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WFUV 90.7FM Public Radio from Fordham University in New York City presents


Catch the best from the Bronx. Kathleen Biggins has hosted A Thousand Welcomes continuously since 1986, and in 2006 she earned The Irish Echo newspaper's top annual award in Irish traditional music, the first non-performer to be so honored.

Each week, Kathleen provides information about concerts and events, and she often invites a variety of guests into the studio. Listeners respond enthusiastically. "They seem to enjoy the eclectic nature of the show. One minute you may be hearing music from the Blasket Islands, the next it's from New York's Kips Bay Ceili Band. I'm often told that you never know what you're going to hear next!'

  • Tune in Saturday mornings 9:00am-12 noon Eastern Time


North Carolina Public Radio WUNC presents


Spend your weekend in North Carolina, a hotbed of American roots music. This unique mix of acoustic music has been at home on WUNC for over three decades, and is the station's longest-running locally produced program. Keith Weston and Freddy Jenkins present a Back Porch blend of deep-rooted folk, traditional and new music that transcends time. From contemporary singer-songwriters to Old Time musicians of the 20s and 30s, and from classic Celtic to blues and beyond, each week the program presents a wonderful range of acoustic-based folk music.

After over thirty years of bringing the world of folk and acoustic music to listeners in the Research Triangle, now Back Porch Music sends the homegrown North Carolina sound out around the world every weekend via the internet.

  • Tune in Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm Eastern Time


91.7 KALW Information Radio presents


Travel to the Bay Area of San Francisco to embark on a journey through the best in folk music. On Saturday afternoons folk and bluegrass is the focus of NPR station. JoAnn Mar and Bob Campbell started Folk Music & Beyond on the station fifteen years ago in response to the lack of alternative folk/acoustic-based music on the airwaves back then. And now the program has created a San Francisco tradition of bringing radio listeners the finest contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from throughout America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and many other parts of the world.

  • Tune in Saturday afternoons from 3:00-5:00pm Pacific Time