Sunday, April 26, 2009

Music Helps Parkinson's Patients | BYBS

Here is the link I promised to an interesting KUHF radio feature on medical research studying how music helps Parkinson's Disease patients, by reporter Melissa Galvez.

You can hear and download the audio file (MP3 or iTunes format) and read and print the transcript.

Medical research on the use of sound for healing Parkinson's: What a blessing!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Drumming to an Ancient Beat

I love radio and TV stories that feature African drumming, and I thought you might, too. My teacher, Abubakr Kouyate, is often on the radio or TV, but normally it is a complete surprise, and most of us miss it.

Recently, however, one of our Thursday night classmates, Melissa Galvez, a reporter for KUHF radio, did a feature on the class, called Drumming to an Ancient Beat. The feature aired on KUHF on April 16.

KUHF had recently done a feature on drumming as therapy for Parkinson's disease, and this was a followup story on the benefits of drumming. (I will find and post the link the Parkinson's story, too, if I can.)

Melissa recorded some clips of Abubakr and parts of the class and she interviewed a few students afterward. 

You can hear and download the audio file and also read and print the transcript here:\

(To download the audio files, scroll to the bottom.)

Melissa did a fabulous job, even mentioning Temples Gate, the shop that hosts the class, in the lead-in and providing a link to Abubakr's web site,

Thanks, Melissa! (And thanks to KUHF for making the recording and transcript available on their web site.)

I hope this inspires other radio or TV reporters to do their own stories on the mental and physical health benefits of

So please checke it out. I don't know how long features like this remain available on the KUHF web site. If you like it, download it while you can.