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WFWM Radio, Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts Launch “The Speakeasy” Podcast
09/09/2016

Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts has launched an original podcast, recorded and produced at WFWM Radio, showcasing local authors and their works.

“The Speakeasy” features a cozy, insightful chat between host Jack DuBose and authors about their works. The program features regional authors and invited writers visiting the Center for Literary Arts, 22 E. Main St.

“It’s ultimately a ‘Fresh Air’ on the campus of Frostburg,” Center for Literary Arts Director Jennifer Browne says, referencing the popular NPR arts and issues program. “It’s a literary interview show in which smart, compelling people are asked interesting questions and are allowed to talk.”

While “The Speakeasy” suggests an illicit venue, the podcast “provides a space where people are allowed to be open with what they want to say and what they want to do.”

The podcast is recorded and produced in the NPR-affiliate WFWM Public Radio studios at FSU and hosted by DuBose, who earned an FSU master’s degree in 1993. He is an assistant professor of English at Garrett College and a veteran radio deejay.

DuBose hopes listeners find out something they didn’t know about the authors on the show.

“I’m hoping I ask questions that listeners would like the answer to,” he said. “I’m hoping it’s an every person’s curiosity filling that need.”

The premiere episode featured Frostburg author Patricia Henley, whose novel “Hummingbird House,” was a finalist for the National Book Award fiction category in 1999. Henley is working on a new play and prose poems.

Episode 2 features author and columnist James Rada Jr. of Gettysburg, Pa. Rada writes historical novels and nonfiction books as well as fantasy novels under the pen name J.R. Rada, and has won awards for his newspaper history columns, including “Looking Back” in the Cumberland Times-News.

“He started writing historical novels about the C&O Canal after taking a bike trip with his wife,” DuBose said. “He wasn’t a historian nor was he thinking about writing about historical fiction until that trip to the canal and associated bike path.”

Future episodes will include poet Todd Davis, who teaches environmental studies, creative writing and American literature at Penn State Altoona, and Canadian poet Evelyn Lau, who will read from her work at the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St. in Frostburg, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

The podcast is available for streaming and subscription at http://soundcloud.com/fsuliteraryarts.

Episodes will appear as a podcast first then be rebroadcast on WFWM at a later date.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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