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Your Weekly Schedule: Listen to Folk Radio 24/7 anywhere!
This schedule gives radio show times for each day of the week - plus archived programs you can access 24/7. No matter what time of night or day, no matter where you are, you can hear the best in folk radio.

Acoustic Cafe
Excellent. If you don't get this syndicated Phila. show on a public station near you, you can tune in to this commercial site free, Sat. 10am. Also check out their incredible archive of past shows. The very best folk and acoustic artists.

Alabama Public Radio
(WUAL/WQPR/WAPR) "All Things Acoustic": folk, singer-songwriter, and world music F 7:30-9pm. Bama Bluegrass: Sat. 6-8pm; Bayou Boogie: Sat. 8-9pm; Overnight Blues: Sat. 10pm - Sun. 5am. Click on schedule to listen.

Americana in Paris (Sisyphus Tracks Internet Radio)
French Americana buff webcasts such icons as John Prine, Gene Parsons and Springsteen as well as Elliott Murphy, Jack Hardy and Al Grierson.

Artmusic Coffeehouse
NJ's first weekly musical webcast, with performances interspersed with interviews.

BBC Radio 2
Two folk/americana shows: 1) Mike Harding on Wednesdays from 3-4pm -- U.S. Eastern Time 2) Bob Harris on Thursdays from 2-3pm -- U.S. Eastern Time.
An index of 8 folk radio broadcasts and webcasts with links to realtime shows and archives. Slow to load with annoying audio sponsor ads and pop-up windows. The future of music on the internet? CD Jukebox
Hear entire CDs by dozens of folk and folk-pop performers in Real Audio. Scroll RealPlayer indicator past annoying ads.

Univ. of Toronto. Mon. 9-10pm Acoustic Workshop (live concerts); Th. 8-10pm Great North Wind (Canadian folk, live concerts); Fri. 8-10pm Atlantic Ceilidh (Celtic).

London, Ontario Allistair Brown's traditional music show, "A Sign of the Times" airs Sundays 9-11am and can be heard any time at this archive site. Focus is music from and rooted in the British Isles.

Toronto, Canada. Acoustic Routes with Joel Wortzman focuses on contemporary acoustic singer/songwriters Sun. 7-8 pm.

90.3 FM, Montreal, Canada. Folk Roots/Folk Branches with Mike Regenstreif, Thurs. 9:00-11:30 (Eastern). All shows archived for 2 months.

Club Passim - Live
Live nightly broadcasts from this legendary club in Cambridge, MA.

Folk Alley
Sponsored by the folks at WKSU, Kent State University, Kent OH (see below)

Folk Image
An Internet website offering archives of D.J'd acoustic music programs from WADN. Uses Windows Media Player.

Globe Radio
Mix of Americana, alternative acoustic, folk, singer-songwriters and world beat music. From the good folks at Goshen College, Goshen IN.

Grassy Hill Radio Best of the Net
Streaming hundreds and hundreds of MPEGs - 24/7 - mostly contemporary folk songs. Highly rated.

Heaven's Bar & Grill Folk Radio List
Santa Cruz DJ Clytia Fuller has collected a number of online folk shows and webcasts and shares the info on her website.

Hober Thinking Radio Best of the Net
24/7 no-talk webcast of great acoustic music - traditional and classic folk to contemporary artists. One of the best selections on the net.

House of Blues
Eclectic site runs the gamut from blues to rock and hip-hop. Weekly schedule of webcasts - audio and some video.

Texas singersongwriters - weekly broadcasts.

24/7 webcast schedule of folk, bluegrass and roots music.

University of Kansas. Hear "Trail Mix" Sundays from 1 to 7 pm central time with veteran DJ Bob McWilliams.

Pacific Grove, CA. Roadside Cafe: Eclectic with focus on folk/Americana, interviews daily, M-F 9am-noon (Pacific time). Old Dust Trai: Trad. folk, bluegrass, old-timey and 'real' country 4-6 PM Sat.

Bellevue, WA. Richard Gillmann's "Lunch With Folks" - Mon. Noon-3pm.

