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Must Hear Radio: August WRR Highlights By Kurt Rongey Operations Manager

Not one for “warming up” his orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has been starting Fort Worth Symphony seasons with a challenge. This year, in the space of four nights, the orchestra will exhibit all of its refinement and expertise in key works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This remarkable practice was begun five years ago when the orchestra presented a Beethoven festival. WRR has broadcast concerts from the succeeding composer festivals live, and we’ll do the same with the first night of this Mozart Celebration.

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August 24 at 8 p.m., the colorful Overture to the Abduction from the Seraglio, light-hearted Flute Concerto #1 and glittering Symphony #39 will be on the program. Whether you’re part of the packed Bass Hall or only able to listen on the radio, you’ll be captivated by the incomparable charm of Mozart. Summer Evenings with the Dallas Wind Symphony begins a new eight-week series of hour-long programs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. during August. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the very best of America’s Premier Windband as we get ready for their next season of blockbuster concerts in the Meyerson.

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Upcoming WRR Events

FWSO Live remote 2-4 p.m. at Southlake Town Center’s Barnes & Noble Join WRR at Fair Park at the unveiling of our historical marker and 85th birthday celebration inside the Discovery Garden at 10 a.m. Speaking of Art kickoff event at 7 p.m. at the Nasher Sculpture Center. WRR to begin Speaking of Art broadcast weekdays during Classic Cafe. WRR’s 12th Annual Picnic in the Park at the Dallas Arboretum beginning at 7 p.m.

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In this issue: Taste of the Nation, State of the Arts, Texas Heroes & How Texas has changed since WRR started

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Celebrating 85 Years of Radio Excellence

WRR CLASSICAL 101.1 FM Did you know that y o u r beloved WRR has b e e n around as long as the transistor radio? Actually we’ve been a Dallas staple since before the City of Dallas flag or Pegasus graced the city skyline. This month WRR marks its 85th year of broadcasting. Throughout this issue of Overture you’ll find these and other interesting tidbits occurring since WRR went on the air. It’s no wonder WRR 101.1 received a historical designation from the Texas Historical Commission. A Brief History WRR was federally licensed on August 5 1921. WRR was touted as the latest in firefighter com-

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munications by inventor Henry Garrett,a Police and Fire Signal Superintendent for the City of Dallas who began tinkering with radio in his off-duty hours. Garrett envisioned radio as the modern way for firefighters in the field to communicate. When firemen had no blazing fires to battle, however, they blazed the broadcast trail by playing music or telling jokes.. By 1926 listeners were tuning in on a regular basis and WRR revenues had already become completely ad supported and excess funds helped build the City of Dallas Police & Fire Communication system. In 1936 WRR moved its studio to Fair Park where we still reside today.

WRR has always stayed on the forefront of technology, begining to broadcast on the FM dial in 1948 and digital HD radio just this year. Since the 1960’s WRR 101.1FM hasn’t changed much preferring the vast musical library classical programming has to offer to regular radio “fads” that tend to come and go. The station debuted on the FM spectrum in 1948 and continued to broadcast at “Lucky 13” 1310 AM with notable programs like Kat’s

WRR Labor Day Picnic/Concert Sept. 4

WRR listeners…Dallas Wind Symphony fans…mark your calendar. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 4. And, the best place to be this Labor Day is the Dallas Arboretum. That's when WRR Classical 101.1 FM presents the 12th annual Picnic in the Park featuring a free Dallas Wind Symphony concert. The concert at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn begins at 7 p.m. Raul Enriquez, WRR evening announcer, will emcee, and WRR announcer and music coordinator Kevin Sutton is slated to sing the national anthem. Picnic baskets, coolers and blankets are welcome.

Karavan from 1953-67 with Jim Lowe and Bill Carroll which many feel important in the cultivation of the Rhythm and Blues music Dallas is famous for. The legendary John Peel of BBC radio’s Peel Sessions, Radio 1 and Top of the Pops; got his start at WRR. Peel tells Radio B92 in Belgrade “I had some records which were only available in Europe - some in this country, some in the Netherlands - and I took them to the radio station and

