A new Coast to Coasts AM show from NPR’s The Takeaway will start airing on Thursday night, but the network is asking listeners to take time to prepare.
The show will be called “The Coast to West Coast,” and it will be produced by The Takeaways in collaboration with Pacifica, NPR’s media unit.
“We have been thinking about a new show called The Coast to East Coast for a while,” said David A. Freedman, NPR senior vice president for digital and public affairs.
“And it was really important to us to get the show ready to go.”
The show’s tagline will be “A story about a family’s love of home.”
And listeners will be able to tune in to the show with a customized feed that is designed to look like a standard NPR broadcast feed.
“This is a huge change from what’s on the air in the States,” Freedman said.
“I’m sure there will be some differences.”
For instance, while the new show will feature some old episodes, listeners will not be able hear the stories of the people who have created and curated the show.
Instead, they will be getting new stories and a fresh take on the stories that have been told.
“The new show is more focused on what’s happening in the real world, on the people in the lives of people,” Freedmon said.
This will allow NPR to reach more people who may not otherwise get the same opportunities to see and hear about the world through its broadcast feed as the news media.
“When we’re looking for ways to reach people on a local level, the more accessible we are to them, the better we’re going to be able,” Freedmans said.
To listen to The Coast in a way that’s accessible to people across the country, the show will use a custom feed.
In the meantime, NPR is giving the show a few tweaks.
The new show’s name will be changed to The East Coast and its feed will be updated weekly to reflect that.
And NPR will also be making some changes to its programming to help make the show more accessible to more people.
For instance it will stop calling itself “The Takeaway” and instead call itself “NPR West Coast.”
Also, the new series will be the first one to be broadcast exclusively on a new digital service, NPRWestCoast.com, and it is expected to launch later this year.
The Takeover will debut on Thursday nights at 7 p.m.
Eastern on The Takeoff and the show is available on a variety of platforms including iTunes, the NPR app, Google Play, and mobile devices.