Sounds of Cinema

Southern Minnesota's Local Source for Film Music, Reviews, and New Release Information

About the Show

Sounds of Cinema is a weekly, one hour public radio show broadcast on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am on 89.5 KQAL FM in Winona, Minnesota and at 11:00 am on 89.7 KMSU FM in Mankato, Minnesota. The program features film music, reviews of recent theatrical releases, and additional commentary. 

The program began in May 2004 as "Maverick at the Movies," recorded and broadcast from 89.7 KMSU FM "The Maverick" in Mankato, Minnesota, a member of the AMPERS radio network. Starting in August 2008, the show relocated to the studios of 89.5 KQAL FM in Winona, Minnesota and was renamed "Sounds of Cinema." The show now airs from both stations every Sunday. You can find additional broadcast information here

The mission of Sounds of Cinema is to provide an outlet for serious discussion about film and film music. This medium permeates our culture and its stories have become our popular mythology. Unlike most other topics, even sports or politics, film is one of the rare subjects in which everyone has an opinion and nearly everyone is engaged with it at some level. Yet, most mainstream media outlets have reduced the discussion of film to box office grosses and celebrity gossip. Aside from a few scattered television programs, there is no serious discussion about a medium that in just over a century has emerged as the primary mode of artistic expression. Film has come to shape our view of ourselves and others, changed our vocabulary, and affected how we view reality. But without any serious criticism, the techniques of film are almost invisible to the passive viewer. Sounds of Cinema is intended to open up a greater understanding of the medium, making us all better consumers.