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 June 20, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Kenny Barron Live

Airs Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. Philadelphia has been the birthplace of many great jazz musicians, including many masters of jazz. By the late 1920s, players such as Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti had put Phillip on the jazz map, followed later by Stan Getz and a jazz scene in the 1950s that would include the Heath Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Benny Golson and Philly Joe Jones, just to name a few. One local kid who fell in love with jazz while still in high school and gradually made a name for himself is none other than pianist Kenny Barron, who at age 68, is playing his finest music ever. Tune in to hear a 2012 solo recital given by Mr. Barron at the Savannah Music Festival. 


Thu June 20, 2013
Bird Calls

Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford

Aired Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.  Ornithologist Cliff Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, took your calls on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio. He answered your questions about our avian world. If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird you'd like Cliff to research for identity send them to wbeckett@lsus.edu.
Listen to the show again and see photos emailed to us here

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Wed June 19, 2013
T-Bone Walker Blues Festival

Red River Radio Spotlight: T-Bone Walker Blues Festival

Bill Beckett talks with Bernita Walker, daughter of T-Bone Walker about her father's musical legacy and the Festival that honors this legacy. Information about the festival can be found at T-Bone Walker Blues Festival or by calling 903-756-7774.

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Tue June 18, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: The Bad Plus With Bill Frisell Live

Airs Tuesday, June 18 at 9 p.m. Here's a pairing that raises the question: "Why hasn't this happened before?" The Bad Plus have been a revisionist cover band and today mostly make original piano trio music. Bill Frisell is the quintessential jazz collaborator. The guitarist, making the second of three appearances at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, is down for anything involving good musicians, and can be counted on to execute it well. Together, they paid tribute to one of their mutual heroes, the late drummer Paul Motian, in a set comprised mostly of his haunting compositions. The band features Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass, Dave King on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar.

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Mon June 17, 2013
Pittsburgh Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Airs Monday, June 17 at 11 a.m. Join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this Monday Morning at 11 a.m. when Yan Pascal Tortelier takes the podium for a concert featuring Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 and Morton Gould’s Spirituals for Orchestra. We'll also hear Maurice Ravel’s Kaddish for Cello and String Orchestra with cellist Anne Martindale Williams and Ernest Bloch’s “Nigun” from Baal Shem.