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January 14, 2019
The Clock Continues to Tick...
As we start 2019…the clock continues to tick…tick…tick… and we continue to do what we do best: provide great programming produced by local, national, and world-wide sources.
However, we are down to the last two months during which we will receive appropriated funding from Western Illinois University. Once we get to the last tick...tick…tick of February 28, 2019 we will be on our own and transitioning to our new management and funding model.
Details of the depth and breadth of our staffing are being worked out and will be based on the funding we are able to raise. We are extremely thankful for the recent-months’ outpouring of support for the work we do and the essential service we provide our region, but staying at that giving level will not be enough to keep the full, vibrant local service you are used to receiving.
To keep our local content producers we need to continue our fund raising efforts!
We need to keep uncovering new donors, reaching new business partners, and soliciting new granting sources.
If you can step up and become a new donor or provide an additional contribution, if you own a business and would like to see your contribution work for your business, if you are affiliated with a granting organization-please let us know. We need to hear from you!
Preservation of the quality and scope of programming on TSPR is our goal and with your help, we’ll be able to keep even more of the programming you expect to find on YOUR PUBLIC RADIO STATION!
Wishing each of you peace, good health, and much prosperity in 2019!

Sharon Faust
Director of Development
Music from the Tri States - January 2019
(Every Sunday morning at 11:00am)

20 – Western Illinois University School of Music & Guests – 2017 Beethoven Festival
27 – The Nova Singers – “Today I Will…”
It's Music -- It's from the Tri-States -- It's Music from the Tri States!

Three states creating great music, and one one-hour program bringing you the sounds.  That program, of course, is our own Music from the Tri States--- every Sunday morning at 11:00.  With the New Year we’ve made a few tweaks to our schedule of spreading our (regional musical) wealth.

The first Sunday of each month is the broadcast home of one of our fine regional symphony orchestras, with four new concerts by the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, as well as a continuing view of the process of selecting a new Music Director of the KGS---- The Search. Each of the concerts features the orchestra being led by one of the four final candidates for the position.

The second and third weeks each month feature concerts from the campus of Western Illinois University. You’ll find classical and jazz works performed by faculty, students and visiting artists from the School of Music.

The fourth Sunday each month will bring more regional ensembles: concerts of the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra (Robert McConnell, Music Director), serving Burlington, Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa; and the Nova Singers, directed by Dr. Laura Lane.  Nova, noted for creative programming, is an ensemble of vocalists from across western Illinois and eastern Iowa who are dedicated to professional excellence and community outreach.

And that occasional fifth Sunday of the month features performances of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra (Dr. Bruce Briney, Music Director).

And --- It's Folk Weekend Live!

The first hour of the first Sunday each month on Folk Weekend (7:00 p.m.) will also be devoted to music from the tri states--- with our own Folk Weekend Live, a series featuring Folk and Americana artists we’ve hand-picked to show off in our studio and in concert venues throughout our listening area.

Catch performances by the Midwestern Americana pairing of The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (February 3); veteran Louisiana ex-rocker/Iowa Writers’ Workshop poet Kevin Gordon (March 3); Baltimore-born Atlantan singer-songwriter Amy Andrews (April 7); Legendary Austin, Texas Guitarist-singer-songwriter Gurf Morlix (May 5); and up-and-coming Springfield, Illinois trio The Deep Hollow (June 2).                 

Another season of Music from the Tri States ahead--- from our house to yours!

Ken Zahnle
Music Director
Featured Program Sponsors

When you listen you may hear, "Support for programming on Tri States Public Radio comes from..." and a short statement about a local business or non-profit organization. Underwriting, as it is known in public media terms, is vital to the continued health of every public radio station and TSPR is no exception. We’d like to remind you to visit our program sponsors, tell them how much their support means to you and to our community and thank them for supporting Tri States Public Radio. 

Underwriting Brochure (pdf)
Current Program Sponsors (pdf)
Folk Weekend Live - Bigfoot Yancey - March 2, 2018 at 7pm
            **Tickets = Excellent Valentine's Day Present!**

The Bottle Rockets
Bigfoot Yancey is an Indianapolis-based band that has developed a sound that draws upon inspiration from various genres but always rooted in Americana and the blue collar sound that has defined many parts of this country for decades. In an era where more and more musicians are relying upon technology, Bigfoot Yancey strives to keep their music as raw and stripped down as possible. This allows the listener to fully engage with the music in a very real sense. Their live performances echo this raw, down home feel with energetic and lively performances that acclimate themselves very easily in a wide variety of settings. The band has developed a solid following in the Indianapolis area by identifying themselves as the blue collar boys next door that just so happen to play a mean guitar, banjo, harmonica, and even a saw. (read more)
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