Statement issued Friday by Northeast Indiana Public Radio:
Listeners to Northeast Indiana Public Radio’s two FM stations may notice some changes in the line-up starting in July, according to General Manager Will Murphy.
“The biggest change includes the return of the WFMT Fine Arts Network’s Symphony series weeknights on WBNI,” Murphy said. “We’ll be featuring the Chicago and San Francisco symphonies, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw” starting at 7 p.m. each weeknight on 94.1 FM.”
The Chicago Symphony will run on Monday, the San Francisco Symphony on Tuesday, the Concertgebouw on Wednesday, the New York Philharmonic on Thursday, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Friday evenings.
“This series has been very popular with our classical listeners in the past, and we are happy to bring these performances back to the airwaves in northeast Indiana,” Murphy said.
In addition to these syndicated programs, WBNI has added two volunteer announcers to the weekly line-up. Robert O’Neil presents “Tea and Symphony” Monday and Friday mornings from 9 to noon; Doug Dennis offers “The Modern Classical Experience” each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4 to 7 p.m. These are in addition to Stan Whippo’s popular “Matinee” program, which is heard on WBNI each weekday from 12-4. “We are dedicated to bringing more live announcers to WBNI,” Murphy said. “This is hopefully just a first step to increasing the number of local folks announcing classical music in northeast Indiana.”
On WBNI’s sister station, WBOI, listeners may notice a slight change in the line-up on Sundays. “We haven’t taken anything out of the schedule for Sunday, but we’ve tried to make the day more consistent,” Murphy said. “We wanted to improve the ‘flow’ of the programming, so that we weren’t constantly shifting back-and-forth from music to news to music to news.”
In addition, WBOI is bringing a new line-up to Monday nights. “American Routes” with Nick Spitzer offers an encyclopedic and entertaining survey of blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. The two-hour show blends interviews and performance, and starts at 7 p.m. each Monday night. Following “American Routes” WBOI presents “Guitar Showcase,” a one-hour program dedicated to all forms of guitar music, hosted locally by NIPR veteran Bob Ferguson. “Guitar Showcase” airs at 9 p.m. Monday evenings.
Listeners who want to find out more about the schedule changes can go to our Web site: www.nipr.fm, and click on the “schedules” icon on the menu bar.