Special Programs: Upcoming Community and Cultural Programs

Red River Radio offers a wide variety of programming, from classical, jazz and blues to news, public affairs, entertainment and information programming. We will also present specials for various holidays, cultural events, and documentaries on important issues of the day. Bookmark this page for information about these various specials. This page will be updated weekly. If an item you heard was removed and you'd like more information contact Bill Beckett at wbeckett@lsus.edu


  Here is what is coming up on Red River Radio.

  The following is a list of past specials you may have heard.



Thu July 4, 2013
A Capitol Fourth

A Capitol Fourth

Airs Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. This July 4, America's national Independence Day celebration broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality Tom Bergeron and NPR's Korva Coleman, the event features performances from some of America's best known celebrities and musical artists.      In celebration of America's 236th birthday, the show is capped off with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" complete with live cannon fire provided by The United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and now an A Capitol Fourth tradition. Also participating in the event are The Choral Arts Society of Washington, along with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, the U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Band, members of the Armed Forces carrying the state and territorial flags and the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.


Thu July 4, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: The Campbell Brothers

Air Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m. Back in the 1930s, a group of related Pentecostal churches developed an African-American gospel music tradition known as sacred steel. The steel guitar was embraced in worship services in place of the traditional organ. This new instrument was met with great enthusiasm by musicians, many of whom made recordings in the 40s and 50s. Since then, sacred steel has flourished in churches across America, and the tradition continues to be vital and alive today. Tune in for a 2012 Savannah Music Festival performance by one of the foremost exponents of the sacred steel tradition, The Campbell Brothers.


Thu July 4, 2013
Capitol Steps

Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday 4th of July edition 2013

Airs Thursday, July 4 at 7 p.m.  Tune in for another adventure in hilarity as the Capitol Steps takes on teh Washington Elite and those not so Elite in their annual 4th of July special. The Gang of 8 has announced that in order to be a citizen of the United States, you have to listen to the Capitol Steps 4th of July special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!" Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! So relax and celebrate your country by helping The Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with. Warning, this show is "Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office."

The Capitol Steps: We put the "MOCK" in Democracy.

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Thu July 4, 2013
Kurt Weill Part 3

Kurt Weill: American - Part 3

From Brecht to Broadway

Airs Tuesday, July 4 at 2 p.m. After fleeing Nazi Germany, Kurt Weill came to the United States in 1935. The music he subsequently wrote in this country was important in the development of American musical theater. After Weill's death in 1950, his wife Lotte Lenya devoted herself almost exclusively to his music and established the Kurt Weill Foundation in 1962.
     To mark the 85th anniversary of Weill's best-know work, The Threepenny Opera, and the 15th anniversary of the Lotte Lenya Competition for young musical theater singers, Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser will be joined by Kurt Weill Scholar and Foundation President Kim Kowalke for a series of three special programs that explore the composer's place in American popular music.
     The programs will explore Kurt Weill's American Songs, Kurt Weill and Popular Singers, and Kurt Weill's American Lyricists. Kurt Weill, American is funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY.


Thu July 4, 2013
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Love of Country and Sweet Land of Liberty with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Airs Thursday, July 4 at 1:00 p.m. Join us for a concert of beautiful patriotic songs as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Celebrates Independence Day with Love of Country and Sweet Land of Liberty. Songs featured include My Country, 'Tis of Thee, The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, America, the Dream Goes On, This Is My Country, My Country, 'Tis of Thee, God of Our Fathers - Whose Almighty Hand,  America the Beautiful, So Many Voices Sing America's Song, As the Dew From the Heaven Distilling, and God Be with You Till We Meet Again.