Deirdre Saravia

Cultural Content Producer

Deirdre as born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and her first paid work was at the age of 10 with the BBC as an actress on "Children's Hour." She continued to perform regularly on radio and stage for the next eight years, at which point she was informed by her parents that theater was not an option and she needed "real" work.

So Deirdre left the flashy life of entertainment and trained as a registered nurse in Ireland, continuing to London. Her nursing experiences allowed her to travel and work abroad in Europe and Africa, and while working in London for British Petroleum, she met her husband, Dr. Jorge Saravia. They moved to Mexico City where she managed his private practice while learning Spanish.

During her time in Mexico City, she worked as an extra on the movie "Lucky Lady," starring Gene Hackman, Liza Minelli and Burt Reynolds. You can see her fox-trotting in a night club scene, but you have to watch very closely.

After the Saravia family moved to San Antonio, Deirdre volunteered at KRTU 91.7 FM and hosted a World Music program while continuing to work in nursing at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital and University hospital.

Deirdre joined TPR serendipitously, when one evening Thistle and Shamrock failed to air on KSTX. Having just produced an Irish music show for KRTU, she quickly gathered her gear and substituted for Fiona Richie.

Deirdre produces World Music with Deirdre Saravia, which airs Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. on KSTX.

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Each week on World Music, we not only hear great sounds from around the world, but I share a little news about the many interesting festivals that are taking place this week as well. This week, we'll learn about how folks prepare for the holidays by ridding their towns of evil. 


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Polo, the game much loved by the British Royals, has a murky history. No one is quite sure where it originated, but modern polo was formalized by the British in India. Normally played on polo ponies (although they are actually horses), the game involves men riding up and down a field, wielding a long handled stick called a mallet, hitting a small round ball. Fairly fast speeds can be attained, and injuries are not infrequent.

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Did you think Santa Claus only delivered presents? Well, in Switzerland on the last weekend of November, would be Santa Clauses endure two grueling days of competition to find out who’s absolutely, positively the best Santa in the world. Now in its twelfth year, the Cla Wau event attracts participants from around the globe. The only requirement to enter is a Santa outfit, three co-conspirators, and an adventurous attitude.

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Once a year, and only in Thailand, the four legged and agile inhabitants of Lopburi, the Macaques monkeys, are treated as honored guests at the Monkey Buffet Festival. Normally, the locals regard these simian creatures with disdain because of their atrocious behavior. Monkey hordes hang out on roof tops and telegraph wires, and their hygiene leaves much to be desired. Passer bys are often the recipients of undesired droppings.

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The latest release by Pink Martini--and true to Martini form--is called ‘Get Happy.’ But in this case, the title does not say it all, as many of the songs are full of pathos and as in the Charlie Chaplin classic, ‘Smile,’ with singer Phyllis Diller, which is almost heartbreaking to listen to, as Ms. Diller died some months after recording the song, at age 95.