by Max Brantley
KUAR, the public radio station at UALR, is making midday program changes July 1 because of the end of Talk of the Nation June 27.
Primarily, it will add The Takeaway, a one-hour news show at noon, and Here and Now will expand from one to two hours and air from 1-3 p.m. This is Monday-Thursday. On Friday, Talk of the National Science Friday will continue in its 1-3 p.m. slot.
KUAR shuffles midday, introduces The Takeaway
Public Radio listeners in central Arkansas will notice a change in midday programming on KUAR FM 89.1 next week when Here and Now expands from one to two hours and moves from the noon hour to 1-3 p.m. Also, KUAR will add The Takeaway, a one hour news magazine, which will air in the noon hour.
This decision comes as a response to NPR's announcement that Talk of the Nation will leave the air as of Thursday, June 27. The programming change will begin the following Monday, July 1.
Talk of the Nation Science Friday will continue at its current time from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays. This means Here and Now will air Mondays through Thursdays.
To fill the noon hour vacated by Here and Now, KUAR will air The Takeaway with John Hockenberry also beginning July 1 from 12 to 1 p.m.
“We are excited to add The Takeaway to our list of programs,” Interim Program Director Nathan Vandiver said. “It's a show that will give our listeners a different perspective on current events from our morning and afternoon NPR news magazines. In searching for a replacement for the noon hour, we were impressed by The Takeaway's efforts to reach out to different locations throughout the US for perspectives on national stories and events. Its daily news focus also makes it a good fit for the noon hour when many of our listeners are coming and going.”
“The one overwhelming response from listeners was keep Science Friday,” said General Manager Ben Fry. “So we’re keeping the weekly science show right where it’s been for 17 years. We’re all very sad to see Neal Conan and Talk of the Nation go, but I think this new lineup will serve our listeners well.”
NPR is putting its resources behind a partnership with WBUR in Boston to aid the expansion of Here and Now to a two hour midday news magazine. Jeremy Hobson, formerly of the Marketplace Morning Report, joins Robin Young as co-host, and NPR will be making its reporters available to the show to expand both domestic and international news coverage. “This partnership gives us confidence that Here and Now will serve our midday news audience with the quality news coverage that NPR listeners expect, and fill the large void left by the departure of Talk of the Nation,” Vandiver said.