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Cypress Sessions: Music From the Soul of Florida; Premieres April 13 at 10 p.m. on WUFT-TV

Rick Stepp, Glenn Richards, & Bill Bryson
Rick Stepp, Glenn Richards, & Bill Bryson

WUFT-FM Morning Edition host Glenn Richards speaks with Bill Bryson and Rick Stepp, two of the producers of Gainesville's new live music TV series, Cypress Sessions: Music From the Soul of Florida. The series will air on Florida's 5, WUFT-TV, Thursday nights at 10:00 from April 13th through May 25th featuring seven Florida artists performing intimate concerts filmed at the Squitieri Studio Theater at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida. The concerts are interspersed with artist interviews shot at locations around the state that reveal some of the nuances behind their personalities, their music, and their connections to Florida. The Squitieri Studio stage set was designed by Florida artists Evan Galbika and Senta Achee.

Get a free sneak preview Thursday night (April 13) at 7 p.m. at Heartwood Soundstage in downtown Gainesville (619 S. Main Street), next the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre and Akira Wood.

Find out more here.

All photos by Charlotte Kesl Photography:


Glenn Richards is Operations Coordinator and local host for Morning Edition on WUFT-FM. His background includes 30+ years of radio in South Florida as an air personality, promotion director, and morning show producer (WSHE, WZTA, & WFLC). His previous education includes a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami where he was also general manager of WVUM-FM. Upon his arrival in Gainesville in 2006 to pursue a telecommunication master’s degree at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, he worked as an air personality at WRUF-FM (both Rock104 and Country 103.7 The Gator). One of Glenn’s passions is local music. Since 1990, he has produced and hosted local music programs in both South Florida and Gainesville, playing demos and independent releases from unsigned artists, many of whom went on to national prominence including: Marilyn Manson, Sister Hazel, For Squirrels, Matchbox 20, Saigon Kick, Mary Karlzen, Nil Lara, Hundred Waters, and more.