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New Book Celebrates 40 Years of 'Austin City Limits'


On October 17, 1974, Willie Nelson performed at the KLRN television studios on the University of Texas campus for the inaugural Austin City Limits. Over the course of four decades and hundreds of episodes, the program has featured a wide variety of artists from legends like Ray Charles and Chet Atkins to contemporary bands such as Arcade Fire and the Decemberists.

On October 3rd, Austin City Limits celebrates its 40th anniversary with an all-star program. Also marking the show’s four decades on the air is Tracey E. W. Laird's new book, Austin City Limits: A History. She’s professor of music and chair at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

She joined Dakota Midday and explained what has made Austin City Limits one of the longest-running music showcases in television history.