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The "Tulsa Sound" Is Alive and Well on the Popular Local Label Known as Horton Records

Aired on Tuesday, November 8th.

On this installment of ST, we learn about the Tulsa-based, volunteer-run, non-profit Horton Records, which began about five years ago, and which aims to -- as noted on its website -- "provide support and tools for band management, promotion, booking, merchandising, and distribution in order to help local and regional musicians fulfill their artistic goals and further promote local and regional music on a broader scale. Artists that we work with are actively involved in a variety of programs and workshops that stimulate, inform, and engage future generations and other demographics in the rich musical heritage of our region." Our guest is Brian Horton, the president of this important and quite active endeavor, who tells us about some of the standout artists on his label -- including Dustin Pittsley, Paul Benjamin, Wink Burcham, and Jesse Aycock -- while also previewing a special fundraiser, The 3rd Annual Rock-n-Folk-n-Chili Cook-Off, which Horton Records will present at the Cain's Ballroom on Saturday the 12th.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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