The Front Row

Weekdays at 9:00am

This fall, Texas Tech Public Radio debuted a locally produced program called The Front Row.  This program is devoted to arts coverage here on the South Plains.  Given the sheer number of arts offerings now available to the public, a program dedicated to in-depth coverage and promotion of these events is absolutely needed.  Lubbock, and the surrounding area, is home to an increasing number of art organizations.  These groups offer music (of all kinds), theater, literature, visual arts, film, you name it.  Many of our schools have well developed Fine Arts programs.  The quantity and quality of the arts in Lubbock has certainly reached a milestone.  The construction of the Buddy Holly Center for the Performing Arts demonstrates both level of art and culture in our community and the need for a world-class facility.  With all the events taking place, a radio show taking the time to unpack these programs will help public awareness, promotion, and evoke community pride in our cultural life.  Texas Tech Public Radio is certainly the entity to provide this coverage.  The audience that attends events like these is the audience that listens to Public Radio.  Further, the radio staff has the expertise to do a deep dive into these public events and the organizations that produce them.  Once the semester starts, The Front Row will air every weekday morning at 9am on FM89.1.  Be sure to listen!

Dr. Philip Gorski
Yale School of Management YouTube

The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization sponsored another visitor for its lecture series, Dr. Philip Gorski. He joins the Front Row, along with Stephen Balch, who is the director of the institute.

Dr. Balch, tell us about the talk that happened last night.

Props surround the studio as Ballet Lubbock prepares for their production of "Nutcracker."
Kaysie Ellingson

Ballet Lubbock is preparing for their annual production of The Nutcracker. The Front Row visited with Nicholas Dragga, executive director of Ballet Lubbock, and Yvonne Racz Key, artistic director, to talk about the show.

How is it that this production has become so ingrained into the fabric of our community?

The annual Carol of Lights and Carol Concert are taking place this Friday on the Texas Tech campus. To talk about the event, two of the directors, Dr. Carolyn Cruse and Jonathon Barranco, of the ensemble visited with The Front Row.

Dr. Carolyn Cruse, Tell us about the concert and what viewers can expect.

This is a very exciting Christmas tradition, for Texas Tech and the entire Lubbock community. The Carol of Lights is at memorial circle in the center, in the heart, of the university and takes place starting at 7p.m. this Friday night.

Flatlands Dance Company rehearses for their upcoming performance.
Kaysie Ellingson

Ali Duffy, Creator, found and artistic director, from Flatlands Dance Theatre, joins the Front Row to talk about their upcoming performance, “Origin Stories: An Exploration of Ancestry Through Dance.”

What is the Flatlands Dance Theatre.

Angela Mariani
Kaysie Ellingson

Angela Mariani joins this episode of the Front Row to talk about the upcoming Early Music Ensemble concert.

How do you do all of what you do?

That’s a very good question. I’m very fortunate in terms of the radio show, we have a whole team that works on the radio show. Not only do we have people who help us out right here, at KTTZ, but we also have a team at WFIU in Bloomington, Indiana, which is where the program originates from. So yes, I have helpers.

Tell us about what you do at the school of music.