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Programming Notes

Tina Renick is WAMC's Program Manager.

The light at the end of the tunnel - As we dive into summer while the Northeast slowly reopens, we eagerly try to return to normal. June is a time for enjoying the sun and celebrating. Perhaps the shutdown spring has given you a fresh, thankful perspective on all we've taken for granted. WAMC has remained a constant during the spring, and your support in the May Locked Box will keep your favorite programs on the air through summer.

It is a strange time in the country as the coronavirus pandemic slows everyday life to a halt. But not all is bad. As we take to social media for interaction and entertainment, we’re seeing a new wave of positivity and selflessness. Restaurants are providing free meals and people from all nations are joining in on the couch choir craze. As we lean on each other for support, many are hoping this will be a cultural change to last.

President Trump gave his state of the union address, the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl (for the first time in 50 years) and fears of the coronavirus have not yet subsided. February gave us a lot to reflect on, but we are ready to march into the next month. Let’s see what WAMC has prepared for us. 

Forest fires, earthquakes and the impeachment of the president have made for a high-stakes start to 2020 — reminding us all the importance of working together toward the greater good. This month, we’ll continue hearing the impeachment trial of President Trump and look forward to our Fund Drive Feb. 10. We’ll also celebrate Black History Month and Presidents Day.

We can see clearly now that 2020 has arrived. We've set clear goals and are holding fast to them (at least in January), but will need some motivation to help us along. Let's see what WAMC has to inspire us as we peer into the new year. 

With the impeachment hearings, family gatherings, holiday shopping and preparing for the start of a new year, we finally approach the end of 2019. As we pause to reflect on all we’ve accomplished over the last 12 months, time marches on. Let’s see what’s in store for us this month.

November means food, friends and family. Thanks to your support, we ended the October Fund Drive (in just over a day!) and are devoted to bringing you the best news, political coverage and entertainment programming we can. We kick off the month with regular programming and shake things up a bit toward the end. We’re also gearing up for Metropolitan Opera season, which begins Dec. 7.

It’s officially light jacket weather. We’ve greeted some cool days with a few final hot ones holding on; but as the coffee shops, storefronts and trees have announced, fall with all its colors and flavors has arrived (and so has our October Fund Drive!).

In September they say summer’s over, but don’t fall for it! We usually still have a few days of bright sunshine left. However, as we say our goodbyes to the warmest days, we calmly greet the crisp air, colorful leaves and yes, school.  With jackets on and chai teas in hand, we have plenty of shows to leave you feeling educated.

America celebrates its independence, the cool summer night wind blows and the live evening sounds from Tanglewood are heard throughout the region. The relaxing season we all look forward to has graced us once again. With peace in mind, WAMC is ready to keep you engaged, poolside.

As summer approaches, WAMC gears up for another season of coverage and commitment to its listeners. Covering topics that range from our Fund Drive to environmental issues, eco-friendly efforts and the primaries, WAMC’s beach bag is packed and ready to go.

Spring has sprung!   The trees are turning green with new leaves, flowers are opening their buds and warmer winds are filling the air. 

The saying “April showers bring May flowers” means this month is a time of change.   As we wait for the flowers to bloom, let’s take a look at what is burrowing up from under the soil at WAMC. 

Starting April 1st, WAMC’s National Productions will be using a new program clock.  What this means for our listeners is the shows will fill a full half-hour, instead of being 25 minutes long.  Please tune in at 3 p.m. each day of the week for the start of your favorite WAMC shows. 

Programming Notes: March 2019

Mar 1, 2019

Spring ahead with public radio this season. Snow melts, temperatures begin to rise….well, maybe not just yet, but at least we can get into the mood. March is the perfect time of the year for renewal, growth and new experiences.

Programming Notes: February 2019

Feb 6, 2019

As we warm ourselves by the radio and fireplace, waiting on Groundhog Day to ease our winter woes, WAMC presents special programming, a Fund Drive, an award announcement, and a temporary replacement for a much-loved program.

Programming Notes: January 2019

Dec 28, 2018

This year at WAMC, like many years before, we start off the New Year on January 1st with a list of special programming. Starting at midnight, it’s Toast of the Nation. An NPR tradition every New Year's Eve since the 1970s, a festive jazz party, all night long. Spirited, improvised, and swinging, each segment stops in a Blue Note venue throughout the country and the world! We’ll hear sets from Buika, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joshua Redman and Brad Meldau, pianist Fred Hersch, Ron Carter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Programming Notes: December 2018

Nov 30, 2018

Tis the season for special programming.

Starting Dec. 1, WAMC listeners can catch the start of the 2018-19 Toll Brothers Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network broadcast season. First up is the February 2000 recording of Mefistofele. Continuing every Sunday until May 11th, the Met Opera will air on WAMC and its affiliated transmitters.

Programming Notes: November 2018

Nov 1, 2018

Election Day is November 6th. Voters on both sides of the aisle are excited and nervous. Special coverage on WAMC begins at 8 p.m. Join NPR and WAMC’s Alan Chartock and Joe Donahue, who will get live updates from around the Northeast as polls close. And bookmark for the latest results.

Programming Notes: October 2018

Sep 26, 2018

The end of the year fast approaches, we are already in month 10 of 12 for 2018 and we are going full swing into the Fall Fund Drive. The drive starts October 15th this year and we have plenty of programming announcements for before, during and after.

Programming Notes: September 2018

Aug 29, 2018

With the new fall season we also ring in a new school year and celebrate a day off for the workforce. But have you considered what would make you happier at work? Being unhappy at work hurts creativity and productivity. It's bad for our health, our home lives and the company's bottom line. Join us as we delve into the newest research that illuminates what makes our jobs more meaningful, engaging, and fulfilling. Starting off the holiday specials lineup for Labor Day is The Science of Happiness at Work from PRI at 9 a.m.

Programming Notes: August 2018

Jul 31, 2018

The newest addition to our programming, Milk Street Radio, has already found a home on WAMC. From street food in Thailand to a bakery in a Syrian refugee camp to how one scientist uses state of the art pollen analysis to track the origins of honey (and also to solve cold murder cases), Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio asks questions and gets answers about cooking, food, culture, wine, farming, restaurants, and literature. Tune in every Sunday at 7 a.m. The show takes the place of Marketplace Weekend, which ended production in June.

Programming Notes: July 2017

Jul 1, 2018

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

Programming Notes: June 2018

Jun 14, 2018

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 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):