New weekend programs on HPR

“American Routes” returns to Hawaii Public Radio-1 in the 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday slot. 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 past 20 years, “American Routes” has been hosted and produced by Nick Spitzer, a folklorist and professor of anthropology and American Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans.

“American Routes” will replace “Live from here with Chris Thile,” which was formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion.”

On HPR-2, “Live from Here” in the 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday slot and locally produced “Sinatra: The Man and the Music” hosted by Guy Steele in the 9 to 10 p.m. slot will be leaving.

To fill the void, the classical music programs will be expanded.

Beginning today, “Sinatra: The Man and the Music” may be heard on Pure Jazz Radio at, an internet radio station broadcasting from New York City. This program will air three times a week: 2 p.m. Sundays, 6 a.m. Mondays and 3 p.m. Saturdays.

“New Sounds,” a current Sunday evening program on HPR-2 will migrate to HPR-1 at midnight on Saturdays, bringing all its “weird and wonderful music from artists, composers and traditional musicians — all gleefully oblivious of their genres.”

HPR-1 broadcasts news, talk, entertainment, jazz, blues and world music. Its found at KKUA 90.7 on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. HPR-2 is home for classical music and is found at KIPM 89.7 on Maui, Molokai and Lanai, as well as KIPH 88.3 in Hana, Maui. Interested parties may also find HPR online and streaming at, as well as social media platforms. Free iOS and Android apps are also available.