FAQ: Michigan Radio’s Updated Program Lineup
So why are you changing the lineup of some of your shows?
Sometimes we have to make hard decisions about what programs to include in our schedule and modify our schedule line-up. These changes are only made after careful consideration, and are based on listener feedback, audience trends, and changes in the availability of programs.
In order to ensure that there are great shows in the future, we sometimes need to give a promising new show an opportunity to develop an audience in our schedule. We understand that listeners come to rely on listening to favorite shows at familiar times, and we try to find the mix of programs that are most valued by the largest number of our listeners.
What’s happening to Car Talk, The Splendid Table, Science Friday and WireTap?
Car Talk has been a popular and beloved program, but new episodes of the show have not been produced for several years. Changes to Car Talk started in 2012, when Tom and Ray announced their retirement, ending production of new episodes. The show continued on the radio using material from the program’s archives. Sadly, last year we learned that Tom Magliozzi had died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. With Tom’s death and the show in repeats, we feel it’s time to move forward with building a Saturday lineup based on vibrant shows that are still in production. We will continue to air the Best of Car Talk on Sundays at 11 am.
As one of Michigan’s leading news and information providers, we feel it's important to offer listeners a more consistent weekday schedule, and provide midday content that is responsive to news stories taking place throughout the full week. That's why we'll be airing Here & Now and Stateside on a consistent Monday-Friday basis. That also means finding a new time for Science Friday. Since this is a weekly show, we feel it fits well into our weekend schedule with other shows that air once per week. And even though the show is called Science Friday, the content will be just as timely if you listen to it on the weekend.
Unfortunately, we have seen the listening audience for The Splendid Table decline markedly in recent years. There may still be a loyal audience for the show, but we suspect that many fans are podcasting the show rather than listening to it over the air.
Lastly, WireTap is ceasing production and will no longer be available to the station.
What are the new shows you’re adding?
Reveal and The New Yorker Radio Hour are exciting new journalistic additions to our schedule on Sunday evenings. Produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, Reveal (Sun, 8 PM) is public radio’s Peabody Award-winning investigative journalism show. The show presents original work from CIR's team along with various partners, including public radio stations, web sites, journalism centers and reporters from around the world.
The New Yorker Radio Hour (Sun, 9 PM) is a weekly program presented by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick. Each episode features a diverse mix of interviews, profiles, storytelling, and an occasional burst of humor inspired by the magazine, and shaped by its writers, artists, and editors.