KCSN - (Calif. State University Northridge)
Saturday: 6a - 7a Around the Campfire [Songs by, for or about cowboys] 7a - 9a Bluegrass Express; Sunday: 6a - 10a Bluegrass, Etc. (Pacific Time).

St. Louis MO Great community radio; mucho & varied folk. Roots/blues shows 4-7pm weekdays. M-W 9-noon. Sat & Sun: 10am-5:30pm (various - songwriters to Eastern Euro) For details, see program schedule).

UC Davis, CA Su 7-8pm Acoustic Blues; M 4-6am more blues; W 6-8:30am folk; Th 9:30a-12pm Songwriters; Sa 9am-noon folk; Sa 12-3pm New & Trad. Latino music (schedule)

Boulder, CO. Top-notch community radio. Free-form radio weekdays 9:30am-12pm and 1-4pm (local time), mixes folk, acoustic, roots music and rock. More on Sat.: 9am-12pm plus "Loafer's Glory" with Utah Phillips 12-1pm (schedule).

KPFK (Pacifica, Los Angeles)
Saturday: 6a - 8a Wildwood Flower [primarily Bluegrass] 8a - 10a Heartfelt Music [40 years, same host] Sunday: 7p - 10p Folk Scene [yes, the Larmans from their original home]. (Pacific Time)

KPIG has a variety of folk/acoustic programming - nearly 90%. Also hosts Roz and Howard Larman's longrunning Folkscene show and archives.

Rice Univ., Houston TX Texas oriented Chickenskin Music, Th 7-10pm.

Austin TX (University of Texas) Has a definite Texas twang to its American folk shows. (schedule) Sat.: 5-6am Planetary Folkways; 9-1pm Folkways. Sun.: 7-8pm Live at the Cactus Cafe.

Nevada City, CA Mon.10 am- noon: The Long & Dusty Road; Fri. 10am - noon: Folk Say/Folk Plus; Wed. 8-10 pm: Celtic Cadence; Sun. 11 am- noon: Loafer's Glory, host U. Utah Phillips.

San Diego, CA "Music Without Boundaries" with Kenny Weissberg crosses over between folk, rock and world music. Sun. 8-10pm (show info.).

Santa Cruz CA Clytia Fuller's "Heaven's Bar 'n Grill" Fri 9-noon. (Folk show site). Best way to listen: click on link above, type KZSC in search box. Station appears in pop-up menu.

Live College Radio
Connect to over 40 college stations. It's not all folk, but it's independent, progressive, eclectic programming.
This innovative site allows "broadcasters" to create and share their own programming. Find over 75 folk broadcasts when you search on "folk." A couple of stations with unusual eclectic focus include Singer Songwriter Radio, wreck your and Sisyphus Tracks (aka Americana in Paris).

Midnight Special
Chicago, IL Real time and archived broadcasts of classic WFMT Chicago program via Yahoo Broadcast. Sat. 9pm-12am Central time. Also, on WFMT, Folkstage 8-9pm

Mudcat Cafe Radio
Mudcat - which hosts the Digitrad archive, broadcasts (Wed. 7pm EST). It also archives selected shows from CIUT, the nationally syndicated Mississippi Crossroads, and WFDU's Traditions.

Music Sojourn
Interesting site! Archived shows in every genre: Coffeehouse, Folk Rock Cafe, Celtic Currents, Celtic Rock & Reel. Loads slowly, some traffic problems.

Musiconradio. "Singer-songwriter radio" Free webcast.

Net Radio
More info.

Online Folk Festival
Eclectic, excellent selection offered as a 24/7 streaming webcast.
Features schedule listings for thousands of public radio stations and programs around the world.

Radio 5UV
Adelaide, Australia Community Radio Aussie style. Folk show, running since 1974, is on 5-7pm local time (that's 7:30-9:30 am EST). Sun 12-1pm: Bluegrass (info).

Radio Woodstock
"the true spirit of Woodstock lives..."? I don't think so - rabidly commercial site features today's blandest rock bands. If you can find the folk, let me know.
This site broadcasts live music from Club Passim and the Kendall Cafe nightly.

