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.
WAMC and NPR will be providing special coverage of Super Tuesday at 8 p.m. on March first. Ari Shapiro and Rachel Martin will anchor the coverage. Coming up on March 30th, The American Roots series at the Linda presents: songs from the Alan Lomax Library of Congress Music Collection performed by The Down Hill Strugglers, The Four O’Clock Flowers & Meredith Axelrod. This performance will be presented as a special, live, direct to air broadcast of our Live at the Linda radio program. The show will be hosted by local music legend, Michael Eck! You can be part of the live studio audience or you can join us in spirit by tuning in to this special event on the radio 8 p.m.-10 p.m.. If you wish to attend in person, information is available at our website, thelinda.org.