Saturday changes on KTOO

Some exciting changes are on the horizon for Saturday radio fans. Effective August 30:

  • Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me will move an hour earlier to 10 a.m.
  • At 11 a.m. we’ll hear one of NPR’s newest hits: TED Radio Hour.
  • Noon and 1 p.m. programming will remain the same
  • At 2 p.m. tune in to hear “Bullseye with Jesse Thorn”.

Both TED Radio Hour and Bullseye with Jesse Thorn have been getting rave reviews across the country.

The TED Radio Hour brings the best of the talks from the TED stage and combines them with conversations and soundscapes to create a compelling hour of listening each week. Show topics have ranged from the source of happiness, to crowd-sourcing innovation, to power shifts, to inexplicable connections.

“Bullseye with Jesse Thorn” is an interview program focused on what’s good in popular culture. With a keen editorial eye, Bullseye sifts the wheat from the chaff, and brings you hot culture picks, in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary creative people and irreverent original comedy.

The new Saturday schedule looks like this:

4 a.m. – 10a.m.: Weekend Edition Saturday

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: TED Radio Hour

12 – 1 p.m.: This American Life

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Radio Lab

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

With these changes, we say “goodbye” to Car Talk. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack) retired two years ago, and since then we’ve aired reconstituted material from the show’s 35 year run. We appreciate the years of laughter Tom and Ray gave us, and for the lightness they introduced to a previously “all newsy” public radio soundscape. It’s not over stating it to say that Tom and Ray invented a new approach to radio entertainment, and they paved the way for others to be creative and innovative. Car Talk’s departure makes way for new talent to have their day in the sun.   We’re excited for you to give TED Radio Hour and Bullseye a listen and let us know what you think.

We owe Jeff Pilcher of Valley Auto Parts a huge “thank you” for his steadfast support of Car Talk for 26 years. We would also like to thank Chatham Electric, which has been a sponsor of Car Talk more recently. Both businesses have agreed to continue their support of KTOO as program sponsors.  If you get a chance to thank them, please do.

We hope you enjoy the changes, and appreciate any feedback.