Folk Espresso

Folk Espresso, early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

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Folk Espresso on 02/23/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/16/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/16/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/09/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/09/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/02/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Folk Espresso w/Jonathon Lay

Folk Espresso on 12/15/14

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 12/08/14

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 12/01/14

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 12/01/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 11/24/14

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 11/17/14

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.


Folk Espresso playlist for 06/02/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Sally BarrisA Day Is A DayWilder Girl
Blind PilotThe Eagle and the HawkThe Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver
Joshua Rilko and Lindsay LouThe Storms Are On the OceanTime & Luck
Molasses CreekEhringhaus BluesSomething Worth Having
Harpeth RisingWheelhouseTales from Jackson Bridge
Wild PoniesIrisThings That Used to Shine
Tim GrimmThe LakeThe Turning Point
The PinesWithout A KissSparrows in the Bell
Raina RoseSecretCaldera
April Mae & The June BugsHear My Train A Comin'Boogie
Asylum Street SpankersCoffee Grindin' BluesThe Last Laugh
The Water Tower Bucket BoysPilgrim SongWhere the Crow Don't Fly
The RailflowersCrazySelf-Titled CD
Eliza GilkysonLove Minus Zero / No LimitA Nod to Bob
HoundstoothWheel On FireRide Out the Dark
Aaron ZigDark Side of the RoadThe Medicine's Kicking In
Lincoln's BeardHeroHonorary Sibling
Joy Kills SorrowGold in the DeepWide Awake
Hunter PayeDuality's DilemmaAll the Walls Are Windows
Carrie Elkin and Danny SchmidtSky Picked BlueFor Keeps
Dear Listeners,

Thanks for your calls and your requests this morning!   Who ever would've thunk that one of the world's greatest folk musicians is...... .........Charo !?!  

And I'm also discovering the music of June Tabor, also from your calls.  What a joy to know diggin' the music I'm sending out over the airwaves and willing to share YOUR favorites with ME.

I LOVE hearing from you...

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 05/26/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Suzzy RocheYankee DoodleSongs from an Unmarried Housewife and Mother
Bruce CockburnIndian WarsNothing But A Burning Light
Brett RatliffThe War Is A-Raging for JohnnyCold Icy Mountain
Ry CooderBaby Joined the ArmyPull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
Lauren SheehanWhen Johnny Comes Marching Home / Johnny I Hardly Knew YaThe Light Still Burns
Mary Z. CoxDixieVintage Banjo
Addie GrahamBattleship the MaineBeen A Long Time Traveling
Judy CollinsWars of GermanyA Maid of Constant Sorrow
Mare WakefieldAbout the WarMeant to Be
Richie HavensHandsome JohnnyMixed Bag
JJ Cale and Eric ClaptonWhen This War Is OverThe Road to Escondido
Bill MorrisseyJust Before We Lost the WarThe Essential Collection
Greg BrownI Want My Country BackIn the Hills of California
Martin SextonAmerica the BeautifulBlack Sheep
Dave Matthews BandAmerican Baby IntroStand Up
Iris DeMentThere's A Wall in WashingtonThe Way I Should
Billy Bragg & WilcoAnother Man's Done GoneMermaid Avenue
Lou DominguezAll the Way to IraqWe the People
Jon KoonceIraqIt Can Never Happen Here
Kath BloomAnother Point of ViewThin Thin Line
Haris BlackwoodSong of PeaceGentle Ride
Cantores in EcclesiaJustorum AnimaeIn Rome
Dear Listeners,

Today is a special day.  Nearly all of us know someone who has gone off to war--voluntarily or very much involuntarily--and some of us know a soldier who did not come home.  Emotions run deep about the reasons our country's politicians send us into the maelstrom of war, but no matter how you much you hate the guns and bombs and flak jackets, be sure to thank a veteran today.