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Discover the stories behind the sculptures in this new radio series airing on 101.1 FM beginning Monday, August 28 at 12:45 p.m.. Led by Dr. Ted Pillsbury of Heritage Auction 1965 - NorthPark Center opens. G a l l e r i e s , Speaking of Art will reveal Raymond Nasher’s WRR 101.1 FM’s Classic Café fascinating journey in creating around 12:45 p.m. on weekone of the world’s foremost col- days. The entire interviews will lections of modern and contem- be available after broadcast at porary sculpture and his vision the Heritage Auction web site at for the Nasher Sculpture www.HA.com. WRR listeners are invitCenter. From his initial apprecia- ed to attend a Speaking of Art tion of and love for art to the kickoff event on Wednesday, August 23 at individual with Art Speaking of 7 pm at the stories of N a s h e r discovery Raymond Nasher Sculpture behind each modern masterpiece, these Center. Enjoy a live interview candid, thought-provoking inter- with Raymond Nasher on the views will take you along the finer points of collecting with a road of discovery and into the reception to follow. Seating is limited. Please call 214-242heart of a collector. Excerpts from the inter- 5154 to RSVP to the event. views will be played during

Concessions also will be available. To celebrate the end of summer, WRR will be giving away two round trip Lufthansa Airlines tickets to Europe. Other promotional items will also be available at WRR’s booth. Be sure and visit all of the sponsors’

booths. WRR would like to thank its sponsors including Sleep Experts, City Credit Union, Meadows Museum at SMU, Holze Music Stores, Saturn of Mesquite, and Lufthansa German Airlines, for their support of this annual family event. Admission to the Arboretum will be free after 5:30 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum is at 8525 Garland Rd. (MAPSCO‚ 37-U) The grounds are wheelchair and stroller accessible and in-garden tram service is available.

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they asked me to go on the program and talk about these records.” “Thunderbird,” a staple in performances of Stevie Ray and J i m m y Va u g h a n and recorded by ZZ Top; was first recorded in the WRR studios by The Nightcaps! Instead of operating at taxpayer expense, WRR is funded solely by advertising revenue. A portion of its profits is donated to the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA Department) as a funding source for cultural arts groups.

Classical Music with Cutting-Edge Technology Today, WRR is the only commercial station in Texas that plays classical music 24 hours a day and is the oldest same-owner station in the U.S. With a tower in Cedar Hill, the 100,000 watt station’s listening area spans 100 square miles and broadcasts in all digital and HD. June 6, 1936 – The Texas Centennial Exposition opens at Dallas' Fair Park; it runs until Nov. 29.

Classical CD Reviews By Kevin Sutton Music Coordinator

Adolphe Adam (18031856) Giselle (Complete Ballet). The Vienna Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan. Decca Originals, 475 7507.

Adolphe Adam is best known to American music lovers as the composer of the beloved Christmas song O Holy Night. Although little of his other music is played today, this industrious contemporary of Bellini and Donizetti was every bit as prolific as his colleagues, composing some forty operas and fourteen ballets. Decca have revived a classic performance of Adam’s most famous ballet, Giselle, the convoluted story based on the German legend of the Wilis, young maidens who die before their wedding day, and come out of their graves at night to fulfill their passion for dancing, cut short by their untimely demise. Should any hapless young man come upon them in their dance, he is lured into their trap and forced to dance with them until he dies.

This is tuneful innocuous music, full of pretty melodies and sprightly rhythms. For those of you who enjoy lighthearted diversions and real spirit lifting music, this is for you. The performance is flawless. It is rewarding to hear so serious a master as Karajan indulge in a little lighthearted fancy. The Denver Brass Play the music of John Williams. Klavier K 77038.

In spite of the fact that you can find other composer’s work all over John Williams’ film scores, they are nonetheless always entertaining and exciting, and in the grand tradition started by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner and Dmitry Tiomkin amongst others. The Denver Brass give us a new twist on some Williams favorites in this delightful disc of arrangements for brass and percussion. There isn’t much shocking or new here, but for brass aficionados, this disc will be a nice addition to your collection. I particularly enjoyed the solemnly beautiful theme from JFK, and the lovely Hymn to New England.

WRR General Manager: Greg Davis Managing Editor: Victoria Eiker Editor: Paul Adams ‘Overture’ is the official monthly publication of WRR Classical 101.1 FM

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A decade ago, the State of the Arts specialty license plate was introduced State of the in Texas. proArts license with ceeds benplate turns 10! efiting the

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA). Among the first Texans to display the plates were then Gov. George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. Since 1996, the State of the Arts plates have generated more than $6 million in revenue with almost $4 million directly benefiting non-profit organizations in local communities across Texas. With 138 specialty plates

WRR Program Schedule DAYPART A.M.

