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If you enjoy folk and acoustic music, there's plenty to listen to on your radio and the internet. Here's some suggestions.
Many of the broadcast stations listed here also offer live streaming on their websites allowing you to listen even if you are not within the station's coverage area.
WAMC (90.3 FM, Albany, NY)
“Mountain Stage”, Monday 9-11 p.m.
“Live at The Linda”, Wednesday, 8-10 p.m.
WAMC Bluegrass Time, Saturday 10-11 p.m.
“Hudson River Sampler”, Wanda Fischer, Saturday 8-10 pm.
“Thistle & Shamrock”, Fiona Ritchie, Sunday 7-8 pm
WAPJ (89.9 and 105.1, Torrington, CT)
"Blues Uptown", River City Slim, Tuesday, 7-9 pm
"Pickin' & Fiddlin'", Brian Little, Wednesday, 7-9 pm
"UH Radio Bluegrass", Saturday, 12 noon-1 p.m.
WCNI (90.9 FM, New London, CT)
"Blues Nation", Wednesday, 12-3 p.m.
Alternating weeks: “Traditions” with Art Dean, and “Home on the Eclectic Range” with Bridgett Ellis, Sunday 6-9 pm.
WCUW (91.3 FM, Worcester, MA)
“In the Tradition”, Monday-Thursday 7-9 pm
“The Four Green Fields”, Saturday, 10 am-noon
“Sounds of Scotia”, Saturday 12 noon-2 pm
WESU (88.1 FM, Middletown, CT)
"Acoustic Blender", folk, Americana and roots-based music with Bill Revill, Tuesday 6:30-8pm
“75% Folk” with Michael Benson, Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.
"Unfocused Folk" with Chip Austin, 2nd and 4th Mondays, 8-9:30 p.m.
"Celtic Cafe" with Pat Laffan and Marc Gallagher, Saturday 6-7 a.m.
WFUV (90.7 FM, New York, NY)
"American Routes", Sundays, 2-4 a.m.
"Thistle & Shamrock", Sunday, 7-8 a.m.
"Sunday Supper" (Folk) with John Platt, Sundays, 5-8 p.m.
"Ceol na nGael" with Shannon Spillane and Megan Scully, Sundays, noon-4 p.m. (Celtic)
"Woody's Children" with Bob Sherman, Sundays, 4-5 p.m.
"A Thousand Welcomes" with Kathleen Biggins (Celtic), Saturdays, 8-11 a.m.
You can also find podcasts of the two most recent broadcasts of the shows listed above at the WFUV website.
WHUS (91.7 FM, Storrs, CT)
"Tangled Roots" with Uncle Todd, Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
“Bluegrass Cafe,” Amy Orlomoski and Jim Beaver (alternating weeks), Sunday 4-7 p.m.
“Sunday Night Folk Festival”, Susan Forbes Hansen, Sunday 7-10 p.m.
"Tangled Roots" with Uncle Todd and The Captain, Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
WICN (90.5 FM, Worcester, MA)
“Bluegrass Junction” with Tom Banyal, Tuesday, 7-11 pm.
"Against The Grain" Nick DiBlasio features a wide variety of music reminiscent of the days when fm radio wasn't categorized - classic folk, contemporary folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, classic country, alt-country and roots rock, from old favorites to brand new releases by local and international artists, Wednesday, 7-11 pm
“Folk Revival” with Nick DiBiasio, Folk, Americana, Acoustic Blues, Thursday 7-11 pm.
WKZE (98.1 FM, Salisbury, CT and Red Hook, NY)
“New Harmony”, Dick Hermans, Saturday 8-10 a.m.
"The Blueseum", Saturday, 10-11 p.m.
WMNR (88.1 FM, Monroe and 91.5, Guilford, CT)
“Good Folk”, Richard Hageman, Thursday 9:00-11:00 p.m.
WSHU (91.1 FM, Fairfield, CT) &
WSUF (89.9 FM, Noyack/Greenport, NY)
“Profiles in Folk”, Steve Winters, Friday 10-midnight.
“Prairie Home Companion”, Saturday 6-8 pm
“Thistle and Shamrock”, Fiona Ritchie, Saturday 8-9 p.m.
“Acoustic Connections”, Walt Graham, Saturday 9-10 p.m.
WTTC (90.7 FM, Springfield, MA)
"Country Corner Bluegrass" with Dave Helman, Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
WUMB (91.9 FM, Boston, MA)
Full time folk from UMass-Boston, 24/7
Also available streaming at live365.com
WWUH (91.3 FM, West Hartford, CT)
(Also carried by WAPJ in Torrington 89.9 and 105.3, WDJW in Somers 89.7, and WWEB Wallingford 89.9)
“FM On Toast” is a six-day a week morning show airing 6-9 a.m. that explores the many facets of folk. The current schedule is:
Sunday: "Culture Cafe with Brian Grosjean
Monday: "Wilde Roots" with Greg Banks
Tuesday: "Celtic Airs" with Steve Dieterich
Wednesday: "Caterwaul" with Ed McKeon
Thursday: "Pine Grove Blues" with River City Slim
Friday: “Watch this Space” with Susan Forbes Hansen
There are also two folkish afternoon shows:
“Conscious Evolution” with Jim Christiansen, Mondays. 1-4 pm
“Friday Synthesis” with Denise, Fridays. 1-4 pm
And a long-running bluegrass show on Saturday mornings
“UH Radio Bluegrass”, Brian Burness, Saturday 9 am-1 pm
Streaming Internet Radio
All folk, all the time. This extensive site features a 24 hour live stream of contemporary and traditional folk, bluegrass, old-timey, celtic, and much more. There are also many audio and video features available on the website, including concerts recorded in the Folk Alley studios and at folk festivals throughout the United States.
The UK's leading folk and roots music website and radio station, Folk Radio UK presents a 24 hour stream of folk of the British Isles. This very comprehensive site also has plenty of reading about new albums, UK folk artists and more.
On the air for 60 years, The Midnight Special is one of America's oldest continuously running folk music radio shows. Originating from WFMT in Chicago and hosted by Rich Warren, the three-hour weekly show features a wide variety of folk mixed with a few Broadway show tunes and classic comedy. You can listen to the previous week's show anytime by going to the above link and clicking the play button. The show plays in a continuous loop and you will join it in progress. A new show is posted every Sunday morning. You can also listen to Rich's other WFMT shows, Sweet Folk Chicago and the live concert show Folkstage from the same link.
An audio library of more than 100 concerts recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival between 2008 and 2015. Highlights include full-length performances by Nickel Creek, Pokey LaFarge, Aoife O'Donovan, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Chris Thiele & Michael Daves, David Wax Museum, Doc Watson & David Holt, Tim Eriksen, Balfa Toujours, Guy Clark, and a hoot led by Pete Seeger.
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