Program Grid effective January 2017
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Host: Dr. C
Airs: Tuesday at 10 am
The Art of Being is produced and hosted by Deborah Chandler, Ph.D., or “Dr. C." This weekly essay focuses on psychology and personal growth. The philosophy of the Art of Being is: “We create who we are by the choices me make.” Listen in and learn how to make better choice about emotions, needs, and relationships. Find archived episodes, a twitter feed, and a link for comments at www.theaofb.com.
Host: Catskill Coyote
Airs: Friday from 11pm to 2am
Audio Visual features an eclectic assortment of music ? from 1920s blues artists like Robert Johnson and Victoria Spivey to modern day folk/rock artists like Bonnie Raitt and Keb Mo, with a good assortment of jazz, bluegrass, newgrass and pop found in between. "You're likely to hear just about anything," host Andy LaMarca says. He’s a fan of all different kinds of music, many of which find their way into the Audio Visual mix each Friday night.
Host: Sonja Hedlund
Airs: Saturday morning from 6 to 7:30am
Sonja Hedlund will start your Saturday morning right with Ballads and Banjos. The program features a wide range of folk music, from singer-songwriter favorites such as Holly Near and John McCutcheon to folk styles gathered from Sonja's travels around the world. With her deep roots in rural life and community, Sonja offers up a genuine slice of Catskills life each Saturday morning with Ballads and Banjos.
Host: Ron Bernthal
Airs: Tuesday at noon
Borders has been a regularly scheduled weekly travel segment on WJFF since the station's inception. The Borders segment contains a mix of interviews, music, and travel narratives, all within its goal of trying to bring the listener across ‘borders’ and into another region of the country and the world.
Past programs have included actual sounds and narratives from a variety of topics, including a fish auction in Galicia, Spain; a rowdy pub in Glasgow; a sailboat splashing through the Greek islands; a guitar factory in the Philippines; a metal craftsman in Nicosia, Cyprus; a bird market in Hong Kong; U.S. soldiers and residents in Kosovo; an Arlo Guthrie interview; and live commentary from music and film festivals all over the world. Many of the programs include material of local interest as well, including segments from the Trout Festival in Livingston Manor, the Wine Festival in Hyde Park, and numerous arts-related events.
Approximately 500 different Borders segments have been broadcast on WJFF during the past dozen years, winning several awards for the station, including the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award for travel broadcasting from the Society of American Travel Writers, and several First Place awards by the North American Travel Journalist Association.
Borders’ writer and producer Ron Bernthal also produces special programming for WJFF that is distributed to NPR/PRI stations nationally. Programs of this type include "Route 66 and the American Dream" and "An AmericanFabric." Ron Bernthal can be contacted at email@example.com
Host: Graham Rice
Airs: Tuesday from 7 to 8pm
The Wagonload of Monkeys features folk music old and new, acoustic and electric, traditional and contemporary, performed by singers, songwriters and dance bands from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Your host, Graham Rice, previously presented over 300 shows of The BritMix on WJFF. In that time, listeners would often request all-folk editions of The BritMix. Besides being an enthusiastic listener to (and student of) folk music for 40 years, Graham Rice was also once a folk singer himself, singing in folk clubs in Britain and Ireland! By hosting a folk music show, but airing music that will often be new to listeners, Graham hopes to inform, entertain, and to broaden musical horizons.Check out the weekly playlists, videos and more at Wagonload.org and leave comments on the music you’ve heard or would like to hear. Or follow the show on Twitter @WagonloadOfFolk and on Facebook at facebook.com/WagonloadOfMonkeys
Host: Ian Williams
Airs: Friday from 3:30 to 4pm
"Washington Irving Started It."
The Catskill Review of Books is a weekly interview program in which Ian Williams, an author living in the Catskills, interviews other writers about their works. Our added advantage is that instead of relying on the publishers' form Q & A's we actually read their books! Subjects range from Sex to Science Fiction, politics and media, booze and biographies, and where we can talk to local authors, of course we do. But so far our efforts to get Washington Irving on the Ouija board have failed.
