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SATURDAY WIRED (article first published : 2001-03-21)

Saturday Wired, Michelle Constant's Saturday morning music, arts and popular culture programme on SAfm, will have a fresh new look and two brand new time slots from the beginning of April.

Since its inception two years ago, Saturday Wired has carved itself a niche as being one of the country's most diverse, quirky, informed and just plain entertaining radio programmes. At present, the two-hour show covers a broad spectrum of popular culture and entertainment news as well as music. But, this often means a compromise in the show's content. Explains Michelle: "Saturday Wired was originally meant to focus primarily on music and, to a lesser extent, on popular culture. There is so much happening in terms of events and developments in live entertainment both in South Africa and internationally that we have had to cut down the music content of the show.

A decision has now been made to split Saturday Wired into two different programmes: one retaining the original title and focusing primarily on music and Art on the Edge which will focus on arts.

Now three hours in length, Saturday Wired starts on April 7 and promises to be a feast of superior sounds for music fans all over the country. It will be broadcast on Saturday nights between 21h00 and 24h00 when Michelle will play the music she has become renowned for - an eclectic and exciting combination of new releases, classic hits, undiscovered gems and old favourites. Once a month Saturday Wired will move out of the SAfm studios and broadcast from clubs and live music events such as the North Sea Jazz Festival and Oppikoppi.

Each show will include live crossings to various music events nationwide as well as live in-studio recordings by artists drawn from a wide cross-section of genres - jazz to kwaito and pop to rock. Correspondents in London, New York and Amsterdam will give listeners an idea of what's causing a buzz in these hip global capitals.

Art on the Edge will be broadcast between 12h30 and 13h00 on Wednesdays from April 4 and will concentrate on "alternative" live entertainment, visual arts, festivals and popular culture. As Michelle puts it: "We will continue packaging entertaining inserts but our focus will no longer be on mainstream live entertainment. We 'll be focusing on the cutting edge, and new developments in popular culture. This is not a show where you are going to simply hear reviews. Art On The Edge is all about discovering why an event happens in the first place and just what the relevant issues are. It's about tapping into the zeitgeist of the moment. The show is really for the intelligent listener who wants their culture contextualised."




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