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.

Airs Sunday, January 20, 2019, at 6 p.m. Silicon Valley once promised to solve many of the world’s problems with a technological revolution. But today the tech hub is the center of much scrutiny -- from privacy violations to flawed business models to a lack of diversity -- Silicon Valley has seemingly betrayed its idealism. But the valley's proponents believe that big tech’s detractors simply expect too much from lucrative corporations, and that its original "do good" attitude remains intact. Has Silicon Valley lost its soul?

San Francisco Symphony Onstage
Stefan Cohen / SFS

Airs Monday, July 29, 2019, at 1 p.m. This week Emanual Ax performs two piano concertos by Mozart and Schoenberg. Michael Tilson Thomas leads the orchestra in these works and works by Strauus and Beethoven.

Airs sunday, July 28, 2019, at 6 p.m. Solar geoengineering, an ambitious set of experiments that aim to reduce the amount of sun and heat that reaches the planet, has gained momentum in recent years. But just what are the risks – and possible rewards – of using techniques like injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere to decrease global temperatures? Featuring Clive Hamilton, Anjali Viswamohanan, David Keith, and Ted Parson.

Title page of the original full score of Gluck's 1762 opera Orfeo ed Euridice (Duchesne, Paris, 1764).
Noël Lemire (1724–1801) / This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

Airs Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 12 noon. In July and August, the 2019 WFMT Radio Network Opera Series continues with more presentations in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union, including three standout broadcasts from across Italy, including performances from the Rossini Opera Festival (Pesaro), Teatro Dell’Opera (Rome) and La Scala (Milan.) This week we present Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck.

Shreveport House Concert Series
Shreveport House Concert Series / Shreveport House Concert Series

Airs Thursday, February 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Renowned Louisiana songwriter and musician David Egan, who passed away last year from cancer.
     David Egan was one of the state's most well-respected songwriters. he wrote music that has been performed by Joe Cocker, Percy Sledge, Tab Benoit, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Marcia Ball, Marc Broussard, and many others. David grew up in Shreveport and studied jazz and composition at the University of North Texas. He would travel to Nashville but eventually returned to his home state where he joined forces with the Flet Brother in an adventure called the A Train. By 1990 he settled in Lafayette, and launched into writing and performing. In 2003 he released his debut album, "Twenty Years of Trouble." In 2006 he also released "After the Rain" and in 2008 he released "You Don't Know Your Mind." Scott Billington, who produced After the Rain, said in an interview with the Times-Picayune, that "David Egan is in the same league as Doc Pomus, Dan Penn, Allen Toussaint and Bobby Charles, among the crème de la crème of R&B songwriters. Each of his songs has something special, a lyrical or harmonic turn that you can't forget. And he's always soulful and deep."
     David Egan crossed over on March 18, 2016.