Suggestions for subjects, books and interviewees are welcome at Catskillreviewofbooks@igc.org.
Host: Jeff Loeffler
Airs: Friday evening from 9:00 to 11:00pm
The Deep End is a rock/blues program featuring an array of album tracks, rarities, and live recordings from a wide range of artists, both known and obscure. The theory behind the program is to present listeners with a progressive alternative to the monotony of mainstream rock radio as well as to provide a broadcast outlet for a wealth of world class music that is without a forum in the restricted world of commercial broadcasting.
Producer: John Nordstrom & Rosie Starr
Airs: Saturday morning from 11am - 12 pm
Saturday morning on the farm with WJFF's Farm & Country. A broad cast of characters brings interviews, recipes, and more from local farmers, chefs and anyone who gets their hands dirty. Tune in to hear about all the things that make country living so great. Visit Farm & Country on Facebook!
Host: Angela Page
Airs: Saturdays from noon to 1pm
Folk Plus is a blend of music from the contemporary folk scene. Angela Page draws from her experience of music gathered from over 20 years running college folk venues in the late 70's, the Speak Easy in Greenwich Village through the early 80's, her involvement with the production of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine and her ongoing radio work. Starting in March 1993, Angela has been hosting Folk Plus, and pher weekly setlists have been posted to the website since 1998. Angela was a reviewer for SingOut! Magazine, and has been a NERFA showcase judge at Kutsher's Resort in Monticello, New York. WJFF has worked to provide a safe environment to allow Angela to continue volunteering. Visit the Folk Plus webpage here.
Host: Patricia Adams
Airs: Monday at 10am
On Monday morning, following the BBC news hour, From the Desk Of, produced by Patricia Adams, presents listeners with brief portraits of the world's great writers, presented in the form of a literary whodunit. From the Desk Of is one the many special short features produced here at WJFF.
Host: Simon Efrein
Airs: Wednesdays from 9 - 10 pm
Each week Simon explores a new musical genre, learning and sharing with listeners.
Host: Anna Vitale-Gallo
Airs: Sunday evening from 7:00 to 9:00pm
Gift of Peace features music for soothing relaxation and healing. Selections include new age, ambient music, Hindu chants, Native American music, Middle Eastern, Indian, world music and relaxing classical music. Recorded talks by various spiritual and motivational speakers as well as interviews with healers and spiritual teachers are sometimes aired. The intention of the program is to send out positive calming energy, enlightenment and healing for mind, body and spirit.
Host: Ron Penska
Airs: Saturday 2 pm
Hillbilly Heaven is a mixture of Bluegrass, Western Swing, Traditional Country, Old Time and Gospel music. Host Ron Penska draws on his 35 plus years experience as a professional musician to give you history and interesting trivia about the music. Each show starts out with a roots classic from the Father of Bluegrass , Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys from the 1946-49 the Original Band. Each show also features the music of the Father of Western Swing, Milton Brown and his Musical Brownies. With these 2 original artists as a starting point, Hillbilly Heaven leads you on a musical journey from the traditional to the contemporary, from legends in the music to regional and local artists. Each show has an events calendar to keep you up with the live music scene in the WJFF listening area and when possible, recordings of bands passing through the area are featured.
Join Jesse Ballew and other hosts for sixty minutes of red hot bluegrass peppered with cajun and country tunes. On the air since 1994, Jambalaya is one of WJFF’s longest-running programs.
Host: Various independent producers
Airs: Sunday evening from 11pm to midnight
There is always something new and interesting to be heard on Jeff Horse, from talk radio and listener call-in to anything-goes music programming. This one hour on Sunday night is reserved for new producers to get their feet wet and occasional producers to show their stuff.
Host: Thane Peterson
Airs: Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Join Thane for an hour of great jazz music, focused on musicians who are still alive and contributing to the jazz scene.
