Wed July 2, 2014
Programming Changes on KCCU
Classical music from PRI can be heard weeknights from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m. on 89.3 & HD1, weekday mornings from 5 until 9 a.m. on HD2, and overnight on the weekends on HD2.
Jazz after Hours with Jim Wilke can be heard from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights on 89.3 - HD1.
Jazz from the Jazz Satellite Network will continue on HD2 from Midnight through 4 a.m. on weekdays.
We have already received calls approving the return to PRI, and to answer some of your questions, yes the programming costs will go up. There will be no overall increase in fee's this year.
PRI is glad to have us back, so we have worked out a deal where we have a three-year grace period (reduced costs) to work on our fundraising to support these programs.
By the fourth year, our costs will have gone up, signifcantly. However, I expect that our listeners who become members will hear the difference and respond by opening their pocketbooks.
As always, our offices are always open to you calls, visits and suggestions. If you have a comment on our programming or wish to give us your input, we are your public radio station, and we welcome the chance to visit with you.
The programming change is the result of an alteration in program delivery methods by the previous supplier of our overnight Classical and Jazz programs, the WFMT Fine Arts Network. WFMT decided to cease delivery by NPR's Public Radio Satellite system and go to much more labor-intensive and time-consuming, manual-download method. This process would have added an entire work-day, per-week to our already busy operations schedule.
Our web-host, NPR Digital Services, is rolling out some new software this week, and it may take several days for our programming grid to catch-up to what is actually on the air - with respects to classical and jazz programs, overnight.