88.5 WFDD, the public radio station licensed to Wake Forest, recently announced programming changes, slated to begin in February. Included in these changes is combining the Triad Arts and News teams into one unit.
WFDD News Director Emily McCord said that bringing the Triad Arts staff into the News Department will allow more flexibility in news and arts reporting and it paves the way for new projects that will deepen our relationship with the community. “We’re excited about the opportunity to find amazing stories and share them with our audience in the way only public radio can,” said McCord.
In addition, the station announced some new programs being added to the schedule, while others will be heard at new times. Assistant General Manager Molly Davis said, “We hope that our listeners have had a chance to hear new episodes of Across the Blue Ridge with Paul Brown. Starting on Feb. 6, Mountain Stage will join the weekend lineup, creating a nice block of roots and traditional music on Saturday and Sunday evenings.” The station has also added Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, described as a curated guide to culture, on Sunday afternoons.
Programs moving time slots include The Tavis Smiley Show, Fresh Air Weekend, Marketplace Weekend, and Ask Me Another. Listeners will now hear Here and Now, the live midday news program from NPR and WBUR, from noon until 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
WFDD General Manager Tom Dollenmayer said, “WFDD carefully studies audience data and listening trends. These changes are an effort to integrate arts coverage into our news coverage and to add oft-requested programs to our schedule.”
WFDD’s complete program schedule is available at wfdd.org.