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89.3 WFPL News Transmitter Maintenance Tonight 10pm-12am

A few weeks ago, we suffered the failure of a key component of our transmitter, which took WFPL News off the air for several hours while our engineer worked to fix the problem. (The online stream was not affected.)

The equipment is back from the manufacturer, and we’ll need to go off the air for about 15 minutes tonight while our engineer swaps out the spare unit and replaces the original configuration. This will happen sometime between 10pm and 12am this evening. Again, our engineer tells us the actual downtime will be about 15 minutes. As was the case before, the online stream will continue without interruption.

Thanks for your patience. Our transmitters for WFPL News, 91.9 WFPK and Classical 90.5 are nearing the end of their 20-year lifespan in the next two years, and we’re planning for the nearly $300,000 cost to replace them.

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Update: Waterfront Wednesday Shortened

WFPL’s sister station, WFPK, has announced that tonight’s Waterfront Wednesday will begin early at 5:45, and sets will be shortened to ensure that the concert finished by 8:30 PM.

The city has mandated that the concert end by 8:30 PM.

Last month’s Waterfront Wednesday was cancelled due to flooding and severe weather.

“Waterfront Wednesday is definitely on,” says stations director Stacy Owen. “Get there early as we’ll begin promptly at 5:45 pm and keep things moving as quickly as we can so all the bands can play before the rain hits.”

Tonight’s lineup will include Brooklyn-based Harper Blynn, local indie-band Cabin, and the Cincinnati-based group Over The Rhine.

The event will be on the Big Four Lawn, at the base of the Big Four Bridge next to the spiral ramp. You can find a map of the location and parking lots here.

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State of Affairs

Tecumseh, Native America and the other American Dream


Monday, October 5, 2009
Tecumseh, Native America and the other American Dream
Tecumseh, for many of us it’s a name that conjures up images of wide prairies, long headdress, old Westerns on a Saturday afternoon. But Tecumseh was a man with a vision, and his vision was a united Native American nation. Along with his brother, Tenskwatawa “the Prophet”, Tecumseh managed to form a confederacy of several tribes and fought passionately for their beliefs. Documentary filmmaker Ric Burns has recently completed a piece on Tecumseh for the PBS series “We Shall Remain”. Join us on Monday when we talk with Burns about his work and Tecumseh.

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Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation


Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation
You can’t spend a dollar without seeing his portrait or wave a flag without knowing what they stood for. George Washington and the Founding Fathers are the most famous men of American history, but what about the unsung heroes of the American Revolution? In his new book “Founders: The People Who Brought You a Nation,” Ray Raphael addresses the roles lesser known figures played in the development of our country. Pay tribute to the men and women we might not have won the war without, this Wednesday on State of Affairs.

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State of Affairs is on the move!

Beginning on Monday, February 2nd, State of Affairs is moving to 1:00 pm daily (with the repeat staying at 9:00 pm nightly). Why you ask? Well, change is a constant in the radio business (just like in other fields). In December NPR announced the cancellation of the daily shows News and Notes and Day to Day. This presented WFPL with an opporunity to respond to listener requests for two hours of The Diane Rehm Show and to move State of Affairs back to our original time at 1:00 pm. So, it will be a great day on WFPL, Morning Edition, BBC, the Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air, State of Affairs, Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered.

As a listener, I wonder how I’ll be able to tear myself away from the radio each day! So, join us on Monday the 2nd at 1:00 pm and call in to join the conversation.

Thank you for listening!
Robin Fisher – Producer

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The Role of Dissent in Islam and America


Monday, November 17, 2008
The Role of Dissent in Islam and America
It’s funny, dissent; there are times when expressing disagreement with our leaders seems very patriot or noble, and yet there are other times when it is seen as disloyal and subversive. And the more fundamental a society becomes, the less dissent is tolerated, but the more it seems to be needed. And lest we think this just happens in Islamic countries, let’s take a good look at America’s tolerance for dissent in the past couple of years. Join us on Monday as we discuss the role dissent does, can and should play in Islam and America. Today’s show is from our archives, so we won’t be taking calls this hour.

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