This week, the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau had the opportunity to team up with 89.7 KACU-FM, Abilene Public Radio and get the scoop on their big fall program. Here to give us the ‘lowdown’ on why and how Abilene, Texas will take it ‘From The Top’ is guest blogger, KACU-FM Marketing Director and ACVB Board Member, Myra Dean!

If you are looking for something different to do this fall, consider the following unique opportunity. On November 16, KACU-FM, Abilene Public Radio will bring the popular public radio program, “From The Top” to Abilene for the second time. 
I listen to the program on Saturdays on 89.7 FM and frequently find myself laughing out loud as host Christopher O’Riley interviews young performers between the ages of 8 and 18 about subjects ranging from skateboarding, rap songs, the opposite sex, dealing with parents, teachers to homework.

After giving candid and often hilarious answers to O’Riley’s questions, the young artists step to the stage to join him and “take it from the top”. O’Riley, an accomplished concert pianist, arranger and performer frequently accompanies the young artists.  Suddenly “ typical” kids become classically trained prodigies playing instruments or singing selections from their favorite classical pieces. It never ceases to amaze me when performers so young can play difficult and challenging music so beautifully.

During the last decade, over 700,000 listeners a week have heard more than 2,000 young artists from nearly all 50 states perform.   From The Top’s first visit to Abilene was at the Paramount Theatre in 2005 and featured the well-known local group, “Revolution”. No announcement has been made about who will perform during the November 16 performance. It will broadcast nationwide on a future date. If you’d like ticket or sponsorship information, contact 89.7 KACU-FM at 325-674-2441.
The performance will be November 16 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church located at 1333 N. 3rd Street in Abilene, Texas. Tickets range from $10 to $20; $15 for KACU-FM members and $10 for students. Group pricing is available.

Reported by Myra Dean, KACU-FM.