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June 4th 2018 was a dark day.

Never stop dreaming.

From a press release:

“Effective Friday, September 18, 2020, WAMU, Washington, D.C.’s NPR station, will implement a program schedule change, which includes the return of their 37-year legacy program Hot Jazz Saturday Night, a new dedicated special programming segment and The Arts Hour from BBC World News Service.

Hot Jazz Saturday Night, produced by WAMU and hosted by Rob Bamberger, will return for a two-year commitment beginning on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 7-10 p.m. The show will replace Live from Here from American Public Radio, which ceased production in June.

With the cancellation of Live from Here, WAMU seized an opportunity to deeply consider listener and member feedback when determining what program would benefit weekend evening audiences. As the nation enters an election period and with the station’s 60th anniversary on the horizon, WAMU thought of no better way to create a Saturday evening respite from the news than to bring back a popular locally-produced program with Hot Jazz Saturday Night.

“Hot Jazz Saturday Night and Rob were a cornerstone of WAMU’s weekend programming for nearly four decades,” said Monna Kashfi, chief content officer at WAMU. “I am thrilled that the show will be coming home to WAMU and that our listeners will be able to re-connect with Rob as we get ready to celebrate a milestone anniversary for the station.”

WAMU has also added special programming, dubbed “WAMU Presents”, to replace a repeat airing of Fresh Air on Fridays at 1 p.m. Starting on September 18, “WAMU Presents” will feature special programs from WAMU, public radio partners and independent producers. Listeners will hear a rotation of featured content, including in-depth reporting, podcasts, engaging conversations, as well as arts and culture productions.

Additionally, the debut of The Arts Hour from BBC World News Service will replace Live Wire on Saturdays from 10-11 p.m. The Arts Hour is a weekly collection of engaging arts-related stories from across the globe and will begin on September 19 following Hot Jazz Saturday Night.”

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