KRCU Public Radio to Broadcast ‘Squeezebox Stories’

by News Bureau on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 17, 2011 — KRCU 90.9 FM at Southeast Missouri State University announces plans to broadcast “Squeezebox Stories,” a sound-rich, narrative-driven public radio documentary exploring the social history, multicultural adaptation and musical variations of the accordion.

The special will air at noon on Friday, Oct. 21, and at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23.

KRCU signThe accordion is about much more than the Polka ᾰ it was one of the first global instruments. Played all over the world, from Italy to China to Zanzibar, the squeezebox is a great vehicle for telling immigration stories.

KRCU General Manager Dan Woods says the program caught his attention because of its uniqueness.

“I listened to the program and thought it was very well done, and it would give us an opportunity to share some really good information about the accordion with our listeners. There’s a lot of history associated with the instrument,” he said.

Woods also noted that the program has a website with much more information about the show: www.squeezeboxstories.com.

The host of the program is Marco Werman of PRI’s “The World,” and during the hour-long show, the program will visit Zydeco dance halls and Mexican Norteño clubs, punk rock apprentices and Arabic master musicians ᾰ all to discover what is behind the surprisingly wide appeal of this ultimate people’s instrument.

“Squeezebox Stories” is produced by radio journalist Julie Caine and ethnomusicologist and accordion player Marié Abe. Support comes from the California Council for the Humanities and the Arhoolie Foundation.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve.