Kathie Farnell is the recipient of a Gabriel Award and Gold and Bronze Worldmedals from the New York Festivals for her work as co-producer and project director on “Remembering Slavery”, the landmark 1998 public radio series which used rare archival recordings to tell stories about the daily lives of slaves in their own voices.
Her radio projects include “Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues,” a series with Murray Street Productions and Pacific Vista Productions heard on NPR’s Morning Edition; “W.C. Handy’s Blues,” produced with Murray Street Productions and distributed by PRI for Black History Month 2007, and “Swingtime,” distributed by PRI for Black History Month 2008.
Heavenly Sight: Black Gospel's Blind Singers
A one-hour public radio music documentary from Artemis Media Project, Murray Street Productions, Flyleaf Creative and Medium Rare, Heavenly Sight uses narrative, music, interviews and scholarly commentary to tell the story of blind African American gospel singers who strongly influenced the course of American music from sacred to rock and beyond. The companion website—designed for easy access by visually-impaired users—will enable visitors to put the story in perspective.
During the great Depression, black students fighting to keep their school doors open gave America some of its most beloved music, including Tuxedo Junction.
W.C. Handy’s Blues
The Father of the Blues wrote one of the most enduring melodies of the
twentieth century in St. Louis Blues. And it all started when he found
himself broke and sleeping on the banks of the Mississippi.
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