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Friends, Kossacks, Countryman... lend me your ears...

Hello everyone - want to take a break from politics?

Would you like to visit a place where music still matters? How about a place so progressive that the DJs are all volunteers, there are no commercials. A place where the music flows freely, without censorship or corporate programming day and night. A place without the constraints of a broadcast network or college/university affiliation.

A place where the DJs set the format, and that format changes on schedule every couple of hours

Yes a place like that exist, and it's a real radio station, with a powerful FM transmitter as well as digital real-time streaming.

And it's from the birthplace of Rock and Roll. The home of the Blues.  

More below the Kos-a-wiggle....

The station is WEVL, FM 89.9. It's in Memphis, Tennessee and plays the widest, most eclectic and amazing music you'll find anywhere.

Really. No kidding. Honestly.

Variety? Well how's this for a sample. Here's today's (Saturday's) Schedule...

Bluff City Barn Dance
Program Genre:    Country/Bluegrass
Description:    Bluegrass and old-time from way back then to here and now. With the Ol’ Ridge Runner, a 30-year WEVL bluegrass host.
Day & Time:    Saturday, 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Strands of the Celtic Knot
Program Genre:    World Music
Description:    Folk music and culture of Scotland, Ireland, Britain, and Wales, hosted by Robert Campbell. 20+ year WEVL program.
Day & Time:    Saturday, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Through The Cracks (This is one of my favorite shows)
Program Genre:    Folk/Singer-Songwriter
Description:    Contemporary folk, alternative country, adult rock and everything in between. Presented by Ed. 20 year WEVL program.
Check out my playlists here.
This program repeats Thursday 2-4 PM.

E-Town (a rare syndicated show that they re-broadcast - VERY WORTHY)
Program Genre:    Eclectic
Description:    Music from the historic Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado along with interviews and information about our environment. This program repeats Thursday 10-11 AM.
Day & Time:    Saturday, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Program Host:    Nick & Helen Forster

Pajama Party
Program Genre:    Eclectic
Description:    Eclectic selections of listening confections. From the Velvet Underground to the Velvet Fog to Golden Smog, etc. Hosted by Rebecca.
A partial playlist for this program can often be found at yes.com.
Day & Time:    Saturday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Soul Stew
Program Genre:    Blues/R&B/Soul
Description:    Blues, rock, rhythm and soul with Brett Fleming. 14 year WEVL program.
Day & Time:    Saturday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Against The Grain
Program Genre:    Rock
Description:    Independent punk and hardcore from the late ’70s & early ’80s, with Uncle Roy.
Day & Time:    Saturday, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

all that in just one day... Want more blues? It's there. Like progressive rock? there too. Woman's music ? LOTs (and really good stuff too!) How about a half-hour dedicated to Hawian slat-key guitar music? It's there too - (hint - Thursdays).

The full schedule, as well as the link for streaming can be found here...

WEVL Website for schedule, streaming, donations

I hope you find the station as refreshing and entertaining as we do. I've been a member since we moved here in the 90s and support it every year with donations.... and you can too! Twice a year the station runs a pledge drive to fund it - there are only a handful of paid employees, everything else goes into the operation of the station. You can listen on line and if you feel the urge, donate too!

Even if you don't donate, give it a listen. You'll hear real people, with a real passion for music and diversity. Continually voted by readers of the Memphis Flyer as the best FM station in the city, I maintain it is the best FM station...
... in the world!

Enjoy!

(fixed the typo on Celtic Knot)

Originally posted to zipn on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    "The price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings" Adam Durst/Counting Crows

    by zipn on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:45:04 AM PDT

  •  Thx for this (6+ / 0-)

    I don't do tv, but I can't get enough radio.  I broadcast stations - usually progressive talk radio - throughout my home and "tune in" on half a dozen quality radio receivers.

    Always looking for a good rock station - like progressive talk, they're becoming rare too.

    “Are you calling the Koch brothers during the recess?” - Henry Waxman

    by thenekkidtruth on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:50:06 AM PDT

  •  WEVL Is Great (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    porchdog1961, IndieGuy, oceanview

    One of the best.  

    Tom Claypool's New Orleans Music show is a don't-miss.

    See alsoThe Guardian Of The Groove.

    •  Ooops (0+ / 0-)

      I know better - Or should I have typed... 'no better'

      Yes, it's KNOT not NOT.

      Not that it matters - it's a great show. I kid you not.

      "The price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings" Adam Durst/Counting Crows

      by zipn on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:39:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Celtic Not? (4+ / 0-)

    Maybe knot.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:40:44 AM PDT

  •  I beg to differ. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    porchdog1961, PSzymeczek

    The GREATEST FM station on the planet is KXCI 91.3 in Tucson, Arizona.

    The GOP ... Government of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%

    by Azazello on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:58:27 AM PDT

    •  Couldn't agree more. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Azazello

      Just for the fact that they have Democracy NOW! on Monday through Friday at noon.  Unfortunately, when you get into the bowels of Cochise County, reception is a little iffy.

      The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

      by PSzymeczek on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 01:02:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Radio Paradise ? (0+ / 0-)

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:59:17 AM PDT

  •  Eh ? (0+ / 0-)
    widest, most eclectic and amazing music you'll find anywhere.
    Santa Cruz 88.1 FM

    http://www.kzsc.org/

    http://www.kzsc.org/...

