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New Year’s Eve on the border

December 14, 2010

If you live in the Rio Grande Valley, please be sure to spend New Year’s Eve with us. KMBH 88.9 FM in Harlingen, Texas, along with its sister station KHID 88.1 FM in McAllen, Texas, will broadcast both halves of our series on Dec. 31 from 10 p.m. until midnight. The two stations combined cover a huge swath along the Texas-Mexico border: the entire Rio Grande Valley, where 1.2 million people live.

Like many of the stations that have broadcast our documentaries, KMBH and KHID have a commitment to the blues. Every Saturday at 6 p.m., programming manager Chris Maley hosts the two-hour program On the Roadside, as he has done for 15 years. We notice, to our delight, that Louisiana figures prominently in Maley’s tastes: His “Hot Blues Picks” CDs include “Louisiana Swamp Stomp,” which includes tracks by Carol Fran and Little Freddie King, both featured in “Still Singing the Blues,” along with CDs by Baton Rouge bluesman Larry Garner and Baton Rouge native Buddy Guy.

KMBH and KHID have other great local programming, too, including the Nuevo Tejano Conjunto Show every Saturday morning. But you’ll need to listen locally; the stations don’t broadcast online.

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