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April 3rd, 2008
Center for Texas Music History launches new show on NPR

By Jayme Blaschke

The Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University has launched a new radio program entitled “This Week in Texas Music History.”

The 90-second show began March 31. It will air each Monday morning on Austin’s KUT 90.5 FM during NPR’s Morning Edition at 6:33 a.m. and 8:33 a.m., immediately after the bottom-of-the-hour NPR newscast. It is also available on KUT’s web site, www.kut.org <http://www.kut.org> .

Each episode will look at a different person, place, or thing from that particular week in Texas music history. Every show will include interesting information about different aspects of Texas music history that most people, even Texas music fans, don’t usually know.

The shows are written to keep the listener “in suspense” until the end of the segment, when the narrator reveals some final information about musicians, musical events and other things from music history.

The Center for Texas Music History, in the Department of History, focuses on the preservation and study of Texas and Southwestern music history. The center offers graduate and undergraduate courses along with a variety of research and publishing projects aimed at helping Americans better understand Texas’ unique culture through music. The center also sponsors musical programs such as the annual Texas Music History Unplugged series, now in its eighth year, and museum exhibits, cd collections, and other projects aimed at the study and preservation of the state’s vast musical resource.

For further information, please contact Gary Hartman, director of the Center for Texas Music History, at (512) 245-3749.

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