MSPR announces new programming


Staff Report



MOREHEAD – Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY at 90.3FM) has announced several changes to its weekly broadcast schedule. Vintage old-time radio programs, additional weeknight classical and Americana music highlight the new program schedule.

“As is widely known, Morehead State University has been facing significant budget struggles, resulting in furloughs, layoffs, and other reductions. At MSPR, cuts to our university budget have led to a number of planned programming changes,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager.

“We regret the loss of long-running NPR programs such as Thistle & Shamrock, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me and World Cafe, but remain committed to original, local programming and supporting student success. These program changes were necessary to best utilize our available resources,” added Hitchcock.

“We will also be returning to live, on-air fundraising this fall, and we thank our members for the support that they continue to provide us during these challenging times.”

Classical music has been added weeknights at 8 p.m., following the repeat broadcast of PRI’s The World.

Grant Alden’s Field Notes will be a weekly program airing Friday nights at 9 p.m. and repeated Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. An encore broadcast of American Routes will air Friday nights at 10 p.m.

Inside Appalachia will air Sunday mornings at 11 a.m., in addition to its regular time at 6 a.m. on Saturdays.

Highlighting the new program schedule will be vintage, old-time radio programs from the 1930’s through the 1950s. The Golden Age of Radio can be heard weekly at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, featuring thrilling westerns, classic comedy, exciting adventure and suspense.

“The period of the 1930s through the 1950s was known as radio’s ‘golden age,’ where the radio was the central piece of furniture in the average family’s living room. Parents and children would gather around the radio to hear the latest installment of their favorite show and enjoy a variety of big band, classical and country music,” said Hitchcock.

“Throughout this period, radio connected people of all ages. Radio provided inspiration from heroes as The Lone Ranger and Superman; laughter with Abbott and Costello; entertainment on the Grand Ole Opry; and family values on Gunsmoke and Father Knows Best,” added Hitchcock.

Serving more than 20 counties throughout eastern Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) broadcasts at 90.3 FM from the campus of Morehead State University.

In addition, MSPR’s website features news headlines, community events, live web streaming, archived audio and podcasts.

Questions or comments can be directed to Hitchcock at 606-783-2334. Additional information can be found on MSPR’s website at www.wmky.org.

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