SAN DIEGO — With its return to classical music today, KPBS-FM (89.5) has retained much of its news and information programming such as National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" (4-9 a.m.) and "All Things Considered" (5-6:30 p.m.). The big change is the classical music, which replaces six hours of daily local information programming, which has been mostly consolidated into a 30-minute show that airs at 4:30 p.m weekdays.
The shift in format has moved KPBS to a 24-hour operation. Formerly, the station signed off at midnight. Now, from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. it will air "Music Through the Night," a satellite-fed program of classical music from NPR.
During the day, listeners will hear primarily music that isn't played on KFSD-FM (94.1), the city's commercial classical station, according to KPBS disc jockey Dan Irwin. Irwin worked for 17 years as a disc jockey at KFSD--until this week.
"I was burned out on KFSD specifically and commercial radio generally," Irwin said of the move to KPBS. "I wanted a program with--what do you say?--more artistic freedom, a little more variety . . . and the pay and benefits are better."