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WUIS to broadcast four-part documentary on Johnny Cash

October 31, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Public radio WUIS 91.9/WIPA 89.3 FM will air a four-part documentary on the late country music legend Johnny Cash at 7 p.m. November 7 through 10. "Cash, The Legend: A Four-Part Radio Special" is produced by Joyride Media and features biography, music, and commentary.

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The first episode, on Monday, November 7, is “Johnny Cash, How Great Thou Art.” Listeners will follow the complicated journey of Cash’s spiritual life, from pious beginnings to his betrayal of beliefs and return to the fold. Along the way, he wrote songs that reflect his struggles with faith and human nature.

The episode on Tuesday, November 8, is “Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire.” This look at Cash’s turbulent career –  from his start on the farm through international stardom – also focuses on his drug problems, religious reawakening, and later return to the spotlight.

Wednesday, November 9, presents “Johnny Cash, The Man in Black.” Cash was aware of the state of the world and cared deeply. He shared his own opinions without hesitation or compromise, and his influence helped open the way for other artists to express their feelings and views without fear.

The series concludes Thursday, November 10, with “Johnny Cash, The World Needs a Melody.” Cash was one of the first country stars to write most of his own material. This program examines his craft, how he shaped his stories, told tales of people and places around him, and influenced the work of future generations of songwriters.

WUIS/WIPA is listener-supported public radio celebrating its 30th year of broadcasting from the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS’ mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach.  For WUIS’ complete program schedule, events, and other information, go to www.wuis.org.

 

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