Jul 3, 2009

Presidential message will be part of Capitol Fourth celebration

Here's a nice exclusive for PBS: President Barack Obama will present a message to the nation on the network's A Capitol Fourth celebration. The statement will include congratulations to Sesame Street as it celebrates 40 years. The longtime fave Fourth of July show, this year featuring big names including Barry Manilow and Aretha Franklin, airs live from the Capitol from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday; check local listings.

WUFT transitions from classical to news/talk

Starting Aug. 3, University of Florida's WUFT-FM is discontinuing classical music to run NPR news and talk. The station also will expand local news reported by students, according to The Gainesville Sun. Its longtime nickname, Classic 89, is being dropped. The changes also will take place at sister station WJUF-FM/Nature Coast 90 in Citrus County. The station's ratings drop as much as 70 percent at 9 a.m., when NPR's Morning Edition ends and classical music begins.