KCSS 91.9 FM – Turlock : 9am-6pm, Fat Sunday, Texas Red, Sundance or Uncle John
KSVY 91.3 FM – Sonoma: 11am-Noon, David Thom Bluegrass Hour, David Thom
KQED 88.5 FM – San Francisco: 11am-1pm, A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor (occasional folk music guests)
KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley: 11am-1pm Across the Great Divide, (acoustic & folk), Robbie Osman.
KCHO 91.7 FM – Chico: 11am-1pm, A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor (occasional folk music guests)
KZSC 88.1 FM – Santa Cruz: Noon-2pm, Backroads, Chris Jong (old-time, bluegrass, folk) or Jeff Emery (singer-songwriters)
KXJZ 90.9 FM – Sacramento: Noon-2pm, A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor (occasional folk music guests)
KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley: 1-3pm, America’s Back 40, Mary Tilson
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 1-3pm (1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays), Fool’s Paradise, Mark Owens (blues, zydeco, reggae, african & caribbean)
KCHO 91.7 FM – Chico: 1-3pm, Good Old Fashioned Folk Show, Lorraine Dechter
KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley: 3-5pm, Pig in a Pen, Ray Edlund, or Panhandle Country, Tom Diamont
KPIG 107.5 FM – Freedom: 6-9pm Cuzin Al’s Bluegrass Show, Cuzin Al Knoth
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 9pm-Midnight Cupertino Barndance (honky-tonk & western swing), Stompin’ Steve Hathaway


KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 6-9pm, Monday Nite Bluegrass (contemporary & traditional bluegrass), alternating hosts: (1st) Lars Bourne, (2nd) Mike Russell, (3rd) Breakfast Jack, (4th) Dave Hook, (5th) Foggy Tremolo


KMUD 91.1 FM – Garberville: 10am-Noon, Bluegrass Country, Ken Jorgensen
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 10am-1pm, Don’t Panic (It’s Just Us Folks), One-Eyed Jack
KZSU 90.1 FM – Stanford: 7-9pm, That’s Not Bluegrass, Sarah Bellum


KFJC 89.7 FM – Los Altos: 1Oam-2pm, Lubbock or Leave It, Joe Ed Dick
KPFA 94.1 FM – Berkeley: 10pm-Midnight, Sing Out!, (folk & not so acoustic music), Larry Kelp
KZFR 90.1 FM – Chico: 3-5:30pm, American Pastimes (folk, bluegrass), Erik, Darla, Grant and Tom
KWMR 90.5 FM – Point Reyes Station: 6:30-8:30pm, Roadhouse Twang, Kay Clements


KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 7-10am, New Wood (american, celtic, and bluegrass), Peter Schwartz
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 7-10pm, The Moonlight Trail (country, bluegrass, folk and live music), Jackie Loken


KZSC 88.1 FM – Santa Cruz: 9am-Noon, Heaven’s Bar’n Grill (political folk), Clytia Fuller
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 3-6pm, Friday Folk Off, David Stafford


KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 6-9am, Rhythm Range (bluegrass, western swing, country, folk & hawaiian), Sparky Jack
KFSR 90.7 FM – Fresno: 7-8am, Bluegrass Review, Phil Nussbaum (nationally syndicated)
KZYX 90.7 FM – Philo: 9-11am, Humble Pie, Johnny Humble (american roots)
KVMR 89.5 FM – Nevada City: 10am-Noon, County Line Bluegrass, Eric Rice or Greg Middleton
KRCB 91.1 FM – Windsor: Noon-1pm, Thistle & Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie (Irish music)
KRCB 91.1 FM – Windsor: 1-5pm, Our Roots Are Showing, Robin Pressman, Chris Olson, Steve DeLap
KZYX 90.7 FM – Philo: 1-3pm, Lunch on the Back Porch, Diane Hering
KALW 91.7 FM – San Francisco: 2-3pm, Thistle & Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie (Irish music)
KALW 91.7 FM – San Francisco: 3-5pm, Folk Music & Beyond, Jo Ann Mar & Bob Campbell
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 3-6pm, Swing Boogie, (bluegrass, country or western swing), Dave Barnett, Deadwood Dick, Johnny Westurn or Sleepy John
KALW 91.7 FM – San Francisco: 5-6:30pm, A Patchwork Quilt, Kevin Vance
KKUP 91.5 FM – Cupertino: 6-9pm, Blues to Bluegrass, Fast Eddie
KZYX 90.7 FM – Philo: 6-8pm, A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor (occasional folk music guests)
KALW 91.7 FM – San Francisco: 6:30-8pm, Bluegrass Signal, Peter Thompson

This radio listing is a work in progress. Please email (Mike Russell ) squelch (at) pacbell (dot) netwith any updates, additions or deletions.


