Betsy Blaney

Producer, KTTZ-FM

Betsy Blaney is a radio producer at Texas Tech Public Media, following a 25-year career in print journalism. Most recently, she was the West Texas solo correspondent for The Associated Press, based in Lubbock for more than 16 years and covering 65 counties in the region.

She interviewed, researched and wrote on myriad topics, including agriculture and water/drought issues, and newsworthy happenings at Texas Tech University. She was also responsible for coverage of the university's football and basketball programs.

Before being transferred to Lubbock, Betsy worked briefly in the AP's office in Dallas. Prior to that, she was a police and courts reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She started her journalism career in 1991 at The Lewisville News, just north of Dallas, following a 20-year career as a teaching and playing tennis professional. She was a line judge in 1973 in the Houston Astrodome where Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes."

March is Women’s History month, making the timing of the upcoming one-woman play about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister apt and timely. ‘The Other Mozart’ chronicles the life of Nannerl Mozart, a virtuoso keyboard player who never got the opportunity to leave her mark on music history.

The 7 p.m. March 23 production is part of Texas Tech’s Presidential Lecture and Performance Series.

“She has a beautiful voice, she has beautiful manner. It’s just mesmerizing,” Jo Moore, director of the series, says.

Public Domain

Many West Texans likely believe that sex trafficking is a big-city problem. Nothing is further from reality. That truth has prompted several Lubbock-area organizations to join forces to fight it. A summit with stakeholders, including survivors of sex trafficking, doctors, experts and law enforcement, will be held Monday through Wednesday next week at First Baptist Church.

Lasiurus borealis trasmitter and antenna.
Brock Fenton

There are more than 1,300 bat species. Some migrate. But for years researchers haven’t had much information about their migration patterns. Now, because of hundreds of telemetry towers and transmitters glued onto bats’ backs, a Texas Tech bat researcher is getting data about where the bats go. That could help Liam McGuire discover why hundreds of thousands of the flying mammals across North America die each year because of wind turbines.

Photo courtesy of Chris Witmore.

There’s ample history written about the Atlantic Wall, a 2,000-mile coastal defense Adolf Hitler ordered built in 1942. He believed a major allied attack could happen anywhere and wanted to be prepared.

But Texas Tech archaeologist Chris Witmore and his colleagues from Iceland and Norway wanted to tell stories beyond history’s outline of the outpost. The team spent time during the past seven summers at Svaerholt, one of the wall’s northern most outposts at the tip of Norway.

Chris Taylor

The seven students in the Land Arts of the American West class began thinking about the course’s finale from the first day of their two-month outdoor classroom. And some say the experience will continue to imbue their work in the future.

“I know there are things that will seep in later as I’m just sitting in my studio and working and ideas flowing in,” artist, Kellie Flint, says. “I’ll be like, that’s Land Arts.”