Thursday, December 8, 2016  
Melkote hosts Indian music show on WBGU-FM | Lockford, Stafford honored by national group
Srinivas Melkote in the WBGU-FM studio at the Michael & Sara Kuhlin Center


By day, Dr. Srinivas Melkote teaches media production and studies in the School of Media and Communication. But on Sundays, he becomes a radio DJ, hosting what is probably the only live show in northwest Ohio devoted to Indian music. With India’s long history and many distinct regions, religious traditions and dialects, it provides a never-ending source of material.

Melkote relishes it all. For the last 16 years, he has shared his vast collection of music with listeners to “Music of India and Its Diaspora,” which airs weekly from 2-4 p.m. on WBGU-FM, Bowling Green State University’s campus radio station, except during basketball season. The show is an education in itself, presenting a curated array of musical styles and time periods and, as its name indicates, music from Indians living around the world.

“Sundays are a kind of world music day on WBGU, and this is my contribution to that. I play different types of Indian musical genres, ranging from about the 1960s to the current day,” Melkote said. “I go to India every year and buy CDs and DVDs to bring back.”

Along with local listeners, “we’ve heard from people who listen online from California and as far away as Pakistan,” he said.


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Laura Stafford (left) and Lesa Lockford (far right)

Two BGSU faculty members were recently recognized by the National Communication Association (NCA) for their accomplishments.

During the 2016 NCA annual meeting, Dr. Laura Stafford, director of the School of Media and Communication, and Dr. Lesa Lockford, chair of the Department of Theatre and Film, each received an award for her work. Stafford received the Bernard J. Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship or Distinguished Service in Family Communication. Lockford won the Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance.



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