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KUNR's Weekend Lineup Update -- August 2014

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Effective August 22, 2014, KUNR updated its weekend program schedule (and also added From the Top to Tuesday evening's classical music lineup). And we're adding some late local jazz on Saturday nights. The goal is to serve our wide audience of listeners with a variety of educational, informative, entertaining and engaging programs as an overall package of broadcasts.

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Thank you for listening ... and for supporting Reno Public Radio. 

Some highlights:


  • 7 pm Friday evening  kicks off the weekend with The Dinner Party Download ... an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend's get-together. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world's most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items... and etiquette tips from the likes of Henry Rollins and Dick Cavett.
  • Fresh Air with Terry Gross follows at 8 p.m.


Following Morning Edition, Car Talk and Wait ... Wait, Don't Tell Me ...

  • NPR's Radiolab airs at 11 a.m. Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. It's heard on more than 450 NPR member stations. 
  • Return of the quirky, popular This American Life with Ira Glass  ... noon Saturdays (repeats at 3 pm Sunday).
  • We've moved our block of longtime local favorite music shows to 1-5 pm Saturday ... The Risky Biscuit Hayseed Hoot airs from 1-3 pm, followed by Jimbo's Juke Joint & Acoustical Roadhouse Cafe from 3-5  pm.
  • No change: Weekend All Things Considered (5 pm), A Prairie Home Companion (6-8 pm) and American Routes (8-10 pm)
  • Local Jazz is back on KUNR ... from 10 pm to midnight, Scot Marshall and Dallas Smith host Saturday Night Jazz on KUNR.  These well-known and highly regarded musicians and creators from local and international renown host two hours worthy of your time if you love jazz.


We're very sorry to say that while it is a favorite program of some listeners (perhaps you), over the past few years the audience listening on Sunday mornings has not been sufficient to continue airing Sunday Baroque at this time. (While it's not much consolation, for early risers, you can still catch it between 3 and 5 am Sundays.)

  • The new Sunday Morning lineup kicks off at 9 with Marketplace Weekend -- financial news in real life -- from American Public Media.
  • A second helping of Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me airs at 10.
  • And something new we think you'll like follows at 11 am: A Way with Words -- an entertaining and engaging public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family.
  • A Prairie Home Companion airs as always from noon-2 pm.
  • NPR's TED Radio Hour moves to 2 pm.
  • This American Life re-airs at 3.
  • And the rest of the day is as it is now, with The Splendid Table (4 pm), Weekend All Things Considered (5 pm) Bob Carroll's Music of America (6-8 pm) and World of Opera beginning at 8 pm.


  • NPR's From the Top returns at 7 pm, to showcase the talents of our nation's up-and-coming young classical musicians.

A note about our program changes

While no station is able to please all its listeners of such diverse ages, backgrounds and lifestyles, we believe the adjusted KUNR weekend schedule is a timely reflection of our overall audience's current expectations and interests.

We're excited to bring you programs like Radiolab, This American Life, The Dinner Party Download and A Way with Words to complement KUNR's already widely popular weekend offering of the top national news and entertainment programs and local music shows. 

Any time an hour of broadcast content is added, one hour must be removed. At KUNR, program changes are carefully considered based on a number of factors including trends and research, relevance, competition and overall station service. But every program must be able to retain a sizeable enough audience to continue to be broadcast. And as new programs throughout the country grow in their following of devoted listeners, stations like KUNR place them in their schedules and replace other shows to better serve our community of listeners. 

David Stipech is a former general manager at KUNR Public Radio.