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:10:04 AM PDT

    •  NIce (0+ / 0-)

      Never heard of that one. Looks like a similar format to many college stations. I'm a big fan of the mighty tool.. WTUL FM in New Orleans, but alas it is a college station. They're great places to go for progressive music. I rank them a close second to the WEVL though.

      WEVL is truly independent. No college, No university, No NPR / Public Broadcasting.

      It's a special place with an extremely wide and diverse schedule. Click on the link and look at the different music formats. Varies every day. The DJ's come in from all around the area to do their show. Many will post playlist, and you'll want that because you'll hear things on the WEVL you never knew existed and won't hear anyplace else.

      Thanks.. Enjoy!

      "The price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings" Adam Durst/Counting Crows

      by zipn on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:45:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I LOVE radio! (0+ / 0-)

    I grew up near L.A. when you could still get a variety of programming on commercial radio. Yeah, I know. The constant lament of the aged: Everything used to be better;-)
    We have a great station about a half-mile from my house, licensed to and owned by the local school district. It's a lifeline for fans of roots music, and people who prefer not to hear DJs who sound like they're in a middle-school boy's locker room. I love this station.
    I was a volunteer for a time at KPFK in North Hollywood. Good times.

    ...and dropping a bar bell he points to the sky, saying "The sun's not yellow-it's CHICKEN!"

    by porchdog1961 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:10:46 AM PDT

  •  Nah. . .It's WKCP Classical South Florida (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    killtherich, oceanview

    89.7 FM.  24-7 great music and special programming, including Live! from the Met, which I'm tuned to as I type.  It's La Trraviata this afternoon.

    My favorite program is broadcast at noon Sundays, called From the Top that features outstanding young musical talent (under 18) from across the USA, hosted by Christopher O’Riley.

    Why not listen?

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:10:48 AM PDT

  •  Plenty of great stations.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..but how many are non-commercial with all of the music programming done by the DJs? That's what makes WEVL special... the passion of the hosts.

    Hope you enjoy the link.

    "The price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings" Adam Durst/Counting Crows

    by zipn on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:32:12 AM PDT

  •  thanks for the tip - a couple more (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thenekkidtruth

    KISL Avalon Catalina Island ('The best radio station in the world')
    KFRC, KGNU, and KUNC in Colorado for mountain music. Watchout for NPR though
    KZSC UC Santa Cruz - two great (mostly) rock channels. Best hippy music
    KHUM - Community radio in Humbolt County. They advertise, but it's all local and mostly growing supplies (!) so I don't mind
    KUSC non commercial classical with a Hollywood ambience
    Q2 the NYT's (WQXR) 2nd streaming channel. '500 years of new music' Maybe my overall favorite. Best for work.
    Stanford KZSU is ok. A good blues program.
    KFJC Los Altos Hills has some good avant garde R&R

    I'm looking for good Latin Jazz, Carribbean, and Bossa Nova channels.

    Anybody know any good Texas blues/roadhouse channels?

    I use Winamp as a jukebox. You have to find the MP3 link and then bookmark it. Keep the media library open and click around until you get something good.

  •  OK, how about a regular diary series... (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    thenekkidtruth, oceanview

    ....if the cat people and gun nuts (note to gun nuts: I love my gun nut friends here-don't yell at me) have their own groups and diaries, how about a radio diary?

    It would be cool to have a list someplace of radio stations we like.

    There are only a handful of community-owned and community-sponsored radio stations around the country, and I think they are a treasure.

    My favorite stations:

    KVMR 89.5 in Nevada City CA.  Community station that plays mostly Americana-style, with some other genres represented.  Most important broadcast I'd suggest Kossacks keep track of is their coverage of the California Bluegrass Assn's Father's Day Weekend bluegrass festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA.  They start broadcasting on Thursday afternoon, and broadcast the main stage from about 10AM to 10PM, and broadcast the festival til Sunday afternoon.  Last year I was working in Charleston WV that weekend, and I took great pleasure in serenading the Hillbillies across the street with the Internet broadcast of the show...(Goll-lee, that's from CALIFORNIA?")

    WDVX in Knoxville TN  Seriously great station with LIVE  MUSIC for lunch six days a week, live shows broadcast at noon eastern time M-S, they have local bands nobody ever heard of, and big-time stars in town for a large-venue gig often play the Blue Plate Special the afternoon of their night gig....Plus it's hosted by the most awesome radio-named demi-goddess "Red Hickey" (Older heterosexual men are warned to avoid encountering Red unless you've taken yer blood-pressure pills....)   The station plays mostly Americana music, mostly Bluegrass and Country, Old-Timey Country, and they've got a masochist who does a SIX-HOUR blues show on Friday night from 9pm to 3am...

    I've encountered other small stations around the country, some new ones so small they don't have the internet and they only cover a tiny area...One station I heard in Colorado like that belonged to a tribe of Native Americans, they had some programming in their native language, but mostly they sounded like an Indian version of KVMR or WDVX--they were certainly pretty liberal in their viewpoint, and had talk shows in English discussing politics and community issues...

    I would love to have a readily-available Kossack-approved Internet radio list...

    (Anybody know if Free Radio Santa Cruz is still on the air?)

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 01:52:58 PM PDT

  •  Give WNRN a try. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    oceanview

    Excellent non-profit station. Can listen to it via the Internet. Progressive, diverse programming. Very hip:

    WNRN Charlottesville, VA

  •  This is also a good one (0+ / 0-)

    Die Entropie der GOP strebt einem Maximum zu

    by Tonga 23 on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 05:15:03 PM PDT

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