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Sounds of Cinema’s 20th Anniversary

Sounds of Cinema has now been on the air for twenty years. The first episode was recorded on May 12, 2004 and debuted on May 16, 2004 on 89.7 KMSU FM in Mankato. Since then, I’ve produced 996 episodes and reviewed over 3000 films.

Producing this show has been a two decade joy. Movies have been a cornerstone of my life. From playing with Star Wars toys as a kid (while listening to John Williams’ music) to studying filmmaking and storytelling in college to writing Dissecting Cannibal Holocaust, film has populated the background and foreground of my life. When I was the given the chance to bring Sounds of Cinema on the air in the spring of 2004 I wanted to offer listeners the chance to have the same kind of revelations that I had watching Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert or reading Bill Nichols and Robert McKee. The privilege of coming on the air every week to share my passion for film with all of you has been one of the proudest things I’ve done with my life.

I want to express my gratitude to the staff at 89.7 KMSU FM in Mankato and 89.5 KQAL FM in Winona, Minnesota who have been so supportive of the show over the years. I’m also grateful to the listeners for tuning in each week. This program has been and continues to be a source of pride for me and I hope it’s put some useful information into the world and enhanced your moviegoing experience or brought some perspectives or films to your attention that you might not have considered otherwise.

In celebration of Sounds of Cinema’s twentieth anniversary, 89.7 KMSU FM is running a Sounds of Cinema day sponsorship on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Throughout the day, KMSU’s local programming will include film-related music in their shows so be sure and tune in for that.