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 04/28/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Jennifer EvansRootlessThe Last Cheap Hotel
John McCutcheonOf an Age22 Days
Ronny CoxSanctuaryRonny, Rad & Karen
Roy Book BinderThe Good BookThe Good Book
The MelodicImperfect TimeEffra Parade
Rita HoskingWhere Time is ReigningLittle Boat
Shoestring TrioI'll See You In My DreamsSelf-Titled CD
Lucy BillingsThe AnswerCarry the Water
Mike + RuthyMy New York CityThe NYC EP
Colleen RaneyPatrick StreetLark
Colleen Raney with Hanz ArakiThe Barring of the DoorLinnet
Poor AngusThe GatheringGathering
Tracy GrammerThe Verdant MileThe Verdant Mile
Dave Carter and Tracy GrammerHard to Make ItLittle Blue Egg
Dick WeissmanFlamingo FlamencoSolo
Karine PolwartTinsel ShowTraces
Red JuneGabriel's StormAncient Dreams
Si Kahn and the Looping BrothersGoodbye Monday BluesAragon Mill
The Stray BirdsDream in BlueSelf-Titled CD
Karin BlaineWild Red RosesModern Day Living
Joyce WoodsonI Heard About It In A SongIf I Hadn't Seen the West
Dear Listeners,

Thanks for listening this morning, whether through the airwaves or by the Internet stream.  Or heck, you may be hearing the show via the KBOO archives--good for you!

Whichever way you're getting your music fix, I appreciate your tuning in.

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 04/21/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Bruce SpringsteenEyes On The PrizeWe Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
Eva CassidyFeverImagine
Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur & Rory BlockBessie's AdviceSisters & Brothers
Dirk PowellHoney BabeTime Again
Eric Bibb, Maria Muldaur & Rory BlockDon't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit DownSisters & Brothers
Dirk PowellWaterboundTime Again
Leela & Ellie GraceMore LoveLeela & Ellie Grace
GuardabarrancoAyapalSi Buscabas
Reverend Gary DavisSportin' Life BluesI Am The True Vine: At Home 1964-1965 Volume Two
Cosy SheridanAir GuitarThe Horse King
Rani Arbo & Daisy MayhemThe Farmer Is The ManGambling Eden
Zeke HoskinOctopi Wall StreetNext To The Best
Cosy SheridanHigher Financial ReformThe Horse King
Greg TrooperThey Call Me HankUpside-Down Town
Jesse WinchesterIsn't That SoThird Down, 110 To Go
Jesse WinchesterDangerous FunThird Down, 110 to Go
Jesse WinchesterDo ItThird Down, 110 To Go
Jesse WinchesterHow Far To The Horizon?Learn To Love It
Jesse WinchesterThat's What Makes You StrongLive From Mountain Stage
Cosy SheridanSing GoodbyePretty Bird
Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerFarewell To Bitterroot ValleyTanglewood Tree
Dick WeissmanCanyon de Chelly (Four Corners Suite Pt. 2)Four Directions
John Kellermann, 2nd Wednesday Pastures of Plenty DJ, filled in for Jeff.

Folk Espresso playlist for 04/07/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Alba's EdgeTrip to Austin / Blue GazeSelf-Titled EPSelf-Produced (2013)
Misty MamasThe Land of 10,000 MothersWild Rose of the MountainSelf-Produced (2009)
Drew Nelson5th of SeptemberTilt-A-WheelRed House Records (2012)
Jonathan ByrdFather's DayCackalackWaterbug (2010)
Johnny EdsonThe Cows and IFavoritesRagweed Productions (2006)
The Hot Club of CowtownStardustThe Best Of The Hot Club of CowtownShout Factory (2008)
John PrineHello in ThereThe Singing Mailman DeliversOh Boy Records (2011)
Kate IsenbergBirthday Shade of BlueGold Rush TownThree Roads Records (2010)
Burl IvesMama Don't Want No Peas, No RiceSweet, Sad, and SaltyThe Omni Recording Corporation (2012)
Bill MorrisseyFiftyThe Essential CollectionRounder Records (2004)
Billy Bragg & Wilco (with Natalie Merchant)I Was BornMermaid Avenue, Vol IIElektra (2000)
Lindsay Lou & The FlatbellysHat's OffRelease Your ShroudsEarthwork Music (2012)
Don Henry & Craig CarothersBFD2-FBYCRSelf-Produced (2013)
Katie McNallySepal, Petal, and Thorn / The Golden PoppyFlourishSelf-Produced (2012)
Steve CheseboroughYour Biscuits Are Big Enough For MeHam Hocks & GravySelf-Produced
The Norman Sylvester BandToo Happy To Sing the BluesPortland's Genuine BluesAllegro Corporation (2003)
Lauren SheehanI Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister KateThe Light Still BurnsWilson River Records (2013)
Cheryl WheelerCat AccountantPointing At The SunDIAS Records (2009)
Harry Manx & Kevin BreitSistersIn Good We TrustStony Plain Records (2007)
Mark LemhouseBaby Sister BluesBig Lonesome RadioYellow Dog Records (2002)
Karin PolwartRivers RunThresholdBorealis Records (2013)
Martin SimpsonMother LoveProdigal SonTopic Records (2007)
Dear Listeners,

