Kristin Gilbert

Program Director

Ways to Connect

The 2015/2016 Metropolitan Opera season is winding down and April will be the last full month of opera broadcasts. After the final Met opera of the season on May 7th, we will return to our normal programming. Some may be overjoyed by the return of Radio Deluxe to the Saturday 2 p.m.- 4p.m. airtime once the opera season is over but don’t lament opera fans, The Met will return in December!

March first marks the start of the spring solar outage week. A solar or sun transit outage is an electromagnetic phenomenon wherein a station downlink is temporarily unable to receive a satellite signal due to interference from the sun as it passes behind the satellite. This is a fancy way of saying that we will temporarily lose any live audio feed off of satellite for about 6 minutes around 2 p.m. in our region. Due to the outage, we have to make a slight change to our programming schedule. The outages in our region will take place during the NPR newscast that airs within Vox Pop. As a result, we will be skipping the 2:01 p.m-2:04 p.m. NPR Newscast and going right into our local regional newscast during the first week of March. We will return to our normal schedule the following week.

The month of February kicks off with our fund drive beginning February 1st at 6 a.m. Help us to make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history! Your continuing support allows us to keep bringing you the programming you love. Call 1(800)323-9262 or pledge online at WAMC.org. We couldn’t do it without you!

This New Year’s Eve, WAMC invites you to six parties, from east to west, with musical fireworks for midnight in all four continental time zones on the Toast of the Nation! An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, the party begins January 31st at 9PM and grooves all night long until 5AM on New Year’s Day. We will hear the energy infused live concert recordings of Wynton Marsalis, Snarky Puppy, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.