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.


NCBS Website Radio Guide Lists Area Bluegrass Shows

There is bluegrass on the radio all over the Bay Area all week long.  The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Radio Guide is listed under Resources on this website. Enjoy local bluegrass programming!

Tune In To GOF On The Radio Throughout Northern California

Monday, July 20:

LIVE MUSIC: Common Cents from Bonny Doon will play live on “Monday Night Bluegrass” hosted by Mike Russell on KKUP — 91.5FM (South Bay, Monterey Bay areas) from 6:00-9:00pm.

Sunday, July 26:

A Look At The Good Old Fashioned on “Panhandle Country” hosted by Tom Diamant on KPFA —  94.1 FM (Bay Area and most of Northern California) from 3:00-5:00pm. Also streamed online.

Tuesday, July 28:

Music Of The Good Old Fashioned on “The Sarah Bellum Bluegrass Show” hosted by Lois Kellerman aka Sarah Bellum on KZSU — 90.1FM (Peninsula and South Bay) from 9:00am-Noon. Also streamed online.

Saturday, August 1:

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Preview on “Bluegrass Signal” hosted by Peter Thompson on KALW — 91.7FM (San Francisco, North and Mid-Bay) from 6:30-8:00pm. Also streamed online.

Sunday, August 2:

LIVE MUSIC: 49 Special from San Francisco will play live on “Pig In A Pen” hosted by Ray Edlund on KPFA —  94.1 FM (Bay Area and most of Northern California) from 3:00-5:00pm. Also streamed online.

The 16th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society, will be held August 7-9, 2009 at Bolado Park, 9000 Old Airline Highway, Hollister, CA.

NCBS Directory Supports Local Bluegrass Radio

The Northern California airwaves are full of bluegrass radio programs. This is a great way to enjoy old and new bluegrass artists in every part of the region, but you have to know where to dial in, as many of the stations are small. NCBS provides a complete directory of bluegrass programming on this website in the left column under Radio, compiled by Mike Russell, for your radio listening enjoyment.

Society Founder Cuzin’ Al Knoth Celebrates 40th Radio Anniversary With IIIrd Tyme Out April 9

Before there was the Northern California Bluegrass Society, there was the Cuzin’ Al Radio Show. In the 1960s and 1970s, Al Knoth did the South Bay/Santa Cruz bluegrass organizing, putting on festivals, concerts, and other gatherings — all held together by his radio program on KTAO Radio in Los Gatos. These efforts eventually laid the groundwork for the formation of the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society (now the NCBS). For these efforts, Al recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Now Al is being honored once again. The “Cuzin’ Al Radio Show,” now on KPIG Radio in Freedom, is the longest-running bluegrass radio program in the nation — and on the show’s 40th anniversary, Tom Miller has put together a celebration.

The Cuzin Al’ Radio Show 40th Anniversary Celebration with Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out will be held Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm at Don Quixote’s, 6275 Highway 9, Felton. $14 advance, $16 door. (831) 603-229.

BOB Bands Play Live On The Radio This Sunday And Monday

Two bands that will appear at the free NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City February 26-March 1 will perform live on the radio this Sunday and Monday.

SUNDAY 1/11 – 11:30AM, KPIG Radio (107.5FM in Freedom, and also in San Francisco and other California  broadcast locations, and on <>) — Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, powerful, cutting-edge neo-traditional bluegrass from San Francisco. The band will also appear at the NCBS San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, February 5-14.

MONDAY 1/12 — 7:00pm, KKUP Radio (91.5FM, Cupertino) — Mountain Drive, hard-driving traditional bluegrass music from Boulder Creek.