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New Programming Coming To KNKX!

We are excited to announce several new additions to our weekly broadcast schedule. Listeners have told us -- now more than ever -- that they value calm, civil conversations. So, starting the week of October 16th, we’ll introduce a slate of new evening programming that will make you think, wonder, and -- we hope -- smile.

To bring you these programs, we are moving the start of NPR’s Fresh Air to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Then, every night at 7 we will present a different experience, each rooted in civil discussion and discovery:

On Mondays we will rebroadcast our award-winning locally produced newsmagazine, Sound Effect. Every week the KNKX newsroom brings you deep storytelling about the place we call home. Join host Gabriel Spitzer for conversations and stories built around a theme.

On Tuesdays we’ll bring you a new weekly program from NPR, Hidden Brain. Host Shankar Vedantam is a beloved contributor to Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as a popular podcast host; now you will be able to hear Shankar go deeper on intriguing topics. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain helps you understand the world, current events and yourself.                                                  

On Beingis a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart. You will hear it every Wednesday evening. With each dynamic weekly program, host Krista Tippett talks to scientists, writers, and big thinkers about the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? Tippett brings her fresh curiosity and insightful questions to conversations with scientists, humanists, authors, thinkers, activists, and others.

How I Built This and Planet Money combines two podcasts into an hour of listening. How I Built This with host Guy Raz focuses on conversations with business leaders about how they built their companies. And Planet Money is the weekly podcast featuring award-winning financial reporting from NPR. You’ll hear that on Thursdays.

And to wrap up the week on Friday, another new NPR program: It’s Been A Minute with Sam Sanders. During last year's election, Sanders quickly emerged as a compelling new voice, and became a fan favorite as one of the hosts of the NPR Politics Podcast. His trademark curiosity and empathy connected with listeners. For the past several months he's been bringing those qualities to It’s Been A Minute on NPR One and his podcast. His basic concept: the world is complicated. Let's talk it out.

Our new weekday evening schedule starting Monday October 16th.

Why are you adding these programs now?

We are constantly assessing our program schedule to determine whether we are meeting listeners’ needs. A recent listener survey indicated that one of the main reasons people listened to KNKX was because of NPR programming. Listeners have also told us that now, more than ever, they value calm, civil conversations. With the debut of Hidden Brain and It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders this fall, we saw an opportunity to bring you more of this excellent programming.

Our listeners and supporters are constantly asking us what we’re doing to reach new and diverse audiences. Adding these fresh and engaging shows is one way we’re doing that; it helps us continue to expand our audience by offering new voices and perspectives.

What about the rest of your schedule?

The rest of our broadcast schedule will remain the same.

I liked listening to jazz at 7:30, where do I go if I want to listen to music?

We run a world-class 24-hour jazz stream called Jazz24. The same great hosts and music you hear on KNKX are also on J24. You can listen at, on your radio on our HD2 Channel, or on your on demand streaming device. So, if you have an Amazon Echo, simply say, “Alexa, play Jazz24.” You’ll get jazz all the time, anytime you want it.

Does this mean you’re transitioning away from jazz and blues on your main signal?

No. Our commitment to jazz and blues remains strong. We debuted two new jazz programs last fall, Jazz Caliente and The New Cool. We continue our community outreach through music education, student DJ’s, and live jazz on the air. Over 60% of our weekly schedule remains music programming. Plus, we are planning to debut a brand new “Studio Sessions” program featuring our vast archive of live performances. Stay tuned!

I have more questions about these new programs, who do I ask?

Feel free to write anytime: We’ll be glad to hear from you.

How can I learn more about these programs?

To learn more and listen to these exciting new shows you can visit their websites. We hope you’ll take some time to do so!