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.

Press Image / Historically Black

Airs Sunday, February 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. This program consists of three unique stories hosted by Issa Rae, Heben Nigatu, and Tracy Clayton:

Slave Bill of Sale: Members of an extended Tennessee family talk about their great-great-grandfather, a slave owned by his white, biological father. After Emancipation, their ancestor managed to buy a farm. Family members reflect on the strength it took to survive slavery and to prosper in the years that followed.

Dwight McCann / Chumash Casino Resort / www.DwightMcCann.com / This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

Airs Friday, February 17, at 10 p.m. "She's Every Woman", a 2-hour documentary, tells the story of Chaka's rise, beginning in the 1970's, and her journey as a career vocalist, now spanning over 40 years. Chaka Khan is a force of nature, acknowledged as one of the greatest living vocalists on the planet.  She has secured a place in the pantheon of African-American musical royalty for a generation.  Songwriter Valerie Simpson, who penned Chaka's hit, "I'm Every Woman" (along with her late husband Nick Ashford), is the host.

Richard Ziglar / Still Singing the Blues

Airs Friday, February 17, at 9 p.m. Still Singing the Blues features musicians in New Orleans and South Louisiana who continue to perform both traditional blues and rhythm-and-blues—often despite poverty, ill health, and the impacts of natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. The hour-long, music-rich documentary burrows into the lives of three outstanding older performers: Carol Fran of Lafayette, Harvey Knox of Baton Rouge, and Little Freddie King of New Orleans.

Coutresy: Manship News

BATON ROUGE  (Manship News Services)-- Sen. Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, abruptly resigned late Thursday afternoon — a day after the Louisiana Senate’s Select Committee on Discipline and Expulsion denied several of his evidentiary requests Wednesday. The committee was scheduled to meet Monday to hear two resolutions on disciplinary action against Brown, one expulsion and the other a six-week suspension. Brown had pled no contest to a simple battery and domestic violence misdemeanor charges against his wife and girlfriend since 2015.