WAMU to begin offering evening version of ‘1A’

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The two-hour national weekday talk show 1A will be available to public radio stations as a one-hour program beginning Nov. 13.

The new version of the program, also hosted by Joshua Johnson, will consist of highlights from the same day’s full-length broadcast, according to producing station WAMU. Producers will add sound bites from press conferences and other events held after the morning broadcast and voicemails and comments submitted by listeners. It will feed weekdays at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

“Some days, this version may primarily contain hour one of 1A,” said Andi McDaniel, WAMU’s senior director of content and news. ”Other days, it’ll be a thoughtful mashup” of the two hours, she said.

WAMU developed the program because it found “high demand for a daily one-hour program with news analysis that can air non-live, particularly on the West Coast,” McDaniel said. The Washington, D.C., station has been piloting the one-hour program locally at 8 p.m. since June.

1A debuted in January as WAMU’s replacement for The Diane Rehm Show. The two-hour broadcast now airs on 241 stations. Three “station networks” have signed on to carry the one-hour version, according to McDaniel.