Radio Scotland
Iain Anderson's show airs weekdays 9-10pm GMT - which brings it to the U.S in the afternoon. Focus is American singer-songwriters.

Ireland Ceili House: traditional Celtic music Sat. 9:15 -11pm (local; ~4-6pm EST); Late Session runs Fri. 11pm-12am. Previous week's shows are archived (schedule).

RTR-FM Australia
Acoustic Routes, from 7-9 pm Western Australia - Time on Monday evenings (6-8 am Mondays EST).

Continuous streaming homemade radio stations in all genres, including folk.

Continuous broadcasts of folk and blues can be found here.

Mondays, 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern. This quirky, 30-min. live improvisational interactive webcast from Whidbey Island in Puget Sound has artists raving. Extensive archives - video too! A real find.

Vin Scelsa's "Live at Lunch"
Vin Scelsa's long-running show on WNEW in NY, "Idiot's Delight," is no more, but this webcast runs Tues-Thurs, 12-3pm - plus extensive archives will keep you sated - if you have Windows Media Player.

Syracuse, NY World Song Shop, Sun 10pm - 1am. Show's page at:

Albany NY This huge public station hits most of Eastern Upstate NY and offers top notch programs - great news/public affairs too.Tues.: 10-11pm E-Town; Sat.: 8-10:30pm Hudson River Sampler w/ Wanda Fischer.

Washington DC. Sundays: Bluegrass Overnight 12am-6am; Stained Glass Bluegrass 6-10am; The Ray Davis Show 10am-1pm; The Dick Spottswood show 1-3pm (old-timey, roots, blues, cajun and more).

Detroit-Wayne State U. Matt Watroba hosts "Folks Like Us," Sats. 12 pm - 3 pm. The show has its own website with playlists, etc. at

Sergeantsville, NJ Tree and Root - Folk and traditional music from Scotland, Ireland and England. Monday nights 10:00 pm to Midnight.

Washington DC Traditions: Sat 9pm-1am. Lone folk program on this classical station.

Amherst, MA (University of Massachusetts) 9pm-midnight: Susan Forbes Hansen's Saturday Night Folk Festival (mostly singer-songwriters, usually oriented toward soft-folk).

Teaneck, NJ (Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.) Long-running morning drive-time weekdays plus 9-10am (Celtic) and 3-6pm (trad.) weekends. Enter call letters in search box. Program guide.

WFMT - home of Midnight Special and Folk Stage New
Chicago, IL. This classical station folk shows Saturday from 8pm-midnight. Folk Stage is generally broadcast live from the studio; Midnight Special with Rich Warren is a classic. Archived too.

, Bloomington IN Free form community radio station offers eclectic programs all week. WomenSpace Th 9-11pm; roots-oriented folk/acoustic Sat. 8am-2pm (schedule).

WFMU - Secret Museum of the Air - Archives
Fantastic variety of acoustic music - antique and modern, hosted by Citizen Kafka.

Fayetteville, NC. Original Down Home Blues: Fri 7pm-12am EST. Good Tyme Bluegrass Show Sat 11am-4pm. Acoustic Planet (folk/songwriter) Sat 8pm-12am.

Whole Wheat Radio
Originating in a 12x12 cabin in Talkeetna, Alaska, the focus is indie songwriters, folk, blues, jazz. Tries to create an interactive,online community.

, Storrs CT (University of Connecticut) Mornings 8-10am: M eclectic, W spiritual bent, F Celtic. Sundays 2-4 bluegrass, 4-7 eclectic acoustic/folk-rock, 7-11 light folk. (info.)

-FM, East Lansing, MI Webcasts Sun. folk & Celtic shows: "The Folk Tradition" w Bob Blackman (6 -7pm - also archived for a week), plus syndicated shows "Folk Sampler" w Mike Flynn - 7pm, Fiona Ritchie's "Thistle and Shamrock" 8 pm, and "Celtic Connections" w Bryan Kelso Crow - 9 pm (Eastern).

