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This year, like other years, the Folk Alley staff came up with our personal Favorite CDs for 2010 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. You will hear from many of these individuals when we launch our "Best of 2010" side stream in early January!

 

Bill Revill
Bill Revill
WESU, 88.1 in Middletown, CT

Bill Revill has been a fan of the broad genre that encompasses folk, Americana, bluegrass and more for decades and had his first radio show while in college on WICB in Ithaca, New York. After 30+ years being off the air, he returned to the air in May 2010 hosting “Acoustic Blender” on WESU, 88.1 in Middletown CT (www.wesufm.org). Being a college station (Wesleyan University) the schedule of his show varies by semester (right now Tuesdays at 7:30) but always includes a blend of fine new and old roots oriented music.

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Dennis Brunnenmeyer
Dennis Brunnenmeyer
KVMR-FM, Nevada City, CA

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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Ellen Stanley
Ellen Stanley
90.3 FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul; streaming online at KFAI.org - the radio station to listen to in the Twin Cities!

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 Tuesday from 2 pm-4 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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Jeff Boudreau
Jeff Boudreau
WCUW in Worcester,MA

With Russ Bellemer, Jeff produces and co-hosts "In the Tradition" on Worcester community radio WCUW.  For Grafton Community Television, Jeff produces and hosts "Blackstone Valley Folk, the Grafton Sessions."  As notloB Folk Concerts, Jeff Boudreau has produced since 2007 more than 75 not-for-profit acoustic concerts in the greater Boston area.

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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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Mary Sue Twohy
Mary Sue Twohy
Host on The Village on Sirius XM

With three CDs (1998, 2001 and 2005) and one tape (1996), Mary Sue Twohy toured regionally and earned awards from the Washington Area Music Association and various national song contests and currently calls Takoma Park, Maryland her home. As a lot of musicians do, Mary Sue found herself involved with many sides to the music business - programming local folk festivals by committee, public relations, emcee, guest speaker, open mic host, stage manager and more. Mary Sue opened her own boutique acoustic music public relations firm for four years, BTM Communications, with assisting clients including Tom Paxton, The Barns of Wolftrap in Vienna, VA. As a publicist, she soon met her future boss Robert Aubry Davis, Program Director of The Village, the folk channel on Sirius XM. Robert welcomed a hand with the contemporary side of folk for The Village. After hosting a show for a short while, the ratings for the folk channel improved and Mary Sue was hired to host 40 hours a week on The Village. Mary Sue celebrates 5 years of on air broadcasting with over 6,000 broadcast hours logged in October 2010.

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Karen Impola
Karen Impola
Iowa Public Radio

Karen Impola has been hosting folk music on Iowa Public Radio (and its precursor stations) since 1990 in a variety of time slots. Her current show, "The Folk Tree" is heard from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. central time on Sundays. The Folk Tree features music that is rooted in tradition, but spreads out in a variety of modern directions, including blues and bluegrass; singer-songwriters new and old; rockers getting back to their acoustic roots; plus excursions into Celtic and world music. The show also features exclusive recordings made at venues throughout the IPR listening area, and occasionally, live musical guests in IPR's very own studios.

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Kim Ruehl
Kim Ruehl
No Depression Community Manager; About.com Folk Music Guide

After dedicating her 20s to the pursuit of a career in folk music, Kim Ruehl began working as a writer in 2004. Since then, she's written features on folk and roots music for publications as variant as Billboard and Seattle's Sound and CityArts magazines. She's the Folk Music Guide for About.com (part of The New York Times Company) and Community Manager at NoDepression.com. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and is writing a book about the life and work of Zilphia Horton ("This Little Light of Mine," "We Shall Overcome," etc).

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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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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 has appeared on Sirius XM Satellite Radio's folk channel's Village Liberation series and hosted the channels New Years Eve show to welcome in 2011. 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 and archived at www.WFDU.fm  

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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 five 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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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 Jarrett
Steve Jarrett
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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