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Celtic Connections began in 1991 as a local program hosted by Bryan Kelso Crow and produced in the studios of WSIU Radio in Carbondale, Illinois for broadcast across southern and east central Illinois and northwestern Kentucky. Since its inception, there has been an explosion of world-wide interest in and awareness of Celtic music, matched by a huge increase in the number of recordings. As the program matured, musician/host Crow took advantage of opportunities to interview Celtic musicians and to record entire concerts for later broadcast. In July, 1996, Celtic Connections became syndicated nationally.
Crow regularly receives e-mail from Celtic music fans around the country as the popularity of Celtic Connections has grown.In 1998, Celtic Connections was honored by the placement of four episodes into the permanent archives of the Ethnic Radio Collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. The programs, all produced in 1998, are "The 1798 Uprising in Song," "The Scotch-Irish People and Their Music," "Celtic Americans," and "New Releases." They are available for listening in the Library Reference room of the Museum at 25 West 52 Street, NYC. Celtic Connections features music derived from the Celtic culture
wherever it has been transplanted around the globe, from the Celtic
Isles to the New World and beyond. Host Bryan Kelso Crow’s academic
career and his passion for Celtic history give an unusual depth to Celtic Connections, as does his experience and connections as a Celtic musician performing as a member of The Dorians.
Celtic Connections is produced in
the studios of WSIU Radio, Carbondale, Illinois and is syndicated to
stations worldwide. The program is available to public and commercial
Underwriting packages start at $1,200.00 and include
several fifteen-second underwriting credits. Underwriting packages for
non-profit organizations start at $600.00. All scripts must meet FCC
requirements and are subject to approval of WSIU station management. All
arrangements can be made via fax, phone, or email. Contracts and
scripts must be finalized no later than 10 business days prior to the
first underwriting air date.
To introduce your business or Celtic event to millions of interested listeners, simply email Ellen Carlson, Assistant Director of Corporate Support, or you may call WSIU at
(618) 453-4344 for more information.
Celtic Connections host, Bryan Kelso Crow may be available to participate in your community event or speakers panel! If you are interested in submitting a
talent request, please email Bryan at email@example.com and include the
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