Doug Fabrizio hints at changes to KUER's 'RadioWest' as interview show takes summer hiatus

Doug Fabrizio hints at changes to KUER's 'RadioWest' as interview show takes summer hiatus


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SALT LAKE CITY — “RadioWest,” KUER’s flagship interview program hosted by Doug Fabrizio, is taking a break this summer.

The show will be taking a “summer vacation” hiatus starting May 27, according to a letter from Fabrizio posted on Utah NPR affiliate KUER’s website Monday.

The show, which has been running for 18 years, features extended interviews between Fabrizio and experts in a variety of subject areas, including politics, the environment, arts and entertainment and many more.

Fabrizio said he and others involved with “RadioWest” will examine the content of the show to see if there are ways they can improve it.

“I think it’s always a good idea every once in a while to step back and look closely at the work you’ve been doing, just to make sure you’re getting it right,” Fabrizio wrote in the letter. “That’s what we’ll be doing — asking ourselves questions about what’s working and what’s not.”

He did not say exactly when the show will return to KUER’s lineup but said it will be back sometime in the fall.

In the meantime, BBC news program “Outside Source” will take “RadioWest’s” place in KUER’s lineup at 9 a.m. on weekdays, according to a programming schedule published by the station.

The station rebroadcasts “RadioWest” again at 7 p.m. each day, but in the interim, NPR’s news roundtable program “1A” will fill that slot in KUER’s lineup from Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the “New Yorker Radio Hour” will air at 7 p.m.

Over the summer, the people who make “RadioWest” are hoping to gather feedback from people who have listened to the show over the years, Fabrizio said.

There will be a series of informal gatherings and listening sessions over the summer, he wrote in the letter. The showrunners also plan to email out regular updates to listeners, as well as post updates on the show’s social media accounts.

“We’re mindful of the listeners, donors, community organizations and so many others who have supported us over the years,” he wrote. “Some of you might feel disappointed, but we think this will be worth it to you.”

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