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KAJX mixing up its lineup

Aspen Times writer

Aspen Public Radio has announced a number of program changes effective Monday, May 17.

According to KAJX executive director Brent Gardner-Smith, the changes have been in the works for the past six months. In a letter to listeners on Wednesday, Gardner-Smith said the goal of the changes is first to expand the amount of national and international news and local public affairs programming broadcast from the station, and second to “take our classical music programming to a new level.”

Aspen Public Radio will add National Public Radio’s new hour-long midday newsmagazine program, “Day to Day.” The show will air at noon each weekday. It is NPR News’ long-awaited link between “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” hosted by Alex Chadwick.

“BBC News” is being moved from noon to 11 a.m., followed by local cultural and public affairs programs at 11:30 a.m. These include “Aspen Agenda” on Tuesday and Thursday, the “Annie Brown Show” on Monday, “All About the Arts” on Wednesday and “Aspen Media Review” on Friday.

Because of the addition of “Day to Day,” a mix of programs that have previously been airing at 11 a.m. will be coming off the air, including “National Press Club,” “Commonwealth Club,” “Tech Nation,” “The Infinite Mind and Alternative Radio.”

From 1 to 4 p.m. beginning June 14, the station will air a new classical music program called “Aspen Music Festival Today.” The music and interviews will be closely tied to the Aspen Music Festival and School, since the station is now “the official voice” of the organization. The program will be hosted by professional classical music broadcaster Ted Askew.

NPR’s “All Things Considered” will begin after “Aspen Music Festival Today,” and “Marketplace” will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m., followed by “Fresh Air” at 7 p.m. and “Jazz from Aspen” at 8 p.m.

Saturday mornings will feature a new bluegrass program called “Bluegrass With Mustard,” hosted by Pastor Mustard, aka Dan Sadowsky. On Sundays, “Weekend Edition” will be expanded an extra hour, to run until 9 a.m.; “To the Best of Our Knowledge” is coming off the air.

For comments or questions about the changes at Aspen Public Radio, contact Brent Gardner-Smith at 925-6445, ext. 12, or bgs@kajx.org.


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