New radio show with KLBP highlights talents from artists with disabilities

A new radio show on KLBP featuring the voices and talents of artists with disabilities premieres April 30 at 2 p.m.

The show, titled “Able ARTS Work Variety Hour” is a collaboration with Able ARTS Works, a Long Beach non-profit that uses creative arts therapies, such as music, singing, painting and other activities to help adults with disabilities reach their individual social, educational and developmental goals.

The hour-long broadcast Friday will mostly feature original music by the Able ARTS Work students, most of which was tracked during quarantine, and an interview with local folk musician Katie Jo. Future shows will include poetry, podcasts and other creative auditory works by the artists.

The new variety show show is an offshoot of a radio program Able ARTS Works launched months ago, a student-staff collaborative virtual stream program titled ArtBeat Radio that featured videos, original music, songs and poetry.

The goal was to “explore the myriad of ways in which the students of Able ARTS Work can make their unique voices heard by engaging the ever-expanding virtual world,” Able ARTS Works media coordinator Gisel Zabala said in a statement.

Tune in to KLBP at FM 99.1 at 2 p.m. to listen to the debut of the “Able ARTS Work Variety Hour.”  You can also watch online, click here.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.