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90.7 WMFE Announces New Weekend Lineup



July 10, 2019 – 90.7 WMFE debuts a new weekend programming lineup on Saturday, July 13.

“Weekends are all about diverse storytelling, investigative journalism and the arts,” said Stephen Yasko, director of content and audience development. “We’re adding some new shows and moving a few around to create an even more enjoyable listening experience.”

Among the programs leaving the schedule is Car Talk, which has been a part of 90.7 WMFE and public radio for decades. Cohost Tom Magliozzi died in 2014, and the show has been in repeats and best of editions since. Car Talk discontinued the production of all new and repackaged shows in 2017.

“Tom and Ray have been part of my personal and professional life from my first day in public radio back in the ’80s,” Yasko said. “I’m saddened to see this part of our collective experience come to an end. It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends.”
Read a letter from Ray Magliozzi about his brother's passing and his feelings on public radio moving forward.

“But with change, comes an opportunity to implement a fresher, more vibrant weekend schedule,” Yasko added. “WMFE is committed to bringing diverse audiences to the air as we explore our hearts and minds through storytelling, journalism and the arts.”

Joining the schedule are Hidden Brain, hosted by NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, and On the Media, which looks at the popular and difficult stories and dissects how media handled them.

And, contemporary music programs World Café, The Latin Alternative and eTown will replace Hearts of Space and Echoes.

Due to the shift, you’ll get to hear some of your favorite programs such as Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Ask Me Another, Radiolab and This American Life earlier in the day. Snap Judgment moves to Saturday and TED Radio Hour moves to Sunday.

Here’s a bird’s eye view of what you can expect:

“Saturdays will feature storytelling, investigative reporting and programs produced with a hipper, more engaging vibe,” Yasko said. “They’ll fit together sonically and editorially. At night, listeners will find contemporary music drawn from diverse musicians and filled with interviews and information about their craft.

“Sundays will feature news and media analysis, inspiration and relaxed features. At night, we will continue with contemporary music and interviews. I hope you’ll listen and enjoy.”

Read more about the new programs below. Find our new schedule here.

Hidden Brain, 2 p.m. Saturday

Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, and the biases that shape our choices.

Hosted by NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain links research from psychology and neurobiology with findings from economics, anthropology, and sociology, among other fields.

Learn more>>

World Café, 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

World Café, the nation’s most listened-to public radio music program, is known by diverse artists, appreciative audiences, and the radio and music industries as an influential source for music discovery. The two-hour program features a mix of artist interviews with in-studio performances by both established and emerging artists. The music selection encompasses singer-songwriters, classic rock, indie rock, Americana, alt-country, blues, world music, R&B and soul.

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The Latin Alternative, 10 p.m. Saturday

The Latin Alternative is a one-hour weekly exploration into the world of Latin rock, funk, hip-hop and electronic music. The program focuses on crossover-friendly Latin rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop artists, as well as interviews with such key acts as Ozomatli, Jaguares, Ana Tijoux, Calle 13 and Diego Garcia.

The Latin Alternative is co-hosted by two of the genre’s leading experts, Josh Norek (co-founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference and frontman of Latino-Jewish rap group Hip Hop Hoodíos) and Ernesto Lechner (contributing writer for Rolling Stone, LA Times, & Chicago Tribune and author of the book ”Rock en Español: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion”).

Learn more>>

On the Media, 1 p.m. Sunday

On the Media looks at the popular and difficult stories in the media and dissects how TV, newspaper, online platforms and radio handled them. While maintaining the civility and fairness that are the hallmarks of public radio, OTM tackles sticky issues with a frankness and transparency that has built trust with over one million weekly radio and podcast listeners.

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eTown, 10 p.m. Sunday

eTown’s mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. The shows are recorded in front of a live audience, in a solar-powered theater, eTown Hall, which also serves as a social and environmental hub for community events.

Learn more>>

About Community Communications Inc.:

Community Communications Inc. is a non-profit, member-supported, community-based public broadcasting company that operates 90.7 WMFE-FM, metro Orlando’s primary provider of NPR programming; 90.7-2 Classical; and 89.5 WMFV, public radio for The Villages, Leesburg and The Golden Triangle. Part of the community since 1980, Community Communications focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. Visit  wmfe.org and  wmfv.org for more information.

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MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please contact Director of Content and Audience Development Stephen Yasko at syasko@wmfe.orgor 407-273-2300 ext. 134.