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Release: July 8, 2002
KSUI adds news program, shifts on-air hosts
KSUI 91.7 FM, the University of Iowa's public radio station, has added a
widely acclaimed, one-hour international news program and shifted on-air classical
hosts during recent programming adjustments at the station.
KSUI will broadcast "The World " at 5 p.m. The Public Radio International
program features major international issues and stories, while linking these
events to the American agenda. "The World's" coverage is provided
by a global network of international journalists, including BBC correspondents
located around the world. The program has strong cultural segments well suited
to the KSUI audience, and Chris Merrill, director of the University of Iowa
International Writing Program, regularly contributes to the program.
The program changes begin the week of July 8. Weekday on-air classical hosts
have also shifted times, with Joan Kjaer hosting 6-9 a.m.; Nancy Hagen from
9 a.m. to noon; and Barney Sherman noon until 5 p.m. "Adventures in Good
Music with Karl Haas " has been moved to the
6 p.m. slot on weekdays. KSUI has also added brief NPR news broadcasts at
the top-of-the-hour. Both KSUI and WSUI have dropped "The Bookshelf with
Dick Estell." WSUI has extended its most popular program, "Morning
Edition," until 9 a.m. weekdays; while KSUI broadcasts classical music
for the half-hour formerly slated for "The Bookshelf."
The program adjustments were implemented after public radio consultant Arthur
Cohen provided an assessment and review of programming for KSUI in March.
Cohen founded the Classical 24 stream of programming for Minnesota Public
Radio and has served as program director and general manager at public radio/classical
music stations throughout the nation.
While the number of KSUI listeners has remained stable during the past five
years, the amount of time they spend listening to the station has declined.
Cohen's recommendations were based on the premise that KSUI maintain classical
music as its centerpiece, while adding program enhancements aimed at increasing
the time spent listening to the station.
KSUI Program Director Joan Kjaer reiterated the importance of classical
music to listeners. "We're a classical music station
love, our passion. These minor program adjustments are designed to help introduce
more listeners to classical music and to encourage them to become contributing
listeners to the station."
For more information about KSUI programming, call KSUI at (319) 335-5730
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.