KBOO sponsored the Healthcare for All Oregon benefit on Saturday night which featured a ton of great blues musicians.  The Melody Ballroom was full, upstairs and downstairs, with lots of smiling people committed to the cause and diggin' the music and dancing.  I hope you enjoyed the set of music this morning that harkened back to that wonderful evening.

KBOO is where it's at....

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 03/31/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Bob Cotta

Bully in the Alley

Saving the Wawona

Schooner Fare

Fiddler’s Green

Closer to the Wind

Ray Troll

Cannery Girl

Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers

John Towley

The Jamestown Homeward Bound

A Chesapeake Sailor’s Companion

Geoff Kauffman

Herzogin Cecile

Fair Stood the Wind

Gordon Bok

Wiscasset Schooners


Jon Bartlett/Rika Ruebsaat

The Oda G

Northwest Tugboat Songs

Mary Garvey

Tall Trees

The Bills

Bamfield’s John Vanden

Let ‘em Run

Great Big Sea

Harbor Lecou

The Hard and the Easy

Pint and Dale


White Horses

Tow Lewis

The Last Shanty

Poles Apart Too

Holdstock and MacLeod

Fish and Chip Ship

Deepwater Return

The Johnson Girls

Roll, Boys, Roll

On the Rocks

The Boarding Party

Otho’s Song

Tis Our Sailing Time

The Finest Kind

From Dover to Calais

For Honour and For Gain

The Shifty Sailors

Liverpool Judies

Haul On

Lee Murdock

Reuben Ranzo

Standing at the Wheel

Yankee Clipper

Lament for the Landlocked Whale

Hauling Home


Wee Pot Stove

Divas of the Dockside


Tanqueray Martini-o

Yup, I Said That

Gordon Lightfoot

Ghosts of Cape Horn

Gord’s Gold Vol. II

Jeff Warner et al

Away Rio

Steady as She Goes

The Cutters

Roll Down

Live Aboard the Wawona

Chris Roe

Bad Boys and Privateers

A Round for the Company

Roberts and Berrand

Get Up, Jack, John, Sit Down

Across the Western Ocean

Folk Espresso playlist for 03/24/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Tim GrimmRovin' GamblerThe Turning Point
Martha ScanlanThe West Was BurningThe West Was Burning
Roy Book BinderThey Called Him JuniorThe Good Book
Maggie & Terre RocheUnderneath the MoonSeductive Reasoning
Laura SmithWhat Goes Around (Comes Around)Everything Is Moving
Abigail WashburnCity of RefugeCity of Refuge
Lauren SheehanBearcat BluesThe Light Still Burns
Boy and BeanTonight You Belong To MeSelf-Titled CD
The Libertine BellesPlinkin'Self-Titled CD
Johnny EdsonMeditationMore Than Friends
Katie McNallyBad Soup / Riff Raff and WidgetFlourish
Aaron ZigSlippery SlopeThe Medicine's Kicking In
Bruce CockburnGreat Big LoveNothing But a Burning Light
Leo KottkeRingsEssential Leo Kottke
Leo KottkeBusted Bicycle6- and 12-String Guitar
Leo KottkeI Still Miss SomeoneGreat Big Boy
Ernest TroostI'll Be Good To YouAll The Boats Are Gonna Rise
Shari UlrichEverywhere I GoEverywhere I Go
The Craig Carothers TrioDay At The BeachSelf-Titled CD
KGBWasabi / March of Ides / Broken Concrete / The WetlandIn From The Cold
ChildsplayThe Dear CompanionAs the Crow Flies
Dear Listeners,

Get out and listen to some live music!  Katie McNally is coming to town with Neil Pearlman and Ryan McKasson to bring us some wonderful Scottish fiddle music in Tualatin on Saturday night and at a house concert in SE Portland on the 2nd (; Bruce Cockburn with fill us with his Great Big Love on the 6th at the Aladdin; Tinariwen will be there too, soon; and a Tuvan throat-singing group will be at the Alberta Rose Theater on April 20th.  Folks, this is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg......there's a TON of music all over town every night of the week for as far into the future as the eye can see.  And all of it will lift your spirits, so get out there!

