“‘Whole Lotta Shakin'” Premiering on Southeast Public Radio

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Southeast Public Radio, 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington, Mo., announces plans to air “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” an upbeat 10-part series on rockabilly produced by Lex Gillespie and distributed by Public Radio International.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2007 — Southeast Public Radio, 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington, Mo., announces plans to air “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” an upbeat 10-part series on rockabilly produced by Lex Gillespie and distributed by Public Radio International.

Each one-hour documentary in “Whole Lotta Shakin'” explores the artists and artistry of rockabilly, the foundation of rock and roll. Hosted by guitarist, singer and songwriter Rosie Flores, “Whole Lotta Shakin'” will begin airing Sunday, Oct. 7 following National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Weekend Edition Sunday.” The program will be repeated Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

“‘Whole Lotta Shakin” is an incredible series,” says General Manager Dan Woods. “It will transport our baby boomers to times past, while showing our younger listeners the origins of some of the samples they enjoy in today’s music. I’ll definitely be singing along, and I know our listeners will too.”

“Whole Lotta Shakin'” is an exciting documentary series of 10 hour-long programs that explores rockabilly, the brash, fast-paced 1950s mix of blues, gospel, jazz, country and popular music that is a foundation of rock and roll. The series visits the cradle of rockabilly, Memphis, and presents the music’s many stars, both male and female. It profiles the influential radio program, “The Louisiana Hayride” and explores the rockabilly sounds of California.

In an era when America was tuning into Patti Page and Mitch Miller, rockabilly was a bold, young upstart, like Marlon Brando in the movie “The Wild One.” In “Whole Lotta Shakin’,” host Rosie Flores profiles the stars of the genre, including Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Buddy Holly, and shares the stories of the period’s best-loved songs, from “Rave On” to “I Walk the Line.”

“Whole Lotta Shakin'” is produced by Lex Gillespie and is distributed nationally by Public Radio International. Support for the series comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Texas.

“Whole Lotta Shakin’” is being underwritten locally by Stereo One in Cape Girardeau.

For more information, call Southeast Public Radio at Southeast Public Radio (888) 651-5070.

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 which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at http://www.southeastpublicradio.org/.