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WUIS-WIPA changing weeknight line-up in January

December 20, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Public Radio station WUIS 91.9-WIPA 89.3 will change its weeknight program line-up starting January 2. Jazz programming will move back to later hours and Jazz with Bob Parlocha, aired from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., will be followed by news overnight from the BBC from 1 to 4 a.m. 

Arts-and-entertainment program Fresh Air with Terry Gross, airing daily at 3 p.m., will be re-broadcast at 7 p.m. and NPR classical music program Performance Today will follow from 8 to 10 p.m.

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WUIS Program Director Sinta Lane noted, “Public radio is well-known for the depth and breadth of its news coverage, and adding the BBC gives us another, more global, perspective, which is something our listeners wanted.”

WUIS General Manager Bill Wheelhouse assures listeners however that the station has not lessened its commitment to classical music. “We’re committed to being the source of classical music and quality news programming in this region,” he said.

“These changes were precipitated by looking at our current budget and eyeing the future of the station,” he continued. “The classical music service that we have been airing overnight is twice as expensive as the BBC. On the other hand, we are putting classical music, in the form of an outstanding program, back into the early evenings.  These changes provide excellent listening for our nighttime audience, while setting the stage for growth in the next five years.”

Wheelhouse also noted that WUIS is converting to a digital signal, something that stations were advised to do several years ago. Within the next five years, the station expects to offer at least two channels digitally, coinciding with the growing popularity of digital receivers and providing clearer sound for listeners. The conversion is partially funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

WUIS-WIPA is listener-supported public radio broadcast from the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS’ mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. WUIS’ complete program schedule and other information is available at www.wuis.org.

 

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