As the old poem says: In 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus wasn’t the first or the last explorer to encounter the Americas, but he is certainly one of the most famous. Get ready for Columbus Day on Oct. 11 with a full night of Italian American culture and history on KLRUQ.
Start the evening with a full, four-hour-two-part showing of Italian Americans at 6 p.m. This series, narrated by Stanley Tucci, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.
Then at 9:55 p.m., explore the life and music of one of most famous Italian Americans ever to live: Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films, interspersed with comments by host Mel Torme and excerpts from interviews with lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Touching briefly on his personal life, the program chronicles Sinatra’s rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. Songs performed include “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Fly Me To The Moon” “Ol’ Man River”, “Stardust”, “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” ,”I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Come Fly With Me” , “One For My Baby” and many more.
KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.