KCRW tweaks lineup


Ricky Jay and San Francisco Chronicle book critic David Kipen are among the additions coming to the local commentary slots during NPR's afternoon "All Things Considered." Starting in April, the features will air during four-minute cutaways from the national show weekdays at 4:44 and 6:44 p.m. The lineup announced today by KCRW (89.9 FM):

• Mon. 4:44 - Back Channels with JOE HAGAN, “NYTV” columnist for The New York Observer, presents his edgy take on the TV world.

• Mon. 6:44 - Jay’s Journal with RICKY JAY, magician, author and sleight-of-hand artist, muses on all things eccentric and the arcane.

• Tue. 4:44 - Overbooked with DAVID KIPEN, Book critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, weighs in on what’s important to read.

• Tue. 6:44 - Art Talk with EDWARD GOLDMAN reviews what’s happening on the art scene.

• Wed. 4:44 - On the Beat with CELIA HIRSCHMAN looks at the changes affecting the music industry.

• Wed. 6:44 - TBA

• Thu. 4:44 - The Score with DIANA NYAD, Hall of Fame swimming champ and longtime sports commentator, looks at current issues in sports.

• Thu. 6:44 - Theatre Talk with JAMES C. TAYLOR offers his unique views on theatre productions around town.

• Fri. 4:44 - Film Reviews with JOE MORGENSTERN, who reviews movies for The Wall Street Journal, shares his thoughts with our audience, too.

• Fri. 6:44 - Film Reviews with JOE MORGENSTERN.

Yes, that open Wednesday slot below Celia Hirschman (station GM Ruth Seymour's daughter) seems to be the one Sandra Tsing Loh rejected. The station also switched shows on Saturday, moving "Good Food" to 10 a.m. and "This American Life" to 11. Several changes in the evening music lineup were also announced, including that Garth Trinidad's "Chocolate City" will cut back to once a week, Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Trinidad says in the release, "For personal reasons, I've chosen to spend more time with my wife and family."

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