Date Pegs » Black History Month: Series

February is Black History Month. Here are series recommendations from our editorial staff.
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These are three shorter segments of different lengths that focus on early innovation in Black public media. These segments can be aired separately;...

Bought by WSLR, WFHB, KMUN, KLCC, KUNM and more


  • Added: Feb 02, 2021
  • Length: 15:37
  • Purchases: 21
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In the first half of the hour, we hear how African American musicians found more acceptance as major record companies recognized the crossover appe...

Bought by WUKY, KMUN, KCLU, WDCB, WGTE Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 51:56
  • Purchases: 62
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In the fifties and sixties, Black DJs did more than play music -- they were among the first messengers of the civil rights movement. In the second ...

Bought by WUKY, WGBH Radio Boston, KCLU, WDCB, WGTE Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 51:59
  • Purchases: 63
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Women -- both on and off the air -- have had substantial roles in the development and power of Black radio, including African American station owne...

Bought by WUKY, WGBH Radio Boston, KCLU, WDCB, WGTE Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 52:01
  • Purchases: 63
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From the 1940s onward, legendary Black deejays created unique, ear-catching styles.

Bought by WUKY, WGBH Radio Boston, KCLU, WDCB, WGTE Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 51:58
  • Purchases: 63
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Jack Cooper's popular program in Chicago debuted in 1929; he helped pioneer the DJ format and was the first to air news and sports coverage for Bla...

Bought by WUKY, WGBH Radio Boston, KCLU, WDCB, WGTE Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 52:00
  • Purchases: 64
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The series opens by traveling to the 1920s to hear how Black Americans fought for space on radio airwaves. Then, we hear about programs in the 1940...

Bought by WUKY, KCLU, WDCB, WGBH Radio Boston, WGTE Public Media and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 51:59
  • Purchases: 70
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Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was is the story of radio’s role in the 20th century transformation of the African American community. First aired ...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, KCLU, KUNM, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 38
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One-hour special explores the creation and impact of Miles Davis' album "Kind Of Blue."

Bought by Prairie Public, WKMS, Harford Community Radio, KZMU Moab Community Radio, KFCF FM and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 47
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One hour special follows the creation and influence of Miles Davis' heaviest album.

Bought by WSKG, KFCF FM, Harford Community Radio, Prairie Public, WMUH and more


  • Added: Aug 20, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 24

  • Added: Apr 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
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One-hour music intensive documentary about Fats Waller, one of America's great composers and performers of the 20th century.

Bought by Prairie Public, WVIA, Harford Community Radio, KAZU Seaside, Calif., Prairie Public and more


  • Added: Sep 22, 2006
  • Length: 59:05
  • Purchases: 34
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Exploration of some of the enduring jazz recordings of 1959.

Bought by Troy Public Radio, Prairie Public, WMOT, WLPR , WMMT and more


  • Added: May 18, 2009
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 27
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The official radio companion to the MARLEY documentary film in theatres and homes on April 20, 2012.

Bought by Prairie Public, WNMU-FM, KMUW, WCPN, KVNF and more


  • Added: Apr 13, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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A look back at the last Bob Marley & The Wailers concert (Pittsburgh - Sep 23, 1980) with previously unavailable live recordings and exclusive inte...

Bought by KAZU Seaside, Calif., WFAE, KZMU Moab Community Radio, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), Lower Cape Communications and more


  • Added: Jan 14, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 34
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The making and influence of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme."

Bought by Harford Community Radio, WJAB, WMOT, WCPN, KMUW and more


  • Added: Apr 29, 2010
  • Length: 01:58:20
  • Purchases: 15
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One-hour special explores the "Philly Sound" and the artists who put it on the map.

Bought by WSKG, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, Harford Community Radio, KPIP-LP, KUHF and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 26
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One-hour radio special looks back on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's influence on the music and culture of Philadelphia

Bought by Harford Community Radio, Radio New Zealand, KGLT, KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio 91.3fm, WNCU and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
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The O'Jays have made their final album, The Last Word, and it's filled with wisdom, love and some choice words about the state of the world.

Bought by Harford Community Radio, WSGE, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), and KFCF FM


  • Added: Apr 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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One-hour special delves into the history and music of songwriting and singing team Ashford & Simpson.

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, KPIP-LP, WSGE, WCSU-FM, WEAA and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2009
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
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A one-hour music intensive radio special tracing the history of Jazz guitar from 1906 through today; hosted by Les Paul.

Bought by Prairie Public, KGLT, KPIP-LP, WLPR , Radio New Zealand and more


  • Added: Aug 17, 2005
  • Length: 59:05
  • Purchases: 29
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Brand new one-hour music intensive radio special features legendary bluesman Buddy Guy in his own words and music.

Bought by Harford Community Radio, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KGLP, KAZU Seaside, Calif. and more


  • Added: Nov 20, 2006
  • Length: 59:05
  • Purchases: 41
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A deep look into the late Bill Withers early life in music that set up the making of his debut album, "Just As I Am." Please consider this free on...

Bought by Lower Cape Communications, WKMS, KAZU Seaside, Calif., Spokane Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 20
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Two hours honor Sly Stone as he turns 70 in 2013. Can be aired together, separately or your choice of one or the other.

