American Routes

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American Routes from New Orleans is the weekly two-hour public radio program hosted by folklorist and producer Nick Spitzer. On-air for over two decades, and “built to last,” the program has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011.  American Routes presents blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.


Each week, Nick curates the tunes and takes listeners on a cross-country cultural journey through American songs and stories. The show uses short documentary features and artist conversations to tell those stories. Artists interviewed on American Routes include Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Dave Brubeck, Tom Waits, Celia Cruz, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Joan Baez, Margo Price, Los Lobos, Drive By Truckers, Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Cliff, Sonny Rollins, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis… and hundreds of others.  


Underwritten by the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, and widely acclaimed by Nightline, the NYTimesBillboard and the Wall Street JournalAmerican Routes is broadcast on over 350 public radio stations. The music-to-talk ratio of a typical program is 80% music and 20% talk—giving it a music & cultural information style that appeals to many local formats as a weekend program. In addition to 52 shows per year, there are two pledge drive programs. Custom promos are available.

Series

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American Routes, hosted by Nick Spitzer, is a weekly two-hour public radio program produce at Tulane University in New Orleans. It has been exclusively distributed by PRX since 2011. The show presents a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.

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Custom Promos voiced by host Nick Spitzer

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American Routes Fundraising Programs for all PRX stations

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30-second generic evergreen promos for American Routes.

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Holiday specials

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American Routes occasionally makes episodes of the weekly series available to all PRX stations free of charge. The episodes below are now available.


Pieces

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featuring Ramblin' Jack Elliott, historian Douglas Brinkley, and more!

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, KPVL, WAMU, KKRN, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 22, 2013
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 6
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host Nick Spitzer brings you music from South Louisiana and beyond, while urging the listeners to pitch in and support your station.

Bought by High Plains Public Radio, WETS, KHSU, WPSU, KBEM and more


  • Added: Jan 09, 2013
  • Length: 01:26:16
  • Purchases: 11
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Swingin’ the Election: Music & Politics 2012 - available to all PRX stations!

Bought by KBRP Community Radio, Troy Public Radio, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, KKRN, WAMU and more


  • Added: Oct 30, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:59
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Monk and Coltrane
Available to all PRX stations! Remembering John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, WMMT, Spokane Public Radio, KPVL, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Jul 26, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 5
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Going Down the Road with Woody Guthrie: A Centennial Celebration - available to all PRX stations!

Bought by KVNF, Spokane Public Radio, KCSM, KQED, KCSB-FM and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2012
  • Length: 01:58:58
  • Purchases: 50
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available to all PRX stations - featuring holiday tunes from Miles, Frank, Elvis, Celia, Solomon, Diana and more

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, KREV-LP, KKRN, Marfa Public Radio, MPR News Stations and more


  • Added: Dec 15, 2011
  • Length: 01:59:01
  • Purchases: 7
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host Nick Spitzer brings you some of the ‘lo-fi’ highlights from our eclectic mix of American soundscape

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, Louisville Public Media, and WAMU


  • Added: Dec 02, 2011
  • Length: 01:18:31
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Leiber & Stoller with Elvis Presley, Credit: Everett Collection/Rex Features
Available to all PRX stations - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller interview from 2002

Bought by KPVL, RadioFreePalmer, KEOS, KKRN, WYSO and more


  • Added: Aug 23, 2011
  • Length: 21:00
  • Purchases: 8