KCUR-FM to Provide More Midday News with Expansion of “Here & Now”

“The World,” “Science Friday” move to new time slots, “Q” comes to KCUR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –KCUR-FM 89.3 will expand its news and arts coverage beginning July 1. The popular news program Here & Now will meet growing audience demand for midday news and analysis by expanding to a two-hour show. KCUR will also add Q, an arts, culture and entertainment show, to its lineup.

The Here & Now expansion will replace Talk of the Nation, which will air its final broadcast on Thursday, June 27 at 1 p.m. A live production from NPR and WBUR, Boston, in collaboration with public radio stations across the country, Here & Now provides timely, smart and in-depth news and conversation. As one of a handful of stations nationwide collaborating on the expanded Here & Now, KCUR will add a regional perspective to that conversation. The expanded Here & Now will air from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“For decades, KCUR has provided our listeners with in-depth local news. Through this collaboration, we’re able to expand that reach, and bring Midwest voices to the entire nation,” Nico Leone, KCUR general manager, said.

Here & Now
 has been hosted by Robin Young for more than a decade. A Peabody Award-winning journalist, she has reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Starting July 1, Young will be joined by co-host Jeremy Hobson, most recently host of Marketplace Morning Report. Hobson has broad producing, reporting and hosting experience at the station, program and network level.

The newest programming addition, Q, is a lively arts, culture and entertainment radio magazine. Host Jian Ghomeshi covers pop culture and high arts with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends. The show will air weeknights at 7 p.m.

“This is an exciting time for KCUR. Our listeners have continually asked for more news and arts coverage, and we’re happy to deliver,” Bill Anderson, KCUR program director, said.

Meanwhile, The World and Science Friday will move to new time slots. The World, an hour long weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe, will move from 7 p.m. to 2 p.m., and will air Monday through Thursday. Science Friday, the weekly science, technology, environment and health news show will air from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday.
About the University of Missouri-Kansas City
The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students, and celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit www.umkc.edu. You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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