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Houston’s Hippest Historian and PaperCity Editor Team Up for New Radio Show

Get Ready for The Houston Hour, a Different Type of Look at the City

BY // 08.28.19

Houston historian Mister McKinney has a new venture, in addition to his longstanding trademark Houston History Bus tours. The Houston Hour with Mister McKinney and Catherine Anspon, a new, live, weekly call-in radio show, will hit the airwaves of listener-supported community pillar KPFT 90.1 FM every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 4 pm.

McKinney is no stranger to the airwaves; he’s been on air with his call-in show Houston Remember When with Mister McKinney on the same channel. The Houston Hour expands upon that show with much more breadth of vision, including a new co-host.

That co-host is none other than Catherine D. Anspon, PaperCity’s visual arts and features editor. “I’ve known and admired Catherine for nearly 20 years, and we’ve talked for years about doing a podcast or radio show, and this truly is a natural fit,” McKinney says.

Indeed, the two are far from strangers: Anspon profiled Mister McKinney for PaperCity. Read the full story here.

Houston street artist Gonzo247 is the very first guest on The Houston Hour, which debuts on-air Thursday, August 29, from 3 to 4 pm on KPFT 90.1 FM. Houston historian Mister McKinney and PaperCity‘s Catherine D. Anspon co-host the weekly show every Thursday.

The Houston Hour’s debut will feature Mayor Sylvester Turner and street artist Gonzo247. The show promises to be an eclectic and intriguing mix of visual and performing arts talk, happenings around town, eco-friendly “green” news, traffic, weather, and, of course, a large dose of Houston history as a part of every dialogue.

Every episode will feature an arts guest in the first portion of the show and a Bayou City icon, author, or historical figure in its second half.

“I’m excited for Houston to have a weekly radio show that will be a resource for the arts community to connect with KPFT’s listening audience and beyond,” Mister McKinney says. “I know The Houston Hour will fill a void.”

Future guests on the docket include musician, founder of jazz festival DocFest and general manager of KTSU 90.9 FM Ernest Walker; celebrated artist Robert Hodge (slated for October 10); River Oaks historian Ann Dunphy Becker; artist Ariane Roesch; gallerist Betty Moody; PR guru Matt Johns (with an insider’s preview of Texas Contemporary Fair); and Jim Nelson, who will speak about a half-century of Houston Ballet.

Listeners are encouraged to send show ideas to thehoustonhour@gmail.com.

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