The Gene Shay Celebration Recap

On March 1st, 2015, we packed the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia to the gills in celebration of “the dean of folk radio” Gene Shay’s 80th birthday (and his recent retirement from radio). Thanks to the amazing line-up of performers: Tom Paxton, Janis Ian, Silk City, Kim and Reggie Harris, … → read more

Turn Your Radio On

WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS Fund Drive Playlists for February 1 & 8, 2015 The Carter Family recording of “Heaven’s Radio” and John Hartford‘s version of “Turn Your Radio On” are two of my “lucky charm” songs that I play on my WFDU-FM radio show every February. While my show is not a … → read more

Legendary Folk DJ Gene Shay to Retire

Beloved Philadelphia folk music DJ and icon Gene Shay announced that he will be retiring from broadcasting. Shay has been an influential member to the folk music community for more than five decades. WXPN, a non-commercial, member-supported radio service out of the University of Pennsylvania who currently hosts Shay’s “The … → read more


This Sunday, April 12, WFDU-FM’s TRADITIONS (3 to 6pm ET on 89.1FM – for streaming audio) will feature two special segments in celebration of Woody Guthrie.Folk radio icon and Philadelphia Folk Festival emcee Gene Shay will offer a report on the 2008 “Woody Fest” – the annual Woody Guthrie … → read more

NERFA 2007

THE DAVE ROWE TRIOwarm up during an informalshowcase at NERFA Another NERFA has come and gone. No, NERFA is not a new strain of virus – although it is an infectious gathering of members of the folk music industry. Each year since 1994, a group of approximately 600 people gather … → read more