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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 … it's our 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 ksui@uiowa.edu.