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South Carolina Public Radio Schedule Changes

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Changes are coming to South Carolina Public Radio!

Beginning in September 2020, our broadcast schedules will look different as we say goodbye to a few programs, welcome new additions to our lineup, and move some old favorites to new times. Find out about all of these changes below!

Which Programs Are Leaving?

First, the bad news. We are sad to have to say farewell to three shows which have long been staples on the South Carolina Public Radio airwaves: Live From HereOnly A Game, and Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA.

  • The national producers of Live From Here, American Public Media, made the difficult decision to cease production of the show earlier this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding when live events may be able to resume. Due to this, APM was no longer able to make Live from Here — which was conceived as a celebration of live, collaborative audible art — the way it was intended. South Carolina Public Radio will continue to air rebroadcasts of Live From Here until its final show on September 12.
  • The national producers of Only A Game, NPR and WBUR, have likewise made the hard choice to cancel the show. After nearly three decades of telling the human stories in sports, Only A Game is coming to an end due to the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic as well as a recent station-wide reorganization at WBUR. South Carolina Public Radio will broadcast the final episode of Only A Game on September 26.
  • And after many years of taking you to Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA will leave our schedule following the expiration of our broadcast rights for the program. Although we will no longer be able to bring you the sounds of Spoleto Festival USA Thursday evenings throughout the year, we plan to continue our annual coverage of the festival next May with special programs, podcasts, and more. The final episode of Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA will air September 17.

Which Programs Are Joining The Schedule During The Week?

We're excited to announce the addition of two brand new programs during the week: Reel Music and Think.

  • Reel Music, a co-production of WDAV and KBACH, takes you to the movies for an hour of orchestral themes from some of cinema's best scores. Join host Matt Rogers each week for music from across film history with the occasional vintage snack bar announcement mixed in for some nostalgic fun! Airs Thursdays at 7:00 pm on News & Music stations beginning September 24.
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    Think is a national call-in radio program hosted by acclaimed journalist Krys Boyd and produced by KERA, North Texas’ PBS and NPR member station. Tune in each week to hear thought-provoking, in-depth conversations with newsmakers from across the globe — previous guests on the program include former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John Kerry, actor Bryan Cranston, Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz, Melinda Gates, author Malcolm Gladwell, Jane Goodall, Rev. Jesse Jackson and more. And during each episode of Think, you can tweet, call or email your questions and comments for the show’s guest. Airs Mondays-Thursdays at 2:00 pm on News & Talk stations beginning October 5.

Which Programs Are Joining The Weekend Schedule?

Saturday nights will see a new lineup of music programs: Mountain Stage, World Cafe, and South Carolina Public Radio's own Roots Musik Karamu.

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  • Mountain Stage has been bringing live music to the public radio airwaves since 1983. Produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, each two-hour episode features performances from seasoned legends and emerging stars in genres ranging from folk, blues, and country to indie rock, pop, world music, alternative, and beyond. Airs Saturdays at 6:00 pm on all South Carolina Public Radio stations beginning September 19.
  • World Cafe features new and significant music and the artists who create it. Host Raina Douris serves up a blend of blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country, live performances, and intimate interviews on each episode of this program produced by WXPN-FM in Philadelphia. Airs Saturdays at 8:00 pm on all South Carolina Public Radio stations beginning September 19.
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    After years of only airing on select stations around the state, South Carolina Public Radio's Roots Musik Karamu will join our lineup statewide this September. Produced and hosted by Osei Chandler in Charleston since 1979, Roots Musik Karamu ("karamu" is the Kiswahili word for "feast") centers on reggae music and brings you the sounds of calypso, soca, blues, jazz, gospel, Juju, and more. Airs Saturdays at 10:00 pm on all South Carolina Public Radio stations beginning September 19.

Sunday mornings will also look different with the addition of To The Best of Our Knowledge.

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  • Produced by Wisconsin Public Radio, To The Best of Our Knowledge is about big ideas that fuel deep insights into our world through interviews with the world's luminaries, from experts to cultural icons. Each show revolves around a theme where we explore these ideas and the people who consider them. You can expect long-form interviews help fuel deep insights into our world, with conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and activists—anyone with a big idea and a passion to have a creative and engaging conversation about it. Airs Sundays at 10:00 am on all South Carolina Public Radio stations beginning September 20.

What Other Changes Are Coming?

Beginning September 20:

  •  Jazz Happening Now and Jazz Night In America will move to Sunday nights at 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, respectively, on all South Carolina Public Radio stations.
  • Our rebroadcasts of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and Ask Me Another will move to Sundays at 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm, respectively, on all South Carolina Public Radio stations.

Beginning October 1:

  • Walter Edgar's Journal will rebroadcast Saturday mornings at 7:00 am on News & Music stations.
  • It's Been A Minute will move to Saturdays at 4:00 pm on News & Talk stations.
  • Conversations from the World Cafe will join our News & Talk stations Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm.

Beginning October 5:

  • 1A will move to 10:00 am Mondays-Fridays on News & Talk stations.
  • On Point will move to 3:00 pm Mondays-Thursdays. Please note that the national producers of On Point, NPR and WBUR, have made the decision to shorten the program from two hours to one hour beginning October 5.

You can see our full new schedules below. To share your thoughts about our new programming or suggest shows you would like to hear on South Carolina Public Radio, please email us at listenerservices@scpublicradio.org.

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