Bought by Prairie Public, Harford Community Radio, Prairie Public, KBYS 88.3 FM, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 14, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
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One-hour music intensive radio documentary about Sly & the Family Stone, their music, their turbulent history, and the indelible marks they left be...

Bought by Harford Community Radio, WSGE, KMXT, WFAE, KUT and more


  • Added: May 15, 2007
  • Length: 59:05
  • Purchases: 38

  • Added: May 30, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 19
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Wynton Marsalis looks back on music from throughout his career, from the straight jazz to his more classical compositions.

Bought by Harford Community Radio, KZMU Moab Community Radio, Harford Community Radio, KISU, Radio New Zealand and more


  • Added: Oct 11, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 13
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One-hour documentary details the life and music of Sam Cooke.

Bought by Prairie Public, WKMS, KMUW, KAAD-LP, Harford Community Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 18, 2005
  • Length: 59:05
  • Purchases: 43
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today, the fifth of six programs honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's the final lecture of Dr. King's Massey lectures. This one is more a serm...

Bought by Mississippi Public Broadcasting, WWNO, WRKF, WWNO, WJAB and more


  • Added: Jan 14, 2010
  • Length: 54:58
  • Purchases: 20
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In this- the sixth and final program in this series about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the assassination and legacy.

Bought by KUHF, WNSB, WCPN, KUOW, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jan 27, 2009
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The voice, the stories and the passion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s been more than forty years since he was assassinated, but his words still...

Bought by KZYX, WNSB, WCPN, KQED, KBRP Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 27, 2009
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In the third of six programs that honour Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the speech that brought him to national attention- I Have a Dream. Also, the f...

Bought by WNSB, WCPN, KUOW, KUOW, WRIR and more


  • Added: Jan 27, 2009
  • Length: 55:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today on the second of six programs honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a portrait from 1962 of the city of Atlanta. It was the birthplace Dr. Ki...

Bought by WNSB, WCPN, KUOW, KBRP Community Radio, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jan 27, 2009
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A documentary from 1962 about Martin Luther King Jr. It presents a compelling portrait of a young Baptist preacher who was determined to change the...

Bought by Aspen Public Radio, WNSB, WCPN, KFAI Minneapolis, WRIR and more


  • Added: Jan 27, 2009
  • Length: 54:59
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Juan "Jan" Rodrigues, the First Free African in the Hudson Valley (1612-1614)

Bought by WRPI and WNYC


  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Eleven Africans and the Survival of the New Netherlands Colony (1624-1664)

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
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Sussana Anthony Roberts, Solomon Pieters, and the Push for Personal and Economic Freedom (1664-1712)

Bought by WDSE


  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Rise of the Black Church, the Black Press and the Fight for Education (1783-1830)

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
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Ruggles, Douglass and the Rise of the Abolitionist and Back to Africa Movements, & the Underground Railroad (1830-1854)

Bought by WDSE


  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Catherine "Katie" Ferguson, the Jennings Family, and the Battle for Full First-Class Citizenship (1830-1854)

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00

  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Battle to Preserve and Honor the New York African Burial Ground

Bought by WJAB, WDSE, and WNYC


  • Added: Jan 25, 2008
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The year was 1967 and Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, Baptist preacher and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, agreed to deliver the prestigi...

Bought by C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WJFF, KWMR, and KFAI Minneapolis


  • Added: Jan 26, 2009
  • Length: 29:26
  • Purchases: 4
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In November 1967 Martin Luther King delivered the Massey lectures on CBC Radio. The Masseys are a prestigious annual broadcast in which a noted Can...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, WJFF, and WCPN


  • Added: Jan 26, 2009
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In November 1967 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the Massey lectures on CBC Radio. The Masseys are a prestigious annual broadcast in which a n...

Bought by WJFF, WCPN, KVSC, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 26, 2009
  • Length: 29:33
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It’s been more than forty years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, but his words still ring strong and his message still stirs. Tod...

Bought by WJFF, KCUR, WJFF, WJFF, WCPN and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2009
  • Length: 29:33
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Martin Luther King Jr.
It was November 1967 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the featured lecturer at Canada's prestigious annual Massey lectures. King's title was "Con...

Bought by KCUR, WJFF, WCPN, KGNU Boulder, Colo., KVSC and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2009
  • Length: 29:34
  • Purchases: 7
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Four years after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, he became president of South Africa. And yet, those 4 years were among the bloodiest and ...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., WDBM, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KHSU and more


  • Added: Jan 15, 2016
  • Length: 17:44
  • Purchases: 7
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Introduction by Nelson Mandela to the series, Mandela: An Audio History

Bought by KZYX, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, and PRX to iTunes


  • Added: Jul 11, 2008
  • Length: 01:01
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: Jul 16, 2008
  • Length: 12:02
  • Purchases: 11

  • Added: Jun 26, 2004
  • Length: 58:44
  • Purchases: 45
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Part 5 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by KUER, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 12:46
  • Purchases: 11
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Part 4 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes, KCUR and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 12:46
  • Purchases: 9
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Part 3 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes, KCUR and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 12:53
  • Purchases: 9
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Part 2 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by KUER, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, PRX to iTunes and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 15:17
  • Purchases: 10
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Part 1 of a five-part series on South Africa's struggle against apartheid.