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 03/03/2014

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Nancy K DillonNo GoodbyesRoses Guide to Time Travel
Aaron ZigSouls CollideThe Medicine's Kicking In
Harpeth RisingThe SparrowTales from Jackson Bridge
Odus Maggard with Lois FullerAt the Break of DawnSouthern Melody
Brett RatliffBluegooseCold Icy Mountain
Addie GrahamLong and a Country JakeBeen A Long Time Traveling
Joshua Rilko and Lindsay LouHere BetweenTime & Luck
Beth HamonSparksTen Miles
Bruce MolskyBimini GalIf It Ain't Here When I Get Back
Ana EggeSilver HeelsBad Blood
Hounds of FinnWild Mountain ThymeGravity Pulls
The Carper FamilyFancy PantsOld-Fashioned Gal
Frank FairfieldOut On the Open WestOut On the Open West
Lowell LevingerBlues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to MeDown to the Roots
Harry Manx and Kevin BreitGood Time Charlie's Got the BluesJubilee
First Aid KitEmmylouThe Lion's Roar
Peter MulveyRiseKitchen Radio
The Portland MegabandLe Reel des Menteries / Marie Sauce ton Pain / The Telephone TuneA Beneficial Tradition
Iris DeMentMom & Dad's WaltzMy Life
Poor AngusAriel's WaltzGathering
Leo KottkeGreat Big BoyGreat Big Boy
Steve WackerThe One ThingShadows and Grace
Dear Listeners,

Have I told you lately how much I appreciate your listening to Folk Espresso on Mondays....and to all of the wonderful folk and folk-ish music that we FolkStrippers bring you each weekday morning?  Well, I DO appreciate you....and I hope you find that this daily dose of good and generally upbeat music sets the scene for a positive day for you.  We're not denying sorrows and troubles--we're just trying to conquer them with a few G-clefs.

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 02/24/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Lowell LevingerBlue DriverDown to the Roots
Lyman LouisSteam TrainSteam & Smoke
The Steel WheelsWhistle BlowsNo More Rain
Aaron ZigWalking BackwardsThe Medicine's Kicking In
Rita HoskingNothing Left of MeLittle Boat
The HobosNightmareSelf-Titled CD
Aireene EspirituPut Back CharlieGoodnight Aireene Goodnight
Ronny CoxDadgummitRonny, Rad, & Karen
Wild PoniesTrouble Looks Good On YouThings That Used to Shine
Jennifer EvansCheatin' KindThe Last Cheap Hotel
Sally BarrisFionaWilder Girl
Poor AngusHarrison'sGathering
Molasses CreekGalway GirlSomething Worth Having
Beth HamonTen MilesTen Miles
The Barn BirdsClose Enough to TouchSelf-Titled CD
The Stray BirdsJust Sayin'Self-Titled CD
The Bee EatersD Over EverythingSelf-Titled CD
Bill Evans & Megan LynchMorningsideLet's Do Something...
David WilcoxMoeLive Songs & Stories
Leo Kottke6- and 12-String Guitar
Dear Listeners,

Again this week you're hearing a lot of new music.  And it's all really good!  It blows my mind how much talent is out there....and how much of it gets recorded for the rest of us to enjoy.

Thanks for your calls this morning!  It's always good to know that folks are listening and that everyone's diggin' the tunes!

