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!

Philip Mann, Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Practice at Texas Tech School of Music.
Texas Tech University Website

On this episode of The Front Row, Texas Tech University Orchestra's conductor Philip Mann talks about their upcoming concert on Sunday. The performance will feature Gustav Holst's composition "The Planets", as well as the University's Women's Chorale.

Dr. Stephen Balch receiving National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush.
Public Domain

On today's episode of The Front Row, we talk with Director of the Institute of the study of Western Civilization, Dr. Stephen Balch.

Dorothy Chansky in the KTTZ-FM studio.
Kaysie Ellingson

On today’s Front Row, we visit with Dorothy Chansky, Director of the Humanities Center at Texas Tech University, as well as the lecturer scheduled to discuss “Food and the Military,” at this week’s Humanities lecture. Listen to the full interview at the top of the article.

Dean Noel Zahler

On this episode of the Front Row, Noel Zahler, Dean of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts, talks about his time working in Lubbock.

How has your time in Lubbock been so far?

It’s gone by in a flash. It’s been very busy and as you might imagine the college is growing both literally and in terms of its enrollment and the number of students who are interested in us. Also in the number of things that we do in the community and throughout all the disciplines that we serve.

What role did the windmill play in American history? Tonya Meadows, director of marketing at the American Wind Power Center, joins the Front Row to give us a tour and rundown of the center's history.

How did the American Wind Power Center begin?