Boston Public Radio, 89.7 WGBH is expanding its programming to include more NPR, more Marketplace and a seamless local talk block from noon to 2 p.m.
Beginning Monday, July 2, 89.7 WGBH will expand its exploration of economic issues and trends with additional broadcasts from Marketplace, American Public Media's program focusing on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. WGBH will begin airing Marketplace, hosted by Kai Ryssdal, weekdays at 6 p.m., and will expand to four Marketplace Morning Reports instead of its current two. The station also will introduce a daily, 4-minute Marketplace Tech Report focusing on the innovation and technology sectors of the economy.
"Our audience appreciates the high quality and the creative reporting done by Marketplace on weekday mornings during WGBH's Morning Edition,” says Phil Redo, 89.7 managing director. “As we add the full Marketplace report at 6 p.m., WGBH Radio now will be the place where Boston listeners turn for relevant economic news, to start and finish their day.”
The expanded partnership between WGBH and Marketplace will include a Marketplace reporter actively working with the WGBH editorial team to provide more locally focused coverage on a weekly basis, allowing both entities to enhance their coverage in Boston, a key economic region of the U.S.
In addition, WGBH Radio is expanding the popular program Morning Edition to air an hour earlier, beginning weekdays at 6 a.m., and run an hour longer until 10 a.m. WGBH's Morning Edition includes content generated by NPR as well as local news and feature reports produced by WGBH News.
"We're pleased with the listener response to WGBH becoming 'Boston Public Radio,'” Redo adds. "Our emphasis on local coverage of innovation, health care, the MBTA and Occupy Boston is part of our vision to provide listeners with a deeper exploration of the many issues facing our region."
The focus on important topics with a diversity of voices will continue as 89.7’s midday centerpiece Boston Public Radio, beginning Monday, July 9, with a seamless two hours of local talk led by Callie Crossley, who will be joined by Emily Rooney, Kara Miller and other WGBH contributors. The program will reflect that 89.7 truly is "Boston Public Radio" by drawing on an array of stories, and storytellers, from across our community that allows for expanded conversations of the day's top stories and showcases a breadth of opinions and opinion-makers.
This summer also will bring a new focus on jazz on 89.7 as the popular program Eric in the Evening, featuring Eric Jackson, the “dean of Boston jazz,” moves to weekends airing 9:00 p.m.–midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Finally, starting July 9, weekday overnights will be devoted to Public Radio Exchange's Remix, a service of Cambridge-based Public Radio Exchange (PRX). The program presents curated, smart, and creative spoken-word programs, unique podcasts, storytelling, fascinating interviews, found tape, and intriguing sounds.
The 89.7 schedule will continue to evolve, reflecting listener feedback and drawing on the resources of Boston's only combined multi-platform (radio, TV, Web) newsroom.
The 89.7 WGBH weekday schedule changes include:
- Marketplace Morning Report airing at 5:50 a.m., 6:50 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:50 a.m. with Marketplace airing 6 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
- Morning Edition expanding to 6 a.m.–10 a.m.
- The Takeaway airing daily 11 a.m.–noon.
- Boston Public Radio (local talk format with Callie Crossley, Emily Rooney, Kara Miller, Jared Bowen, Adam Reilly and others exploring local news, politics, culture and technology) airing noon–2 p.m. with a daily replay from 9 p.m.–11 p.m.
- Eric in the Evening airing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 p.m.–midnight.
- Public Radio Exchange Remix, airing Monday through Thursday, midnight–5 a.m.
- Tell Me More, an NPR program hosted by Michel Martin examining U.S. and international news, ideas and people; its range of topics covers politics, faith and spirituality, the family, finance, arts and culture and lifestyle, airing 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
- The World airing at 8 p.m.–9 p.m.