This summer represents the end of an era in public radio.
In July, Garrison Keillor will host his last broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. And earlier this year, we learned that another long-running weekend program – Whad ‘Ya Know? – will end production.
Taken together, these two events herald a shake-up of Peoria Public Radio’s weekend programming. It also creates an opportunity for us to look at some newer programs, and think about what kind of listening experiences will define public radio for the next generations – much as A Prairie Home Companion and Whad ‘Ya Know? have helped define public radio now.
Beginning in July, you will hear some new programs and new voices on Peoria Public Radio – and some shows that we already carry will air at different times.
The final live broadcast of Whad ‘Ya Know? will be on Saturday, June 25th. The following week, we will re-broadcast the episode recorded at Five Points Washington, back in March, 2014. The show featured a special central Illinois edition of “All the News That Isn’t,” and interviews with Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, the “Bread Monk” Father Dominic Garramone, trumpeter David Hoffman, and Kristin Williams from J. K. Distillery.
We think it’s a fitting way to bring the curtain down on a program that’s kept listeners here and around the country entertained for all these years. Please join us as we visit Whad ‘Ya Know’s visit to central Illinois – Saturday, July 2nd, at 10:00 a.m.