Wait! Does Morning Edition sound a little different?

Nov 12, 2014

Morning Edition will have a little different sound starting Monday, November 17th. Some of your other favorite shows will too. Probably most of these changes will go unnoticed. But, if you’re someone who plans your morning routine around something that happens, like clockwork, on the radio -- we suggest having a watch handy until you adjust to our new rhythm.

The new Morning Edition "broadcast clock."

Here’s what’s happening. Every public radio program runs on a set schedule each day. We call this the “broadcast clock,” or simply “the clock.” It’s how we keep track of the timing of the show’s stories, interviews, and newscasts. It helps us coordinate the voices you hear in each show as we travel from Washington to New York or Los Angeles, and back here to Interlochen. Basically, we don’t want to end up with two people talking at once.

For years, these clocks haven’t changed. But researchers tell us our radio listening habits have changed. Shifting our "clocks" will help align programs with the way people listen to radio today. It will also mean more flexibility for northern Michigan news and info that's important here at home.

Regular Morning Edition features like StoryCorps and The Environment Report will continue, though you may hear them in different parts of the program starting Monday. You’ll also notice a slight shift in where and when you can find local news.

We're sharing feedback with NPR about these changes as they roll out. If you have questions or comments, please send them to us here.

Thanks for listening!