“City Lights” explores the ways in which people express themselves creatively and enhance our lives.

In addition to a wide range of music, “City Lights” covers theater, dance, pop culture, visual arts and more. WABE has long been a partner with many organizations in Atlanta and through “City Lights” we’re deepening those relationships to serve our community with even greater arts and cultural content.

Featured Episode

City Lights Boldly Goes Into 50 Years Of ‘Star Trek’ Music


The groundbreaking sci-fi property “Star Trek” recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and amid the tricorders and red-shirted ensigns, there is a wealth of great music to be found.

The first episode of “Star Trek” aired on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966. While this original series ran for three seasons, it has flourished with spin-off television series and thirteen feature films. The “Star Trek” music universe is no less impressive, with some of Hollywood’s most noted composers bringing us five decades of brilliant music for this highly successful franchise.

Speaking with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes, contributor Scott Stewart asserts that Star Trek “has always been associated with high quality music, large, serious, sweeping Romantic style orchestra.”

“In many ways,” he says, “it has helped preserved the symphonic tradition in film music, even while a lot of other sci-fi films have turned to special effects and computer sounds.”

Dr. Scott Stewart is WABE film music commentator and host of “Strike Up The Band,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on 90.1 fm and streaming on WABE.org.

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City Lights: ‘Pet Sounds’; Atlanta’s Food Scene; And More

Friday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:55: Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart discusses William Shakespeare as an influence for composers;
  • 19:29: Kevin Rinker and Andrew Howard reflect on the Beach Boys’ 1966 album “Pet Sounds,” as band co-founder Brian Wilson visits Atlanta and the album celebrates 50 years;
  • 26:22: Amy Kiley interviews Morehouse’s department of music chair Uzee Brown about the department’s upcoming weekend celebration of music in the black church, which includes concerts and workshops;
  • 37:56: Mara Davis talks with Lois Reitzes about Atlanta’s food scene this week, looking at nuts, chocolate, ice cream, sea salt and meats. 

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City Lights: ‘In The Heights’; ‘The Prom’; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:27: Music director Bryan Mercer and 7 Stages co-artistic director Michael Haverty talk about how Bertolt Brecht’s groundbreaking work, “The Threepenny Opera” still resonates today;
  • 19:48: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, creators of the new musical “The Prom,” talk about the show and theater life in Atlanta;
  • 33:06: Aurora Theatre co-founder and co-artistic director Anthony Rodriguez and actor Diego Klock-Perez discuss the theater’s production of “In the Heights.”

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City Lights: Tipping; Decatur Book Festival; And More

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City Lights: Dog Movie Music; ‘Queen Of The Night’ And More

Thursday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:00: Music contributor Dr. Scott Stewart sits, stays and speaks about dog movie soundtracks;
  • 14:46: Author Alexander Chee talks about his new novel “The Queen of the Night” and how operas twist themselves into the narrative.

City Lights: Pimento Cheese; Jumping Hedgehogs; And More

Wednesday on “City Lights with Lois Reitzes”:

  • 1:15: SCADFILM’s director Brandon Osterman and Brantly Watts, SCADFILM’s industry and community outreach manager, talk about the new program designed to foster homegrown creative film talent;
  • 16:07: Twelve-year-old author Edith Stubbs reads from her story, “The Adventures of Amelia the Crazy Jumping Hedgehog”;
  • 25:49: Author Jacqueline Woodson talks about her new book “Another Brooklyn,” a story about memories, loss and the Bushwick neighborhood of New York City;
  • 39:19: Nick Rodgers waxes philosophical about his distaste for pimento cheese.

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