KCUR’s KC Currents and Central Standard will merge

  • Changes afoot at KCUR.

The 10 a.m. hour at KCUR 89.3 has been a bit wobbly over the past year, following the abrupt on-air resignation of Central Standard host Jabulani Leffall in January 2013. Since then, a variety of personalities have handled host duties, but there has been no permanent hire for the position.

Today, the station announced its future plans for the hour: It will merge Central Standard with KC Currents, its weekly, community-oriented magazine program, to create a talk-magazine hybrid type of show that will air weekdays at 10 a.m.

Sylvia Maria Gross, the co-host and producer of KC Currents, said on the air this morning that a host will likely be announced in the next month.

From KCUR:

The format – which we’ve been experimenting with since September – combines reports on local issues, people and places from KC Currents with Central Standard‘s call-in forum.

Our goal is to bring KC Currents‘ stories from Kansas City’s diverse communities to a larger audience and use them to stimulate discussion. KC Currents‘ Sylvia Maria Gross and Central Standard‘s Matthew Long-Middleton will produce the new show. Susan Wilson will be a regular contributor, as well as the rest of the news team at KCUR. (Alex Smith has become KCUR’s new health reporter.)

The new show is expected to debut in May or June of this year. KC Currents‘ former slots (Sunday at 5 p.m. and a rebroadcast Monday at 8 p.m.) will be taken over by the TED Radio Hour. KCUR’s post on all this is here.

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