Austin City Limits Honored by Rock and Roll HOF

By Frank Heinz
|  Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Austin City Limits Honored by Rock and Roll HOF

Scott Newton/Austin City Limits

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For 35 years, Austin City Limits has brought the best in live music to public television.  Now, the show is being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The show will be designated a historic rock and roll site, one of just nine across the country.

"Austin City Limits represents one of the most unique archives of modern American music," said Terry Stewart, president of the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. "It shares with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting the rock and roll story and educating fans about the cultural significance of this art form."

A historic marker will be placed at the KLRU-TV studio on Oct. 1, celebrating the contributions the show has made to music.  The plaque will be unveiled one day before the annual ACL Music Festival takes over Austin's Zilker Park with 130 bands and tens of thousands of revelers.

"With more than 800 performances on our stage from all musical genres its really amazing to receive this honor from the Rock Hall," said Terry Lickona, executive producer of the show. "The places to receive this honor are iconic and we are thrilled to be included among such legendary venues."

According to the PBS Web site, the other eight sites to be honored by the rock hall are the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent American record label started in the 40s, The Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi and the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa . Five sites are located in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line and WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the term "rock and roll."

Austin City Limits is currently in production of it's 35th season is set to premier in October. 

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