Southeast Public Radio to Air Live ‘Your Folk Connection’


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 6, 2005 — Southeast Public Radio, KRCU 90.9 FM, plans to conclude this year’s spring membership campaign with a live edition of “Your Folk Connection.”

This special two-hour edition will feature a wide variety of area musicians and will air on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. 

“Your Folk Connection” host Barney Hartline said that this spring’s program will feature “old codgers and kids.” 

Performers that are confirmed include national autoharp champion Dan Withop, Hugh Tewis, and Dulcimer player Jack Smoot.  There will also be music from The Pickin’ Pennies Trio and The Central High School Fiddle Club. 

“The idea is that listeners can ‘vote’ with their contribution for either the old codgers or the kids,” said Hartline, a self-proclaimed old codger.  “It should be a lot of fun and generate a lot of excitement for the station.” 

Hosting live editions of “Your Folk Connection” during the fund raiser is somewhat of a tradition at Southeast Public Radio.  The studios become packed tight with microphone cables, acoustic guitars, and folk musicians, but it’s always a good time.  It’s a rare treat to hear live music on the radio and the membership drives are considered a great opportunity to do just that.

“Your Folk Connection” is produced at the Southeast Public Radio studios.  It’s hosted by Barney Hartline, Terry Wright and Jim Hickam.  It airs every Saturday night at 7 p.m. and features a wide variety of folk music from traditional to contemporary.  Your Folk Connection also can be heard on community radio station 88.9 WEIU-FM in Charleston, Ill.  For more information, visit

Southeast Public Radio KRCU 90.9 FM is Cape Girardeau’s local Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station providing the Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois region with classical music, news and unique entertainment programming. For more information, visit to