Hometown, Alaska: Music, the Secret Sauce of Public Radio

Do you find yourself zeroing in on an especially catchy public radio tune, wanting to include it in your own music library? Over the last decade, public radio has become a warm home for new music and a special showcase for tunes used in program introductions and breaks between stories.

This week on Hometown, Alaska, Eagle River musician Kevin Barnett (creator of Hometown, Alaska’s new theme music) and BJ Leiderman from National Public Radio, will join host Kathleen McCoy to talk about the wit and beauty of music over the airwaves. They’re both bringing their keyboards, so expect some spontaneous music making.

Video by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage

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HOST: Kathleen McCoy, independent journalist


LIVE: Wed, April 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

REPEAT: Wed, April 13, 2011 2010 at 7:00 p.m.


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