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.

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Airs Monday, January 16, 2017 at 9 p.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir for a Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson, both of whom were the Right Men for the Time. The choir will feature a music tribute to both men with selection including, Little David, Play on Your Harp, Every Time I Feel the Spirit, Down to the River to Pray, The Right Man for the Time, As the Dew from Heaven Distilling. In our tribute to Jackie Robinson, Pam Laws joins the choir for I'm Running On; Precious Lord, Take My Hand; and Sometimes I feel Like a Motherless Child.

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Airs Monday, January 16, 2017, at 8 p.m.
"The following (preceding) program, featuring an interview with Yolanda King, the daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., was recorded in 2004. Yolanda King died, at the age of 51, May 15, 2007."

Airs Monday, January 9, 2017 , at 1 p.m. On this week's broadcast concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Pablo Heras-Casado will take the podium, joined by violinist Joshua Bell for a performance of the Violin Concerto in D major by Tchaikovsky in a concert that opens with two Chamber Symphonies, the Chamber Symphony by John Adams and the Chamber Symphony No. 1 by Schoenberg. The program also features music director Michael Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra in the Suite from A Quiet Place by Leonard Bernstein.

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Airs Monday, January 16, at 11 a.m. In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work--and examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.  Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

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Airs Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 6 p.m. In the second episode of Making Oprah, we explore how The Oprah Winfrey Show elevated itself out of the heap of trash TV and into a show that intentionally embraced spirituality and positivity. The early years of Oprah's show often relied on sensational, tabloidy topics – cheating husbands, sexy clothes, and murderers. It was not yet the 'Live Your Best Life' Oprah we would come to know and love. "It was during those shows where I just thought, 'What are we doing?' " Oprah tells WBEZ's Jenn White.