AUSTIN— After 26 years of stories covering Texas’ wild things and wild places, the Passport to Texas radio program is coming to an end as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department transitions to its new Under the Texas Sky Podcast.
The podcast features long-format audio adventures that cover topics such as the restoration of paddlefish at Caddo Lake to pollinators and native plants, and everything in between. The latest episode is an interview with wildlife artist Clemente Guzman, who illustrated the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine for 29 years. He talks about his wild work and his journey telling the stories of nature through art.
Under the Texas Sky is produced and hosted by Cecilia Nasti, longtime voice of the Passport to Texas radio program. She presents the great outdoors to listeners through the experiences of everyday people as well as experts inside and outside of TPWD. The podcast is not just about Texas Parks and Wildlife Department programs and projects, but about the people who benefit from the work the agency does to keep Texas vibrant.
For 26 years, Passport to Texas covered all things parks and wildlife in Texas, from travel to history, from traditional hunting and fishing to mountain biking and birding. The 90-second, weekday series aired on about 100 radio stations across the state. The series audio engineer has been Joel Block, president of The Block House Studios in Austin, which specializes in spoken word projects and numerous other statewide and national projects. Block now helps produce and engineer Under the Texas Sky.
Listeners can stream or download the podcast at underthetexassky.org, or find it on major podcast platforms.