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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
Shinyribs sings “Stay Home”
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Austin’s Shinyribs has released a timely, topical and terrific tune called, “Stay Home” (see below!)   As Shinyribs frontman Kevin Russell says, “In situations like this, panic naturally ensues when daily routines are unprecedentedly interrupted. This is a lighthearted message but an important one. You don’t need more toilet paper. You don’t need to hoard supplies and food. You just need to stay put. This time is tough on all of us, but with everyone’s cooperation, we can slow the...

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Thursday, 26 March 2020
VELA: Illuminating Ability for Children with Special Needs
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One in every five families in America has a child with special needs, and the parents of those children often feel alone and overwhelmed in trying to navigate through the system of doctors, therapies and special education. VELA, a local bilingual non-profit, works to empower those parents and provide a community for those families. This week on the Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with VELA founder and Executive Director Maria Hernandez and Miranda Dodson, a musician and mother...

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019
Putting ‘Community First!’ to ease Homelessness in Central Texas
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Homelessness has been such a hot-button issue around here this year. Everyone has an opinion, but few take action. Kevin Connor talks with someone who, for years, has actually been working quite effectively to help the homeless in Austin, Alan Graham. Alan runs Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Community First!, a growing master-planned community of formerly homeless people living and working east of Austin. Find out what Alan believes is the leading cause of homelessness and who he thinks should...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Soundwaves: Using Music to Create Visual Art to Do Good
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The East Austin Studio Tour is happening this weekend and next, with hundreds of talented artists sharing their work and their work spaces. Included in the tour is The Soundwaves Art Foundation, where artist Tim Wakefield takes soundwaves from songs and transforms them into visual art. Prints are then signed by the musicians and sold to benefit charitable organizations around the world. On this edition of The Sun Radio Regional Report Kevin Connor talks with Jeremy Klitzman of Soundwaves and...

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Friday, 15 November 2019
YMCA’s Camp Moody to Make Camp Life Available to Everyone
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The YMCA of Austin’s newest facility, Camp Moody, is an 85-acre property along the banks of Onion Creek, just 15 miles from Central Austin. The YMCA’s vision is to make it the most accessible camp for kids and families in central Texas. On this week’s Sun Radio Regional Report, Kevin Connor talks with Sean Doles, the Y’s Vice President of Mission Advancement, about the plans for Camp Moody as a multi-use facility, as well as the overall work of the...

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Monday, 04 November 2019
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