Local Public & Community Radio Stations Present Bluegrass Music, Need Support

new-kkup-logo-2Local Public & Community Radio Stations support bluegrass music.  These stations reach every part of the Northern California area. This programming is largely supported by listener donations made during bluegrass pledge drives several times each year.

kzsuroundAbout 15-20 years ago, the amount of bluegrass music programming around the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay Areas and the Central Valley dropped alarmingly as non-profit stations sought to maximize revenues by programming more “popular” music and other content. Since that time, bluegrass radio offerings have stabilized, largely due to strong financial support from bluegrass music lovers.

The NCBS website Radio Listings can help you find a radio show that meets your needs. If you have a show that you enjoy, please remember to send in a practical token of your support at pledge time.

kvmr-logoOn Saturday, September 14, 2013, KALW Radio in San Francisco will be raising funds to support Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal program (6:30-8:00pm on Saturdays). This show has recently done specials about the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, the Brown Barn Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass On Broadway, and the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, as well as programs on many other quality bluegrass topics of interest to NCBS Members and their friends.

kpfa-logokcss-logoSaturday’s KALW fund-raiser will offer a unique “thank-you” gift for donors — a CD of songs recorded by top area bluegrass bands. If you enjoy this show each week, this may be the pledge drive for you.

If not, a chance to support your favorite show will come around soon. Thanks for your support!


Good Old Fashioned Radio Monday Night With Elicia Burton & The Fun Guys

Mike Russell

Mike Russell

Elicia Burton & The Fun Guys (Boulder Creek) will play live on KKUP Radio, 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay areas, on Monday Night Bluegrass, 6:00-9:00pm on April 8, 2013. The band will be making its first appearance at the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in August.

Mike Russell is the program host and Michael Hall will be a guest host for the evening. Dixie Hall (Franklin, TN) will be a call-in guest to talk about her special bluegrass recording project The Daughters Of Bluegrass.


Bluegrass Is On The Radio All Over Northern California — Check The NCBS Online Guide

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Radio Guide, left column on this website, lists bluegrass radio programming for Northern California. There are programs on the air in every area. In addition, many stations stream these programs online.

(Mike Russell) squelch (at) pacbell (dot) net maintains the listings.

Sidesaddle & Co. plays live on the air at KKUP's San Jose studios.

Sidesaddle & Co. plays live on the air at KKUP's San Jose studios.

National Broadcast Focuses On NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The music of the 2011 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be featured in a national broadcast of Bluegrass Signal being presented on WAMU’s Bluegrass this week. The program is a rebroadcast of the Peter Thompson radio show from KALW-San Francisco in early August, just before the festival.


GOF Program Broadcast Schedule (all times Pacific):

Sunday, November 27 — 7:00pm

Monday, November 28 — 10:00pm

Wednesday, November 30 — 3:00am

Thursday, December 1 — 5:00pm

GOF Program Playlist:

theme -
BILL MONROE & THE BLUE GRASS BOYS: Big Mon (58)/Blue Grass, 1950-1959 (Bear Family)

FLATT & SCRUGGS TRIBUTE BAND: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke/Live at the Freight & Salvage 2/15/11
KITCHEN HELP: Roustabout/Kitchen Help
WINDY HILL: Get In Line Brother/Let’s Go To The Fair

CIRCLE R BOYS: Foggy Mountain Top/Rare Bluegrass Recordings
ALHAMBRA VALLEY BAND: Til The End Of The World Rolls Around/Willow Pass Road
DARK HOLLOW: Someday We’ll Meet Again Sweetheart/2011 Demo

LUKE ABBOTT: Little Sadie/Take Me Home
BEAN CREEK: I Love You & You Don’t Even Know/Nightbird
SUSIE GLAZE & THE HILONESOME BAND: One More Mile/Live From The Freight & Salvage

OMGG: Sunny Side of the Mountain/Obviously Minor Guys & a Gal
SOUTH COUNTY SPECIAL: A Face In the Crowd/Live At the 2010 Brookdale Festival
CALIFORNIA PEARLY BLUE: Cabin On a Mountain/Demo

ROCK RIDGE: Drifter’s Prayer/Drifter’s Prayer
BORDER RADIO: The Other Side of the Door/Americana Brand
SIDESADDLE & CO.: Forever In Our Hearts/Queen For A Day

Two Big Weekend Concerts On The Peninsula

There are two big bluegrass concerts this weekend on the Peninsula:

The Second Annual PTA Palooza on Friday, May 13 at 7:00pm is a benefit concert for the Juana Briones School PTA with Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands (Berkeley), The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (Palo Alto), and Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players (Stockton).  Spangenberg Theatre (Gunn High School), Palo Alto. Informal food will be available before the show. (NCBS-sponsored.)

Redwood Bluegrass Associates will present The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience (Petaluma) on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00pm.  First Presbyterian Church, Mountain View. A pre-concert open jam begins at 5:00pm and dessert will be served at the show. (NCBS-sponsored.)

Also this weekend:

Help local bluegrass radio: KALW Radio (91.7FM, San Francisco) is conducting a “quiet” membership drive that does not interrupt programming. Those joining or renewing will receive the usual premiums. To be rewarded in a bluegrass sort of way, call in or pledge online during Peter Thompson’s Bluegrass Signal show, 6:30-8:00pm on Saturday, May 14. Details.