Programming Notes: May 2016

May 2, 2016

Join us Saturday, May 7th at 1p.m. for the final live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's 2015/2016 season as they present Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Coloratura soprano sensation Albina Shagimuratova stars in the bravura role of Konstanze. Rising tenor Paul Appleby is her lover, Belmonte, soprano Kathleen Kim is her shrewd maid, Blondchen, and bass Hans- Peter König delivers comic gravitas as the overseer of the harem.

Hold tight opera lovers, the 2016/2017 season will begin on December 3rd with Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. Saturday, May 14th will mark the return of the programs that get pre-empted by the Met Opera season. Ted Radio hour begins at 1 p.m. Radio Deluxe will be back home in its 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. slot on our FM stations. Plus, listeners can expect to hear the full episode of This American Life at 4 p.m

Did you know that our Albany, NY 1400AM station offers alternative programming on Saturdays from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. year round? That is correct-we split our programming through the wonders of engineering so that listeners can enjoy The Tavis Smiley Show from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. and Latino USA 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Speaking of alternative programming, our WAMC HD2 stream offers a completely different set of programming 24/7. Who doesn’t love variety? We broadcast programs such as On Point, Here & Now, Echoes, Classical 24 and so much more. You can tune to WAMC HD2 using an HD capable radio or through our live audio link at wamc.org. As always, a major function of being a public radio station is to take the time to listen to the programming needs of community members in our listening area. You can help us do this by taking the 2016 WAMC Ascertainment Survey. The survey takes about 4 minutes to complete and it is an excellent way to let us know how we can better serve the radio programming needs of your community and region. If have already taken the survey, feel free to share the link with friends, family and neighbors in your communityeven if they don’t listen to the station! Getting feedback from non-listeners is essential because it allows us to discover what we can do to convert a non-listener into a listener. Thank you!