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This year, like other years, the Folk Alley staff came up with our personal Favorite CDs for 2008 lists ( - click to here see our lists) but we also invited other Folk DJ's and folk music writers to share their lists with us. Scott Alarik from the Boston Globe and SingOut! Magazine replied to our invitation as well as 11 other Folk DJs from all around the US and Canada. You will hear from many of these individuals when we launch our "Best of 2008" side stream in early January!


Dennis Brunnenmeyer
Dennis Brunnenmeyer
KVMR in Nevada City, California: host of Nevada City Limits

Dennis grew up in the heart of Illinois, back in the days when the music of Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, and the WLS Barn Dance were the main sources of radio entertainment. In keeping with his rural background and tastes in music, Nevada City Limits features traditional and contemporary folk music steeped in the traditional hand-me-down style. Nevada City Limits airs bi-weekly on Fridays from 10am - 12noon (pacific); streaming at KVMR.org

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Scott Alarik
Scott Alarik
Boston Globe

Scott Alarik is the principal folk writer for the Boston Globe, and a frequent contributor to Sing Out, and public radio. Before becoming the folk critic for the Boston Globe, Alarik, who grew up in Minnesota, was a popular singer-songwriter on the national folk circuit. He was also a regular performer on A Prairie Home Companion. Alarik mixes his own incisive songs with timeless traditional gems, sung in a rich bass-baritone voice, and sprinkled with what the Boston Globe's Jeff McLaughlin called a "delightfully wry, backbeat wit." Visit Scott Alarik online!

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Gene Shay
Gene Shay
WXPN in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: host of The Folks Show, and also heard on Folk Alley

Gene Shay has been doing folk radio shows for more than 40 years - now on WXPN in Philadelphia and on FolkAlley.com. Gene helped found the Philadelphia Folk Festival in the early 1960s. He is a charter Board member of the Folk Alliance and serves on a number of music related Boards including The Philadelphia Folksong Society, Sing Out! and NERFA. The Folk Show can be heard on WXPN in Philadelphia on Sundays from 8-11pm (eastern); streaming online at XPN.org. Gene is also heard right here on FolkAlley.com on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 5-7 PM (eastern).

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Ron Olesko
Ron Olesko
WFDU in Teaneck, New Jersey: host of Traditions

Ron Olesko is host of WFDU-FM's longest running radio show Traditions, a program that he created in 1980. Ron was nominated in the Broadcaster Category for 2007 Folk Alliance Music & Business Awards and has appeared on XM Satellite Radio's folk channel's Village Liberation series. Ron has written for Sing Out! magazine and is also the President of the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn, NJ; and chairperson for the Northest Regional Folk Alliance formal showcase committee. Traditions can be heard on Sundays from 3-6pm (eastern); streaming online at WFDU.fm

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Ellen Stanley
Ellen Stanley
KFAI Fresh Air Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: host of Womenfolk

Ellen Stanley began her radio journey while a student at Oberlin College, in Ohio where she hosted a women's music program for four years. She has been hosting the long-running Womenfolk program on KFAI Fresh Air Radio in Minneapolis, Minnesota since Fall, 2002. As a banjo player, publicist and music writer, Ellen brings an insider's perspective to the music with exclusive interviews, live guests, eclectic roots music and tasty bits of fun folk trivia. Womenfolk is heard every Sunday from 11 am-1 pm (central) on 90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul; streaming online at KFAI.org - the radio station to listen to in the Twin Cities!

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Jimmie Wilson
Jimmie Wilson
WRUW in Cleveland, Ohio: host of Roll Away the Dew

Jimmie Wilson has been playing folk and acoustic music for listeners in the Cleveland area for nearly 30 years. His Saturday morning show Roll Away the Dew touches on the old and the new, and he stretches the term "folk music" rather broadly. He also records many folk concerts that take place around the area. His recordings can be heard on the Live From Folk Alley page. Roll the the Dew is heard in the Cleveland area on Saturdays from 9:00 - 11:30a.m. (eastern); streaming online at WRUW.org .

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Matt Watroba
Matt Watroba
WDET in Detroit, Michigan: host of Folks Like Us

Folks Like Us is a weekly radio program produced and hosted by Matt Watroba and heard live at WDET-FM, public radio in Detroit. The program features traditional and contemporary folk music recordings, interviews and live performances, and announcements of local concerts, dances, and other events. Folks Like Us can be heard on Saturdays from 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m. (eastern) on WDET; streaming online at WDET.org

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Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke
Erin Radio ~ CHES in Erin, Ontario: host of Acoustic Planet

As the volunteer host of Acoustic Planet on Erin, Ontario's community radio station for the past three years, Steve has developed a growing and loyal audience with his diverse musical selections and regular interviews with artists from all over. Acoustic Planet can be heard Thursday 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.(eastern), and rebroadcast on Monday at 11 p.m.; streaming at Erin Radio

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Bud Johnson
Bud Johnson
host of Acoustic Accents, syndicated throughout Alaska

Bud Johnson is producer and host of Acoustic Accents a 1-hour showcase for folk, roots, bluegrass, and Americana music. Bud began the program 15 years ago at a small community radio station in a remote Alaskan village on the Yukon River. Today the show is syndicated and heard on public radio stations throughout “Last Frontier”. Visit Acoustic Accents online!

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Steve Harris
Steve Harris
KRCC in Colorado Springs, Colorado: hosts Grass Roots Revival

Steve hosts Grass Roots Revival on KRCC, Colorado Springs - a member-supported public radio station affiliated with Colorado College. Each week he plays an eclectic mix of contemporary roots music, with the primary emphasis on bluegrass, folk, Americana, alt-country and roots rock. Grass Roots Revival is heard Wednesday nights from 8-10 pm (mountain) on KRCC; streaming online at KRCC.org

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Steve Jerrett
Steve Jerrett
KOPN in Columbia, Missouri: host of Sunday Morning Coffeehouse

Steve Jerrett has been involved in music for most of his life and in folk music particularly since 1962 when he learned the guitar. As a performer he has played in venues from the New England area and the Midwest. In 1994 Steve began volunteering at KOPN. He inherited The Sunday Morning Show when its host moved away to Colorado. In July of 1994 KOPN's Sunday Morning Coffeehouse was born. Sunday Morning Coffeehouse is heard every Sunday from 9:00 to noon (central) on KOPN; streaming at KOPN.org

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Mark Michaelis
Mark Michaelis
WGDR in Plainfield, Vermont: host of Acoustic Harmony

Mark Michaelis has been hosting Acoustic Harmony on WGDR since 1990. He first discovered the joy of free format programming in the late 70’s while hosting an on campus college radio show and now appreciates that same free format freedom at WGDR where he plays the music of contemporary folk artists and singer songwriters, often featuring live guests and recorded interviews. Acoustic Harmony is heard on alternating Saturdays at 4:30 PM-07:30 PM (eastern); streaming at WGDR.org.

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