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'Galax' Is A Homecoming For The Wild Ponies

Oct 19, 2017

Galax is a town of about 7,000 people on the southern border of Virginia on the edge of the Appalachian mountains. For music lovers, its name conjures up one thing - the Old Fiddler’s Convention a premiere contest and roots music gathering that’s taken place in Galax since 1935. For married musicians Doug and Telisha Williams, who perform under the name The Wild Ponies, the Galax area is also their old home place. It’s where they grew up, dated as high school sweethearts and launched their music career.


The office of the Music Health Alliance in a Green Hills office building is bustling with activity on a typical weekday afternoon. The non-profit helps self-employed music professionals - about three fourths of the industry they say - negotiate the complexities of the health care system and take advantage of laws and programs that often go unnoticed or unexploited in times of health crises.

Rhiannon Giddens Eyes New Medium With MacArthur Fellowship

Oct 18, 2017



When Rhiannon Giddens won the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2016, it was a validation of the North Carolina musician’s contributions to old-time, string band and bluegrass music. But her MacArthur Fellowship, announced last week, propels Giddens into a creative and intellectual future that promises to shape society itself.


Murfreesboro, TN – Intellectually gifted students often feel unchallenged in the classroom. But gifted kids in Tennessee will soon have more help in assuring they reach their full potential. Shawn Jacobs reports.

Nashville, TN – A new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame highlights R and B artists from 1945-1970.

Murfreesboro, TN – Since 1969, WMOT has filled the airwaves of Middle Tennessee -- even before there was a department of Mass Communications. From the upper floors of the Dramatic Arts building to the Learning Resources Center, the station has seen many changes in operating styles, campus administrations, and the ever-changing names on the student employee rosters.

Nashville, Tenn. – The Nashville-based singer/saxophonist will appear in the prestigious Second Annual Jazz Vocal Competition at Montreux Festival in Switzerland.

Nashville, Tenn. – "Teen Angel" takes the stage once again at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, July 9-11.

Murfreesboro, TN – Some MTSU students are earning credit hours this summer by watching situation comedy reruns.

Murfreesboro, TN – Singer/songwriter Julia Rich, who has just released a new single, updates listeners on her career and talks about the upcoming jazz festival.

Murfreesboro, TN – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris talks about working with the greats and his new CD "Evolution."

Murfreesboro, TN – New York pianist Bill Charlap's new CD rethinks the Broadway tunes of classical composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein. Charlap's piano lines move easily the bounce of "Cool," the Cuban cadences of "America," and the brush-stroked "Glitter to Be Gay." His solo on "Somewhere" links Bernstein's intersection of the classics, American popular song, and jazz.

Murfreesboro, TN – This amazing local songstress is performing a string of local dates, plans to release a new album soon, and recently changed her address.


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued a dire warning about a deadly new threat to illicit drug users.

The TBI says that first the first time the agency’s labs in Nashville and Knoxville have discovered fentanyl in cocaine samples seized by local police.

Fentanyl is a man-made depressant created in clandestine labs in China and Central America. The synthetic drug is cheap, so dealers add it to cocaine or heroin to increase their profits.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  The Nashville Ballet is getting into the Halloween spirit.

The company has scheduled three TPAC performances of a ballet that explores the infamous Lizzie Borden double murders, along with a second piece built around Edgar Allan Poe’s classic “The Raven.”

Artistic Director Paul Vasterling created the Lizzie Borden piece. Borden was tried for, but never convicted of the brutal double ax murder of her father and step mother in the late 1800s.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  It’s been something of a roller-coaster ride for Tennessee’s school children, parents, teachers and administrators in recent weeks, with a string of media reports on education successes and failures.

On the plus side, the State Department of Education recently revealed that the number of Tennessee children graduating from high school had reached an all-time high.

State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was also happy to report another milestone for the state’s combined ACT scores.

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