KDHX Won't Change Talk Shows for 90 Days


At a meeting last night the programming committee at KDHX (88.1 FM) decided to postpone for 90 days any changes to the station's evening talk shows.

As reported earlier this week, station management is considering the possible elimination of the evening talkers in place of music programming. KDHX airs just four hours of locally produced talk shows each week, but station management says the programs don't resonate with listeners as well as music shows.

During the course of a nearly 2.5 hour meeting Thursday evening, the station's programming committee and talk-show hosts discussed a number of options, including:
  • airing the shows solely via podcasts and HD radio (once the station begins broadcasting in high-definition)
  • changing the format of the programs to allow for longer shows with more pre-recorded content that could be aired over the radio or via podcasts
  • leaving the shows as they exists.
D.J. Wilson, host of Collateral Damage on Monday nights, joked that last night's powwow was rather torturous. "All I can say is given the choice between another two-and-a-half hour meeting or waterboarding, I'd say bring on the H20 and a wet rag," says Wilson, who adds that committee members plan additional one-on-one meetings with hosts over the summer to discuss changes.

For the now, though, the shows will go on as scheduled with no changes going into effect until the fall.

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