Fans of WABE 90.1 FM will notice significant changes to the station’s morning and afternoon schedule beginning Jan. 12. Perhaps the most notable change will be the move of classical music programming to the station’s digital station,  WABE CLASSICS/90.1-2 online at WABE.org, with the WABE mobile app or with an HD Radio.

WABE will add an extra hour of NPR’s Morning Edition from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., with a more focused look at Atlanta news and information. Station mainstay Lois Reitzes will host a new arts and culture show from 10 a.m. to noon with interviews and discussions on books, theatre, visual arts dance and more.

In the afternoon, a newsmagazine hosted by Denis O’Hayer and Rose Scott will air from noon to 2 p.m. This Atlanta-focused show aims to provide deeper analysis,  conversation, long-format storytelling, and newsmaker interviews.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

3 replies on “WABE debuts new programs on Jan. 12”

  1. I am very upset to lose the daily classical music. I have listened and been a member of NPR for over thirty years, and very much appreciate the news programs in the morning and evening. I consider them vital, but for the rest of the day, and I do listen all day long, I have loved listening to the classical music. It makes a restful respite from all the hard news for one thing. Now we have a whole day of nonstop talking. Mostly repetition and repeat items. It’s very wearing and irritating.
    I welcome the chance to write this down and hope John Weatherford sees it.
    What an absolute shame to have caved in to those persistent voices for talk radio without considering what a loss it is for the rest of us. Totally unnecessary since there is now a GPB station talking all day.
    Now, I suppose, I have to go to the expense of buying a HD radio, money I could have given to NPR.
    With great regret for your sadly misguided decision. Brenda Rawls.

  2. After two weeks of WABE’s new format I am finished with the station. This, after 33 years as a supporting member.

    The new GPB me, too format is terrible. It’s like listening to all the other stations. Even the NPR news is diminished by all the preceding and following chatter.

    Will the new listeners be as generous as the old, betrayed ones have always been?

    Good luck, Mr. Weatherford.

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