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.

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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.

Up With People Shreveport
Up With People Shreveport / Up With People Shreveport

Airs Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Isac, Pablo, Ty, and Clare, all cast members from Up With People about their programs, workshops, and concerts that take place this week in Shreveport, and their experience with Up With People and the mission of the tour. They will present a full concert as part of this tour as well and numerous other projects throughout the area. The concert takes place on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7 p.m. at Centenary College Gold Dome. For details on their full visit online Up With People Shreveport.

Gone West
Gone West / Gone West - Used By Permission

Airs Monday, September 23, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Colbie Caillat, Justin Kawika Young, Jason Reeves, and Nelly Joy who make up the band Gone West about the appearance of Gone West at El Dorado music festival on Saturday, September 28th. Infomation about music fest can be found at Music Festival El Dorado.

Airs Friday, September 20, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with maestro Michael Butterman and cellist John-Henry Crawford about the opening concert in teh 2019-2020 season of the Shreveport Symphony which takes place Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Shreveport. On the program, three work by Tchaikovsky. His Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, the Variations on a Rococo Theme featuring John-Henry Crawford as solosit, and the Symphony No. 5. Then on Sunday, September 22, at 3 p.m.

El Dorado Music Festival
El Dorado Music Festival / El Dorado Music Festival

Airs Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Beth Brumley, Executive Director of Mainstreet El Dorado, about the El Dorado Music Festival 2019 which will take place the weekend of September 27 & 28 in El Dorado. 

Airs Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Michael Donnella about the Murphy Arts District's "An Evening With Jazz Masters," on Friday, September 20th, in the Griffin Restaurant. The show begins at 7:30 PM with the doors opening at 5:00 PM. The concert features Philedelphia master Lynn Riley, Rubin Edwards, Harry “Butch” Reed, and Adam Faulk. For details visit ELDOMAD or call 870-444-3007.

YouthCue Cover Image From YouCue Web Site
YouthCue / YouthCue

Airs Friday, September 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. Airs Friday, September 13, 2019, at 11 a.m. Kermit Poling spoke with Metropolitan Opera Tenor David Portillo about YouthCue's "LOOK AT THE WORLD II," a concert featuring this Sunday night, September 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Shreveport. Join the Shreveport Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Tenor David Portillo, Actress Angelique Feaster Evans, 2019 American Idol finalist Walker Burroughs, a chorus of 300 regional singers, all under conductor Randy Edwards.

Nightwatch
Neil Johnson / Neil_Johnson

Airs Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 6 p.m. Neil Johnson, one of Shreveport's favorite artists returns to The Better Picture for another hour of fun, insights, information and stories. Neil currently has a fantastic one man show called Still Photography at ArtSpace in Shreveport that is a compilation of 80 photographs taken over 40 years. These imagesare his retrospective of pictures that have spoken to him. This is not his commercial work, this is his love of photography for its own sake. Neil exposes himself through shots that move from flowers to merry go rounds, stillness to motion, haunting to elegant and abstract to precise. And of course Felton, our purple armadillo oversees it all. The show runs through September so hurry in, you don't want to miss it.

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