MSPR Specials for July 4th Weekend 2020

Jun 23, 2020

Morehead State Public Radio (MSPR) will celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend with special programs.

Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square
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The Privilege of Freedom
Fri., July 3 at 9:00AM

In this Music & the Spoken Word Independence Day special, The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square perform: “This is a Great Country” from “Mr. President”, “This Land is Your Land”, “God Bless the USA”, and more.

July 4 with Leroy Anderson and the Boston Pops
Fri., July 3 at 10:00AM

This radio special features Leroy Anderson, America’s most popular light music composer, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, which premiered many of his short orchestral miniatures. This special explores how the two came together to make music that will be remembered for generations.

Appalachian Road Show
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Appalachian Road Show Tribulation Special
Fri., July 3 at 8:00PM and Sat., July 4 at 3:00PM

Join host Paul Hitchcock as he presents the music, history and tradition of Appalachia and featuring the Appalachian Road Show. Performing music from their 2020 release entitled “Tribulation” on Billy Blue Records, members of the band include Barry Abernathy, Todd Phillips, Zeb Snyder, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb. Joining the award-winning lineup are special guests Shad Cobb, Stuart Duncan, Shawn Lane, Ron Stewart and Bryan Sutton.

Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements
Sat., July 4 at 6:00PM

Photo of Students at a Greensboro Lunch Counter on Max Roach's 1960 LP
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Many musical artists weighed in during the decades of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements... Nina Simone, Max Roach, Gil Scott-Heron, Archie Shepp, James Brown, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone, Art Blakey, Curtis Mayfield... The list goes on!  The Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements Radio Special takes us back to a time when the social revolution taking place in America was reflected in the popular music that was all around us. Host Esther Armah is an award winning radio host and international journalist who brings vitality to the show's narration.

Cece Winans
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Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul Series
July 4 (8pm to midnight)

A new radio documentary that explores the history of black gospel music and illustrates its significant influence on the formation of rock and soul music. Hosted by GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul is produced by Philadelphia public radio station WXPN and distributed by NPR. Through in-depth interviews with artists and dozens of songs (including many archival selections), the four-hour documentary illuminates the profound impact that gospel music has made on popular music.

Superman #12 comic book cover
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That Was Radio (“Superman”)
Sun., July 5 at 2:00PM

Created, written and hosted by Leon Smothers, That Was Radio explores the “golden age of radio” from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. On this program, a look at one of radio’s most famous action heroes of all time…..Superman! Through vintage audio and archived programs, this program explores the origin of the character and Superman’s adventures on radio.