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POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 11:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 27, 2012 - 8:46am

Here in East Texas, there's a church on nearly every corner.

And going to church is a weekly tradition for many East Texans.  But these days, "tradition" may not be the best word to use.

Especially...when you're talking about church music!

The new game in town -- "contemporary" -- is quickly taking over the "traditional" pipe organs and choir lofts.  And not everybody is happy about it.

KETK's Casey Claiborne has tonight's Special Report.

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From religious beginnings in a small Baptist church with only a piano; experiencing drums and guitars do not for me a religious experience make! The pipe organ is still the "King" of instruments and for me, there is no more beautiful way to worship God than with the sounds of organ music and voices lifted in praise!

I did not see one person of color in your piece. It was a very narrow look on worship in East Texas. Was the reason because the minority groups were just overlooked? Not in the KETK targeted demographic? Or not not considered a part of the "Tradition of East Texas?" However this piece did truly reflect the sentiment of the cultural divide in Tyler...too bad it was on an issue that should unite.

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