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 2, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Lyric Opera of Chicago: Mozart's The Magic Flute

Dan Rest Lyric Opera

Airs Saturday, June 2 at 12:00 noon.  Look out for dancing bears and dinosaurs as into the enchanted forest we go! Lyric’s inspired production reflects the composer himself — seamlessly blending emotional profundity with slapstick humor that appeals to the kid in us all. With a hapless and endearing birdcatcher as his sidekick, Prince Tamino is searching for the girl of his dreams. The mysterious Queen of the Night says her daughter’s the one — and just waiting to be rescued from the evil wizard, Sarastro. But it turns out he’s not the evil one at all! A young couple’s journey to adulthood, the search for universal truths, Masonic rituals and religious allegory — Flute gives us much to ponder, and music that’s a wondrous joy!

The performance is crowned by the passionate, womanly Pamina of Nicole Cabell...her vibrant lyric soprano floats exquisitely above the staff. Looking every inch the prince with charisma to spare, the extravagantly gifted Charles Castronovo gives a wonderful performance as Tamino. With his marvelously rich sound, Austrian bass Günther Groissböck makes an impressive and sonorous Sarastro. Stéphane Degout’s Papageno is funny, sexy and touching. Audrey Luna brings down the house as Queen of the Night.


Fri June 1, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Janis Joplin: Pearl

Airs, Friday, June 1 at 8 p.m. When Janis Joplin knew what she wanted, there was little that could stop her. With her music, she pushed and experimented until it felt just right. Her fourth and final album – Pearl – showed Janis at the top of her game, working hard with a new band and new ways to use her voice. This one-hour radio special explores Janis’ final years and the making of Pearl from her sister and author Laura Joplin, road manager John Byrne Cooke, Pearl producer, the late Paul Rothchild, and author Holly George Warren. 

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Fri June 1, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Natural Woman: Carole King

Airs Friday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. Carole King's iconic career as a singer, songwriter, and pianist extraordinaire will be celebrated with a two-part two-hour public radio special, Natural Woman: The Carole King Radio Special. Featuring exclusive interviews with Carole, mixed with her unforgettable music, the retrospective covers her entire 50+ year career - from her first songwriting hit in 1961 at aged 18 ("Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow") and her huge hit for the Monkees ("Pleasant Valley Sunday"), through her enormous career as a solo artist (Tapestry sold 25M copies worldwide), and all the way up to her sold-out tour in 2010 with longtime friend James Taylor. Hosted by syndicated broadcaster Mike Etchart, and produced by On The Strip Radio Network.


Wed May 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Carnegie Hall Live: Lang Lang in Concert

Airs Wednesday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m.  The inaugural season of Carnegie Hall Live wraps with one of today's most popular pianists. Lang Lang shows his enormous range, from the delicate textures of Bach to the nearly orchestral sonorities of Schubert. Billions watched his performance at the 2008 Olympics, Time magazine named him one of the most 100 influential people in the world and this Carnegie Hall recital of Bach, Schubert and Chopin is sold out. BUT, with Red River Radio you can have a ticket for this concert by Lang Lang. 
The scheduled program features:

J. S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Schubert: Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960
Chopin: Twelve Etudes, Op. 25


Wed May 30, 2012
Cultural, Community, Information

Maggie Koerner - Live on Red River Radio

Airs Wednesday, May 30 at 8:00 p.m.  Maggie Koerner will join Bill Beckett & Wally Derleth for a live show featuring music from her debut release. Join us for the rising talent from Shreveport and help us out with your pledge of support at 800-552-8502 or just click here and pledge on line.