KLRN took home a 2017 Lone Star Chapter Regional Emmy Award over the weekend for the “Rhapsody on the Rio Grande” film that was produced earlier this year in partnership with Texas A&M International University.
The City of Laredo had also provided funding for the documentary, which explores the impact of the river’s ability to bring together diverse peoples, using music to explore themes of culture and history.
“We are absolutely thrilled to see that this work of art and work of love has been so remarkably recognized,” said Pablo Arenaz, TAMIU president. “We enjoyed our collaboration with the creative team at KLRN on this, as well as the many contributors in Laredo whose voices told our story. Our thanks to the City of Laredo for their visionary support. We are especially proud of our own Dr. Colin Campbell, whose beautiful composition framed the entire ‘Rhapsody on the Rio’ experience.”
Arthur Emerson, KLRN President and CEO, added, “I’m so proud of our production team that put so much creativity into this musical documentary. Rhapsody on the Rio Grande was a flawless production and a labor of love. It involved 55 microphones and 17 cameras, and this Lone Star Emmy recognizing Rhapsody on the Rio Grande celebrates our place in our community.”
Laredo’s Mayor was also elated to learn the good news.
“This is a historic proud moment for all of Laredo,” Saenz said. “There are many talented people to congratulate for the creation of this cinematic piece of art that highlights the history and essence of Laredo’s binational duality and its confluence in the piece of music that carries the film. Esto es nuestro orgullo! I commend the writers, producers, contributors and creators of the documentary on this truly distinct honor of winning an Emmy.”