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."

Two exhibitions now at the Museum of Texas Tech highlight the beauty of the natural world, as well as some ugly reminders about wildlife’s possible future. The two exhibitions complement one another. But they also remind us that humans need to practice stewardship to help preserve wildlife worldwide and fragile grasslands in North America and Africa.

The Sowoon Arts and Heritage is ready to again provide Lubbock a taste of American and Korean arts and culture. The theme of the Sixth Annual International Arts and Culture Symposium on April 14 is “East and West, Music and Dance.”

Sowoon’s founder and president Kyungah Nam says the group’s mission is to create opportunities for all people, especially those in the Lubbock community, to experience diverse arts and cultural heritage. It brings scholars together to deepen the understanding of arts and culture.

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.