Tuscaloosa, AL – January 1st, 2003 was the 50th anniversary of the day legendary country music singer Hank Williams Senior died. Williams is still considered by many to be one of the greatest country music singers ever. Lance Kinney, host of Alabama Public Radio's Bama Bluegrass, reports on the life and music of Hank Williams Senior.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Shape Note singing has a long and honorable tradition in Alabama. The musical form dates from the 19th century and has taken divergent paths to its current incarnation today. Alabama Public Radio's Lance Kinney brings us some of Shape Note singing's history in the state.
Tuscaloosa, AL – The fiddle is inextricably linked to the cultural identity of Alabama. Alabama Public Radio's Lance Kinney, host of Alabama Public Radio's Bama Bluegrass, brings us some of the instrument's history in the state.
OUTRO: The preceding report, which originally aired in July 2003, was written by Kathie Farnell and produced by Alabama Public Radio's news department. The report was supported in part by funding from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
Tuscaloosa, AL – Vending machines at public school campuses are being targeted for their unhealthy snacks. The issue is gaining ground across the nation. Alabama Public Radio's Butler Cain recently spoke with Regan Jones, a registered dietician and a spokesperson for the Southeast Dairy Association. She says school systems are required to provide healthy meals, but she says they aren't setting a proper example when it comes to snack time.
Birmingham, AL – It's beginning to become routine, but gas prices have reached another all-time high in the state. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is one dollar-82 cents. That's an increase of 40-cents since the first of the year. It's 43-cents higher than a year ago. The national average for regular gas is one dollar-93 cents per gallon. The middle grade fuels are selling for an average of two-dollars-five cents a gallon, and premium gas costs about two-dollars-12 cents.