Wisconsin Public Radio has announced that Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know?” will end production this summer. The live, two-hour weekly comedy quiz program has been on the air since 1985.
According to a release announcing the news it is “one of the most successful programs in WPR history.
At its peak, the program was heard by more than 1.5 million listeners each week on more than 300 stations around the nation.'”
Below find the complete WPR announcement.
Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? to End Production in June
Final Live Show Set for June 25, 2016 in Madison
After 31 years, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) and Michael Feldman will end production of Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? on June 30, 2016. The live, two-hour weekly program, which was created by Michael Feldman in 1985, is among the most successful programs in WPR history. At its peak, the program was heard by more than 1.5 million listeners each week on more than 300 stations.
“The decision to end production of Whad’Ya Know? was a very difficult one,” said WPR Director Mike Crane. “Michael and his team have been part of our Saturday mornings for more than a generation, and we are truly grateful for all that Michael and this program have done for WPR. I also want to extend our thanks to the stations that carried the show; our distribution partner, Public Radio International; and, of course, show musicians John Thulin and Jeff Hamann, announcer Stephanie Lee, and the entire staff of the show,” he added.
“It may be called Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know?, but it really has been Everybody Who Listens And Comes To The Shows’s Whad’Ya Know? It’s the listeners at home and those who show up that make the show — I am just a conduit,” Feldman joked. “I will be forever grateful to everybody — and their kids! — who made the show so much a part of their lives and of mine. Thank you so much!”
WPR and Public Radio International stations around the nation will continue to broadcast Whad’Ya Know? each Saturday morning through June. The live broadcast schedule, including all shows at the Monona Terrace in Madison and planned tours to Cleveland, OH (April 23) and Eau Claire, WI (May 21), are not affected by this decision. The final live broadcast will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Madison. (Find the complete show schedule online at: http://www.notmuch.com/wyk/show-schedule.)
The Whad’Ya Know? website, notmuch.com, will remain online for the foreseeable future, and archived recordings of the show will be available there. WPR remains committed to weekend entertainment programming and will announce a replacement for Whad’Ya Know? at a later date.
Please listen, and share your thoughts with us by emailing Listener@wpr.org or by calling WPR’s Audience Services at 1-800-747-7444.
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