New Weekend Music Programming starts March 3

Feb 16, 2018

Nick Spitzer, host of American Routes
Credit Thom Bennett

On Saturday, March 3, American Routes returns to HPR-1 from 6 - 8 pm. This two-hour weekly program presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. For the last 20 years it has been hosted and produced by Nick Spitzer, a folklorist and a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University.

American Routes replaces Live from Here with Chris Thile, formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion.

HPR President and General Manager José A. Fajardo explains, "In our programming, we strive to be fierce stewards of our members' investments. After careful consideration, we concluded that we could not justify purchasing what was in essence a new show for the same $25,000 we had paid for the iconic 'Prairie Home.' By bringing back proven listener-favorite American Routes, we are able to offer a similar 'roots' music program while saving $22,000 a year."

On HPR-2, classical music fans will find even more of the music they love starting March 4.  Leaving the Sunday night schedule will be the encore of "Live from Here" (7 - 9 pm) as well as the locally produced Sinatra: The Man and the Music hosted by Guy Steele (9 - 10pm).

Guy Steele, host of Sinatra: The Man and the Music

Fajardo adds, "We are grateful for Guy’s nearly two-decade-long run on HPR and congratulate him on his new online home for the show. He has planned a great farewell show for  our listeners on Sunday, February 25."

Beginning March 4, Sinatra: The Man and The Music can be heard on Pure Jazz Radio, an internet radio station broadcasting from New York City.  The program will air three times a week:  Saturdays at 3 p.m. (HST), Sundays at 2 p.m., and Mondays at 6 a.m. Visit

On March 3, New Sounds, another Sunday evening program currently on HPR-2 billed as "weird and wonderful music from artists, composers and traditional musicians — all gleefully oblivious of their genres," will migrate to HPR-1 (Saturdays, midnight). It replaces Hearts of Space, which can still be enjoyed online on Sundays only by signing up for a free account at

Updated program schedules are available online and for download: HPR-1 and HPR-2.