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Tom Neal, executive director with the Museum of the Gulf Coast, flips through video clips of L.Q. Jones at the Museum. (Mary Meaux/The Leader)

TX/LA - Museum of the Gulf Coast llaunches unique radio station celebrating the music, legends of coastal Texas and Louisiana

PORT ARTHUR — The rich musical heritage of the U.S. Gulf Coast between Houston and New Orleans can now be heard online worldwide with the launch of Gulf Coast Museum Radio.

The 24-hour-a-day radio station is operated by the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur and launches Friday (Nov. 10).  

The station features a blend of swamp pop music, classic soul and R&B, Cajun music, and popular song hits that span through the 1980s.

Musician interviews and feature stories about the musical, athletic and inventor pioneers who either grew up or lived along the Gulf Coast will also be heard on the station.  

The radio station can be enjoyed at, on phone apps that can be downloaded and via the iHeart Radio and Tune-In apps.  It also can be heard simply by asking Alexa — Amazon’s cloud-based voice service — to play “Gulf Coast Museum Radio.”

“This radio station reflects the amazing musical talent that came from our part of the world,” said Tom Neal, museum director. “It’s a perfect extension to all that we offer at the museum where we honor and celebrate the people, places, and events that shaped the Gulf coasts of Texas and Louisiana.”  

Neal cites musical artists as diverse as B.J. Thomas, Cookie and the Cupcakes, Ivory Joe Hunter, Jiving Gene Bourgeois, George Jones, Rodney Crowell, Barbara Lynn, Janis Joplin and ZZ Top as examples of just some of the remarkable talent from the Gulf Coast who will be heard online.

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