Musically yours,

Folk Espresso playlist for 02/03/2014

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Folk Espresso
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Wild PoniesWant To Be GoneThings That Used To Shine
The Stray BirdsHarlemSelf-Titled CD
The Steel WheelsCorrineNo More Rain
Christine ParkerWhile I'm GoneLooking Glass
Jonathan ByrdScuppernongCackalack
Poor AngusGatheringSomething I Can't See
John Batdorf & James Lee StanleyAs Tears Go ByAll Wood and Stones
Jaime Leopold & The Short StoriesC'mon Mexico!Self-Titled CD
Melissa GreenerParisDwelling
Merlin SniderStuck in OjaiRight Here
Darryl PurposeRace the WindNext Time Around
Beth WoodMy Miles Davis Kind of BlueYou Take the Wheel
The Barn BirdsOne Night At A TimeSelf-Titled CD
Allen StoneRocky Mountain HighThe Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver
Lindsay Lou & The FlatbellysHey Little BirdieA Different Tune
The Carper FamilyComes A TimeOld-Fashioned Gal
Rita HoskingParting GlassLittle Boat
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party LineListen With Your HeartCarnival
The Wood BrothersLuckiest ManWays Not To Lose
Dear Listeners,

Welcome to Folk Espresso!  I am so pleased you're listening.  A lotta loving effort goes into these shows....and it's time spent joyfully, so even if no one were listening, I still had fun.  BUT that would be doing a grave disservice to the wonderful and talented musicians who land on this show.  So having "no one" listen is just not gonna cut it.  These artists deserve millions of listeners!  Heck, you KNOW you wanna start getting up earlier--it's so healthy.  So do your bod and your soul a favor and change your radio alarm to KBOO.  That's an order.

Musically yours,


Regards from Puerto Rico I got my Outlook reminder for 9:30am local time and thanks to Diane, I'll be a first time listener today. Look forward to today's program.

Great week to all!

Kind Regards,
Claudio Rivera
Juncos, PR


let's hear some Fruition! 

re: new music

Hey there - I love this show, can't really get by without it!

I want to just share some music I really think could be included here, if you haven't heard:

Eddi Reader - formerly with Fairground Attraction, legendary Scottish singer whose Songs of Robert Burns changed the way people heard these songs and established her as living treasure in Scotland. Her new album Love is the Way is gaining raves in the UK. - you can hear some samples.

Kate Rusby - probably Britain's most important young folk singer - Awkward Annie is her most recent album and astonishing since she writes most of the material herself. Chris Thile and Eddi Reader are both featured artists on the album.

It would be wonderful to see them here in the US, but just getting them on the radio would be a start!

Thanks and keep up the awesome music!

Doug Smith

Hi Diane,

I'm listening to your show and was pleasantly surprised to hear our pal, Doug, doing "Anything Goes". I'll have to tell him he got some airtime when I see him next. Your voice sounds great on the air and your playlist rocks! Keep up the very good work, my friend! Tell the management they need to give you a raise.


Diane Hunt

This is Randy from Colorado, and I *loved* the show! Quirky mix of music is just right to start my day out right. Diane, when are you going to teach me how to contra dance?

Thank You

Dear Randy,

Yikes! Only today did I see your kind email from September 22 that you left on the KBOO website. I wasn't expecting any "fan mail" here at so I didn't thing to check...until a friend told me about the hundreds, nay, thousands of emails piling up at this website all about my show. Oddly enough, only one (yours) was positive. All the others said something to the effect of "what the *&^!%&# is SHE doing on this venerable radio station!"

That's ok.

I can take it.

So, Mr. Randy, you liked my quirky music? Hope you heard my show yesterday morning (October 27). It, too, was filled with a wide variety of, uh, good stuff. I'm on again on Monday, November 24th. I do hope you'll tune in. I'll play a randy tune, just for you.

I'm pretty big into contradancing, so I have made it my mission to play at least one contra tune each show. Next time you swing through P-Town, I'll give you a lesson. You won't ever be the same again...

Um, is this my friend who goes by the name of Randy in Colorado? You know, the Randy with the beautiful wife and the two red-headed kids? If so, thanks, my friend. If not, you, stranger Randy, have just finaigled yourself into the most elite fan club on Earth...

Warm regards,
Diane Hunt, DJ
Folk Espresso - KBOO
Portland, Oregon

8/18/08 Folk Esspreso show new DJ

I listen to your station ocasionally and enjoy it. I particularily enjoyed this mornings Folk Espresso show and the new DJ Diane Hunt. She is interesting and articulate and did great on her debut!!

give her KUDO's and tell her Contra Dancing Music is fine, fine stuff.



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