Bought by KUER, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, PRX Remix, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: May 03, 2004
  • Length: 14:01
  • Purchases: 13
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Early in his career, Jerry Blavat was a disc jockey at WHAT, one of the two Philadelphia Black AM radio stations at the far right end of the dial. ...

Bought by WFHB, WDSE, KUER, WABE, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jan 16, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 6
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Louise Williams is known as the “Gospel Queen of Philadelphia.” For 49 years, she hosted “The Louise Bishop Program” at WDAS, one of the highest-ra...

Bought by KUCB, WFHB, WDSE, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 15, 2014
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Former WDAS disc jockey Doug Henderson Jr., Credit: Yowei Shaw
Jocko Henderson was one of the most imitated Black personality disc jockeys of all time. He's known as the godfather of rap, the “Ace from Outer Sp...

Bought by KUCB, WFHB, WDSE, PRX Remix, Delta College Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 6
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Harvey Holiday was one of the few white disc jockeys who made it big on Black radio in Philadelphia in the 70s. His highly-rated Sunday night “Holi...

Bought by WFHB and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 05:13
  • Purchases: 2
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Record label executive Joe McEwen was one of the many white kids listening to Black radio in Philadelphia in the 50s and 60s. Here, McEwen talks ab...

Bought by WFHB and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 04:27
  • Purchases: 2
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In the late 50s and 60s, jazz musician Sam Reed was the house leader at the historic Uptown Theater in North Philadelphia. The Uptown was the Phill...

Bought by WFHB, WDSE, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 03:26
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Karen Warrington
Karen Warrington, director of communication for Congressman Robert Brady, has been an independent voice for Black political and social empowerment ...

Bought by WFHB, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 06:41
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Former WHAT disc jockey Sonny Hopson, Credit: Yowei Shaw
For a time in the late ’60s, no one’s microphone in Philadelphia blazed hotter than Sonny Hopson. He was dynamic, exciting and wildly unpredictable...

Bought by KUCB, WFHB, WDSE, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Disc jockey Dyana Williams
Dyana Williams started her broadcasting career in 1973 as one of the few African-American women on the air. Her radio handle? Ebony Moonbeams. Sinc...

Bought by WFHB, WABE, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 07, 2014
  • Length: 04:55
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Kenrick McRae has been stopped by Montreal police dozens of times since moving to the city in 2006. Some months, he says, he has been pulled over up to 15 times., Credit: Submitted by Kenrick McRae
One evening in 2015, Montrealer Kenrick McRae was pulled over by police. The officer told him his licence plate lights weren’t bright enough. So af...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis, KWMR, Nevada Public Radio, WCPN, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 18
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"A Big Seed in the Big Apple" - An exploration of the Harlem Renaissance's impact on western classical music, featuring performances by the Harlem ...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Texas Public Radio, WXXI Rochester, and Louisville Public Media


  • Added: Jun 08, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"Classical Activism" - Stories and music that shine a light on the work of Nina Simone, Paul Robeson, and Robert Shaw.

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:04
  • Purchases: 4
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"The Motherland" - A celebration of music that highlights the sights and sounds of Africa, featuring a performance by the Buskaid Soweto String Ens...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:03
  • Purchases: 4
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"Black Futurism and Imagination" - A collection of 21st century works by Ozie Cargile, Jessie Montgomery, and more.

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 4
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"Building America" - Music and stories that center the impact of Black diversity in early America, including Gottschalk's Symphony No. 1 and the vi...

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"The Movies" - A look at Black achievement in film and film music featuring works by Quincy Jones, Michael Abels, and Terrence Blanchard.

Bought by WGTE Public Media, Louisville Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 4
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"Women of the Movement" - A celebration of Black women in western classical music, featuring the newly-recorded "Montgomery Variations" by Margaret...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, WXXI Rochester, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: May 27, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 5
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"Engaging the Canon" - Traditional works from western Europe as performed by Stewart Goodyear, the Kanneh Mason family, and more.

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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"A Musical Founding Father" - The life and times of Duke Ellington, featuring his orchestral suite, "Three Black Kings" and other works that blend ...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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"Take Me to Church" - An acknowledgement of the unique role of the Black church over the course of the 20th century and beyond with performances by...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 6
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"Negro Melodies" - A revisit to post-reconstruction era America and the hopes cultivated during this time through music by Dvorak, Burleigh, and more.

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, Louisville Public Media, WGTE Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 58:01
  • Purchases: 6

  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: :31
  • Purchases: 5

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:58
  • Purchases: 15

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14
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Paul Freeman the musician, conductor, and recording artist

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, WGTE Public Media, Northwest Public Broadcasting, WRTI and more


  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Feb 03, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 13

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14
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Dvorak falls in love with "Negro melodies" on his trip to America.

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, WGTE Public Media, Northwest Public Broadcasting, Georgia Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 14

  • Added: Jan 20, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 14