Campus News 2008

For Immediate Release
April 3, 2008

Texas Heritage Music Foundation honored with Peabody       

20th Annual Texas Heritage Music Foundation logoTexas Heritage Music Foundation, based at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, has received a George Foster Peabody Award for “Whole Lotta Shakin,” a Public Radio International series that documents the 1950s glory days of rockabilly music. The foundation is the brainchild of executive director Kathleen Hudson, professor of English at Schreiner and author of “Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs.”  

The prestigious Peabody award is administered by Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia.  Peabodys, which may vary in number from year to year, are chosen by a board of 16 critics, arts and culture experts, and executives from broadcast and cable television. The awards were established in 1940 and are the oldest award honoring electronic media—now including the Internet.

THMF is a nonprofit founded in 1987 by Dr. Hudson and moved to a permanent home on the Schreiner campus in 2004. It sponsors several annual events, including Texas Living History Weekend and Texas Music Coffeehouse on the Schreiner campus.  For more information about the foundation, visit www.texasheritagemusic.org.       

Rockabilly logo“Whole Lotta Shakin” was produced by Lex Gillespie, an independent radio and TV producer, whose rhythm and blues documentary, “Let the Good Times Roll,” won a 2005 Peabody. The 10-episode “Shakin” program includes music from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Wanda Jackson, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and, of course, Jerry Lee Lewis. One episode focuses on Texas music of the time “Shake This Shack: Cat Music from the Lone Star State.”  For more information about this series, visit the Web at www.rockabillyradio.org.


For a full list of winners of the 2007 Peabody Awards, go to www.peabody.uga.edu.

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