Rose Scott and Denis O'Hayer will be hosting a new local two-hour newsmagazine on 90.1/WABE-FM from noon to 2 p.m. starting January 12.
It doesn't appear as if they have an official name for the show just yet.
Find out what's happening in your world, with an emphasis on "Why?" This Atlanta-focused show provides deeper analysis, stimulating conversation, long-format storytelling, and newsmaker interviews. We'll push the community dialogue forward, keep you informed throughout the afternoon and include a creative and surprising mix of audio extras and on-the-ground reporting.
Lois Reitzes' previously announced two-hour arts program from 10 to noon also starts that day. Her Second Cup program from 9 to noon will move to the HD2 classical channel and stretch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. She already has begun hosting that special five-hour show (pre-taped) for the HD channel as she prepares for her new talk show.
WABE-FM will also add an extra hour of "Morning Edition" at 9 a.m.
Curiously, John Lemley's name is not in the mix and it's unclear what his new duties will be. His six-year-old City Cafe show at noon will end in early January once the new lineup starts.
When 90.1/WABE-FM announced it was dropping classical music for news/talk from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. last month, management was vague about its intentions for the noon to 2 p.m. hours. (I got the impression they were forced to make the announcement after Creative Loafing broke the story.)
John Weatherford, the station senior vice president and general manager, last month said these changes have been in the works for several years. Georgia Public Broadcasting taking over daytime programming at 88.5/WRAS-FM over the summer, he said, was not the primary precipitating factor in the changes.
Scott is an "All Things Considered" reporter and producer. According to her WABE bio, she primarily covers education, minority health, Atlanta historically Black colleges and universities, gender issues and sports.
O'Hayer is the local host for "All Things Considered" and "Marketplace." He joined the station in 2009 after 11 years at 11 Alive/WXIA-TV.