Jack Morgan

Arts and Culture Reporter

Jack Morgan has spent 35 years in electronic media doing both television and radio.

In his mid 20s he was known as Robbin Banks at two San Angelo FM stations but the bulk of his career has been spent at PBS stations -- from Austin's KLRU, Orlando's WMFE, Burlington's Vermont Public Television, and San Antonio's KLRN.

At KLRN he spent 5 years as director of production where he was responsible for three hour-long programs with the San Antonio Symphony. Jack was also responsible for KLRN's ARTS program during its startup, and co-produced Texas Week With Rick Casey.

Ways To Connect

Alexander Devora

Ballet San Antonio’s first Tobin Season officially closes this weekend, and they're closing with a notable production. I spoke with Philip Neal, who travels around the country to help ballet companies stage the works of George Balanchine.

 “The Ballet’s name is the Donizetti Variations. So it’s really fast and it’s got syncopated jazzy inflections in the rhythms.”

 I asked "So is ballet timing difficult for music that comes in and out?"

Siggi Ragnar

A play opens at the Tobin Center this week. and it’s got a funny premise. It’s called The Irish Curse and the play’s Director, Roberto Prestigiacamo explains it.

“It’s a comedy about a support group of men that deal with the question about whether or not size matters.”

 And yes, he’s talking about what you think he’s talking about.

 “By asking the question ‘does size matter?’ it attempts to answer a more fundamental question: ‘what makes a man?’"

 He says the playwright Martin Casella has pulled off a nice feat.

Jack Morgan

At this year’s South By Southwest Festival Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson was once again a big presence.   TPR’s Arts and Culture Reporter Jack Morgan talked to Benson at his South Austin studio.

As one of country music’s most performing bands, Benson’s Asleep at the Wheel is also one of the least likely of legendary Texas music stories. He’s Philadelphia raised, but after hearing Bob Wills’ Western Swing music as a teenager, Benson focused his musical efforts on keeping Swing alive. He moved to Oakland, California to play, and in so doing, met several players from Wills’ band.

Bryan Anthony Ramirez

I've been in Austin taking in South By Southwest (SXSW) and looking for San Antonio connections. One of those is Bright Like The Sun,  a 5-man San Antonio band. You can tell by their sound (Hit "Listen" above to hear them) they’re not a standard dance band. I spoke to two of the guitarists, Rob Mochen, and Chris Etheridge. Here’s Chris, then Rob.

"As opposed to verse/chorus, verse chorus, we try to proceed in movements. And generally we like the movements to get bigger and bigger and bigger."

On Saturday night, musicians and friends of the late Doug Sahm will gather to honor his music and his life, showcased in Joe Nick Patoski’s documentary about the San Antonio-born music icon. TPR’s Jack Morgan spoke to the director about his story of Sahm.

It wasn’t just any 11-year-old who could get on stage with Hank Williams Sr. and that, at what was once one of Austin’s best-known music venues and home to the stars — the Skyline Club. But in December 1952, at the age of 11 and a month or more so, “Little” Doug Sahm did.

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