I have to admit that I spend most of my radio listening time streaming WWOZ out of New Orleans. WWOZ is a national treasure with the most diverse music programming of any radio station in this or any universe. The djs are extremely knowledgable and passionate about their particular music gendres that they share with the world. By the way the djs are all volunteers and for the most part have been doing their radio programs for many years. They are the true guardians of the groove preserving the traditions of jazz, traditional jazz, r&b, rock and roll, soul, tradtional blues, electric blues, funk, zydeco and cajun, traditional Irish, afro Cuban Brazilian, world etc. WWOZ is the nation’s “Guardian of the Groove”.
If you are out and about and want to listen to some great local radio programming here are my recommendations for your music listening pleasure…
KCSM 91.1 Without a doubt the preeminent 24 hour Jazz radio station in the world.
7:00 PM-10:00 PM KFJC 89.7 FM Cousin Mary hosts one of the great all surf music programs on the air
10:00 PM-Midnight KXSF 102 FM The Barnyard Dance Rusty Blades, Wrong Side Of The Road Joe, The Hankster & Shelby Ash hosts a great two hours of American roots music ranging from classic country, folk, rockabilly, western-swing and everything in between
8:00 PM-10:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM J Boogie From bedroom beats to dancefloor treats.
8:00 PM-10:00 PM KPFA 94.1 FM La Onda Bajita Lowrider soul, with a mix of barrio oldies and raza knowledge
10:00 PM-Midnight KPFA 94.1 FM The History Of Funk. Two hours of the strongest, stankiest, uncut fonk anywhere on the airwaves, hosted by Rickey Vincent.
6:00 AM-9:00 AM KPFA 94.1 FM The Gospel Experience Spirituals, vintage gospel, modern and contemporary gospel music to inspire, uplift and educate all people worldwide. Hosted by April Wright.
11:00 AM-2:00 PM KPFA 94.1 FM Blues By The Bay The Blues: highlighting this Afro-American roots art form from its rural country roots to the urban manifestations and regional flavors that encompass the genre. Hosted by Tom Mazzolini.
3:00 PM-4:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM Folk Music & Beyond JoAnn Marr hosts the best in contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world.
3:00 PM-5:00 PM KPFA 94.1 FM JaZzLine Featuring the voices of the JaZzLine Collective! Janice Edwards, Ken “Groovemeister” Pruitt, D-Minor, Thomas Jay and Afrikahn Jahmal Dayvs, serving up the “Evolution of the Blues” in all of its flavors, from BeBop to Hip Hop! ShowCasing our Bay Area Artist (BAJABA), Bay Area Jazz, and Blues Artists.
4:00 PM-5:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM A Patchwork Quilt Kevin Vance hosts Music from Celtic & American traditions, plus talks with singers & songwriters.
5:00 PM-6:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM Bluegrass Signal Peter Thompson hosts Traditional and contemporary bluegrass, usually thematically-based and often featuring Bay Area musicians, in an eclectic mix. Includes a weekly calendar of regional bluegrass concerts and events, often with musical previews
6:00 PM-7:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM Africa Mix MUSIC FROM AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
8:00 PM-9:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM Fog City Blues Devon Strolovitch hosts The weekly digest of Blues in the Bay Area blues and beyond
9:00 PM-11:00 PM KPFA 94.1 FM Con Sabor Explosive Salsa, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music from the classics to the latest. Hosted by Luis Medina.
11:00 AM-1:00PM KPFA 94.1 FM Accross The Great Divide Kevin Vance hosts Music among friends. Folk and acoustic music. Singer/songwriters. Familiar songs and the New from home and across the sea. Stories of Life, Struggle, and Humor.
1:00 PM-3:00 PM KPFA 94.1 FM Americas Back 40 Mary Tilson The Hicks From Coast to Coast. This is without a doubt the best Americana music program on the air in the known universe!!1
3:00 PM-5:00 PM KPFA 94.1 FM Every other week either Ry Edlund hosts Pig In A Pen or Tom Diamant hosts Panhandle country. Both radio programs play great traditional country, bluegrass, cajun, western swing, old time string band and country jazz.
7:00 PM-8:00 PM KALW 91.7 FM Revolutions Per Minute hosted by Sarah Cahill “Revolutions Per Minute” speaks to the musical revolutions of Beethoven, Stravinsky, and John Cage, among others, and evokes the 33 rpms many of us treasure, whether we’re sentimentalists or audiophiles.