WVXU, it was time for us to make a complete commitment to bringing our listeners the best news, talk, analysis, and engaging public radio programming available,” said Jenell Walton, Cincinnati Public Radio Vice President of Content. “By expanding the number of shows from member stations and media partners that we make available to our listeners, we’re able to connect to more people in the community and increase the number of people who will find something here that’s for them,” said Walton

SATURDAY CHANGES (beginning Saturday, August 14)

7 a.m.: Cultivating Place (new) Subtitled Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden, this program is a voice for, with, and about gardeners and nature lovers of all manner around the globe, exploring how and why we garden – what we mean when we garden. Hosted by Jennifer Jewell. (Replaces an encore broadcast of Cincinnati Edition.)

11 a.m.: Code Switch and Life Kit (new) These two popular NPR podcasts are now joined together into a one-hour program. Code Switch tackles the subject of race head-on, exploring how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between. Life Kit is here to help you get it together. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. (Replaces Ask Me Another, which has discontinued production.)

10 p.m.: The Arts Hour (new) Authors, musicians, actors, and more are featured on this hour of arts coverage from the BBC, hosted by Nikki Bedi. (Replaces Swing with Bill Cartwright, who has retired.)

11 p.m.: PRX Remix (new) An hour of stories from both independent creators and the PRX podcast network Radiotopia. (Replaces Paul Ingles Music Archive Showcase.)

SUNDAY CHANGES (beginning Sunday, August 15)

7 a.m.: On Being (new time) Krista Tippet’s Peabody Award-winning program that asks the big questions about life now helps listeners start their Sunday mornings. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives. (Replaces a Cincinnati Edition encore broadcast.)

10 a.m.: Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me (new time) The Sunday rebroadcast of the popular NPR quiz now follows the news and puzzle on Weekend Edition Sunday. (Replaces The New Yorker Radio Hour, now at noon on Sundays.)

11 a.m.: A Way with Words (new) An upbeat and lively hour about language examined through history, culture, and family. Callers discuss slang, old sayings, new words, grammar, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. They settle disputes, play word quizzes, and discuss language news and controversies. (Replaces On the Media, now Sundays at 7 p.m.)

Noon: The New Yorker Radio Hour (new time) The audio version of one of America’s favorite magazines moves to noon for your lunchtime listening. (Replaces Freakonomics, now at 4 p.m. Sundays.)

1 p.m.: Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio (new) Recognizable from America’s Test Kitchen, 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. (Replaces The Splendid Table, now at 2 p.m. Sundays.)

2 p.m.: The Splendid Table (new time) Intimate conversations about food and its ability to connect people and lives. (Replaces Travel with Rick Steves, now at 3 p.m. Sundays)

3 p.m.: Travel with Rick Steves (new time) Public media’s travel guru takes listeners on fascinating visits to some of Europe’s best and least-known getaways. (Replaces rebroadcast of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me, now at 10 a.m. Sundays.)

4 p.m.: Freakonomics (new time) Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do) —from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. (Replaces This American Life rebroadcast, now at 9 p.m. Sunday.)

6 p.m.: Snap Judgment (new time) Glynn Washington’s hour mixes real stories with killer beats to produce a raw, musical brand of storytelling that dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. (Replaces On Being, now at 7 a.m. Sundays.)

7 p.m.: On the Media (new time) NPR’s long-running look at news coverage and journalism. (Replaces Fresh Air Weekend.)

9 p.m.: Reveal (rebroadcast) The Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism program from The Center for Investigative Journalism and PRX. (Replaces Snap Judgment, now airing Sundays at 6 p.m.)

10 p.m.: This American Life (new time – rebroadcast from Saturdays at 1 p.m.) Ira Glass’s award-winning storytelling style takes a theme and puts together different stories on that theme. (Replaces hour 1 of Jazz with OT.)

11 p.m.: PRX Remix (new) An hour of stories from both independent creators and the PRX podcast network Radiotopia. (Replaces hour 2 of Jazz with OT.)

WEEKDAY CHANGES (beginning Monday, August 16)

9 a.m.: The Takeaway (returning) A fresh alternative in daily news featuring critical conversations, live reports from the field, and listener participation. The Takeaway, with interim host Melissa Harris-Perry, provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage. (Replaces the 5th hour of Morning Edition.)

3 p.m.: BBC Newshour (new) Providing an international look at world news in the middle of the day. (Replaces the 2nd hour of Here & Now Monday-Thursday; Science Friday airs on Friday.)

WEEKNIGHT CHANGES (beginning Monday, August 16)

7 p.m.: Asian View (new) Asian View is a five-minute news segment broadcast by NHK WORLD-JAPAN. It features the latest news and deep analysis from Japan and the rest of Asia.

7:06 p.m.: The World (new time) Public radio’s long-running magazine program with an emphasis on international news. (Replaces the 4th hour of All Things Considered. Reveal airs in this time slot on Fridays.)

8 p.m.: Cincinnati Edition Encore (new time) WVXU’s daily talk show with host Michael Monks talking about the issues, newsmakers, and thought leaders here at home. (Replaces The World, now weeknights at 7 p.m.)

9 p.m.: q (returning) Tom Powers hosts this arts and culture magazine program from the CBC. (Replaces Cincinnati Edition Encore, now weeknights at 8 p.m.)

10 p.m.: Rebroadcasts of: Code Switch and Life Kit (Mondays), A Way with Words (Tuesdays), Cultivating Place (Wednesdays), Snap Judgment (Thursdays), The Arts Hour (Fridays). (Replaces hour 1 of Echoes.)

11 p.m.: Rebroadcasts of Latino USA (Mondays), Freakonomics (Tuesdays), Milk Street Radio (Wednesdays), and The Moth Radio Hour (Thursdays). (Replaces hour 2 of Echoes.)

Fridays at 11 p.m.: PRX Remix Select, a curated hour of stories from independent providers and the PRX podcast network Radiotopia. (Replaces hour 2 of Echoes.)

This story first appeared on radioinsight.com