WFWM Radio, 91.9 FM in Frostburg, is adding a new show to its weekly schedule of acoustic music, beginning Saturday, Nov. 10.
"Sidetracks" is a one-hour program featuring a mix of bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues, country and other related styles of contemporary "roots" music. The show will air each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. on WFWM, Frostburg State University's public radio station.
"We offer an entire afternoon of acoustic music every Saturday," WFWM Station Director Rene Atkinson says, "including 'Saturday Juke Joint' with Chuck Dicken and Greg Latta's 'Just Plain Folks.' We are now pleased to add 'Sidetracks' - a high-quality, locally produced program - to this line-up."
"Sidetracks" is hosted by veteran free-lance broadcaster Ed McDonald. Since his college days in the early 1970s, McDonald has hosted a variety of bluegrass radio shows on stations in Bethany, St. Albans, Hurricane and Morgantown, W.Va. and Athens and suburban Cinncinnati, Ohio. He now lives in Keyser, his hometown, where he and his wife, Karen, operate EIO Productions, a home-based broadcast production and audio recording studio.
"Sidetracks" was launched as a syndicated radio show in 1998. It is currently broadcast by a network of both commercial and noncommercial radio stations located in Frost, W. Va.; Altavista, Hot Springs, Monterey and Radford, Va.; Batavia, Ohio; York, Pa. and Salem, Ind.
"The debut of 'Sidetracks' on WFWM finally makes it possible for many of our local friends and neighbors to hear the show," McDonald says. "When folks learn that we do a weekly radio program and ask where they can hear it, it's been a bit embarrassing to tell them that they can't! We have been trying to find a local station that's interested in airing the program, and we are quite pleased that WFWM has added it to their schedule."
Karen McDonald is in charge of music selection for "Sidetracks." She says most of the music is new and fresh, mixed with a few old favorites. "We receive a constant flow of new recordings from artists and record companies seeking air play, " she says. "We get far more material than we could ever play in just an hour a week, and so my job is to try to sort out the cream of the crop and give it to Ed for broadcast. His job, then, is to put it together and try to make it interesting."
The "Sidetracks" logo describes the show as featuring "today's acoustic music with roots in tradition and branches into the future." The McDonalds describe it as contemporary "roots" music that is honest, relevant and tastefully performed. It just happens to be a little bit outside today's musical mainstream of pop and country.
"I have been pleased and encouraged by the success of the recent films 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' and 'Songcatcher' and their recorded soundtracks," McDonald says. "It says to me that there are more than just a handful of people out there who are interested in music with a little more depth and substance than most of the 30 or 40 hits they hear over and over on the radio."
For information about WFWM, call (301) 687-4143 or visit the station's Web site at www.wfwm.org.
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