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Public Square Speakers Series

WSRE Public Square presents film screenings and personalities, who have achieved renown for their contributions to education, the arts, sciences or media, in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio at Pensacola State College. Public Square events are open to the public. Admission is free!

Programs begin at 7pm ▪ Doors open at 6pm
WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
Open to the Public ▪ Free Admission

Directions: WSRE is located on the Pensacola State College campus (building 23) at 1000 College Blvd. in Pensacola. The station sits at the corner of 12th Ave. and College Blvd. Parking for the Amos Studio is located at the west end of the station, off College Blvd. near the PSC Hartsell Arena and pool.

Coming up next:


Country Music Film Screenings

7pm Thursday, Sept 5 | WSRE Amos Studio | Pensacola
Panel Discussion Hosted by J. Terryl “T. Bubba” Bechtol

2pm Sunday, Sept 8 | Suds N Cinema | Fort Walton Beach

Join us for an advance screening of Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Country Music,” coming to PBS stations this fall. A 45-minute screener of the 16-hour film series will be shown at 7pm Thursday, Sept. 5 in the WSRE Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio at Pensacola State College. Come early and enjoy the bluegrass music of The Gator Boys starting at 6pm!

For those on the east end of WSRE’s coverage area, a second screening of “Country Music” will be shown at 2pm Sunday, Sept. 8 at the new Suds N Cinema theater in Fort Walton Beach (174 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE).

The screener to be shown includes episode excerpts from the larger film series and features Kathy Mattea, Holly Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Harold Bradley, Carlene Carter, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Garth Brooks, Rodney Crowell, Ketch Secor, Marty Stuart, Brenda Lee, Jimmy Dickens, Willie Nelson, Ray Walker, Trisha Yearwood, Elvis Costello, Jack White, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Reba McEntire, Jeannie Seely, Billy Sherrill, Bobby Braddock, Eddie Stubbs, Hazel Smith, Vince Gill and Dierks Bentley. 

Immediately following the Pensacola screening in the Amos Studio, WSRE Public Square will present a panel discussion and audience Q&A with country music insiders including Nashville songwriter and record producer Rusty Budde, Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival Director Reneda Cross, Ricky Lee Phelps of the Kentucky Headhunters and award-winning songwriter Mark Sherrill. J. Terryl Bechtol, better known as “Grand Ole Opry” comedian T. Bubba Bechtol, will lead the panel discussion and invites you to bring your own stories … as our area along the Gulf Coast has contributed greatly to the history of country music.

About the Documentary:

The documentary, directed by Burns and produced by Burns and his long-time collaborators Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey, chronicles country music’s early days, from southern Appalachia’s songs of struggle, heartbreak and faith to the rollicking Western swing of Texas, California’s honky-tonks and Nashville’s “Grand Ole Opry.” The film follows the evolution of country music over the course of the 20th century as it emerges to become “America’s music.”

Written by Duncan, “Country Music” explores crucial questions –– “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?” –– while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating trailblazers who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people. 

Admission is free. Due to limited seating, please register here. (No tickets required.)


Thursday, September 5 at 7pm in the Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio. RSVP requested but not required. Questions? Call (850) 484-1200.

Sunday, September 8 at 2pm in Suds N Cinema. RSVP requested but not required. Questions? Call (850) 484-1200.


Admission is free. Doors open at 6:30pm; program starts at 7pm.

Past Speakers:

  • Rick Bragg
  • Rory Kennedy
  • Caroll Spinney
  • Alexandra Cousteau
  • James McLurkin
  • Trace Beaulieu & Frank Conniff
  • Sonia Manzano
  • Ellen Prager
  • Robert Putnam
  • Margot Carlson Delogne & Anthony Istrico from "The 2 Sides Project"
  • Tegan Griffith & Terrence Davenport from "American Creed"
  • Wayne Flynt & Nancy Anderson
  • Jeff Klinkenberg 
  • Jack E. Davis
  • Ersula Knox-Odom
  • Cynthia Barnett