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"Sangamon Valley Roots Revival Radio Hour" debuts on WUIS

June 28, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – "The Sangamon Valley Roots Revival Radio Hour," a new locally produced music program, will premiere on Public Radio WUIS 91.9FM-WIPA 89.3FM in July.

Hosted by Sean Burns, the hour-long, Sunday-evening program will feature the roots of American music – from the blues, western swing, and hillbilly bop of the 1940s to the rockabilly of the 1950s and the Bakersfield twang of the 1960s – all of the musical styles that would converge and become mid-century rock and roll.     

The playlist will include classic cuts from the original artists as well as works by modern day performers in the genre. "Whether you love Hank Williams, Elvis, or the Old 97s, you’ll hear it all on the SVRR Radio Show," said Burns.

"WUIS has a legacy of creating great local music programs," explained General Manager Bill Wheelhouse. "This particular genre has a solid following in central Illinois and we thought we'd bring it to our listeners.  It also increases the station's localism, as Sunday night's programming will now include five hours of locally produced music programs."

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Burns is a Springfield-area native and a history teacher/tennis coach at Glenwood High School. In 2000, he and his wife, Jamie, decided they were tired of driving to see the alt-country bands they loved – so they started bringing them to Springfield. Now the Burns and their "group of simple folks with a simple mission" publish a regular newsletter, host a website, and enjoy a regular venue at the Underground Tavern at the Springfield Hilton. Sean Burns has also hosted music programs on community station WQNA.

"The Sangamon Valley Roots Revival Radio Hour" debuts on Sunday, July 2, at 5 p.m., leading into another local music program, "Bluegrass Breakdown," hosted by Mark Mathewson and Jennifer Ramm. Another popular show, "The Thistle and Shamrock" hosted by Fiona Ritchie, will move from Sunday to Saturday nights after "A Prairie Home Companion" at 7 p.m.

WUIS-WIPA is a listener-supported public radio service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. WUIS' mission is to satisfy a curious, societally engaged audience through programming and community outreach. For more information or for the complete program schedule, visit www.wuis.org.     

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.