Changes begin on July 17!

Update (7/13/17): Left, Right & Center is expanding to a full hour, moving from Monday to Tuesday, making the 10-11am slot quite a bit different for the whole week.

WRIR will introduce a new daytime schedule starting on Monday, July 17. The goal of the new schedule is to get folks like you to spend more time listening to our outstanding locally-produced and nationally syndicated news and public affairs programs. You can hear these shows weekdays between 8 AM and 3 PM, Sundays from 5 to 9 AM, and weekdays overnight between 3 and 6 AM.

The new schedule creates a simple, consistent, easy-to-follow format for daytimes. If there’s a program you like, we want to make it easier for you to find other shows that will appeal to you.

New WRIR Schedule - July 17, 2017

Download Full Schedule (PDF) Updated 7/13/17

Schedule change details

In the new schedule, we’re grouping related shows into five major blocks:

News: Monday-Friday from 8 to 10 AM

The news and public affairs schedule kick off on weekdays at 8 AM with a live broadcast of Democracy Now! from the Pacifica Radio Network. It will be followed at 9 AM by Public Radio International’s The Takeaway, originating live from the studios of WNYC in New York. These two programs will get you informed right at the beginning of the day.

Points Of View: Monday-Friday at 10 AM

The focus stays on headlines at 10 AM when our Points Of View block presents a set of diverse voices discussing newsworthy topics. You’ll hear old favorites like Left, Right & Center and This Way Out in this time slot, along with programs that might become your new favorites like Between The Lines and The Final Straw.

Local Voices: Monday-Friday at midday

WRIR has broadcast locally-produced news and public affairs programs at the noon hour since we went on the air in 2005 – that’s one part of the schedule we’re not changing. We’re grouping all of our local shows between 11 AM and 1 PM to make it easier for you to find and enjoy them all.

Our flagship local program, Open Source RVA with Don Harrison, moves to Fridays at noon. Charles McGuigan’s spellbinding stories on A Grain Of Sand will be heard Tuesdays at 12:30. And most of your favorites stay right where they are: Lightly On The Ground and It’s Time For Justice Wednesdays starting at noon, and Death Club Radio Thursdays at 12:30.

Ideas & Culture: Monday-Friday from 1 to 3 PM

Because there’s more to knowledge than just the news, WRIR will devote weekday afternoons to ten of the most absorbing programs public radio has to offer. Some WRIR classics are here: The Thomas Jefferson Hour, Harry Shearer’s Le Show, The Moth Radio Hour and Sound Opinions. And we’re adding four of what we think are the best shows out there: Radiolab, On Being, Studio 360 and The New Yorker Radio Hour.

Sunday Breakfast: Sunday 5-9 AM

In our research, we found more great Ideas & Culture programs than we could fit into weekday afternoons, so we’ll broadcast four of them on Sunday morning instead: programs about religion, philosophy, language, and science. Get up and get your brain working on Sunday morning with WRIR.

The overnight schedule

For late-nighters or early-risers, a Democracy Now! encore will continue to air at 3 AM Monday-Friday, followed by Background Briefing with Ian Masters at 4 AM. New to the overnight schedule at 5 AM will be Rising Up With Sonali, hosted by Sonali Kolhatkar, who some broadcasting insiders are calling “the next Amy Goodman.” Just sayin’.