Campus News 2008

For Immediate Release
June 5, 2008

THMF Peabody Award-winning series to be on KTXI       

Texas Heritage Music Foundation logo KTXI (90.1 FM), the local Texas Public Radio, will feature “Whole Lotta Shakin,” a documentary series about the glory days of rockabilly music. The 10-part series was produced under the aegis of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, based at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, and recently received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show will air at 7 p.m., Saturdays, June 7-August 9.

THMF foundation is the brainchild of executive director Kathleen Hudson, professor of English at Schreiner and author of “Women in Texas Music: Stories and Songs.”  

Peabody Award and Dr. Kathleen HudsonThe 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 “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.tpr.org/programs/wholelottashakin.html  or www.rockabillyradio.org.

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