Programming Notes

Patrick Garrett is WAMC's Program Manager.

Summer is in full swing. And no, not just for baseball fans. With the New (fiscal) Year come a few announcements.

Summer drives, sweat, state parks and beaches, mosquitoes, long days, short nights, flowers, farmers markets, and the return of some new and classic programming. It’s an annual tradition coming back to Northeastern airwaves: live performances from Tanglewood will be coming back to WAMC this summer. Keep an eye (or ear) out for announcements in the coming weeks for specific changes to our summer lineup.

One of the most rewarding things about my job as news director at WAMC is getting to work on special events at our performing arts studio, The Linda. Over the years, we have produced well-attended political debates, forums on controversial topics in the news like fracking, immigration and the environment, and even an exclusive interview with Preet Bharara, who was then U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Programming Notes: April 2018

Apr 2, 2018

The 2017/2018 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 5th, we will return to our normal programming and Radio Deluxe will move back to the Saturday 2PM-4PM airtime.

Programming Notes: March 2018

Mar 2, 2018

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 2018 WAMC Ascertainment Survey by going to kwiksurveys.com/s/2mUlG5sJ. The survey takes only a few 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.

Programming Notes: February 2018

Feb 9, 2018

Join us Monday, February 19th as we celebrate President’s Day and Black History Month with special programming:

Programming Notes: January 2018

Dec 28, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera 2017/2018 Saturday Matinee broadcasts continue on WAMC. The operas will air every Saturday at 1PM until May 5th, 2018.

Programming Notes: December 2017

Nov 29, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera 2017/2018 Saturday Matinee broadcasts return to WAMC starting December 2nd at 1PM. The operas will air every Saturday at 1PM until May 5th, 2018.

Programming Notes: November 2017

Oct 26, 2017

Coming up this month, we have a cornucopia of special programming for Thanksgiving (11/23/17):

Programming Notes: October 2017

Oct 2, 2017

As many of you may know, the producers of Car Talk have been winding down production of the popular program for a while now. The past few years, they have been digging deep into the vault of archived recordings to bring listeners classic editions of the show. Sadly, production of Car Talk officially came to a close on September 30th. Fret not as there will still be a “less produced” FREE podcast version of the show available at: www.cartalk.com/podcast.

Programming Notes: September 2017

Aug 30, 2017

Coming up on Labor Day, September 4th:

9AM-10AM--The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel
In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book, "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do."

Programming Notes: August 2017

Jul 27, 2017

Coming up this month with The Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood:

Tuesday, August 1st—Tanglewood on Parade-Broadcast begins @7PM
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Boston Pops Orchestra
Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, Moritz Gnann, Keith Lockhart, Bramwell Tovey, and John Williams, conductors
Garrick Ohlsson, piano*
Dawn Upshaw, soprano

Programming Notes: July 2017

Jul 3, 2017

The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood season broadcasts begin on Friday July 7th at 8PM. Join the BSO as they perform live at their famed summer home in Lenox, MA. Listeners will enjoy the BSO's Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts.

Programming Notes: June 2017

May 30, 2017

The month kicks off with our fund drive beginning June 5th at 6 a.m. Help 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!

Programming Notes: May 2017

Apr 28, 2017

We have reached the end of the 2016/2017 Metropolitan Opera Matinée Broadcasts! The final broadcast of the Met’s season will air May 13th at 1PM. Radio Deluxe returns to its Saturday 2PM-4PM broadcast time starting May 20th! The Met Opera 2017/2018 season will run Saturdays from December 2nd, 2017-May 5th, 2018.

Programming Notes: April 2017

Mar 31, 2017

Coming up this month on the Saturday Metropolitan Opera Matinee Broadcasts:

Programming Notes: March 2017

Mar 1, 2017

Coming up this month on the Saturday Metropolitan Opera Matinee Broadcasts:

March 4th at1 p.m. — Jules Massenet’s Werther
Tenor sensation Vittorio Grigolo is Werther, the young poet who seeks the unattainable love of the beautiful Charlotte, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard. Edward Gardner conducts Richard Eyre’s visual feast of a production.

Programming Notes: February 2017

Jan 27, 2017

The great WAMC fund drive begins Monday, February 6th at 6AM. Let’s work together to make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history so we can get back to regular programming as soon as possible. Pledge online or call 1(800)323-9262! We couldn’t do it without you!

Programming Notes: January 2017

Dec 28, 2016

There is plenty of holiday and special programming coming in January!

Sunday, January 1st:

12AM-5AM-Toast of the Nation
An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, Toast of the Nation is the perfect audio complement for the occasion. It's festive jazz you can party to, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world!

Programming Notes: December 2016

Dec 6, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts return to WAMC starting December 3rd at 1PM! The Met Opera airs every Saturday at 1PM from December 3rd to May 13th, 2017.

Programming Notes: November 2016

Oct 31, 2016

Tuesday, November 8th is election night! Join the award-winning WAMC News team & NPR for extended special coverage from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The program will feature speeches, newsmaker interviews, reports from candidate sites, and analysis from WAMC’s reporters and NPR's Political Team. Throughout the night, WAMC will cover the key races of the Northeast. Additionally, the NPR politics team will provide live updates on election returns and analysis of the results.

Programming Notes: October 2016

Sep 30, 2016

The month of October brings our annual fall fund drive starting Monday, October 17th 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!

Programming Notes: September 2016

Sep 1, 2016

As the last magical notes of this summer’s Tanglewood season resonate in our souls, we will return to our normal programming schedule this month. Don’t fret, we will still get to enjoy the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Sunday evenings 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. to hold us over until next year’s Tanglewood season.

Programming Notes: August 2016

Aug 1, 2016

Coming up this month at Tanglewood: Tuesday, August 2nd @ 8 p.m. A WAMC Special Broadcast of Tanglewood on Parade. Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Pops Orchestra Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra Stefan Asbury, Stéphane Denève, Giancarlo Guerrero, Ken-David Masur, and John Williams, conductors Elizabeth Rowe, flute Jessica Zhou, harp 

Programming Notes: July 2016

Jul 1, 2016

Our broadcasts of The Boston Symphony Orchestra live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood begin Friday, July 8th at 8 p.m. ♫ We will be airing the concerts live on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. through August.

Programming Notes: June 2016

Jun 1, 2016

The month kicks off with our fund drive, beginning June 6th at 6 a.m. You can help us make this the shortest fund drive in WAMC history. Your continuing support allows us to keep bringing you the programming you love. Call 800.323.9262 or pledge online at WAMC.org. We couldn’t do it without you.

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.

Programming Notes: April 2016

Apr 1, 2016

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!

Programming Notes: March 2016

Mar 1, 2016

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.

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