Black History Month Specials

Various Times

Join us as we celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions in the arts, literature, sciences, and humanities that African Americans have achieved through the centuries.

Press Image / Chaka Khan/Joyride Media

Airs Friday, February 9, 2018, at 9 p.m. This new hour of music and conversation will feature Chaka Khan's career as one of R&B's leading female vocalists, and her influence on contemporary African-American music. Chaka Khan, producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, former Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden and author Tonya Bolden discuss the roots of Chaka's distinctive style and the impact she has had on other artists. These exclusive interview clips also cover how her music has evolved from her early days with Rufus to her most current work as a solo artist.

Press Image / The Emergence of Otis Redding

Airs Friday, February 2, 2018, at 9 p.m. A lively ride through the story of the soul star’s all-too-brief career but long-enduring legacy. We’ll hear from other musicians, music writers, fans and family of Otis Redding plus plenty of his most important music. Hour One can stand on its own. Hour Two is a deeper dive into Redding's music and story.

Below are the programs Red River Radio has offered in the past years for Black History Month.

Press Image / Historically Black

Airs Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 6 p.m. The Question of Black Identity Racial identity in the U.S. is complicated because race is an invented category rooted in slavery. This episode explores the question of black identity in America through the voices of four people who, at one time or another, have had to answer the question: "What are you?"

Press Image / The Emergence of Otis Redding

Airs Friday, February 24, 2017, at 10 p.m. A lively ride through the story of the soul star’s all-too-brief career but long-enduring legacy. We’ll hear from other musicians, music writers, fans and family of Otis Redding plus plenty of his most important music. Hour One can stand on its own. Hour Two is a deeper dive into Redding's music and story. Guests include:  Redding's daughter Karla Redding-Andrews, Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MG's), Paul Janeway (lead singer of St.

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