Songs at the Center is going back on the air, this time on WOSU-TV, beginning in January.

Songs at the Center is going back on the air, this time on WOSU-TV, beginning in January.

Performed and produced at Worthington's McConnell Arts Center, the show features singer-songwriters performing "in-the-round" onstage, with award-winning artist Eric Gnezda as the host.

Gnezda, a Worthington resident, said he is thrilled the show has been picked up by WOSU, which has committed to 26 weeks, beginning with the premiere at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 9. After that, it will run at 12:30 a.m. each Sunday, immediately following the popular Austin City Limits.

Songs had a limited run last spring on the WCMH affiliate MeTV.

Some of those shows will be reformatted for the new run, and eight more are being produced.

The next taping will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the MAC. The taping is free to anyone who wants to watch or be part of the audience, which plays an integral role in the show. The audience is seated onstage with the performers, allowing the television audience to watch the interaction between the singer/songwriters and the audience.

"The audience is just as important as the singer/songwriter," Gnezda said. "The singers pour out their souls with their songs, and the audience reciprocates."

Performers are not difficult to find, as central Ohio -- Worthington in particular -- has become a mecca for singer/ songwriters, he said. The show will spotlight artists from all over the area, as well as a few from outside the area.

"I'm thrilled it's happening at the McConnell (Arts) Center, but this is a show for all of Columbus," Gnezda said.

Shows will include short interviews with artists away from the stage, as well as highlights from the central Ohio music scene.

Songs is co-produced by Alan Beavers of Alba Productions and Andy Herron, operations director at the MAC.

The inspiration behind the show is Gnezda, an award-winning singer/songwriter/speaker who has spent the past 30 years touring with his music and inspirational performances. He performs regularly at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe and was awarded the Ohioana Citation for Music Composition.

Nominated for an Emmy Award as a television producer and on-air talent, Gnezda and his music have been featured on NPR, ESPN, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and the ABC Radio Network.

His latest CD is Songs of Hope in a Changing World, available online.