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KDHX, 88.1 FM, Switches Broadcast Studios To Grand Center Sunday

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Thomas Crone for the Beacon

The move of community radio station KDHX from the former bakery on Magnolia Avenue to the newly rehabbed building in Grand Center was completed Sunday. The "Songwriters Showcase" broadcast from the old station from 10 a.m. to noon.

Then, at noon, Walter and Willa Volz began their "Bluegrass Breakdown" show from the Larry J. Weir Center, 3524 Washington Ave. The first song to be sent out is being chosen by listeners. To vote, go a surveymonkey site and choose from

  • Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)"
  • Geyer Street Sheiks, "Great Dream From Heaven"
  • Curtis Mayfield, "Move On Up"
  • John Hartford, "Turn Your Radio On"
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions, "Radio Radio"
  • Pokey LaFarge, "Central Time"
  • The Ramones, "Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?"
  • Elmore James, "Dust My Broom"
  • The Velvet Underground, "Rock and Roll"
  • Grateful Dead, "The Music Never Stopped"
  • The Rolling Stones, "Start Me Up"

While the radio transfer will be finished, changes at the 25-year-old station's new home will continue. Later this month, the Magnolia Cafe will open. The name gives a nod to the old location, but the eatery will not include its own bakery. The cafe and The Stage will be managed by Urban Canvas, which also handles events at such places as the Moto Museum, the International Photography Hall of Fame and Cafe Pintxos.
According to KDHX executive director Beverly Hacker, the first concert for The Stage will be a donors event in January. Tuesdays are already set aside for a series that will include documentary and narrative films, a 45s record musical evening and educational programs. A concert schedule will start being filled out shortly for the 125-seat venue on the first floor of the new building.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

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