April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month in the United States for the past 15 years. It is also the month in which 88.7KXMS has celebrated the birthday of Williams Shakespeare in words and music since 1990.
Beginning April 1, KXMS will combine both with a new series, “William’s Words,” produced and hosted by Jesse Walls.
William Shakespeare had a huge vocabulary. This may have been due, in part, to the diverse themes and characters in his 37 plays. Up to about 10 percent of the Bard’s impressive vocabulary were words coined by Shakespeare himself – words such as “cold-blooded,” “hobnob” and “Olympian.”
Producer/host Jesse Walls will feature two of William’s words per segment, illustrating their usage in the context of the actual lines from the plays. “William’s Words” will appear regularly throughout April as a part of “Southern Serenade,” at 5 p.m. each weeknight, as well as other spots in the KXMS schedule.
“William’s Words” was an idea suggested by Olive Sullivan, one of the poets featured on “Southern Poetry,” produced by 88.KXMS last fall. KXMS will rebroadcast the hourlong program, produced by Ethan Stump, during the month of April. “Southern Poetry” features original poems by Sullivan, Joy Dworkin, and Bill Kumbier.