Folk Show Hosts
Folk Show Coordinator/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel has been a Folk Show volunteer for many years, and he mostly works behind the scenes to train new hosts, schedule staff, and review albums. He loves hearing from listeners who have discovered a new song on the Folk Show.
Susie loves all flavors of folk and world traditional music. She's learning to play the mandolin and occasionally cuts a rug at contra dances. Susie also works as a GIS technician at Penn State and bikes the local trails with her husband, Chuck.
Tom has been teaching comparative literature and German, and listening to the Folk Show at Penn State for 25 years. His literary studies have brought him in contact with much world music that he likes to share. His undergrad thesis was a comparison of Bob Dylan with a German political singer/songwriter.
Leah Bug was introduced to the WPSU Folk Scene by fellow host Susie Anderson. Traveling to various countries provided a strong foundation for her musical appreciation and adoration, which she enjoys sharing with fellow listeners.
Old timey folk, bluegrass, and civil war tunes take Jennifer back to her Kentucky roots. She jams on the dulcimer with friends and is a clinical dietitian at a non-profit outpatient clinic in Baltimore.
Cleo is in 12th grade at State College Area High School, and is one of several hosts who have started broadcasting as a teenager. She's been hosting the Folk Show since 2009, and enjoys it a lot. She also enjoys fencing, reading, science, and spending time with her younger sisters.
An art director by trade, Jim is also a singer-songwriter. In 2007, he won first place in the Susqueanna Folk Music Society Annual Songwriting Contest. He lives in Bellefonte with his wife, Cynthia, and cats, Boo Boo and Bam Bam.
Kathy's contribution to the Folk Show is behind-the-scenes. She keeps her eyes and ears open for news of upcoming folk music events, and makes sure they get added to the WPSU calendar. From events on the calendar, she then compiles a handful of the "best picks" to be mentioned during broadcast of the Folk Show.
Ben's musical love is world and international folk music. He is a counselor for homeless youth, boasts Pleasant Gap's largest collection of Chinese propaganda from the Cultural Revolution, and publishes politically inflammatory board games.
John has been involved with all varieties of folk music since 1958, and he has played guitar, banjo, and mandolin for many years. His current focus is old-time and traditional dance music.
Adam really got into folk music after tracing the roots of his teenage idol, Bob Dylan. He now listens to everything from indie rock and jazz to zydeco and eastern European gypsy. Adam works for as an IT consultant in Penn State's College of IST.
John has been singing folk since the 50s, and he started playing guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music in the early 90s. John supports his habits by teaching various law and management courses at Penn State.
Paul grew up with the folk music of Carolinas' foothills. He plays guitar and especially likes celtic, bluegrass, and singer-songwriters. Some of his favorites are David Wilcox, Nancy Griffith, John Gorka, and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
Bob grew up during the 60s folk revival and has a soft spot for Van Ronk, Odetta, Doc Watson, and the Guthries. Beyond folk, he has been influenced by Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash, and the Beatles. He now lives on a small farm in the Buffalo Run Valley.
Max was infected with the Folk Virus at the age of 10 by a single item tucked into his father's record collection, “The Folk Box.” His mother became very aware of the infection when while other youth were asking for “Thriller” for Christmas, in the winter of 1982, he was asking her to track down a copy of “Negro Prison Camp Worksongs.” Little is known between 1982 and 1996 when he began publishing mudcat.org. The rest is well documented.
In 2004 Frank retired as associate director of Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory. Now he has more time to play guitar and jam with his son, Greg, who plays banjo, fiddle, and mandolin. Frank especially enjoys bluegrass and old-time music.
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Steve enjoys folk music of all flavors, but living in Austin created a special place in his heart for Texas' blend of folk-country-blues by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Toni Price, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
Art runs the Wagon Shed Concert Series in New Freedom, PA, and plays guitar and sings at coffeehouses. He is a partner in the Baltimore-based Entertainment Consultants, where he designs and produces concerts, festivals, and events for non profit organizations.
Thad appreciates the genuine and organic flavor of folk music. His son, Jacob, loves listening to daddy on the radio. When Thad's not "playing radio" or working at M&T Bank, he enjoys running with the Nittany Valley Hash House Harriers.
Laurel first became a folk fan as a preteen living in Germany. She "plays her ear," choosing to appreciate and share music rather than creating it herself. Almost every May, she treks to Texas for the 18-day Kerrville Folk Festival and returns with lots of new music.
Joe likes a variety of acoustic music with a particular interest in old-time music and country blues. Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their canine friend, Baxter, and plays in the State College celtic band, Callanish
A native of Minnesota, Leslie is active in the local folk music scene and plays the acoustic bass with a contradance band.
Will got hooked on bluegrass music while living in North Carolina. He later lived in Seattle where he played in bluegrass bands and accompanied Texas fiddlers. Today he plays guitar for his kids and studies molecular motors at Penn State.
Dave's favorite folk genre's are singer songwriter, acoustic blues and old time (especially The Duhks, Old Crow Medicine Show and Crooked Still). Dave teaches English at the Bellefonte Area High School, lives in Pleasant Gap and is happily married with two cats and a dog. For the next few months Dave is going to take a break from hosting to concentrate in his spare time on listening to the Folk Show!
Cliff has been listening to the Folk Show since the 80s. His day job is a community planner in the public sector. He also likes to get out on his bicycle or cross-country skis.
Paul got hooked on folk during his teen years, and he still loves the well-turned phrases, haunting melodies, and intriguing outlooks of singer-songwriters. In everyday life, Paul runs his own database consulting business.
Brian started playing the bluegrass banjo and later added guitar, dobro, and bottleneck. He particularly enjoys high-energy, high-lonesome bluegrass, delta-style blues, classic Hawaiian steel guitar. Brian finished his Ph.D. in geography, and is now a professor in Rochester NY