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LuAnna in Witchita, Kansas
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Frank in the United Kingdom
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Losing Sleep Over Folk Alley

Its nearly 2am here in the UK and I just cannot get myself to bed another reat song comes on
. . . just one more!!!

Chris -- Shropshire, England

Good Things

Thanks love ever so much, I do so enjoy folk music and you folks seem to have a good mix, makes me smile, cry and laugh and sing. All good things!!

Bellevue, Washington

A Nice Surprise

What a nice surprise! I'm a contributing member (who wouldn't contribute when they are bouyed in their everyday as I am by the music you all play?!) ... Thank you for keeping a friendly smile on my face during the hours of 8-5.

Jan in Boston, Mass.

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What the Media Is Saying

Web Sighting
Cleveland Magazine - June 2004

By the time we discovered WKSU's "Folk Alley," more than 10,000 listeners had signed up as users of the 24-hour, folk-music web site. Public Relations Director Robert Burford hopes to surpass the 25,000 mark by the time Folk celebrates its first birthday on Sept. 8. "We had lofty goals and its been tremendous," he says. After toying with the idea of streaming classical music, WKSU decided to focus on folk because of less online competition. The station then made WKSU's part-time musician and folk-music lover, Jim Blum, the show's host. "It's not just a computer jukebox," Burford says. "The music often has thematic connections. It's really carefully put together and we can't find anything out there like it." Apparently, others feel the same way. Listeners hail from 46 of the 50 states and a host of foreign countries, including Brazil, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan.

Acoustic Guitar - March 2004

Kent State University's radio station, WKSU, has launched Folk Alley (, streaming traditional and contemporary folk music 24 hours a day. The site also includes host/station announcer Jim Blum's weblog, music news updates, reviews, and a listener feedback forum.

Just Plain Folk
The Plain Dealer - November 11, 2003

As Northeast Ohio's most listened to and beloved folk music disc jockey, WKSU FM/89.7's Jim Blum celebrated 20 years with the station and, barring calamity, he'll be around for 20 more.

"The question I'm always asking is: What is folk music? What isn't it? I don't want to be pigeonholed. I try to come up with a variety of music with a professional presentation." Blum talks excitedly about WKSU's new Internet offering called "The second largest city where we had listeners was Tokyo. Were in the early stages of FolkAlley, but the possibilities seem endless," he said.

--Michael Heaton

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