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Your Community, Your Radio: WRFI’s New Summer 2018 Schedule

Your Community, Your Radio: WRFI’s New 2018 Schedule

In a media-saturated world where content is controlled by fewer and fewer hands, community radio like WRFI provides a unique opportunity for local people to become media-makers and tell their own stories. We are very excited to announce that our new schedule (which started June 1, 2018) includes no fewer than ten new live, local programs and represents a major step toward fulfilling our mission to air local and underrepresented voices.

At the same time, in an effort to balance the needs and interests of all the communities we serve, we are pleased to continue carrying the many national news and public affairs programs that provide vitally important, independent perspectives on a daily basis.

Thom Hartmann / Local Lunch

Adding local content from noon to two weekdays has long been a station goal. Last year, we put this goal on a temporarily hold when we added The Thom Hartmann Program to our lineup. We’re happy to say we will continue carrying the Hartmann program (now heard as a one-hour “best of” digest from 11am until noon weekdays) while simultaneously expanding our local offerings.

Join us for lunch with local shows noon to two weekdays featuring two new hosts: DJ Art-V (Mondays with The African Postman) and DJ Kelly C (Wednesdays with Out to Hunch) as well as some WRFI veterans who lend their talents to the midday block: Carlos Gutierrez (Fridays with Alcance Latino), Melissa Hoffman (Tuesdays with Spirit Radio), and Ignatz (Thursdays with The Lunch Pad).

Letters and Politics Monday-Thursday at 5pm

Another major change to our lineup is that we no longer repeat Democracy Now! at 5pm. Instead, Monday through Thursday for your evening drive time, we bring you fresh headlines and analysis from Pacifica’s Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich. Plus, keep your ears out for a new live, local arts preview show (coming soon) Fridays from 5-6pm.

New Weekend Shows

Weekends on WRFI welcome three new women broadcasters including Marietta, Deep Cuts, alternate Saturdays at 5pm; Demi with Opa!, Saturdays at 7pm; and DJ Sucio Nasty with Pa’Bajo, Sundays at 7pm. Rocket Morton joins WRFI’s ranks with –wait for it– the Rocket Morton Show alternate Saturdays at 3pm and Jeff joins the weekend lineup with Radio Nomadics on Sundays from 9-11pm. We’re also adding a couple of new syndicated programs to Saturday’s lineup: A Way With Words (at 11am) takes a closer look at language through history, culture and family, and at 10pm, Public Enemy’s Chuck D kicks out two hours of new and classic hip hop on And You Don’t Stop.

Other New Shows

Thursdays, area Mandarin speakers will want to check out Chinese Studio with Jie Ding from 4-5pm. At 9pm, dig into the crates with the Basement Dwellers and, on alternate weeks, open your ears to indie goodness on Attic Inhabitant with Ben. Jamaican Clash and Eclectic Currents join the Tuesday lineup and even more local
programs are in the works.

So stayed tuned. Community radio is your radio, be in touch, and please let us know what you think!