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89.3 The Current announces raft of changes to its Sunday schedule

It's partly the result of cuts made by Minnesota Public Radio in recent weeks.
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Popular Twin Cities radio station 89.3FM The Current has announced a series of changes to its Sunday schedule.

The station, a part of Minnesota Public Radio, say its changes will lead to "an expanded presence of local Minnesota music" on Sundays.

Among the changes is the replacement of American Public Media's Live From Here with Chris Thile, which was canceled as part of MPR/APM budget cuts last month, and which aired during the 9 p.m.-midnight window along with WBEZ's Sound Opinions, which is also being cut.

Also ending is King's Speech, a jazz show hosted by Minnesota drummer Dave King, who will bid farewell with a goodbye special at 9 p.m. this Sunday, July 12. 

And PRX's American Routes, hosted by Nick Spitzer, will no longer air in the 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. slots on Sundays, but will be available on The Current's Radio Heartland stream on Tuesdays from 7p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Taking the place of these shows will be more programming from The Current's regular hosts, which The Current says will put more focus on local acts.

As part of this, The Duluth Local Show will be expanded so it is broadcast statewide, airing at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, featuring Northland artists. It will follow Andrea Swensson's The Local Show, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can find The Current's new weekly program schedule here.

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It's a period of transition for MPR/The Current, which made significant budget cuts in response to COVID-19 this year, which led to the scrapping of Live From Here and 28 job cuts last month.

It's also currently involved in the ongoing assessment of sexual abuse and harassment in the Minnesota music scene, with MPR confirming that it's investigating an anonymous allegation made against one of the hosts on The Current.

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