Southeast Public Radio Adds Eclectic Music Program to Schedule

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Southeast Public Radio has added “All Songs Considered,” National Public Radio’s (NPR) popular eclectic music program, to its schedule.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 9, 2008 — Southeast Public Radio has added “All Songs Considered,” National Public Radio’s (NPR) popular eclectic music program, to its schedule. The program began airing at 9 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

“All Songs Considered,” NPR’s guide to discovering new music below the radar, used to be a Web-only production, but is now available for broadcast by NPR member stations. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new CDs to find sneak previews of music that are worth getting excited about, whether it’s the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love. Sometimes, artists or critics stop by “All Songs Considered” with their top picks. It’s the perfect show for listeners who love to stay current, but can’t always wade through a myriad of sources.

The staff at Southeast Public Radio views this program as a chance to reach out to an audience that has been underserved.  NPR has an established history of breaking emerging artists throughout its program schedule, and “All Songs Considered” is a focused extension of that mission.  

“All Songs Considered” started as a Web show in 2000 after receiving countless letters from listeners who wanted to know more about the music played between stories on NPR’s evening news program, “All Things Considered.” Now, “All Songs Considered” has become a destination for artists such as Lily Allen or Bright Eyes to spin their favorite tunes, or musicians such as Wilco, Bjork, Sigur Ros or Ben Gibbard to Webcast their live concerts. It is a show that one week can feature the music of Portugal and the next feature the White Stripes or Andrew Bird.

“All Songs Considered” has a dedicated and growing Web audience: Hundreds of thousands listen to “All Songs Considered” on the Web and via podcast every month, and the “All Songs” podcast is consistently ranked the number one music podcast in iTunes.

To accommodate this schedule change, “Jazz at Lincoln Center” has moved from Friday nights at 9 p.m. to Friday nights at 7 p.m.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, Southeast Public Radio strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM