Beginning January 5, 2013, WOUB-AM will begin airing several new programs including two new NPR programs – The TED Radio Hour and Ask Me Another. Several musical programs featuring jazz, blues, psychedelic, electronica, hip-hop and Latin music will be added to the weekend schedule. WOUB-AM is available in the Athens area on 1340 AM and is also available live online at woub.org/listenlive.
The TED Radio Hour hosts the world's most fascinating thinkers – convention-breaking mavericks, icons, and geniuses – who give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less about the best ideas in Technology, Entertainment, Design and much more. Through this co-production between TED and NPR, each episode will focus around a theme (such as "Happiness") and TEDTalks that put ideas about the theme through the paces. WOUB 1340-AM will air the series Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. and Mondays at noon.
Ask Me Another is an hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another's mixture of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday's Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait…Don't Tell Me. The program will air Tuesdays at noon. The noon hour for the remainder of the week will be filled with programs from Public Radio Exchange including Backstory with the American History Guys on Wednesday, Filmspotting on Thursday and A Way with Words on Friday.
Several other new programs will be included in the WOUB-AM weekend schedule. They include:
6 p.m. – The Blues & Beyond is a weekly exploration of blues, jazz, international music, folk, and new/experimental music. The program includes interviews with musicians, producers, and writers, and a lot of music that would slip through the cracks otherwise.
7 p.m. – Blue Dimensions is a weekly one-hour program of blues, jazz, and other related styles of music, focusing on present-day artists and songs, though with a certain nod to the past and the great history of the music. Host/Producer Jonny Meister will feature some topic (album, artist, event, etc.) on each show.
8 p.m. – 12th Street Jump is a weekly Jazz, Blues, and Comedy Jam, recorded live from 12th Street in Kansas City, where Basie tickled the ivories and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Each week we celebrate the birthday of a jazz or blues great with topical sketch comedy, improvs and some great live music.
9 p.m. –Jazz Odyssey is your journey through the world of Modern Jazz. Host Chris Kuborn takes the listener on a musical journey through the latest sounds in Jazz. Each week will feature a recording, artist, group or recordings from a specific record label and introducing that music. There may be a classic track from time to time but this show is all about Modern Jazz. Music from Artists like Medeski, Martin & Wood, The Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Trilok Gurtu, Garaj Mahal, United Future Organization, Stanton Moore, Niacin and a whole lot more.
11 p.m. – The New Jazz Archive is a weekly series exploring jazz's place in the story of America. Each hour-long episode is a collection of stories, interviews, and music that relates the past, present and future of jazz to the things that shape our daily lives—from movies, television and pop culture, to important social issues, to the economy, technology, and even other forms of music.
6 p.m. – Stuck in the Psychedelic Era is rooted in the music created by self-contained American bands of the late 1960s (and their British inspirations), yet is constantly expanding beyond those roots to create an eclectic blend of music unlike anything else in modern radio.
8 p.m. – Juke in the Back: Matt The Cat presents the soul that came before rock n' roll: 1950s rhythm and blues. Each week, this underrated and rollicking music plays on that old Rockola Jukebox in the back.
9 p.m. – Latin Alternative is a one-hour weekly exploration into the world of Latin rock, funk, hip-hop and electronic music. The program focuses on crossover-friendly Latin rock, electronic, funk and hip-hop artists, as well as interviews with such key acts as Ozomatli, Jaguares, Ana Tijoux, Calle 13 and Diego Garcia.
10 p.m.- nowlikephotographs is a radio program that broadcasts two hours of the best epic instrumental post-rock, ambient, bedroom electronica, and neoclassical music every week from Minneapolis, Minn.