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MUSIC ALL NIGHT with Peter Van de Graaff

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MORNING MUSICALE with Karen Moyer

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TRINITY UNITED METHODIST

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

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WILSHIRE BAPTIST CHURCH

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UNIVERSITY PARK METHODIST

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LOVERS LANE UNITED METHODIST

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PASTORAL REFLECTIONS

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ST. ANDREWS EPISCOPAL

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PRESTON HOLLOW PRESBYTERIAN

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THE MORNING SHOW with Christopher Hackett MORNING MUSICALE with Karen Moyer

FROM THE TOP with Christopher O’Riley

MORNING MUSICALE with Karen Moyer

MIDDAY MUSIC with Adriana Bate

AFTERNOON CONCERT Karen Moyer

CLASSICAL CAFE with Adriana Bate

12:30 COMMAND PERFORMANCE with Karen Moyer

METROPOLITAN OPERA (various times)

MIDDAY MUSIC with Adriana Bate

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ART MATTERS with Quin Mathews THE AFTERNOON CONCERT with Kevin Sutton

4:30 THE GOING HOME SHOW with Kurt Rongey

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THE AFTERNOON CONCERT with Kevin Sutton

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THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

7:00 EXPLORING MUSIC with Bill McGlaughlin

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THE EVENING CONCERT with Kevin Sutton DFW ORCHESTRAS

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SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

THE CLIBURN WINNERS

THEME AND VARIATIONS

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PIPEDREAMS with Michael Barone

THE EVENING CONCERT with Raul Enriquez

THE EVENING CONCERT with Raul Enriquez

EVENING CONCERT

THE MAIN EVENT with Kevin Sutton

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC

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THE EVENING CONCERT with Raul Enriquez

THE EVENING CONCERT with Raul Enriquez

THE EVENING CONCERT with Raul Enriquez

A NIGHT ON THE TOWN George Harter

ROMANTIC HOURS with Mona Golabek

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1:00 MUSIC ALL NIGHT with Peter Van de Graaff

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WRR Classical 101.1 FM invites you to Taste of the Nation on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Park Place Motorcars at 6113 Lemmon Ave. Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is the nation’s largest and finest culinary benefit supporting the efforts to end childhood hunger in America. Each year, thousands of chefs and restaurants donate their time, talent and product at more than 50 events throughout the United States and Canada. Thanks to generous corporate sponsorship, 100 percent of the funds raised directly benefit the fight to end childhood hunger. Since 1987, Taste of the Nation events have raised more than $61 million and raised more than $2 million in Dallas since the first event in 1988. This year’s Dallas event is from 7-10 p.m. at Park Place Motorcars, and will include tastings from more than 30 of Dallas’ most exclusive restaurants and the world’s best wines and spirits. Ticket prices are $125 (includes a VIP reception from 6-7 p.m.) and $85 for general admission. Order online at www.tasteofthenation.org or by calling 1-877-26TASTE. July 20, 1969 – Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong transmits the first words from the surface of the moon: "Houston, the Eagle has landed."

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1953-Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first Texas-born President of the United States.

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Sept. 12, 1958 – The integrated circuit, developed by Jack Kilby at Texas Instruments, Dallas, is successfully tested, ushering in the semiconductor and electronics age.

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for Texans to choose from, the State of the Arts license plate has, since 1998, been the best-selling one. The plate costs $30 in addition to the regular license plate registration fee. To order, visit www.arts.state.tx.us and download the application form. The plates also may be ordered through the County Tax Assessor-Collector offices across the state.

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Be sure to listen to WRR ThursdayMonday at 4:30 p.m. starting Aug. 3Labor Day for “Visiting with Texas Heroes” brought to you by the Dallas Historical Society. The broadcast will coincide with the Dallas Historical Society’s exhibit, Texas Heroes: Courage, Honor and Juanita Craft, civil Dignity, open through Sept. 6 at the rights leader Hall of State in Fair Park. The exhibit examines the way we think about heroes – what qualities set them apart, and how the definition of a hero reflects the life and culture of an era – by exploring the lives of Texas heroes from the Republic of Texas to the present day. Visitors will learn the stories of the Texas heroes representing each era of the state’s history. A special feature of the exhibit is a series of audio recordings of famous Texans and people on the street, who speak about who their heroes are, and why. The Texas heroes featured in the exhibit were selected through a statewide poll of museum curators and staff, historians and key leaders, and reflect the rich diversity and culture of Texas. Such luminaries include Juanita Craft, civil rights leader; Audie Murphy, Medal of Honor winner and Quanah Parker, American Indian leader. 101.1 FM WRR • wrr101.com

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