MADISON – Wisconsin Public Radio will end production of the long-running “Old Time Radio Drama” in June, WPR announced this week. The program, which will air for the last time on June 14, currently airs on Saturday and Sunday nights on stations in The Ideas Network.
The program, featuring radio dramas from the 1930s to 1960s, will be replaced by “PRX Remix,” which showcases stories, podcasts and documentaries from independent creators and the PRX podcast network Radiotopia.
“While schedule changes can be difficult, now is the right time to end this program,” said Mike Crane, WPR director, in a news release. “Many of these plays and productions were produced more than 60 years ago and include racist and sexist material. Despite significant effort over the years, it has been nearly impossible to find historic programs without offensive and outdated content. And, ultimately, these programs don’t represent the values of WPR and The Ideas Network’s focus on public service through news and information.”
“PRX Remix” can be heard on Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 p.m. on most WPR stations beginning June 20. Listen and share your thoughts with WPR by emailing Listener@wpr.org or by calling 800-747-7444.