Pa. station considers change to all-news

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WITF in Harrisburg, Pa., is likely to go to an all-news format on weekdays, dumping the classical music that it now airs during middays, according to

“We believe there is a need that WITF and NPR’s quality news can help to fill,” said Kathleen Pavelko, WITF’s president. “We also believe that this decision reflects what our listeners want.” WITF’s news programming is twice as popular as its classical music, and a listener survey found a larger appetite for more news programming as well.

The station will still air local classical performances on weekend evenings and is launching an all-classical web stream. Its board will meet today to act on the proposal.

UPDATE: The station’s board has voted unanimously to approve the change. Pavelko said the change will occur June 25.

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