WGBH News and Media Relations


June 8, 2017

89.7 WGBH Extends "Boston Public Radio" to the Weekends with New Sunday Show


BPR Weekend debuts on Sunday, June 11 as a 12-week “pop-up” show with rotating hosts


BOSTON, June 8, 2017 – This Sunday, June 11 at noon, 89.7 WGBH will debut BPR Weekend, a one-hour weekend version of Boston Public Radio, as a 12-week pilot program with rotating hosts. The show kicks off with hosts Andrea Cabral, former Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety, and Marcela Garcia, editorial writer for The Boston Globe. Like weekday Boston Public Radio, the show will feature local news and NPR coverage.

“This is a first step toward extending the very strong presence of Boston Public Radio and providing additional local hours of live radio over the weekend,” said Phil Redo, WGBH General Manager. “And this reaffirms our continued commitment to substantive local news.”

The show’s firsts guests will include Harvey Silverglate, a Cambridge attorney and WGBH contributor, who will discuss first-amendment issues and former FBI Director James Comey’s impending hearing, and Author Nick Bilton, who will talk about his new book, American Kingpin, which is about Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht.

"Andrea and Marcela will offer their unique takes on the stories covered on Boston Public Radio while also preparing listeners for the week ahead,” said Jason Turesky, BPR Weekend producer. “We hope that fans of BPR will enjoy a continuation of and reflection on the week's news.”

BPR Weekend will broadcast from WGBH Studio at the Boston Public Library from 12-1pm on Sundays.

About WGBH News

WGBH News is among the fastest growing local news providers in greater Boston and draws on the talent of a multi-channel newsroom that includes 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR, television and digital reporting. The WGBH newsroom continues to invest in substantive local coverage and has established dedicated desks for innovation, higher education and politics as well as unique partnerships to expand on that commitment, including with WNYC’s The Takeaway, PRI’s The World, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and The GroundTruth Project.


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