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Kermit Poling
Guest Host of Louisiana Public Square and Red River Radio General Manager

Kermit Poling is the general manager of Red River Radio in Shreveport. Poling is also the Resident Conductor of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of both the South Arkansas Symphony and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. In 1998 he was chosen by Emmy award winning artist William Joyce to compose the music for his stage adaptation of The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs. This project was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the CD of this music was released the following year. He recently composed incidental music for The River City Repertory Theatre's production of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie," starring Tony winner Donna McKechnie.

Maestro Poling has been a featured conductor on NPR's Performance Today, the Arkansas Educational Television Network, the Red River Radio Network, WGBH Boston and has appeared as violinist on Louisiana Public Television and PBS in addition to numerous television and radio stations throughout the country.

Current Topic


12/14 - Decoding Common Core (Encore Presentation)

What do Louisiana educators, parents and students think about Common Core?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


01/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson

Who is policing the police in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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