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Retooled 'RadioWest', new religion podcast coming to KUER

By KSL.com Staff | Posted - Sep 4th, 2019 @ 3:01pm



SALT LAKE CITY — After a summer hiatus, KUER’s flagship interview show “RadioWest” will return this month with a new format and schedule.

The long-running show will return on Sept. 13 but will move forward as a weekly show, according to a letter from the show’s host, Doug Fabrizio, released Wednesday by Utah NPR affiliate KUER. Previously, the 18-year-old show aired with a new hour-long edition each weekday.

Fabrizio and others involved with “RadioWest” took a hiatus starting May 27. They wanted to rethink the content of the show and see if there were ways to improve it, Fabrizio said at the time.

Wednesday, Fabrizio said he and other “RadioWest” staff members believe they can focus more on the things listeners like most about the show by moving to a weekly edition.

“During RadioWest’s summer hiatus, we thought a lot about new opportunities to keep growing and to focus on the things you told us you loved most about the show: in-depth explorations, eclectic ideas and storytelling,” Fabrizio wrote. “We knew we could do those things better as a weekly program.”

A weekly two-hour edition of the show will air on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local issues, culture and breaking news will be covered, and the show will also include a “deep-dive conversation about how our world works,” according to Fabrizio.

A one-hour version of the show will air later Friday at 7 p.m., and the show will air again on Saturdays at 11 a.m., according to the letter. Episodes also will be available on-demand at KUER’s website.

“I feel excited and recharged — and hopeful that you’ll give this new chapter of the show a chance,” Fabrizio said.

Also Wednesday, KUER announced a new religion podcast titled “Preach.”

The podcast will focus on the “messiness of faith” and will include stories from people of all walks of life and religions talking about their beliefs and doubts, according to a KUER press release.

The first 10-episode season of the show debuts on Sept. 6, and new episodes will debut on Fridays.

“We’re all hungry for more frank, fun conversations about how we make sense of life,” the show’s host, KUER’s religion reporter Lee Hale, said in the release. “This is the best way I know how to learn about faith.”

Episodes of the first season will include appearances by actor Rainn Wilson, as well as Glynn Washington, host of NPR’s “Snap Judgment.” For more information, visit kuer.org.


Editor's note: The content of this article was taken from a press release sent out by KUER. This is not information gathered by a KSL.com reporter.

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