PITTSBURGH –  Music can serve as an effective way to follow the 2020 presidential race and other current events, a St. Bonaventure University associate professor said Saturday.

“Songs provide a means to tell stories that are entertaining and informative,” Richard Lee said during a presentation at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association conference.

In his presentation, “A Musical Look at the 2020 Presidential Election,” Lee explained how he integrates music and conversation into his weekly radio program on WSBU-FM, St. Bonaventure’s campus station.

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Lee, who teaches journalism courses in the Jandoli School of Communication, said he uses his experiences as a music critic and political reporter to craft shows that provide commentary and analysis on current events through dialogue and songs.

During his presentation, he shared playlists from programs he has done on the presidential race, Brexit and other topics.

“The show is a soundtrack for the world in which we live,” he said. “My goal is to inform my listeners and to do it in an entertaining manner.”

Lee is executive director of the Jandoli Institute and co-editor of TAPinto Greater Olean.

His conference presentation was part of a panel titled “On Focus” that included speakers who presented research on Black Sabbath, Elvis Presley and Stanley Turrentine.

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