Folksong Festival : About

Airs Saturdays at 10PM on AM 820

The show remains one of the few programs devoted to the traditional and contemporary folksong. Over the years, Folksong Festival has survived battles with mayors and blacklists. Folksong Festival was one of the first radio programs to focus on issues of homosexuality and continues to shake up audiences with anti-American Revolution programs, "bad daddy" shows for Father's Day, "Evil Mothers" for Mother's Day, and more. Throughout, WNYC never censored the program nor prevented it from airing at its regular time. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Huddie Ledbetter, and Pete Seeger all made their debuts on Folksong Festival. Guest performers have also included Burl Ives, Bill Monroe, Harry Belafonte, Judy Collins, Odetta, Merle Travis, John Denver, B.B. King, and Harry Chapin.

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  • Oscar Brand - Host, Folksong Festival

    Folk balladeer, playwright, producer and musician Oscar Brand has served as the host of Folksong Festival on WNYC AM for more than six decades.