“We’re very excited to bring this diverse and eclectic slate of programs to Nashville’s airwaves,” WXNA programming director Randy Fox says. “This is the next step in our mission to provide listeners with programming as exciting, varied and unique as Nashville’s music, art and cultural scenes.”
The schedule features a full slate of programming from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Longtime fans of independent Nashville radio will recognize shows such as Pete Wilson’s R&B revue “Nashville Jumps,” Janet Timmons’ new music guide “Out the Other,” Doyle Davis’ mighty "D-Funk,” Randy Fox and Kels Koch’s rollicking “Hipbilly Jamboree,” Roger Blanton’s in-studio jam “Delicious Elixir” and Laura Powers’ morning punk rev-em-up “Needles + Pins.”
Quite a few prominent Nashville musicians are making the jump from playing instruments to playing records, with shows such as David Olney’s “Free Fall,” Tommy Womack’s “Happiness Hour,” Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin’s “This Is Pulp Radio!,” Paul Burch’s “River City Red Hot & Blue,” and Richie Owens and Howard Yearwood’s bluegrass fest “Wagon Wheel.”
WXNA’s debut schedule also contains a variety of talk radio programs, including the community-focused “Nashville Haps” with Ashley Crownover, the comedy scene overview “Nashville Stand-Up Sits Down” with Chad Riden, and the foodies' delight “Yum Yum Eat Um Up!” with Dawn and Gene Kote.
In addition to several freeform, genre-jumping musical programs, the schedule also features many specialty shows spotlighting rock’n’roll throughout its long history, as well as jazz, soul, blues, classical, movie soundtrack music and a wide selection of other genres. “Over the next few weeks we will be meeting with DJs, training them on operations and making preparations to announce our on-air debut date,” Fox says. “As a listener-supported, non-profit freeform radio FM station, we will need the support of our listeners to stay on the air. To earn that support, it’s vitally important that we provide Nashville with programming and personalities you can’t hear anywhere else.”
“Each week, WXNA will deliver 82 original shows and over 120 hours of locally crafted, independent programming,” WXNA president Heather Lose says. “To be creating this station in the town we love, for the people of Music City, is a thrill beyond measure, and we can't wait to go live.”