"Southern Serenade" Celebrates Black History

January 14, 2013

Jeff Skibbe
(417) 625-9678
"Southern Serenade" Celebrates MLK Jr. Day and Black History Month on 88.7KXM
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, and throughout the entire month of February, 88.7KXMS will celebrate the varied contributions of African-Americans to the musical arts.
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is featured as narrator in the centerpiece of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on the Jan.21 edition of "Southern Serenade" (5 p.m.).  The National Symphony Orchestra accompanies Mr. Jordan in Joseph Schwantner's "New Morning for the World" with text by Dr. King.  Also that hour, "Epitaph for Man Who Dreamed: In Memoriam: Martin Luther King Jr." by Adolphus Hailstork, as well as two spirituals performed by soprano Leontyne Price. 
Since February 1990, 88.7KXMS has highlighted African-American music-making in its yearly salute to Black History Month.  In recent months the KXMS radio library software has been upgraded to identify not only
African-American composers, but additionally to flag African-American performers and African-American conductors.  At last inventory, the KXMS record library contained 526 compositions by named African-American composers as well as anonymous spirituals.  African-American performers constitute (at least) 398 performances in all genres in our collection, and African-American conductors, another 37 performances.
KXMS Radio is going to take advantage of this software advancement by scheduling African-American musicians exclusively for the full hour every weekday on "Southern Serenade" during the entire month of February 2013. Jeff Skibbe is your host at 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Program details will be posted on a daily basis during the month of February on our Facebook page.  Check out 'KXMS' at

88.7KXMS/Fine Arts Radio International is a cultural resource and community service of Missouri Southern State University.