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 February 21, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: The Infamous Stringdusters

Airs Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m.  When the discussion of contemporary American acoustic music arises, several different genres come to mind. If the ingredients of the genre include well-crafted songs, vivid arrangements, instrumental virtuosity, splendid improvisation, complete vocal harmony, as well as a mandolin, a banjo, and a dobro, well, the window gets narrowed down. One group that embodies all of these traits is The Infamous Stringdusters. Listen to the talented young newgrass ensemble The Infamous Stringdusters on this episode of SMF Live, featuring selections culled from their two shows at the Savannah Music Festival in Charles H. Morris Center.


Tue February 19, 2013
Newport Jazz Festival

Newport Jazz Festival: The Jack DeJohnette Group Live

Airs Tuesday, February 19 at 9 p.m. The great drummer turns 70 during the week following the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, but he's certainly not going quietly into retirement age. Lately, he's been leading a quintet which combines a brilliant saxophonist fluent in South Asian music (Rudresh Mahanthappa), an electric guitarist known for microtonal experiments (Dave Fiuczynski) and the combination of keyboards (George Colligan) and acoustic bass guitar (Jerome Harris).

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Mon February 18, 2013
Pittsburgh Symphony

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

Eroica Trio

Airs Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m.  Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the second concert of the season opening with Beethoven’s Overture to The Consecration of the House. Then the Eroica Trio takes the stage for a performance of Beethoven’s Concerto in C Major for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, the “Triple Concerto.”  This all Beethoven concert concludes with the Symphony No. 3.


Sun February 17, 2013
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Black History Month Special

Airs Sunday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. This hour-long Black History Month radio program features milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans who tell the stories of a culture through the the entertainment industry, award-winning music, opportunities for philanthropy and the pursuit of peace. Join a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize winning group of voices with the poetic, historical commentary of Maya Angelou. 

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Sat February 16, 2013
Heavenly Sight

Heavenly Sight: Blind Gospel Singers

Airs Saturday, February 16 at 9 p.m.  Despite disability, poverty, isolation and prejudice, a surprising number of blind African American musicians who came from the gospel tradition influenced not just gospel music, but blues, bluegrass, and American vernacular music up to and beyond rock and roll. Using narrative, archival audio, interviews, scholarly commentary and music, Heavenly Sight tells this little known story through broadcast and a comprehensive, interactive web site.

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