BLOOMINGTON — WFIU’s news and music schedule is changing in July — “The Metropolitan Opera” will be removed from its Saturday afternoon schedule and “World of Opera” will be added on Sunday evenings. It’s a change one member of the station’s community advisory board who’s also a music critic calls “deplorable.”

Programming will change starting next weekend — most notably Saturday afternoon’s live at the Met opera programming is being replaced by “World of Opera,” which is scheduled to air from 6 to 10 p.m. each Sunday evening, according to an updated WFIU program guide.

Stations operation director Will Murphy said that Saturday morning listenership of public radio station starts strong with popular shows including “Weekend Edition,” “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!”

“Around 1 o’clock, it drops off. I’ve seen that data again and again at the stations I’ve worked at,” Murphy said, adding he wants to continue the momentum of Saturday morning into the afternoon, while still providing opera on Sunday evenings with “World of Opera.”

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