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Destination Freedom: Arctic Autograph
Destination Freedom of 2009 will mark the 100th anniversary of the trip to the North Pole with the radio drama Arctic Autograph The Story of Matthew Henson. Tune in for this special live broadcast on Monday, April 20, at 8:00 PM.
A native of Charles County, Maryland, Henson accompanied Peary on eight Arctic journeys between 1891 and 1909. His skill in interpreting the language of the North Greenland Eskimos, in building boats and repairing sledges and in driving dog teams was essential to the ultimate success of the admiral, who wrote, I can't get along without him. Yet Henson was for the most part ignored, even by Peary, after that historic expedition. The play will feature donnie l. betts as Henson, Kurt Sonderstrom (Shadow Theatre) as Peary, plus Lea Chapman (Ragtime), Damion Hoover (Top Dog Under Dog) and Laurel Harris

Richard Durham
Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days

An exploration into the magic of radio from a different era with a sharp focus on famous African-Americans. Producer donniel l. betts obtained permission from Richard Durham's widow, Clarice, to air the radio series on KGNU 88.5 FM. Originally, Durham aired these programs on WMAQ radio in Chicago in the late 1940's and early 1950's. African-Americans, among others would eagerly listen to these weekly broadcasts which focused on the heroes and sheroes of African-American fact and folklore. His works included stores about Louis Armstrong, Stackalee, Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells.

Destination Freedom: Black Radio Days is a powerful series creating awareness of the role Blacks played in creating social changes. The series is a 2 time winner of the "Scribes In Excellence Award" presented by the Colorado Association of Black Journalist judged by a national panel.
KGNU Main Studios in Boulder, Mon at 08:00 PM


Created:04/17/09, Modified:04/20/09, expires:04/20/09, priority:2