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Macon landmarks showcased on GPB travel series

Macon soon can marvel at itself on the small screen.

On a show that airs on GPB television June 19 at 7:30 p.m., “Music Voyager” will shine a spotlight on Macon’s musical heritage and the up-and-coming music scene, the soul food found here and different avenues of creativity in the city.

“Music Voyager,” a music and lifestyle travel series, is an authentic way to see a community through the artists and creatives, said Lisa Love, the director of music marketing for the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

“Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the experiences we have in our own backyard, but Macon is a vibrant, creative community,” Love said.

In the episode that also showcases Athens, Macon DJ Roger Riddle spends time with host Tacuma Bradley and shows him around local landmarks -- from eating fried chicken at H&H Soul Food to paying homage to the Allman Brothers Band with a visit to the Big House.

Bradley also talks with Otis Redding III and Karla Redding-Andrews about their father’s musical legacy, checks out singer/songwriter Louise Warren at Taste and See Coffee Shop and listens to a Robert McDuffie Center for Strings rehearsal at Fickling Hall.

In total, “Music Voyager” explores the beauty and vibrancy of five Georgia cities, including Albany, Atlanta and Columbus.

“Music Voyager” has featured the stateside cultural hubs of New Orleans and Nashville, Tennessee, and showcased international cities, such as Tokyo, Istanbul and Bogota, Colombia.

“The show will be shown domestically and internationally,” said Valerie Bradley, director of communications at the Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It will introduce Macon to audiences who may not be familiar with us and will pique interest.”

The first episode of “Music Voyager highlights the charm of the state capital and airs Friday at 7:30 p.m. on WMUM channel 29.

To contact writer Conner Wood, call 744-4489.

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