Starting in the fall of 2010, Media and Documentary Projects began producing Sounds of the South, a radio show based on music entries from The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. The show, hosted by Dr. Charles Reagan Wilson, is broadcast three times a week on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Each three-and-a-half minute spot discusses a particular Southern musician, form, or distinct venue. Topics include, among many others, Jelly Roll Morton, Bascombe Lunsford, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmy Reed, Protest Music, Swamp Pop, Dolly Parton, Clifton Chenier, Southern Culture on the Skids, REM, the banjo, John Coltrane, and Mose Allison.
The idea for the segments was born during conversations between Jimmy Thomas and Joe York, a producer for Media and Documentary Projects. The spots and their creation combines scholarship, teaching, and outreach, along with real-world professional experience for students interested in work in radio and production.
The show is broadcast at 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and at 10:55 p.m. Saturdays.