MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
After 180 original hour-long episodes broadcast over 4 1/2 years, Dr. Matthew Mailman's "No Strings Attached" will air its final episode 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, on 90.1 KCSC-FM.
The weekly radio show on music for winds and percussion was conceived of, written by, produced, and hosted by Mailman, OCU professor of conducting and director of bands.
"The show may appear in the future on another radio station, but for now we're taking a deserved break," Mailman said. "I hope the opportunity arises in the future for production to begin again. Having received phone calls and emails from all over the country, I know there is interest and support for the show to continue."
Broadcast across Oklahoma on 90.1 KCSC and 91.9 KBCW, and worldwide through internet streaming, "No Strings Attached" featured more than 1,000 pieces by over 100 composers. Professional, college, military, and community ensembles were featured, and recorded music contributions to the show were sent from all over the world.
Guests on the show included composers Frank Ticheli and Ron Nelson. Long-time regulars included Jan Kinsey and Dr. David Herendeen. Other OCU music faculty members contributing included Professor Jan McDaniel (diction adviser), Professor Michael Anderson (technical adviser), and Dean Mark Belcik (creative consultant).
Dozens of conductors and composers recorded promos for the show, as did Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Nan Mailman, the conductor's mother.
Fulfilling an educational mission, "No Strings Attached" was required listening at music programs in several colleges and universities. The show was supported by grants from the Kirkpatrick Foundation of Oklahoma City and was locally underwritten by Edmond Music and the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band.
"It's been a fun run," Mailman said. "I am very appreciative not only of KCSC for airing the show and supporting its production but also of all of the people at Oklahoma City University, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Edmond Music, the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band, and all of the show's loyal listeners for their support."