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“The Songwriters” rolls out nationwide in January

“The Songwriters,” a weekly TV show featuring conversations with songwriters from the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, will begin a national roll out in January 2018 on PBS.

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Seigenthaler Chair launches First Amendment Encyclopedia

The College’s John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies launched a new online, searchable encyclopedia about the First Amendment on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

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Vietnam War coverage topic of Seigenthaler discussion

On Sept. 8, an hour-long screening of The Vietnam War, a documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, preceded a panel discussion and Q&A on the impact of journalism and war coverage during the Vietnam War.

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Popular Music preserves Marvin Hedrick bluegrass and country collection

The Center for Popular Music recently completed the Marvin Hedrick Collection project as well as launched its dedicated website.

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College cosponsors England conference on Prince’s work

Professors from MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment and its dean were among the featured speakers at a conference of the late singer Prince’s life and legacy held at the University of Salford in England.

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WMOT “Wired In” crew made up of students and alums

The WMOT Wired In Series kicked off Feb. 28 live from the new venue Aurora Nashville.

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Recording Industry fair packs the house with employers

The Department of Recording Industry held the annual Career and Internship Fair earlier than usual this year in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building – and the March 2 date drew a recording breaking number of companies to campus.  

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“The Songwriters” premieres, thanks to MTSU know-how

The College of Media and Entertainment is pulling all hands into a new project with Nashville Public Television and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

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Americana artists welcome the transition of WMOT-FM to an Americana format by performing “Sittin’ On Top of the World." The vocalists are, from left to right, Will Hoge, Jim Lauderdale, Suzy Bogguss and Mike Farris. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

WMOT-FM embraces new Americana music format

WMOT-FM, Middle Tennessee State University’s public radio station, is dramatically expanding its reach and range of music to launch a new format dedicated to Americana music and a new home on the dial for its current jazz format.

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Media and Entertainment students are True “Roo”

For Robert Gordon, his role in coaching students working at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, in June was all about capturing the essence of “the Roo.”

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The Change the Conversation group recently launched its mentoring sessions for young artists at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Pictured left to right are Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU's Department of Recording Industry and co-founder of Change the Conversation; Leslie Fram, CMT senior vice president and Change the Conversation co-founder; country music legend and special guest Reba McEntire; and Tracy Gershon, Rounder Records Group's vice president of A&R and Change the Conversation co-founder. (Photo courtesy of Justin McIntosh)

Change the Conversation focuses on gender inequality

Beverly Keel wants to change the conversation about women in country music, and her recent public sit-down with country music powerhouse Reba McEntire is evidence that she is helping to do just that.

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This rare 45 rpm single by “The Weedpatch Boys,” released in 1963, is part of a large “historically and culturally significant” bluegrass audio collection recently donated to MTSU’s Center for Popular Music by the family of Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick. Hedrick was a member of the band, as were his two sons. The center received a $19,537 grant from the Grammy Foundation April 6 to preserve and digitize the collection.

Center for Popular Music nabs another Grammy grant

MTSU’s Center for Popular Music is the recipient of another national grant from the Grammy Foundation, this time to digitize an extensive, “historically and culturally significant” live bluegrass audio collection from Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick. 

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