Atlanta’s WABE-FM to curtail daytime classical music in favor of news/arts mix

Posted on: November 11, 2014

In Monday’s (11/10) Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rodney Ho reports that Atlanta-based public radio station 90.1/WABE-FM “will cut classical music during the midday hours on its FM station in favor of more news and arts programming. Changes are going to be made in late 2014 or early 2015, affecting 30 hours a week of programming between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For years, WABE has resisted dropping its daytime classical music programming, a sign of respect toward beloved on-air host Lois Reitzes, who has been at WABE more than 35 years…. The most notable programming change will be Reitzes launching an arts program from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays to talk about a wide range of music, dance, fine arts and plays in metro Atlanta…. [Chief Operating Officer John] Weatherford said classical music will be available on its HD2 channel, which is accessible online and on a special HD radio. On that channel, Reitzes will expand her ‘Second Cup’ show from its current 9 to noon slot to 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The difference: far fewer people listen to the HD2 channel than the FM dial.”

Posted November 11, 2014