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August 21, 2006



Where can I learn more about those little music bits between news stories?

Some of the music bits that you use to segue between news stories is great stuff. I would like to know how to find the name of the artists so I can purchase their CD's. Is this info on the Web site somewhere? Please advise.

Mark
Excelsior, MN



Dear Mark, National Public Radio calls them "music interludes" -- the little snippets of catchy music played between news stories. Most of the music interludes you hear are actually part of the National Public Radio satellite feed. NPR now posts disc information for each of the songs that are played between stories. So when you look at the rundown of any show -- "All Things Considered", for instance -- you'll see headlines for each of the day's stories, like this "rundown".

Middle East: "Pressuring the U.N. on the Ceasefire Draft"

Mideast View from the Midwest: "Jewish Americans Share Israel's Pain"

Then you'll see what looks like musical note, indicating a music interlude, followed by something like this:

GINGER BAKER, CHARLIE HADEN, BILL FRISELL; 'RAMBLER'

When you click on the musical selection, you'll be given all the disc information for that selection:

Artist:
GINGER BAKER, CHARLIE HADEN, BILL FRISELL
Composer:
BILL FRISELL
CD Title:
GOING BACK HOME
Label:
Atlantic
Catalog Number:
82652
Clicking the link on the CD selection will allow you to purchase the CD online.

NPR has received so many requests for their music that they've released four CDs in the "All Songs Considered" series. You can purchase them online. Still confused? Find out more about music interludes here: NPR: Music Interludes.

Michael Popham
Minnesota Public Radio Member Listener Services