Monday, August 11, 2008

KDHX rearranges broadcast schedule

Community radio station KDHX (88.1 FM) has rearranged it broadcast schedule effective Monday, August 11.

While some familiar programs have ended, most of the station's mainstays seemed to have survived the shakeup. And while the new lineup seems to have a few more rock and pop music offerings, two KDHX programs of continuing interest to jazz fans now can be heard on Sunday nights, starting at 9:00 p.m. with "Voices in the Dark" hosted by Al Becker, who focuses on "the best of female jazz and blues vocalists of the twentieth century."

Becker's program has been a fixture on Sundays, and it now will be followed at 10:30 p.m. by "All Soul, No Borders," which is hosted by Joshua Weinstein and moves over from Thursdays. As Weinstein noted on his page on the KDHX site, "Tonight marks the end of "jazz" in St. Louis on a Thursday night. KDHX has presented Great Black Music for over a decade or longer during this time slot. 'All Soul, No Borders' first aired in September of 2000...ASNB will now be heard on Sunday night from 10:30-Midnight."

While I'm glad to see Weinstein's program continue, and the pairing with Becker's broadcast makes sense, it's also somewhat unfortunate that both now are airing directly opposite Dennis Owsley's Jazz Unlimited program on KWMU (90.7 FM). For the radio stations, it's all the more reason to offer online streams and/or archived programs, I suppose, but for listeners it's too bad that the two stations are now offering comparatively rare jazz programming in direct competition with one another.

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