Radio Junkie

by Joe Courter

National Public Radio is truly a mixed bag, and each station selecting from the many offerings in varied time slots. As many of us can hear the Jacksonville station, 89.9 WJCT, as well as Gainesville’s 89.1 WUFT, and because they both repeat programs at different times, I thought a little guide might help. These are more the feature programs as opposed to news and talk, and they do reflect my personal favorites. We’ll do something more on music next month.

– This American Life: 89.1 Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 6 p.m. / 89.9 Fri. 1p.m., Sat. 2 p.m.

– TED radio hour: 89.1 Sat. & Sun. 7 p.m. / 89.9 Sun. 2 p.m., Mon. 1 p.m.

– Radio Lab: 89.1 Sun. 3 p.m. & 10 p.m. / 89.9 Tues. 1 p.m.

– Bob Edwards: 89.1 Sun. 10-12 a.m. / 89.9 Sat. 6–8 p.m.

– Back Story: 89.1 Sun. 4 p.m. – The Takeaway: 89.1 Mon.-Fri. 10 p.m. / 89.9 Mon.Thur. 2 p.m.

– Q: 89.1 Mon.-Fri. 11 p.m.

– The World: 89.9 Mon.-Thur. 3 p.m.

Many other radio offerings are available online, of course — almost everything with the exception of David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio. That can be heard over WGOT’s Low Power 94.7 FM on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

David makes his living by selling his recordings, but one work-around is streaming from one of the many stations he’s broadcast on by checking on his website and picking a station which broadcasts at a convenient time and listening there.

It’s a damn shame that WUFT dropped it a couple years ago; we should have raised a stink when that happened. The essential Democracy Now!, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, is on WGOT and is broadcast at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s also on demand and transcribed at Check out the “Past Shows” link for earlier programs you may have missed.

Purposeful listening to you!

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