Kermit Poling

General Manager

The 2019 silver medal winner of the International Global Music Award, Kermit Poling is Music Director of both the South Arkansas Symphony, the Marshall Symphony Orchestra,  the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, the Associate Conductor of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra as well as General Manager of the Red River Radio Network.

Also a composer, Poling's ballets have been performed throughout the country.   In 2017, Poling made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra for an album of his music.  In 2019, Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet Des Moines premiere his most recent works.  He has created orchestral arrangements for a wide range of artists, including Grammy winning guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd and blues singer Irma Thomas.   He has also scored several films, including the original silent feature Tarzan.

Poling received the Outstanding Artist in Music Fellowship in 2000 from the State of Louisiana and twice received a Music Fellowship from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.  His awards include scholarships to the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa.  In 2005, Maestro Poling served as one of three international judges for China’s National Young Artists Competition with the China National Symphony in Beijing.  He has received numerous commissions to create new scores for theatrical works, including The Glass Menagerie, Memoirs, Elektra and others. In 1998 he was chosen by Emmy award winning artist William Joyce to compose the music for his stage adaptation of The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs.

Maestro Poling has been a featured conductor on NPR's Performance Today, the Arkansas Educational Television Network, the Red River Radio Network, WGBH Boston and has appeared as violinist on Louisiana Public Television and PBS in addition to numerous television and radio stations throughout the country.  Centaur Records released a CD of his newest Christmas arrangements performed by the West Edge String Quartet.  Away from the podium, Poling also serves as organist and choral director at St. George's Episcopal Church in Bossier City.

Ways to Connect

DONATE NOW!!!Configure We had a tremendous outpouring of support, especially on the last day of our drive.   Contributions are still coming in.  We will have an update on Monday.   We know our partners will be providing over 2,000 food backpacks for children in need via the Foodbank of NW Louisiana, the F

One Small Step
One Small Step / One Small Step

Live Stream was on Friday, December 11, 2020, at 6 p.m. Red River Radio's first ever streaming only event, featuring participants in the StoryCorps One Small Step collaboration. Dave Isay, creator of StoryCorps will also joined us. Questions are still welcomed about this project. Send Your Questions Here. Thanks again for those who joined us live and if you missed the program fear not, you can watch it here again and share with friends and family. 

The Carrefour Chamber Music Project
The Carrefour Chamber Music Project / The Carrefour Chamber Music Project

Aired Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 11 a.m.
Kermit Poling spoke with Robert Cruz, a co-founder of The Carrefour Chamber Music Project along with Adam Philly from the Prisma Vocal Ensemble, about an online Holiday Concert coming up on Sunday, December 13, at 7 p.m. This is a live stream concert is available on YouTube and Facebook and is designed to bring some wonderful holiday music to you safely. 

  The concert is a presentation of music for this season of light and hope featuring a live performance by members of the Prisma Vocal Ensemble interspersed with pre-recorded performances by area musicians representing the faith communities that make Shreveport home. Celebrate community this season! Broadcast on the Carrefour Chamber Music Project Facebook page and YouTube channel. Presented free of charge. A suggested donation of $5 may be made at

Carrefour Chamber Music Project
Carrefour Chamber Music Project / Carrefour Chamber Music Project

Airs Friday, November 13, 2020, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Robert Cruz about a new project by the Carrefour Chamber Music Project featuring 13 musicians, 8 composers, over two nights in a Festival of New(er) Music. All online! These online concerts stream Monday and Tuesday, November 16 & 17, at 7 p.m. This is our biggest undertaking yet and you don’t want to miss it. Over this weekend there will be sneak peaks of the rehearsal process and tidbits about the pieces and performers coming your way LIVE next week. Visit to join in and subscribe.

Shreveport Opera Express
Shreveport Opera / Shreveport Opera

Airs Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 10 a.m. Join Steve Aiken and Shreveport Opera Express for a concert of Operatic Gems performed live in the Red River Radio Studios. Kermit Poling will host.

Carrefour Chamber Music Project
Carrefour Chamber Music Project / Carrefour Chamber Music Project

Airs Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with cellist Brett Andrews about a special chamber music series of live stream concerts featuring pianist Robert Cruz with Brett. They will perform the five cello sonata's by Beethoven. For details about the next cocnerts in the series visit the facebook page for Carrefour Chamber Music Project.

View previous concert here

Prize Fest Foundation / Prize Fest Foundation - Used By Permission

Airs Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 12 noon. Kermit Poling spoke with Gregory Kallenberg about PrizePalooza, taking place this Sunday, July 19, 2020, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. It is an Online Music Fest and Fundraiser You Can Attend In Your Pajamas.

Gregory is excited to announce our first ever online music festival, PrizePalooza! A number of national and international acts with ties to the Prize Foundation will perform for the occasion. PrizePalooza is FREE and your contribution on IndieGoGo will not only help us make it a reality, it will also help fund Prize Foundation and allow us to continue engaging, activating and elevating creative entrepreneurs from around the world!

While the full festival lineup has not been finalized, many high-caliber musicians have already signed on to participate. PrizePalooza is thrilled to announce the following initial artist selection:

Pledge Drive Update

Mar 13, 2020

Due to the serious nature of the situation regarding COVID-19, for the health and safety of our volunteers at Red River Radio, we have decided to proceed with our Spring Fund Drive through March 20 but limit our volunteer pool and visitors to our studio location.
   We love our volunteers and thank them for their time and efforts, but don’t want to potentially expose anyone to unnecessary risks.

Airs Friday, February 14, 2020, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Frank King, the cardiac comedian who will be featured at the Medical Center of South Arkansas' Healthy Heart, Healthy You conference on Thursday, February 20, 2020, beginning at 11 a.m. in the El Dorado Conference Center. This is a benefit event with proceeds going to the Medical Center of South Arkansas's Auxiliary. Complete details are available at 870-864-3245.

Airs Friday, November 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with conductor Michael Butterman and guest soloist Francisco Fullana about the next concert by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra featuring violinist Francisco Fullana in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, the “Turkish.” Also on the concert is the Suite from “There Will Be Blood” by Greenwood and Schubert's Symphony No. 5. For complete details visit online the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra or call 318 - 227 - 8863.