Host: Ron Bernthal
Airs: Friday morning at 11am
On Fridays, Ron Bernthal's Lost & Saved presents stories of the historical preservation of buildings and other structures, both in our area and throughout the nation. Ron Bernthal also produces a weekly travel piece called Borders that can be heard on Tuesday afternoons at noon. Lost & Saved is one the many excellent short features produced here at WJFF.
Host: Midge Maroni
Producer: Kevin Gref
Airs: Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00pm
Producer, Kevin Gref, brings together a team of independent producers for this weekly news and culture radio magazine.
Click here to go to a gallery of photos related to the stories you hear on Making Waves.
Host: Jason Tougaw
Airs: Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00pm
The Mixtape preserves and celebrates the Do-It-Yourself aesthetic and intimate sharing of the homemade music compilations that flourished in the heyday of the cassette. Click here to visit The Mixtape on Facebook for playlists, upcoming shows, and more!
Airs: Monday from noon to 2pm
Monday Afternoon Classics with Gandalf features minimalist and other inscrutable performances from 20th and 21st century classical music as well as frequent and lively guest interviews. For program notes, playlists, composer information, links and more, visit the webpage for Monday Afternoon Classics with Gandalf.
Host: Kusar Grace
Airs: Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00am
Get into the groove with Kusar Grace who lays down a sweet mix of vintage soul, funk, r&b and jazz.
Host: Mark Shulgasser
Airs: Thursday from 12:00 to 2:00pm
Host: Kathy Geary
Airs: Saturday from 3:00 to 4:00pm
Now and Then explores the music of legendary singer-songwriters with lifetime careers in American and British popular music from 1960 through today, focusing on rock, folk-rock and folk-jazz, both electric and acoustic. Host Kathy Geary talks about composition styles, vocal delivery, biographical background and her own personal reminiscences. The show includes recent recordings and performances from the past two to three years. Join Kathy to remember why you loved them Then and why their music matters to you Now.
Recent programs have covered:: Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Chrissie Hynde, Judy Collins, Seals & Crofts, Leon Russell, Dan Hicks, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Mason, Eric Clapton, Sting, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Van Morrison and others still to come!
Host: Nick Forte
Airs: Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00pmHost Nick Forte digs deeps for obscure musical gems from around the world; whether it's pop from Thailand, Turkish psych rock, Nigerian Funk or German experimental music, Nick blends it into a frothy sonic delicacy. You'll hear "songs that should have been big hits and songs that are such great misses, they may be even better then the hits!" Check out Nick's blog for a full description and playlists from each week's show.
Host: DJ Chucks
Airs: Saturday evening from 10:00pm to 2:00am
What you’ll hear on Saturday nights with Chucks is Old Skool. And that, he says, is “anything that the commercial stations don’t play anymore,” or “real good music.” You’ll hear 60’s, 70’s, 80’s music - rock, soft pop, early rock and punk, maybe even a little honky-tonk drum roll. Chucks likes the 80’s sounds because it’s what he grew up with. Rap was part of his street turntabling in the late 70’s, but didn’t get on vinyl and onto the radio until the early ‘80’s. And you’ll hear those early sounds on the Old Skool Session. Chucks' mother is from Jamaica, and her love of Jamaican music was passed on to Chucks. Tune in for his occasional Rock Steady shows that pay tribute to the blue beat, rock steady, ska and reggae music from Jamaica. And Chucks loves to bring us hip-hop, garage, and disco music. Listen in on Saturday nights from 10pm on — you’ll be in for a treat!
Check out DJ Chucks' website: www.djchucks.com
Host: Kevin McDaniel
Airs: First Saturday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00pm
Join host Kevin McDaniel on the first Saturday of every month at 1pm as he interviews and features performances from the best up-and-coming and established singers and other musicians in our area. If you are interested in appearing on the show, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-482-4141.
Host: Youth Radio Project
Airs: Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00pm
Radio Revolution is WJFF's radio program by teens, for teens. While the the show's team of producers covers pop culture -- music, movies, and more -- they also don't flinch when it comes to more hard-hitting and difficult subject matter of immediacy and importance to young people. And did we mention music?
