RME / NPR Partnership - RME Radio!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wait Wait... Is that blues music on WVIK?
QUAD CITIES, IL/IA, SEPTEMBER 18 - WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, is proud to announce changes to its weekend line-up that includes both the addition of a popular national program and two new hours of local programming.

The highlight of this new roster is a brand new partnership between the River Music Experience and WVIK called RME Radio Hour. RME Radio Hour will be hosted by local musician and RME Director of Programming & Community Outreach Ellis Kell and feature an hour of blues and roots music together with interviews of local and visiting musicians. "RME Radio Hour is a perfect example of how two partners can work together to serve our community," said River Music Experience CEO Deb Sandry-Powers. "This program gives us a chance to extend our mission of promoting roots music from along the Mississippi River, as well as keeping our audience aware of what is happening at RME."

This new program will air at 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays beginning October 4. This slot immediately follows A Prairie Home Companion, and runs just before Don Wooten's new jazz program Swing Shift, focusing on swing-era jazz favorites.

The big change at the other end of WVIK's new Saturday line-up is the addition of the "oddly informative," nationally syndicated, and extremely popular news quiz show out of Chicago--Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! hosted by Peter Segal will be aired on WVIK at 11:00 a.m. right after Don Wooten's Saturday Morning Live. This highly-successful program will then be followed by Scribbles, a brand new program focused on the art of writing hosted by Don Wooten and fellow WVIK personality and Augustana College Professor Emeritus of English Roald Tweet.

"To be able to add two hours of local programming, while also adding a nationally successful show, is a really a win-win for the community," explained Station Manager Jay Pearce. "Our listeners have been asking for Wait Wait..., but we also have a strong commitment to local programming."

Other changes include the addition of the Quad Cities Jazz Channel, a mainstream jazz program that will delight both casual listeners and passionate jazz lovers, to run overnight from midnight to 4:00 a.m. on Saturday night, as well as the moving of Krista Tippett's On Being to 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Please visit www.wvik.org for a complete listing of program times.

For RME Radio Hour promotional materials, including logo, photo, and video announcement, visit http://rivermusicexperience.org/About-Us/Press-Kit.aspx

About River Music Experience
The R.M.E. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides
quality music education programs & live music performances.

RME Video Announcement:
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154627050855593&fref=nf