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WBOI to switch overnight programming to BBC World Service

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Northeast Indiana Public Radio (NIPR) is making programming changes to broaden its news coverage and listener appeal.

BBC World Service is replacing the current overnight programming, syndicated music service Jazzworks, on local radio station WBOI, 89.1-FM, beginning July 1, an NIPR news release said. BBC World Service will air midnight to 5 a.m. weekdays, midnight to 7 a.m. Saturdays and midnight to 4 a.m. Sundays.

The move is prompted by recent major news events that required interrupting the overnight music service and by technical problems with the syndicated music service, NIPR General Manager Will Murphy said in the news release.

“We had two stations broadcasting music (WBOI and its sister station, WBNI, 94.1-FM), and we found that other public radio stations that broadcast one news channel and one music channel were better positioned to offer their listeners options,” Murphy said in the news release.

The changes won’t affect evening music programming on WBOI, Murphy added.

NIPR is a nonprofit organization that operates WBOI and WBNI, which provide news and music to a 16-county area in northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan.

NIPR’s third HD channel (89.1-HD3), which has broadcast Jazzworks all day, every day, will replace it with an experimental “talk” radio stream called PRX Remix that features radio stories, conversations, found sound, audio essays, lectures and more, the news release said.

More information is available at www.nipr.fm.