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'Routes' Returns to its Roots

December 18th, 2000

By Brett Clanton. In 2 1/2 years on the air,American Routes has become one of the most popular shows on public radio. Produced and recorded at a tiny royal Street studio in the French Quarter, the show — which host Nick Spitzer describes as “a bit of news, a bit of music, a bit of documentary and cultural experience…

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'American Routes' Gets to the Roots

June 3rd, 2000

By Bradley Bambarger. Radio listeners are often divided among those who prefer music and those who prefer news. Yet as Nick Spitzer knows, music has long been the vehicle for news. Whether Indian chants or urban raps, music has been the medium by which a society delivers messages about itself to itself.

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Crisscrossing the Wide Map of American Music

April 13th, 2000

By Samuel G. Freedman. A few nights after Nick Spitzer was ousted from his job as a disc jockey, his friends on the Philadelphia rock station WMMR-FM gave a farewell party. They had listened over the previous two years as Mr. Spitzer had spun Bessie Smith and Merle Haggard during afternoon drive-time…

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'American Routes' Waters Roots of Folk

February 10th, 2000

By Nat Hentoff Louis Armstrong once said, “All music is folk music. Horses don’t sing.” In the history of American radio, no series has ever come close to Nick Spitzer’s “American Routes” in exploring the many streams of this nation’s music…

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