I'm working on a page which displays a list of radioshows sorted by date and time. The radioshow is a custom posttype with a name, pic, description and date/time info. There is a variable number of radioshows per day.

The list is displayed and sorted correctly, but I would like to display a weekday at the start of a new day so the list becomes more readable.

Is there a way to test the date of the current item in the loop against the previous item? So I can test if the date has changed and then echo out the weekday once?

Additional information: I looked into the the_date() function to acomplish this. However, this function only returns the date the custom post itself was created, not the date field when the show is on. That date is a custom field and differs from the date of the post.

Edit: This is the working code, based on the example by @s_ha_dum that makes the weekday only display once in the loop, as long as it is on the same date.

<?php $args = array(
            'post_type' => 'programme',
            'posts_per_page' => 12,
            'orderby' => 'prog_order',
            'order' => 'ASC',
            'meta_query' => array(
                    'key' => 'date',
                    'value' => '',
                    'compare' => 'LIKE'
                    'key' => 'time',
                    'value' => '',
                    'compare' => 'LIKE'

        $the_query = new WP_Query( $args );     ?>

        <?php if ( $the_query->have_posts() ) {
            $post_date = '';
            // setlocale(LC_TIME, 'nl_NL');
            while ( $the_query->have_posts() ) : $the_query->the_post(); ?>
            <?php $date = DateTime::createFromFormat('Ymd', get_field('date')); ?> 
            <article id="post-<?php the_ID(); ?>" <?php post_class('index-card row'); ?>>
                if ($post_date != $date) { 
                    <div class="weekday"><h3><?php echo $date->format('l'); ?></h3></div>
                    $post_date = $date;
                <header class="medium-4 columns text-center">
                    <div class="prog-time"><p><i class="fa fa-calendar"></i> <?php echo $date->format('d/m/Y'); ?> om <?php the_field( 'time' ); ?> uur</p></div>
                    <img src="<?php the_field( 'afbeelding' ); ?>" alt="" class="prog-img">
                    <p>Presentatie:<br /><?php the_field( 'presenter' ); ?></p>
                <div class="entry-content medium-8 columns">
                    <h4 class="prog-title"><?php the_title(); ?></h4>
                    <h4 class="prog-sub subheader"><?php the_field( 'name' ); ?></h4>
                    <div class="prog-desc"><?php the_field( 'description' ); ?></div>
  • Please accept the answer from @s_ha_dum as it solved your issue. Just click on the check mark next to his answer, it will go green :-) Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 14:23

1 Answer 1


You need something like this:

$args = array(
  'post_type' => 'post'
$q = new WP_Query($args);

if ($q->have_posts()) {
  $date = '';
  while ($q->have_posts()) {
    $m = get_post_meta($post->ID,'field_id',true);
//     var_dump($m);

    if ($date != $m) {
      // if $m is a strtotime compatible string
      echo date('l',strtotime($m)); 
      $date = $m;

    echo '<br>';
    echo '<br>';
    echo str_repeat('-',200);
    echo '<br>';

A lot depends on the format of your "date/time info" in the custom meta field though, and you do not specify. I am also not sure if that meta_key is unique per post. I assumed it was.

  • Thanks for helping out. The date format is Ymd. This was what I was looking for. Now there is a variable with the date outside the while loop to test against. I'll give it a try today thanks!
    – SdeWijs
    Commented Jun 8, 2015 at 7:01

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