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July 17, 2009
KXCV-KRNW, the 100,000-watt public radio voice of Northwest Missouri State University, will begin broadcasting a new locally produced weekly program in August dedicated to exploring the St. Joseph arts and entertainment scene.
"Now Showing" will air at noon each Thursday beginning Aug. 6. Hosted by KXCV/KRNW personality Patty Holley, the half-hour program is to feature interviews with promoters, entertainers and artists and provide detailed information about upcoming arts events in the St. Joseph area, including exhibits, plays and concerts.
Produced in partnership with the St. Joseph Presidents Arts Council, the show developed from a concept introduced at a luncheon attended by KXCV/KRNW staffers and local arts organization leaders at the Northwest St. Joseph Center, a downtown University outreach facility located at 706 Felix ( www.nwmissouri.edu/stjoe ).
"It's going to be an exciting program," said Holley, who also serves as the station's programming director. "There is a lot going on in the arts community in St. Joseph, and we want to bring all that together in a way that serves our listeners."
"Now Showing" guests will include event organizers and others who work behind the scenes in the St. Joseph arts community, said Holley, who added that she wants to make sure KXCV/KRNW listeners know that opportunities to experience quality art and entertainment exist close to home.
"It's our goal to make sure that people know what's going on in their hometown," she said. "Sometimes we think that you have to go to Kansas City to see good theater, but that's not true. It's right here."
Teresa Fankhauser of the St. Joseph Allied Arts Council, an umbrella organization serving 16 member agencies, said "Now Showing" will provide needed exposure for events and performances embracing a wide variety of genres.
"There's a lot happening, and people will find that there is something to do on virtually every day of the week, whether it's a live show or a gallery or museum exhibit," Fankhauser said. "We have everything from community theater to national performers."
St. Joe arts and entertainment events scheduled for this summer and early fall include such attractions as a Performing Arts Association Beatles tribute concert, a production of "High School Musical" by the Robidoux Resident Theatre, the October opening of the St. Joseph Symphony season and a Robidoux Landing production of "Always … Patsy Cline."
Following "Now Showing" at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays will be another new program tied to arts and culture. "The Book Show" is a nationally syndicated broadcast hosted by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, a professor at the Barnard College of Columbia University. Guests include such well-known authors as Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie and Garrison Keillor.
For more information about KXCV/KRNW, including membership and underwriting opportunities, go to www.kxcv.org .
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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