Now in its 4th Season

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Now in its 4th Season

The new season of Ozark Highlands Radio features exclusive live recordings from Taj Mahal, The Secret Sisters, John McEuen, The Seldom Scene, and more.

Ozark Highlands Radio kicked off its 4th Season of new programs in January with:
Banjo Time! Host Dave Smith and banjo royalty Mark Jones explore music of the banjo:

  • From its ancient African roots, we’ll follow the banjo’s transition from a slave instrument into the mainstream of American popular and folk music.
  • Mark and Dave will guide us through performances by various banjo masters covering a myriad of styles into which the banjo has evolved,
  • Mark Jones also offers an archival recording of ubiquitous Ozark banjo legend Bookmiller Shannon performing the tune “Shortnin’ Bread.”
  • Writer, musician, and traditional dancer Aubrey Atwater presents “The African American Banjo,” illuminating the African roots of this enduring musical instrument.

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WoodSongs Nearing 1000 Broadcasts!

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WoodSongs Nearing 1000 Broadcasts!

This year, Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, will reach an historic milestone of 1000 broadcasts!
WoodSongs is Public Radio’s premier hour long, weekly, live-audience, Americana format show, heard on 500+ stations in the U.S. and around the world from Australia to Ireland.
Over the years amazing artists like Brandi Carlile, Judy Collins, Neko Case, Jacob Dylan, Norah Jones, Peter Yarrow, and more have graced the stage at the Lyric Theater in Lexington, KY.
Treat your audience to a global celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it … live performance and conversation with brilliant musical artists from around the world.

  • Available FREE via PRX or Download
  • 44 new productions a year!
  • station IDs, promos, fund-drive pitches and more

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Black History Month Programming

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Black History Month Programming

Now Available or Black History Month from With Good Reason:

Pilgrimage to Montgomery  In 1898, a black man named John Henry James was lynched in Charlottesville, VA. A hundred Charlottesville residents recently traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to memorialize his death and commit to fighting white supremacy. We hear from the organizer of the Civil Rights pilgrimage, and from Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.
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Heroes of American Dissent  Influenced by Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality during the National Anthem, a high school volleyball player initiates her own protest, and not without consequences. And a historian traces the origins of our right of free speech and our right to protest.
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1619: Past and Present    Nearly 400 years ago, in 1619, the first Africans arrived in English-speaking North America. Cassandra Newby-Alexander explores how we should commemorate that history and what’s at stake when we ignore it.
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Invisible Founders   Scholars, historic interpreters, and descendants of enslaved people recently gathered at Montpelier, the home of James Madison. They were there to create a rubric for historic sites who want to engage descendant communities in their work. Anthropologist Michael Blakey discusses why historical sites must consider the needs and wishes of descendants.
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Cozy up to the History of Recorded Sound

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Cozy up to the History of Recorded Sound
Each daily 90-second Sound Beat episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive, and provides an entertaining back story detailing its place in recording history.

The stories feature recordings from popular and classical music performances, distinctly American musical forms like jazz, bebop, country, and bluegrass, and film scores. Old favorites, rare gems, and some never heard before… from Cab Calloway to the castrated stars of Italian opera, you’ll hear it all on the Sound Beat!

And it’s not just music. Sound Beat episodes also feature speeches and spoken word performances from some of the great thinkers, political figures and luminaries from the late 19th and early- to mid-20th centuries. People like Thomas Edison, George Bernard Shaw, Amelia Earhart, Albert Einstein, and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Hollywood Musical is BACK!

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The Hollywood Musical is BACK!

Fans of Broadway and Hollywood music, and the Great American Songbook are Public Radio’s core listeners, and the popularity of musicals has never been higher:

  • LA LA Land has won 7 Golden Globes (including “Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy”) and is Nominated for 14 Oscars!
  • Recent years have been the best attended and highest grossing in Broadway recorded history;
  • Live television productions of Hair, Grease, The Wiz, and The Sound of Music drew huge audiences,
  • Good luck getting tickets to Hamilton on Broadway or on the road!

Don’t miss out on this large audience of loyal, affluent, highly educated, culturally passionate and charitable listeners!

Now in it’s 33rd year, Footlight Parade, is Public Radio’s premier syndicated Broadway and Hollywood music program. Each week, Host Bill Rudman calls upon his encyclopedic knowledge, unparalleled collection of recordings, and personal interviews to provide an entertaining and informative program cleverly connected around a theme.

  • great music!
  • entertaining and insightful anecdotes and stories about the shows and stars;
  • Hollywood greats such as Fred Astaire, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Julie Andrews;
  • Broadway stars such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jerry Orbach, Idena Menzel, Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook; and
  • rare historical recordings of Broadway shows and luminaries such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Noel Coward, Al Jolson, and George M. Cohen.


For more information about Footlight Parade, check out our Program Listing.