WNIJ announces new local, award-winning national programs

WNIJ logoWNIJ-89.5 FM presents local and national programs as part of its continuing effort to bring a variety of quality and relevant radio to northern Illinois.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 1, the station will launch a new schedule of programming designed in accordance with its mission to share ideas, encourage thought, give pleasure and create community.

Staci Hoste, director and general manager of Northern Public Radio, explains the reason for the change: “As a public radio station, WNIJ has the important responsibility to provide varied programs that meet the community’s need for news, information and entertainment,” she says. “To do so, from time to time, we introduce new programs to respond to evolving wants and needs and to respond to changes in the media landscape.”

Hoste looks forward to the new lineup.

“We work every day to enhance the listening experience, and I’m proud to be able to offer listeners in the region and beyond such outstanding programming,” she says. “I thank our listeners, members and underwriters who support these efforts.”

sessions-studio-aNew programs

  • WNIJ is very proud to announce the launch of a new, local program dedicated to showcasing regional and touring musicians. Sessions from Studio A features performances recorded in the station’s Studio A in DeKalb. The program presents genres of music ranging from folk to indie rock, blues, alternative country, Americana, world music and more, in a way that provides the listener with a live concert experience. Hosted by Carl Nelson, these performances are accompanied by interviews with the artists who discuss their inspirations, aspirations, and the stories behind their original songs.
  • TED Radio Hour features a voice familiar to listeners of National Public Radio. Hosted by Guy Raz, an award-winning reporter, this program is a journey through fascinating ideas based on talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, the annual conference by the non-profit organization that invites the world’s leading thinkers to discuss world-changing ideas. Co-produced by TED and NPR, each show is centered on a common theme and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life.
  • Ask Me Another is an hour-long puzzle game show produced by WNYC and National Public Radio. With a rotating cast of funny people, puzzle writers and VIP guests, it features the wit of host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of indie-rock musician Jonathan Coulton, and rambunctious quiz games – all played in front of a live audience.
  • The Moth Radio Hour celebrates the art and craft of storytelling by presenting thousands of stories told live and without notes. Founded in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who once gathered his friends to spin spellbinding tales, the group grew into an organization that launched a national public radio show, The Moth Radio Hour, distributed by Public Radio Exchange. The program won a Peabody Award in 2010 and is now renowned for the great range of human experience these stories showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Because each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate and often enlightening experience.

With the addition of new programs comes an end to others.

  • The World will be removed from the weekday schedule to bring listeners something new every weeknight at 7 p.m.
  • The Best of Car Talk has been a public radio mainstay but with the passing of co-host Tom Magliozzi and a shift into syndication, stations are now making room for the next wave of iconic programs.
  • Bullseye and Free Range Radio will be replaced with regularly scheduled programming that will reshape the station’s Sunday evening sound.

For more information, call (815) 753-9000 or email npr@niu.edu.

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