RU professor talks healing with music on public radio program


Jim Borling

For teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues, talking about what they’re feeling can be a challenge, says Jim Borling.

A professor and music therapist at Radford University, Borling uses rock and metal music to help teenagers externalize their internal struggles. It may not sound like medicine, but the professor says "music therapy is a powerful healing practice."

Borling talked about his practices and the power of music on the With Good Reason public radio program in 2012. With Good Reason is rebroadcasting the show April 19-25.

Listeners in the New River Valley can hear the professor at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 22 on Public Radio WVRU 89.9. Programs also are available through podcasts at

With Good Reason has won twice the Gabriel Award for Best Documentary/Public Affairs Program and is also the recipient of top honors from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters and a second place in the Public Radio News Directors’ competition.

With Good Reason is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for the Virginia Higher Education Broadcasting Consortium and is broadcast in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Alaska, California, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

Apr 16, 2014