Host: John Gordon
Airs: Thursday evening from 7 to 9pm
In the words of John Gordon, host ofthe show, "I'm still new to the D.J. business — RambleTamble debuted on 9/10/03. I named the show after a CCR song which rambles in several different directions during its 7 minutes and 9 seconds. There is so much great music around in so many different genres that I would never want to rule anything out. I tend to lean toward Americana Roots, Alt Country, Early Rock and Folk, but those are just starting points. Working at WJFF and doing a music show brings me great joy. I have fun doing the show, and I hope you will have fun listening. Oh, by the way, I like to throw birthday parties on my show for people like T BoneBurnett, John Prine, Rick Nelson and Tom Waits to name a few. "Click playlists and more on the Ramble Tamble webpage.
Host: Liberty Green
Airs: Thursday evening from 10pm to 1:30am
Soul with a capital "S"! Every week L.G. brings to the airwaves a stack of soul records, letters from listeners and a whole lot more.
Host Emma Torres seeks to break down barriers with an hour of Latin music every week by providing a context in English and Spanish. Information on the music, its history, performers and writers is sure to entertain as well as inform. Special features include highlighting the same song twice (once in English and once in Spanish), call-in translation and interviews.
Host: Glenn Wooddell
Airs: Sundays from 11am to noon
Sunday Brunch, the oldest continuously running program on Radio Catskill, is aired every Sunday from 11am to noon, immediately following Weekend Edition. Diversity is the unifying theme of Sunday Brunch. Music of different genres and spoken word are featured each week — with Film Music taking precedence from time to time. Other musical genres featured are theatre, folk, classical, western, vocal, popular, ethnic, light classical, etc. Listener participation is utilized as well.
Host: Carol Pozefsky
Airs: Thursday at 10am
On Thursdays, Take My Word For It, produced by Carol Pozefsky, offers a wide ranging consideration of language, words and phrases, and their origins and meanings. Take My Word For It is one the many excellent short features produced here at WJFF.
Sabrina Artel's Trailer Talk is combination live performance, community event and radio broadcast based in the New York's Catskills region. With her vintage 1965 Beeline travel trailer, Sabrina Artel travels to festivals and events where she invites individuals to participate in what she calls a "public conversation" in a relaxed and comfortable setting. These conversations are broadcast live through speakers mounted outside the trailer, and many interviews are later aired on WJFF during the weekly program. The New York Times described Sabrina Artel's Trailer Talk as "an unusual blend of theater, activism and broadcast journalism."
Although the conversation ranges widely from politics, arts and culture to the environment, agriculture, development and recreation, Sabrina Artel's emphasis is consistently on localism and the contribution of individuals to their communities.
Airs: Sunday from 2 to 3pm
Wild Card will feature a variety of unique and seasonal spoken-word and music specials from both national ant local producers.
Host: Dick Riseling
Airs: Monday evening from 7 to 8pm
WJFF Connections focuses on local, national, and international issues that host, Dick Riseling, feels are tied to the lives of every individual. The slogan, "Think globally, act locally" aptly describes the program's mission. Each show features a topic for discussion and a guest or two. And as a call-in show, listeners are invited to actively participate in the discussion as well. Dick generally kicks off the dialogue with an editorial comment of his own about a particular issue.
Be sure to listen in for the many excellent short features produced here in the WJFF studios. These pieces, ranging from three to ten minutes in length, can be heard throughout the week. From the Desk Of... with Patricia Adams airs Mondays at 10am. Tuesday at 10am it's The Art of Being with Dr. C, then Borders with Ron Bernthal airs at noon. 10am Wednesday we hear WORK SHIFT with James B. Huntington, Carol Pozefsky's Take My Word For It airs Thursdays at 10am and Ron Bernthal's Lost & Saved is Fridays at 11am.
The WJFF airwaves feature the voices of a number of independent producers who contribute in a wide variety of ways including conducting interviews, producing specials, and guest-hosting on shows.