Community Idea Stations has released an e-mail noting that it is now reprogramming 88.9 WCVE-FM to all news, as well as picking up two new FM stations to play classical, jazz and other music programs.
Although still subject to Federal Communications Commission approval, the two stations purchased from Alpha Media are WBBT (107.3 FM) and WWLB (93.1 FM). The email reads that approval is expected in early 2018 and that the new formats should begin on all three stations as early as spring 2018.
Among the shows that 88.9 will continue to broadcast are Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air and Marketplace, according to the email. It will be adding Here and Now, BBC Newshour, CBC Radio's As it Happens and cultural talk shows such as Only A Game, The Big Listen and The Splendid Table.
The stations broadcasting music will feature local classical hosts George Maida, Shawn Evans and Mike Goldberg and jazz host Peter Solomon in the evenings. "With so many more hours available for music, weekend favorites, such as Ian Stewart’s The World Music Show and Steve Clark’s Sound of Swing, will be joined by additional local and national music shows," the email reads.
“This transaction fulfills a long-held objective, enabling us to meet the dual listening demands of our radio audience,” said Curtis Monk, president and CEO of CPBC, in an embargoed press release. “For the first time ever, we are excited to be able to dramatically expand our programming to our listeners, providing wall-to-wall news and public affairs programming on one station, while delivering the best in classical music, jazz and other music offerings on the other."