Journalism Students Have Hand in New Season of ‘Oxford Sounds’

Series premieres Nov. 7 on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, some students credited as associate producers

Jimbo Mathus

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and its Meek School of Journalism and New Media will play a key role in the production this season of “Oxford Sounds” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, airing at 9 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 7).

An hourlong series documenting and discovering the music and musicians that are a part of the Oxford community, “Oxford Sounds” was filmed in part with the involvement of students from the school. The show features well-known talent such as the North Mississippi Allstars, Charlie Mars, Jimbo Mathus, Cedric Burnside, Bass Drum of Death, Shannon McNally and others whom call the town home.

“‘Oxford Sounds’ was fortunate to be able to capture many of the amazing sights and sounds of the Oxford music world,” said Marie Antoon, a producer for the series. “With nine hours of music and interviews, the series brings the audience inside the recording studios around Oxford. Mississippi is known for its place in the history of the music world, and Oxford demonstrates that its legacy will continue far into the future.”

The producers worked with several students in the journalism school, as well as from other academic units of the university, said Antoon, who praised the students’ quality of work.

“They were as professional as any of the many others I have worked with in the last 30 years,” she said. “Some of the students were able to hold positions as associate producers.”

Each program begins with a short “portrait” of the artist/host for each program. Program hosts include JoJo Herman, Jimbo Mathus and Caroline Herring.

The season premiere will be rerun at 10 p.m. Nov. 10, following “Downton Abbey.”

Oxford has a vibrant music recording industry as the home of Fat Possum Records and Sweet Tea Studios, as well as Tweed Studios and Black Wings. The town also boasts a range of music venues, including one, the Lyric, that has been ranked among the top 100 music clubs in the U.S.