May 25, 2006    #098
Contact: Nick Barron

‘New Letters on the Air’ announces summer programming schedule

“New Letters on the Air,” Kansas City’s only literary radio program, recently unveiled its summer lineup, offering both familiar writers and original voices discussing their craft and creative process.

Included in the schedule is best-selling author John Irving, who will talk about his 2005 novel Until I Find You, just out in paperback. His most personal work yet, the book traces the journeys of a mother and son trying to find a missing father, which oddly coincided with Irving finally discovering what happened to his own birth father. The interview originally airs on May 28 and can be accessed online from May 31 – June 14.

Popular British comic novelist Jasper Fforde chats about his pun-filled detective novel satires of classic literature, including The Eyre Affair and Something Rotten, on June 25. The program will be available online from June 28 – July 12. Short story writer and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Cockefair Chair Writer-In-Residence Stuart Dybek will talk about his work with UMKC creative writing professor Michael Pritchett and will read from his 2006 book of poems, Streets in Their Own Ink. Program airs July 23 and will be available online from July 26 - August 8.

“Everyone has a streak of creativity, regardless of whether they’re interested in writing or not,” host Angela Elam said. “I hope our program inspires listeners to do something creative in their own way.”

Additionally “New Letters on the Air” will present, throughout the month of August, a special series on writers of children’s literature.

Each week “New Letters on the Air” features intimate conversations or public readings by contemporary writers who reveal secrets about their creative methods and read a few favorite passages. The program airs in the Kansas City area at 6:00 Sunday mornings on KCUR-FM 89.3, or can be accessed via streaming audio at The program is also distributed to public radio stations across the United States through the Public Radio Satellite System.

Entertaining and informing audiences since 1977, “New Letters on the Air” is produced in conjunction with New Letters literary magazine and UMKC. For more information about the show, contact Elam or Dennis Conrow at 816-235-1159 or by e-mailing

For questions on scheduling and broadcasting, contact KCUR at 816-235-1551.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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