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 June 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Radiolab: Ghost Stories

Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
Captain Hubert C. Provand Country Life Magazine

Airs Monday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Ghosts, ghouls, shades from the past ... in this episode of Radiolab, real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence. One man finds a way to put the beatdown on his personal bogey man, a dead monk spurs a king to build a perfect prayer machine, an unknown face launches a thousand dummies (actually, a whole lot more than that), and a skeptic goes on a one-way to journey to find out whether spirits exist.


Fri June 29, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Regional Symphony Broadcast: The 2012 Shreveport Summer Music Festival

Airs Friday, June 29 at 12:00 noon. The first concert of the Shreveport Summer Music Festival Classical Series, a memorial for music patron Wayne Hall, took place on Sunday, June 3 at the Church of the Holy Cross. The concert featured scores written by Kermit Poling and Thomas Hundemer. Leonard Kacenjar and Kermit Poling conduct.

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Fri June 29, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Paul Simon: Graceland

Airs Friday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m.  In 1985, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa in a search for music that had captivated him.  The journey resulted in a cultural exchange that sparked the album Graceland and a world music fusion.  In this one hour radio special, you’ll hear from Paul Simon about the musical breakthroughs and political hurdles that occurred along the way.


Thu June 28, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Savannah Music Festival: French bassist Renaud Garcia-Fons

Airs Thursday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. He's an artist influenced by classical, jazz and the diverse musical traditions of the Mediterranean rim. When double bass player and composer Renaud Garcia-Fons arrived backstage in the van with his custom five-stringed bass, we expected to see yet another huge bass case. Instead, he unloaded a much smaller box from which emerged a wooden body, out of which came the neck, followed by some strings that were quickly attached. And that was merely the prelude for one of the most unique performances by a bassist that Savannah audiences have ever seen.


Sat June 23, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Rinaldo

David Daniels
Dan Rest Lyric Opera

Airs Saturday, June 23 at 12:00 noon. With Jerusalem as the prize, General Goffredo and his chief knight Rinaldo are battling it out with King Argante. But the king’s lover and ally is the sorceress Armida — and she uses every trick in her arsenal to help win the war. Good thing Rinaldo has some supernatural reinforcements of his own! Handel wanted to make it big in England, and he did it in spades with Rinaldo! For the first time he specified sorcery and magic in the plot — hiring an illustrious producer to bring it off, and booking a megastar for the lead. Three hundred years later, Lyric follows suit! Fabulous David Daniels headlines this amazing new production.

Rinaldo Features charismatic virtuoso singers. David Daniels as Rinaldo, one of the world’s top countertenor; As Armida, Elza van den Heever who offers an astonishing performances filled with emotional conviction and originality; As Argante, the phenomenal Luca Pisaroni, whose lightning vocal attack, nimble upper range, and ringing vivacity will leave you spell bound; and ss Rinaldo’s inamorata, you’ll love Julia Kleiter, the young German soprano who appears to rave reviews with major conductors, including Riccardo Muti!