WAMU(FM), Washington, D.C., is re-naming its HD3 channel, adding two programs to its HD2 channel, and planning other weekend program changes for its main analog and digital channels.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 14, its HD3 news/talk/music HD3 channel will be rebranded "Intersection," which the station says reflects "the multicast station's intersection of sound-rich programs like 'Radiolab,' story-telling programs like 'Snap Judgment,' issue-driven talk shows like 'The Michael Eric Dyson Show,' and eclectic music like 'Retro Cocktail Hour' and 'World Café.'"
WAMU now airs BBC and time-shifted news programs from various public radio program producers and distributers on its HD3.
Intersection will air XPoNential Radio, a 24/7 adult album alternative service provided by WXPN(FM), Philadelphia and add another WXPN-produced show, "World Café," featuring alternative and modern rock. The channel will also add "The Tavis Smiley Show," "The Sound of Young America" and "Whad'Ya Know?"
WAMU General Manager Caryn Mathes said, "Intersection at 88.5-3 will air innovative shows — programs that even hard-core public radio fans may not have heard yet — and re-affirming our commitment to multicasting."
WAMU's HD2 channel, Bluegrass Country, will introduce two new shows to its programming line-up: "Capitol Americana," highlighting new acoustic American roots music, and "Bluegrass Gospel USA."
The weekend changes for WAMU's main channel, are being repeated on the station's new frequency on the Delmarva peninsula, 88.3 Ocean City, Md. There are no weekday schedule changes.