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KRTU Celebrates a Milestone in Programming
Carver Community Cultural Center and KLRN-PBS

KRTU is thrilled to share the success of the inaugural taping of the South Texas Jazz Project (STJP), which celebrates its 15th year on air, held in collaboration with the Carver Community Cultural Center and KLRN-PBS. The support of our members and listeners played a vital role in making this event possible, and we extend our gratitude for their continued advocacy of KRTU.

Featuring the exceptional South Texas musician and educator Dr. Adrian Ruiz and his quintet, the concert marked a milestone for the STJP program, as it is the first to soon be televised. KRTU Station Manager Monica Reina worked with Director of Development Julie Ledet and members of the collaborative organizations to secure a welcoming visitor experience for all who attended. General Manager JJ Lopez oversaw the production of the event and secured the collaboration with The Carver Community Cultural Center and KLRN-PBS, which was essential in realizing our vision of having STJP televised on public television. Traffic and Production Coordinator Michael Thomas captured an audio recording of the event, preserving this historical evening. Music Director Kory Cook was the host and emcee, guiding the audience through an unforgettable performance and interview with Dr. Adrian Ruiz.

The event also set the stage for future collaborations with the Carver and KLRN-PBS. We are deeply grateful for our community's belief in our vision and commitment to fostering a vibrant jazz scene in South Texas. Thank you!

KRTU will host an open-to-the-public televised screening during Jazz Appreciation Month on April 30th.

This production is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts. Director of Development Julie Ledet worked with the following donors to secure funding in support of the musicians.

Jazz Legend Sponsors
Pamela Ray DDS, Oak Hills Periodontics

Jazz Advocate Sponsors
Vic & Kathy Cook
Dr. Bradley Kayser & Dr. Gemma Kennedy
Patricia Pratchett

Jazz Fan Sponsors
James Halloran and Dr. Luis Xavier Rangel-Ortiz
Sarah E. Harte
Joan Kearl

KRTU would also like to thank The Carver Community Cultural and KLRN-PBS for the support of our programming and being great partners with which to collaborate. 

KRTU is a leader in commercial-free, listener-supported radio specializing in diverse music programming that is locally-curated and showcases regional musicians, with a focus on community outreach and education.

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