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David John Scribner collection

Identifier: MS 0709
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains fliers, correspondence, KTRU-related items, and audio given to or recorded by David John Scribner.


  • Creation: 1969 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

David John Scribner grew up in Bemidji, Minnesota where he devloped his love of music. After an extended road trip, he found himself in Houston in 1971. By 1976, he was DJing at KUHF. He hosted jazz and big band focused programs there until 1986.

After KTRU re-opened after the June 1976 flood, he began doing early morning shifts. On January 8, 1979, he began the radio show "Chicken Skin Music" on KTRU. He hosted the show until the summer of 2017. The radio program featured Americana, blues, folk, and other music off the beaten path. Scribner also conducted interviews with local Houston folk musicians including Richard Dobson, The Banded Geckos, Bill Cade, Sean Walters, Eric Taylor, Lucinda Williams, and Don Sanders.

At KTRU, in addition to "Chicken Skin," he brought his love of big band music to the station in the late 1980s-early 1990s. He also hosted a few shows that focused on new wave.


1.75 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

5.20 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0709aip_001 (5.20 GB))

8.27 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0709aip_002 (8.27 GB))

3.14 Gigabytes (Nearline access: MS0709aip_002 (3.14 GB))

Language of Materials



This collection consists mainly of audio and other items collected by David John Scribner.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by David John Scribner October 2017 and June 2018.


Additional materials are not expected for this collection.

Related Materials

Please see the Rice University KTRU Radio records, UA 011.

  • 1 reels labeled Tish, 2 reels in a blue box.
Guide to the David John Scribner collection, 1969-2017
Norie Guthrie
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA