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Long-time WAMC host leaves the air
Long-time WAMC Public Radio classical music
host, Robert J. Lurtsema, has gone on indefinite medical leave. As a result,
staff has announced a weekend program change. The station emphasizes that
there will be no net loss of classical music as a result. The change also
addresses what WAMC Executive Director Alan Chartock calls, "...an
overwhelming number of requests for an earlier airing of National Public
Radio's Weekend Edition." Because of its allegiance to Robert J., WAMC
had previously started Weekend Edition at noon. Most NPR
stations play the program at earlier times in the morning, the time period
for which it was designed.
"Lurtsema's loyalty and excellence was the single factor that made this
station swim upstream," said Chartock.
WAMC's staff reports that a large number of callers objected
to the fact that, in its old time slot, Weekend Edition had been
truncated by broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera throughout the
opera season, sometimes taking the entire program. "Fortunately," said
Assistant Executive Director Dave Galletly, "this will never happen again.
Classical music lovers should have no fear because some wonderful new programming
is being added on both Saturday and Sunday."
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