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91.3 KVLU Public Radio announces new programs

Lamar University public radio 91.3 KVLU will implement major program changes to weekday evenings beginning Oct. 1.

“Jazz Tonight,” a new program hosted by Byron Balentine, station manager for operations, will air from 7 to 9 p.m. following the NPR news program “All Things Considered.”

“Jazz Tonight” will feature mainstream and classic jazz followed by an expansion of “World Café,” a Saturday staple of the KVLU line-up. From 9 to 10 p.m., host David Dye will explore contemporary singer songwriters and alternative music, with conversation from a variety of important musicians.

“We’re excited to return jazz to weekday evenings,” said Balentine. “Our listeners have been asking for this, in addition to airing more alternative music, so ‘World Café’ will be a great companion program to ‘Jazz Tonight.’”

There will be additional program changes on the weekends. “Friday Night Jazz,” hosted by Marilyn Arnold will be expanded from 9 to 11 p.m., and Sunday mornings will feature a rebroadcast of “Dugan on Classics” at 9 a.m.

A popular host of past KVLU programs will return to the air on Sunday nights when Elizabeth French presents “All That Jazz,” a new one-hour program beginning at 7 p.m. French, the former host of new-age and jazz programs on KVLU brings vast knowledge of both music genres.
“Elizabeth had a lot of fans and we know she’ll make new ones, so we are thrilled she agreed to return to KVLU,” Balentine said.

91.3 KVLU is affiliated with National Public Radio and American Public Media. It is in its 39th year of broadcasting to Southeast Texas and is licensed to Lamar University with studios on the main campus.