American Routes

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American Routes, hosted by Nick Spitzer, is a weekly two-hour public radio program produce at Tulane University in New Orleans.  It has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011. The show presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.


 


Each week, Nick Spitzer curates the tunes and explores cultural threads of American music. The program uses short documentary features and artist interviews to tell the stories. Artists heard on American Routes include Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, B.B. King, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Abbey Lincoln, Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, McCoy Tyner, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. The music-to-talk ratio of a typical American Routes program is 80% music and 20% talk.  In addition to 52 shows per year, there are two pledge drive programs. Custom promos are available.

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American Routes, hosted by Nick Spitzer, is a weekly two-hour public radio program produce at Tulane University in New Orleans. It has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011. The show presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.

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Custom Promos voiced by host Nick Spitzer

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American Routes Fundraising Programs for all PRX stations

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30-second generic evergreen promos for American Routes.

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Holiday specials

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American Routes occasionally makes episodes of the weekly series available to all PRX stations free of charge. The episodes below are now available.


Pieces

Caption: John Sebastian
featuring John Sebastian and Bonsoir Catin

Bought by WOUB, RadioFreePalmer, KPVL, KKRN, WAMU and more


  • Added: May 29, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Alan Lomax
Available to all PRX stations! The Sonic Journey of Alan Lomax: Recording America and the World

  • Added: May 28, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:55
Caption: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliott, historian Douglas Brinkley, and more!

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KPVL, WAMU, KKRN, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Nick Spitzer
host Nick Spitzer brings you music from South Louisiana and beyond, while urging the listeners to pitch in and support your station.

Bought by WETS, KHSU, WPSU, KBEM, KUMD and more


  • Added: Jan 09, 2013
  • Length: 01:26:16
  • Purchases: 10
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Swingin’ the Election: Music & Politics 2012 - available to all PRX stations!

Bought by KBRP Community Radio, Troy Public Radio, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, KKRN, WAMU and more


  • Added: Oct 30, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Monk and Coltrane
Available to all PRX stations! Remembering John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, WMMT, Spokane Public Radio, KPVL, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Woody Guthrie
Going Down the Road with Woody Guthrie: A Centennial Celebration - available to all PRX stations!

Bought by KVNF, Spokane Public Radio, KCSM, KQED, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 50
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available to all PRX stations - featuring holiday tunes from Miles, Frank, Elvis, Celia, Solomon, Diana and more

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KREV-LP, KKRN, Marfa Public Radio, MPR News Stations and more


  • Added: Dec 15, 2011
  • Length: 01:59:01
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Nick Spitzer
host Nick Spitzer brings you some of the ‘lo-fi’ highlights from our eclectic mix of American soundscape

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, Louisville Public Media, and WAMU


  • Added: Dec 02, 2011
  • Length: 01:18:31
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Leiber & Stoller with Elvis Presley, Credit: Everett Collection/Rex Features
Available to all PRX stations - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller interview from 2002

Bought by KPVL, RadioFreePalmer, KEOS, KKRN, WYSO and more


  • Added: Aug 23, 2011
  • Length: 21:00
  • Purchases: 8