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Swan Songs Serenades the Healthcare Community
Community

Swan Songs fulfills musical wishes at the end of life by organizing private concerts for individuals with a terminal illness or nearing the end of life. At no cost to the family, a favorite style of music or regional musician is brought directly to the home or care facility. Committed to supporting live music in the community, Swan Songs compensates its musicians for each performance. This week on the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Swan Songs Founder...

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Friday, 15 October 2021
Back-to-School Update
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With our network of signals, Sun Radio covers a lot of school districts, the largest of which – at 75,000 students – is the Austin Independent School District. This week on the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with AISD’s Eduardo Villa about the first week of school with a mask mandate in place and about a new federally-funded program that enables all students to enjoy a free lunch. (Image courtesy of...

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Friday, 20 August 2021
Project Schoolhouse: Sustainable Solutions Bring Progress to Communities
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After being without clean, running water, if even for just a few days last month, we can all appreciate how vital access to clean water is to a community. Project Schoolhouse is an Austin-based non-profit that focuses on water and education issues in rural, hard to reach Nicaraguan communities. In this episode of the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Project Schoolhouse founder Thomas Barker and Executive Director Selina Serna about the work of their organization. (Photo courtesy...

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021
Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center: Home Starts Here
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Just a few blocks south of the new Sun Radio studios in South Austin is the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center, a place that serves as a bridge from the streets to a home for people in Travis County. This week on The Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Mark Hilbelink, Lead Pastor and Director at Sunrise, about the services they provide and the homelessness situation in general here in Central...

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Friday, 12 February 2021
Songs for the Soul: Musical support for everyday heroes
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Austin musician Emily Shirley recently sent us her song “Everyday Heroes,” which she said was a “Soul-a-Gram,” a direct message to healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was done through Songs for the Soul, an Austin-based non-profit that celebrates compassion for healthcare workers through song. Here, Kevin Connor talks with SFTS co-founder Dr. Carolyn S. Phillips, an RN and researcher and musician, about their work, bringing healthcare workers and musicians...

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Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Words & Music with The War & Treaty
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The Trotters – Michael Jr. and his wife Tanya – stopped by the new Sun Radio studio recently. It was on Veterans Day, which was appropriate as Michael’s experiences at war in Iraq and returning home with PTSD have informed many of the songs they perform as The War & Treaty. Listen to their conversation with Kevin Connor, including several songs from the new album, Hearts Town, and a beautiful in-studio performance of their song, “Five More Minutes.” (Photo by...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020
The Musician Treatment Foundation helps to heal
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The Musician Treatment Foundation helps to heal musicians suffering from the kind of repetitive stress injuries that make it harder, if not impossible, to practice their craft, including injuries to the shoulder, elbow and hand. Founded by Dr. O. Alton Barron in October of 2017, the non-profit MTF has already provided more than a million dollars worth of surgical and non-surgical care to area musicians. On the latest episode of the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Dr....

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Saturday, 25 July 2020
A look to early Austin at the Neill-Cochran House
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This week on the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Rowena Houghton Dasch, Executive Director at the Neill-Cochran House Museum in UT’s West Campus area. But the home predates the university by almost 30 years. It was out in the country when completed in 1856, constructed by skilled craftsmen who were also slaves. The topic of pre-Civil War race relations is addressed in the program, If These Walls Could Talk, which resumes when the museum reopens under appropriate safety...

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Monday, 01 June 2020
Stay Home: The Video!
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A few weeks ago, we started playing “Stay Home,” a timely and topical new tune by Austin’s own Shinyribs. Our afternoon host Mark Murray let his friend (and former KVUE colleague) Brent Annear know about the song. Brent is now with the Texas Medical Association and we introduced him to Kevin Russell of Shinyribs and now there’s a cool new video of “Stay Home.” Watch it, share it, and live it!...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Marcus Mumford Sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone”
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Marcus Mumford, of the band Mumford & Sons, has just posted a beautiful new performance of the classic song, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It’s just Marcus singing at home accompanied by Reuben James at his home on piano. The song has rapidly become the world-wide anthem to show support for and encouragement to medical staff, first responders, those impacted by, under restrictions or in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic. The song has an interesting history. It comes from a...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020
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