This past Monday, KBCS 91.3 launched their slightly contested new programming schedule. The changes include the addition of several syndicated programs, including: the new weekly show by Michael Eric Dyson, noted cultural scholar and author based out of Baltimore; the Berkeley-based Hard Knock Radio which focuses on underground hip-hop and grassroots social movements; and The Takeaway, Public Radio International's new morning talk show that partners with, among others, the New York Times and BBC World Service.
The Caravan, a long-time weekly KBCS program hosted by John Gilbreath (the director of Earshot Jazz Festival), will expand to fill each weekday morning from 9 AM to noon; the station also adds a new program, The Outskirts, from noon to 3 PM. Sabrina Roach, KBCS' Development and Outreach Director, describes The Outskirts as a more contemporary mix of folk and Americana than the previous Lunch With Folks, with the inclusion of R&B and soul. The evening schedule and weekend schedule have not changed. You can view all of the new changes on their website.
It's worth noting that a cohort of KBCS volunteers and supporters have organized to rally against the changes that went into effect this week, arguing that the cancellation of volunteer-run programs such as Daily Planet and Drive Time Jazz "homogenizes" the station's perspectives. They have set up a website at savekbcs.org for fellow listeners to voice their opinions and petition against the changes.