Morning Edition changes timing of program “clock”

Aug 9, 2018

Here’s a bit of behind-the-scenes radio knowledge: All national public radio shows have something called a clock. Broadcast clocks are templates that track the timing of a show's stories and interviews, newscasts, funding credits, and opportunities for local content each day.

Starting Monday, August 13, NPR is making some changes to its Morning Edition clock. The changes are designed to deliver a live and “in-the-moment” experience for our listeners, with the show being hosted on-location for big stories, drilling down on key issues with newsmakers, and continuing to spend time in the immersive, sound-rich features that sets public radio apart and that listeners tell us they value deeply.

The most noticeable change will likely be that we’re once again airing national NPR Newscasts at the “bottom” of the hour (on the half hour), rather than offering two slightly shorter Newscasts at the :19 and :42 minute marks. We’ve also slightly lengthened the programming segments that immediately follow the NPR Newscasts, allowing more time to cover the most important stories of the day.

There is one other very small change that Morning Edition fans may notice. The short, often humorous host updates that formerly aired at the bottom of the hour have now moved to a slightly later point in the show, at 44:30 past the hour.

Anywhere you see "Music" in the above clock graphic is an opportunity for local content. In the 4:00 a.m. hour, you can now hear “The 90-Second Naturalist” at 4:19, and “Bird Note” at 4:49. Between 5:00 and 9:00 a.m., our local weather and traffic reports will now be at 19:00 past the hour and 42:30 past the hour during Morning Edition, and you will continue to hear local KCBX News reports at 04:19 past the hour and 31:30 past the hour, and the occasional local news feature at 45:35 past the hour.

We recognize that many of our listeners time their busy morning routines to NPR programming, and we can’t thank you enough for making us an essential part of how you start your day. We hope it won’t take long to adjust to the new format, and we’d love to hear from you again in a few weeks or months if you have an update on your experience. KCBX will share feedback with NPR about these changes as they roll out. If you have questions or comments, please send them to us at