Don’t Forget About AM Radio – Give It A Chance

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If you are looking for some variety in radio programming, don't forget about 1340 WOUB-AM. We launched a new schedule in January 2013. It is now about three months old and if you haven't found it, we want to give you a gentle reminder.

Every weekday morning from 6-9 a.m. you can start your day with Public Radio Re-mix. It is a series of short stories delivered in a fast-paced format. Some are done by professionals and some are done by just ordinary people with extraordinary audio stories to tell.

We also added the TED Radio Hour. It is a co-production of TED and NPR that presents an array of the world's most creative and provocative thinkers in short 18 minute presentations about a topic for the day. It airs on Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. and Mondays at noon.

On Tuesdays at noon, we present on WOUB-AM, Ask Me Another. It is a fast-paced hour of puzzles, word games and trivia played in front of a live audience. It is a cross between NPR's comedy hit Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me and the Puzzle Segment of Weekend Edition with Will Shortz. The rest of the week at noon, you can listen to special shows from PRX: Backstory with the History Guys on Wednesday, Filmspotting on Thursdays and A Way with Words on Friday.

If you miss these shows live, you can listen to archived shows at woub.org. Here are the links for Filmspotting, A Way With Words and Backstory.

If you miss, Here and Now on WOUB-FM at noon, you can hear a replay on WOUB-AM at 1 p.m. each weekday.

Saturday evenings are for music on WOUB-AM. At 6 p.m. Stuck in the Psychedelic Era provides music from the late 1960's with some expansion into an eclectic blend of music not often heard on radio.

At 9 p.m. is a one-hour Latin Alternative exploring Latin rock, funk, and hip-hop.

And we round out Saturday evening with two hours of nowlikephotographs from Minneapolis, Minn. It is described as "the best epic instrumental post-rock, ambient, bedroom electronica, and neoclassical music."

Sunday evening we lead off at 6 p.m. with Global Village. It is described as "… a fresh, inventive musical mix, and welcoming presentation. Global Village is like nothing else on radio, offering a special kind of "go-to" program that speaks to the joys of musical discovery…" It features music from all over the world.

Then from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sundays we focus on jazz with 12th Street Jump from Kansas City from 8 to 9 p.m., Jazz Odyssey with modern jazz from 9 to 11 p.m. hosted by Ohio University alumnus Chris Kuborn and The New Jazz Archive from 11 p.m. to midnight. It is a collection of stories, interviews and music featuring the history of American jazz.

By listening to 1340 WOUB-AM you can add these new shows to your old favorites: Conversations from Studio B, Radio Free Athens, The Nightshift, BBC World Service, The Tavis Smiley Show, This American Life and others.

We provide alternative programming. You have choices to make in your radio listening patterns. Give our AM line-up a chance. We think you'll like it.

Tom Hodson is director and general manager of WOUB Public Media. Follow him on Twitter @thodson.