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.



Sat January 26, 2013
Metropolitan Opera

Metropolitan Opera: Puccini’s La Rondine

Scene from La Rondine
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Airs Saturday, January 26 at 12 noon.  The 2012-13 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Puccini’s La Rondine. Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais makes her network debut in the role of the heroine Magda, a courtesan who dreams of true love.  Tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is Ruggero, the man for whom she leaves her glamorous life.  Soprano Anna Christy sings the role of Lisette, Magda’s maid; tenor Marius Brenciu is the poet Prunier; and baritone Dwayne Croft is Rambaldo, Magda’s wealthy protector.  Ion Marin conducts the performance. La Rondine will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12 p.m. CT on Saturday, January 26. 


Fri January 25, 2013


First Aid Kit at Newport Folk 2012

Airs Friday, January 25 at 9 pm. This week on the Caravan we’ll feature a lot of new tracks from bands like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and Black Prairie, the Alabama Shakes and the Be Good Tanyas as well as some new blues from Dr. John, Mavis Staples and Shreveport’s own Professor Porkchop and the dishes. During our live set in the second hour, we’ll feature First Aid Kit, recorded live At the Newport Folk Festival in 2012.  Tune in this Friday night at 9 pm for the Caravan here on Red River Radio.

Caravan Playlist for Friday, January 25, 2013


Thu January 24, 2013
Savannah Music Festival

Savannah Music Festival: Ike Stubblefield Live

Airs Thursday, January 24 at 8 p.m.  When American engineer Laurens Hammond invented the electric Hammond organ in 1934 he knew he had created an organ that could be sold to churches as a lower cost alternative to the wind driven pipe organ. However by the 1950's and 60's it had become a standard keyboard instrument for jazz, blues, rock music, church and gospel music. And if you grew up listening to music during that period the Hammond B3 with a Leslie speaker was a very familiar sound. After more than 40 years of playing the Hammond B3 organ, Ike Stubblefield is one of its modern masters. He began his career playing with Motown greats such as the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and his playing never stopped evolving eventually making him one of the finest B3 players in our time. During this hour we'll listen to Ike Stubblefield and his trio featuring Grant Greene Jr., on Guitar and Marcus Williams on Drums. Ike will play on one of the many Hammond B3 organs from his personal collection.


Tue January 22, 2013
Carnegie Hall Live

Carnegie Hall Live: The Philadelphia Orchestra

Airs Tuesday, January 22 at 11:00 a.m.  Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in his first year as music director, leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Ravel's La Valse and Shostakovich's intense, politically charged Symphony No. 5.  Leonidas Kavakos, arguably "the most deeply satisfying violinist performing today" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), joins them for the New York premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's highly anticipated Violin Concerto. 

Ravel: La ValseGolijov: Violin Concerto (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

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Mon January 21, 2013
Inauguration 2013

Inauguration 2013

Airs Monday, January 21 at 9 am. Red River Radio will join NPR news for special live coverage of the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.  Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will host this special from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, where the Inaugural ceremony will take place. They'll be joined there by White House Correspondents Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley.