Arizona Public Media Announces New Radio Show
KUAZ-FM radio has introduced a new weekend show and a new Saturday schedule.

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Communications
Feb. 11, 2009

Southern Arizona's National Public Radio and jazz radio station , KUAZ 89.1 FM and 1550 AM, has announced a new Saturday program schedule that will include an award-winning radio guide to pop culture and the arts.

Peabody Award-winning "Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC" is public radio's guide to what's happening in the arts and pop culture arenas.

The show has joined the KUAZ weekend lineup on Saturdays at 2 p.m., replacing "Weekend America," which is no longer being produced.

Each week, "Studio 360" host Kurt Andersen introduces listeners to the people creating and shaping pop culture, including directors of must-see movies, authors of best-selling books and writers of songs that change lives.

Past guests on "Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC" include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, author Zadie Smith, actor Sean Penn, musical performer Tori Amos, country music singer Dolly Parton and filmmaker Ang Lee.

Currently, the station's Saturday program, at a glance, is:

5 a.m. – "Tech Nation": Host Moira Gunn interviews scientists, Internet entrepreneurs, astronauts, media critics, sci-fi novelists, politicians and others from technology-related walks of life.

6 a.m. – "Weekend Edition": Scott Simon hosts this popular radio program of news and feature stories, broadcast live from National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

10 a.m. – "Car Talk": Brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Boston respond to automotive questions with a blend of engineering education, mechanical expertise and quick-witted humor.

11 a.m. – "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!": Listeners test their knowledge against the best and brightest in the news and entertainment worlds while trying to figure out what's real news and what's made up. Peter Sagal hosts and Carl Kasell serves as official judge and scorekeeper. This program also airs at noon on Sundays.

Noon – "Whad'ya Know?": Hosted by Michael Feldman, this comedy/quiz show invites callers and audience members to participate inquizzes, games and skits. The program was previously broadcast at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

2 p.m. – "Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC": This Peabody Award-winning show is public radio's smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week host Kurt Andersen introduces listeners to the people who are creating and shaping our culture.

3 p.m. – "This American Life": Ira Glass hosts this critically-acclaimed weekly program that describes and documents contemporary American life. Glass will speak at the UA on May 9 as part of the UApresents series. To learn more, visit the UApresents Web site.

4 p.m. – "All Things Considered": Like its weekday counterpart, the Saturday edition of "All Things Considered" offers an intelligent presentation of the day's events. In addition to breaking news coverage, the program indulges a weekend listener's more playful side. Debbie Elliott hosts the show.

5 p.m. "Tech Nation": The show is a repeat from Saturday's 5 a.m. broadcast.

6 p.m. "Car Talk": The show is a repeat from Saturday's 10 a.m. broadcast.

7 p.m. – "Riverwalk Jazz": This is a radio show that tells the story of jazz in America. The Jim Cullen Jazz Band covers the genre's early years – from blues and cakewalks, to the small swing ensembles of the 1920s and 1930s. Hosted by award-winning storyteller David Holt and bandleader Jim Cullen.

Also, jazz will be on beginning at 8 p.m., then "BBC Overnight" will be on from midnight to 5 p.m.

Data from the Fall 2008 Arbitron Survey on radio listener ratings shows KUAZ rated as the No. 3 station in the Tucson market for adults age 35 to 64. 

Also, KUAZ is rated No. 3 both in cumulative and in average quarter-hour persons Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to midnight. KUAZ is a top rated station in Tucson in the News/Talk format, according to the recent survey.

KUAZ and be heard on 89.1 FM and during daylight hours on 1150 AM. More information on KUAZ and its sister station classical KUAT-FM can be found on the Arizona Public Media Web site.

Extra info

Arizona Public Media is a member-supported non-profit media organization of The University of Arizona, which is celebrating 50 years of public television broadcasting service and 40 years of radio broadcasting in Southern Arizona this year.


Arizona Public Media (AZPM) broadcasts classical music on stations KUAT-FM 90.5 and FM 89.7; and NPR, jazz and local programming on KUAZ-FM 89.1 and 1550AM.


Television broadcasting of PBS stations includes KUAT Channel 6 and KUAS Channel 27; on digital TV channels 6-1 PBS-HD; 6-2 V-me (en español); 6-3 Create; KUAS Channel 27-1 PBS-HD; 27-2 PBS Kids; 27-3 PBS World, the UA Channel (Cox 116/Comcast 76); and the Ahora channel (en español) on KUAZ-HD2. AZPM also produces award-winning original local television programming from its digital studios on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.


To learn more, visit Arizona Public Media's Web site


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