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Posted by Broberts
on 2/10/2019, 8:48 am, in reply to "Re: Radio?
Thanks! Great information.
The show is called "Roots Music and Beyond." Art and I alternate doing the third Saturday of each month, mostly because none of the five hosts want to be in studio every Saturday at 6am Los Angeles time. The first Saturday of each month is Tom Nixon hosting - lots of far-out contemporary roots music; second Saturday is Ricky Frystak, whose music selections are just far out in general; third Saturday is either Art, whose show you've heard, or me - I tend to play revival era (1920-1980) folk, classic country, and blues, usually having a selection from the KT and/or John Stewart; the fourth Saturday is Mark Humphrey, whose encyclopedic knowledge of world roots music makes for a fascinating look at folk from the Balkans, central Asia, Africa, and everywhere else. We've all been doing our shows formally for seven years now, though Art and I used to team up to do a few shows with George Grove and the late CMT Joe Frazier in 2010-2012. I have a bunch of my shows preserved after the 2 week archive as a podcast.
To the point of this thread: another reason the KT gets little airplay in contemporary radio is that they had relatively few charting single records - and they were never, as Dick Clark noted, danceable. The KT was with Belafonte and Sinatra pioneers of the mega-successful LP album, when most recording success prior to them and during some of their tenure was measured by sales of those singles. The Trio never gets credit for its hand in redirecting music sales toward albums, which became objets d'art for the bands (many of whom were Trio-influenced) of the 1970s and even into the 1980s.
Because folk isn't as popular as rock. But Art Podell does a program on KPFK out of Los Angeles you can get streaming on for two weeks after on archive on the net. It's called Roots and Art does it every third Saturday of the month. It's not strictly folk - imagine my surprise at hearing Darlene and Jonathan Edwards in November - but it's got a lot of folk, old and current, and it's a good listen.
I am asking this because of my ignorance of radio programming. Why don't oldies radio stations, including SiriusXM play folk music and in particular the Kingston Trio?