, Kent OH (Kent State University This powerful station at Kent Univ. offers Jim Blum's folk show 8pm-midnight Fri - Sun! You can hear archives of most recent week's shows, view all playlists, or join a folk chat room/Bulletin Board. (schedule)

Tampa, FL Legendary community radio, extensive folk programming. The Morning Show: weekdays 6-11am, Sat. 8-10am, Sun 10am-noon; Celtic music Thurs 7-9pm (schedule).

(University of Southern Maine) Portland ME Folk Block from 9-11 am weekdays, with music varying from south western, oldtimey , straight ahead bluegrass , Americana, singer songwriter and acoustic.

Umass, Univ. of Amherst MA The Acoustic Café: Singer-Songwriters of the 90's is now on Mondays, 6-9am.

Spindale, NC. Amazing array of folk related programs nearly all the time: eclectic weekdays 7 to 7, specialty bluegrass, old time country, New Orleans Jazz, plus Acoustic Cafe and Mountain Stage.

New England College, NH Music For The Mountain (bluegrass, 2-4pm EST) and The Song Swap (contemporary acoustic (folk?, 4-6pm) every Sunday. Try out their on-line request line:

"Acoustic Sunrise" M-F, 5:30-10am (acoustic, folk rock, celtic), Sat, 6-9am "Saturday Sunrise," Sun, 7-11am "Bluegrass Sunday Morning."

Evanston IL (Northwestern University) Folk music from 10:00am-12:30 Sundays (CDT). New hip site design.

Provincetown, MA. Extensive folk programming weekday mornings and evenings.

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour
Live performance Americana radio show features many fine singer-songwriters (folk/easy listening) as guests.

WPLN - The Songwriter Sessions
Weekly broadcast of this song swap recorded live from WPLN's Studio C in Nashville.

WPR - Simply Folk
Sunday nights 5 -8 pm central time on 15 Wisconsin Public Radio stations, broadcast in real time. Twenty-one years and going strong.

Bates College, Lewiston, ME Folk Beat - an eclectic mix of folk genres, Saturday 10:00am-noon, Eastern. Folk Beat is a Sing Out! Radio Partner.

Rhode Island University, Kingston, RI. Folk music programming weekday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Kingston Coffeehouse, Tuesdays. Children's music on Sunday eves.

Annapolis MD A rare freeform, progressive music station that blends folk/acoustic music with other genres as well as offering a few folk/acoustic shows.

There is also a Shoutcast mp3 stream as well as a Windows Media stream

WRUR 88.5
Rochester, NY "A Variety of Folk" airs Fri. 4 - 6 pm. Hosts Tom Bohan & Ray Baumler play traditional, singer/songwriters, celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and blues. Show web page at

Boston MA WUMB plays more folk/roots/singer-songwriter music than any other station in the U.S. - all day, every day. (schedule)

Stony Brook, NY Charlie Backfish has an acoustic-oriented show, Sunday Street, Sun 9-11:30AM.

Ithaca NY Bound for Glory has broadcast live concerts 8-10pm Sundays for 31 years. (BFG info and archive of show line-ups). Also folk Su 10am-2:30pm.

Florida, NY. Hootenanny Cafe airs Friday at 7:00PM (EST) and repeats on Sunday at 11:00PM (EST).

Newark DE A small community station with folk programming weekdays 9am-noon and free form radio 6-9am. (schedule)

Hartford CT (University of Hartford) Strong shows every wkday 6-9am (M,W,F Contemp.; T Celtic, Th, Sun Bluegrass); Fri 1-4pm roots mix & Sat 9am-1pm Bluegrass. Great public affairs too.

Philadelphia, PA. Gene Shay's folk show focuses on singer-songwriters, Sun 4-8pm. Many other cool shows.

Pittsburgh, PA Two folk/roots shows on Sundays: 1) Ken Batista's "American Sampler" from 7am-12noon, eastern time 2) Kate Borger's "Roots & Rhythm Mix" from 12noon-3pm, eastern time.


Hugh Blumenfeld, Editor


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