Changes at KPLU


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Seattle-Tacoma, WA) Beginning October 28, 2012, 88.5 KPLU’s Sunday program schedule will change between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

KPLU’s Assistant General Manager/Director of Content Joey Cohn said the station is discontinuing broadcasts of Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland from 2 to 3 p.m. The 94 year-old McPartland hasn’t recorded a new show for over two years, and KPLU has been airing reruns. “It was not an easy decision (to drop the show) as Marian McPartland has been on KPLU for 32 years,” Cohn said. Listeners who still want to listen to Piano Jazz can subscribe to the podcast.

KPLU is augmenting Sunday morning’s news programming by expanding its broadcast of the popular news magazine Weekend Edition Sunday by one hour, then repeating the NPR news quiz Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, an audience favorite, at 10 a.m. Jazz Sunday Side Up, which provides the perfect accompaniment to a relaxed Sunday morning – currently heard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – moves to 11 a.m. and becomes a three-hour show. Jazz Northwest, KPLU’s long-running show surveying the local jazz scene and hosted by Jim Wilke, continues to follow Jazz Sunday Side Up and moves to 2 p.m.

The new Sunday lineup is as follows: 5-10 a.m. Weekend Edition Sunday with Rachel Martin and Gary Crawford 10-11 a.m.: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! with Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Jazz Sunday Side Up with Ruby Brown 2-3 p.m.: Jazz Northwest with Jim Wilke

The 3 p.m.-midnight hours remain the same, with Ken Wiley’s The Art of Jazz from 3-6 p.m. and All Blues with John Kessler from 6 p.m.–midnight.

Listeners with questions and/or comments can contact KPLU at or 800-NPR-KPLU.

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