2017: A New Year, A New Program on KRCU

Dec 1, 2016

From the Manager's Desk, I'm Dan Woods.

Diane Rehm will be stepping away from the microphone at the end of the year. Below are answers to some of the questions you may have about the end of The Diane Rehm Show and the beginning of its replacement, 1A. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at comments@krcu.org.

Is Diane Rehm Retiring?
Diane has decided to step away from the microphone after nearly 40 years as the host of a daily radio program. She will continue to write, make public appearances in support of issues she cares about, and is working on a new podcast.

Diane’s last live program will be Friday, December 23. The following week will be highlights of some of her most memorable interviews.

I’ve been listening to Diane for years – how can I say thank you?
Listeners have been so gracious sharing their appreciation for Diane. Messages can be left on the program’s Facebook page (search for “The Diane Rehm Show”) and Twitter @drshow using the hashtag #thanksdiane, send email to thanksdiane@npr.org or leave a voicemail at 202-930-1584.

What happens after Diane’s program ends?
Diane’s program is produced by WAMU and distributed by NPR. They are collaborating to produce a new program called 1A, that KRCU will air at 9:00 a.m. beginning Monday, January 2. 1A will maintain the core values that made Diane’s show treasured by millions – deep conversation about the thorniest issues of our times delivered with insight, intimacy, and personality. 1A builds on Diane’s legacy of civil dialogue and analysis, while engaging with audiences when and where they choose.

Who’s going to host 1A?

Joshua Johnson, host of 1A
Credit Stephen Voss

Joshua Johnson is the host of 1A. He will be moving to Washington DC from San Francisco, where he hosted the “RocketFuel Radio” podcast, created and hosted “Truth be Told,” a national special series on race, and was a morning newscaster on KQED/San Francisco. Joshua has also produced, edited and anchored local newscasts during “All Things Considered” on NPR station WLRN/Miami. If you Google him, look for “Joshua Johnson radio” so you get the host of 1A, not the football quarterback of the same name.

Why was Joshua picked as host?
WAMU chose Joshua after a nationwide search for someone who embraced Diane’s legacy of deep conversation about the thorniest issues of our times delivered with insight, intimacy, and personality. Joshua is curious, a confident personality, and will dig into the news of the day as a strong advocate for listeners.

What will 1A sound like?
1A will explore important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and the deep fissures that divide the country. The program also will delve into lighter subjects such as pop culture, sports, and humor. Expect a mix of several segments in each hour, staying close to the news of the day. Audience involvement will shape every program, using a range of social media and calls to encourage dialog.

The show will act as a national mirror – taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. Broadcasting out of America’s capital but in touch with communities across the country, 1A takes advantage of the world’s most dynamic thinkers to examine the complex issues facing us all—with a focus on solutions.

How can I give feedback on the new program?
The producers are excited to hear what listeners think as the program gets started in January. If you want to share feedback with KRCU’s programming team, write comments@KRCU.org or call (888) 651-5070.