WSIU Radio Updates Weekday and Weekend Schedules, Phases Out HD2

Aug 29, 2019


Stay tuned for new changes at WSIU Radio.

What's New on WSIU Radio

Beginning September 2nd 1A from NPR is joining our weekday line up along with Think from KERA in Dallas, and The Daily from the New York Times. On the weekend we’re adding NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. WSIU will also be launching a new reoccurring local limited series called Southern Sounds that will feature some of the best of our region’s rich and diverse music heritage.

Here's what's you can look forward to on our new primary schedule:

  • 1A - NEW - weekdays from 9am-11am
  • Fresh Air - NEW TIME - weekdays from 11am-12pm (repeats from 7pm-8pm)
  • Think - NEW - Mon-Thu from 2pm-3pm
  • Statewide - NEW TIME - Fridays from 2pm-3pm
  • The Daily - NEW - weekdays from 6:30pm - 7pm (replaces the last half hour of ATC)
  • American Routes - NEW TIME- Saturdays from 10am-12pm
  • Bullseye - NEW TIME - Saturdays from 12pm-1pm
  • It's Been a Minute with Sam Anders - NEW - Saturdays from 1pm-2pm
  • This American Life - NEW TIME - SAturdays from 2pm-3pm
  • Planetary Radio (repeat) - NEW TIME- Saturdays from 3pm-3:30pm
  • State Week (repeat) - NEW TIME- Saturdays from 3:30pm-4pm

Our HD2 Channel Is Retiring

WSIU will phase out its HD2 online live stream beginning on September 2, 2019. For more than a decade, WSIU has experimented with providing a secondary program stream both over the air and online. While we have been dedicated to providing thoughtful programming, separate from our primary stream, HD2 has struggled to find an audience. That said, we’re making a few changes. The programs listed below will no longer be available due to the retirement of our HD2 channel.

  • Ask Me Another – Saturdays from 10am-11am – Program Ends 8/31/19
  • Fresh Air Weekend – Saturdays from 2pm -3pm – Program Ends 8/31/19
  • All Things Considered (the last half hour) – Weekdays from 6:30pm-7pm – Program Ends 8/30/19

Providing More News & Information, Less Classical

WSIU is adding 1A to our weekday morning line up from 9am until 11am. We will also be moving up the first airing of Fresh Air to 11am. As a result, WSIU will be moving away from daytime classical music. While classical music has been part of WSIU’s foundation for more than 40-years, it represents a little more than 25% of our overall listening. News and information accounts for 60% of station listening.
WSIU has worked hard to create a listening experience that improves the lives of our listeners - so we don’t take change lightly. Classical music will continue to be our weekday anchor during the evening and overnight hours (8pm to 4am). WSIU also remains committed to our collaboration with the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Illinois Music Festival.

News for a New Generation Of Listeners

Credit Stephen Voss

As WSIU makes this transition in morning listening, we look for 1A to provide a fresh perspective and an expanded view to the day’s news. 1A, and its host Joshua Johnson, performs very well with Millennial and Gen Z listeners as well as public radio’s legacy audience. The program’s name is inspired by the First Amendment. Listeners can expect 1A to explore important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor. 1A's goal is to act as a national mirror -- taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. The conversation isn't just on air. 1A invites the audience to engage in the conversation through Facebook and Twitter as well as through its website. 1A is produced by WAMU and NPR.

Credit NYT

WSIU is excited to add The Daily to our weekday late afternoon news programming. The Daily is produced by The New York Times and American Public Media. It features deep-dive discussions on the day’s news by the newspaper’s staff reporters. Join the conversation via show’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as through its website. It airs weekday afternoons at from 6:30pm to 7:00pm beginning on Monday, September 2nd.

Credit Think, KERA

WSIU is also adding Think to our weekday afternoon line up. Think will air Monday through Thursday at 2:00pm. It is produced by KERA in Dallas and is hosted by acclaimed journalist Krys Boyd. It features hour-long discussions with regional, national and international newsmakers, including authors, politicians, actors, scientists, artists, innovators and more. Think also is among the most-downloaded local podcasts in the public radio system, receiving about 200,000 downloads each month. Join the conversation via show’s Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as through its website.

On Fridays at 2:00pm WSIU will air Statewide, a weekly news and public affairs magazine produced by Illinois Public Radio. Statewide takes a deeper dive on the week’s happenings in state and local government as well as provides a showcase for feature stories from around the state. Learn more on the program website.

Weekends on WSIU Radio Just Got Better

Beginning Saturday, September 7th, WSIU is adding It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders from NPR at 1pm. It’s a one-hour weekly program designed to engage weekend audiences with timely and topical discussions. Sam talks with journalists, newsmakers, and listeners about news, popular culture, and the internet -- stories big and small, about all subjects, with equal vigor and interest. This show provides an irreverent, casual space for listeners who don’t know how to process the pace of current events but can’t think about anything else. Sam also spends time with actors, musicians, and comedians, interviewing them in long-form segments that give your listeners a chance to really get to know them.