WDCB plays more folk and acoustic roots music than any other station in Northern Illinois, including bluegrass, Americana, world (Celtic folk and reggae), blues, Cajun and zydeco.
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Thursday, 9 p.m.
Hosted by Greg Easterling, American Backroads combines folk, country, blues and roots-rock from the 50s through the 90s to create an aural portrait of American music.
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Hosted by Nick Spitzer, American Routes covers the "vast American musical landscape," spanning genres and eras: From Aretha Franklin to George Jones, Los Lobos to Howlin' Wolf, Count Basie to Beck.
Blarney on the Air
Monday, 7 p.m.
BLARNEY ON THE AIR features the best of Celtic music - old and new, contemporary and traditional. Hosted by native Dubliner Shay Clarke, each one-hour program is full of music, fascinating facts about Celtic music and its host countries, as well as stories and inside information about Ireland.
Tuesday, 10 p.m.
The Bluegrass Review includes Bluegrass classics as well as the current wave. Commentary links the songs together by reflecting on artists’ styles, song lyrics, or Bluegrass history, as appropriate to the selections. The Bluegrass Review is a music show that includes produced segments and in-depth interviews that adds insiders’ knowledge about Bluegrass music. The Bluegrass Review provides rich contexts for Bluegrass because Bluegrass fans are passionate about key Bluegrass figures and knowing about the evolution of the style. The Bluegrass Review creates several narrative threads throughout a given broadcast. The focus shifts several times during a program, so that there is plenty of variety. Phil Nussbaum is your host.
Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Taped before a live studio audience in Boulder, CO and other places around the country, eTown delivers the perfect mix of music, information and interviews. This one-hour variety show features musicians from many genres of music along with stories of people doing good work in their communities. Host Nick Forster, formerly of the progressive bluegrass band Hot Rize, helps make for an entertaining and inspiring hour of radio. To find out what musical guests are coming up on eTown, click below.
Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.
Join host Lilli Kuzma for a great mix of folk artists and styles, from traditional and contemporary folk, to doses of related and influenced styles, like folk-rock, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic, world, Americana, and more. Folk Festival presents entertaining themed shows plus topical and historical segments, and regularly hosts outstanding live studio guests, both Chicago-based and national touring acts. There are frequent ticket and CD giveaways, and on each show listeners are informed about area/regional concerts, workshops, and events, with the Chicagoland Folk Calendar. Lilli presents the show live, affording a fresh and direct presence with the listeners.
Monday, 8 p.m.
Ireland Tonight features the best of Celtic traditional music. Hosted by Irish music writer Bill Margeson, and Maryann Keifer, and produced by Imelda Brogha, each one-hour program is full of music, fascinating facts about Celtic music and its host countries, as well as stories and inside information about Ireland. Bill and Maryann discuss everything from Irish weather to the their favorite spots in Ireland to enjoy music. And always, there is lots of good music... so Failte! (Welcome!)
Putumayo World Music Hour
Sunday, 8 a.m.
Discover a world of music on the Putumayo World Music Hour, an internationally syndicated radio show that takes listeners on a global musical journey every week. Hosted by Putumayo's CEO and Founder Dan Storper and Rosalie Howarth, the Putumayo World Music Hour is a weekly journey through the music of many different cultures, featuring appealing and accessible songs that are "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Playlists include well-known names like Bob Marley, Sting, Loreena McKennitt, and Santana, along with exceptional, underexposed international artists. The one-hour radio program also features interviews with world-class music makers such as Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, and Taj Mahal who eagerly support and have been influenced by world music. Putumayo World Music Hour is sponsored by Ten Thousand Villages in Glen Ellyn.
Saturday, 10 p.m.
The music of Jamaica is featured with your musical travel agent, Dave Castro.
Tent Show Radio
Monday, 10 p.m.
Tent Show Radio is a weekly variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Featuring Big Top's Artistic Director, Warren Nelson, the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and nationally and regionally renowned performers.