Overnight jazz disappears from WFPK’s schedule

We told you earlier this month about programming changes at WFPK, 91.9 FM, Louisville’s public radio music station. Today we’ve learned that the overnight (1 – 6 a.m.) jazz program, the syndicated “Jazz with Bob Parlocha,” has been replaced by something called “WFPK Music Mix,” from 2 – 5 a.m., with a host DJ to be announced.

A repeat of the first hour of the two-hour, syndicated “World Cafe,” which originally airs on 91.9 weeknights from 6 – 8 p.m., will now air from 5 – 6 a.m.

(The new schedule is slightly different on Monday mornings, when “Music Mix” runs from 1 – 4 a.m., followed by both hours of the “World Cafe” repeat).

Program director Stacy Owen told LEO, “I want to give the artists we’ve been developing more airplay and provide consistency throughout the week.”

She does not plan to change the Sunday line-up of jazz shows, which currently runs from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. (starting with two hours of Parlocha’s program, the last two remaining for him on 91.9).

4 Comments

  1. Anastasia
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    HORRIBLE, terrible decision.

  2. David
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    E-mail Stacy Owen (sowen@wfpk.org) and tell her how you feel. Louisville needs more jazz, not less!

  3. Martin
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    I wish I had the energy to care. It’s not as if I were staying up til 2am to hear jazz on the radio. The virtually total loss of jazz at accessible hours has been a sad reality for too many years now. Plus, they’ve consigned American Routes and Homefront to very early Saturday morning (6 AM and 8 AM respectively).

  4. Dave Sumner
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Why is a public radio station “developing” artists in the first place? Secondly, with the wonderful expanse of music out there deserving of the spotlight, consistency and doubling-up musician airplay is a constricting policy and a disservice to the public.

    That Parlocha show is just excellent. When we head out of town Sunday mornings, it’s such a gift to hear music by Mehldau, Lovano, Belmondo, etc.

    Cutting Jazz out of a public radio programming schedule just looks bad. It’s like removing books from library shelves. It’s a sign of poor vision and cultural insignificance.

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