Programming

Radio Bristol

Radio Bristol celebrates the history of early American music while connecting and exploring the future of today’s music through our media center, app and website featuring live programming that our listeners can enjoy in person and online. WBCM-LP is our local channel heard regionally on 100.1 FM and online at Listenradiobristol.org. We have two other audio channels: Radio Bristol Americana, an online channel showcasing today’s artists and classics from decades past, and Radio Bristol Classic featuring early commercial country music including classic country, early bluegrass, old-time music, blues and more. Radio Bristol Video showcases performances from our 100-seat Performance Theater in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, plus footage from “On the Road” sessions and much more. Radio Bristol is proud to offer a platform for our regions rich music culture.

Stay tuned as we have many programs currently in development – there is so much music and history to showcase and explore! Keep coming back for historic recordings and new content creation that we will share on the Media Center and Radio Bristol App.

Live Shows

Farm and Fun Time

Farm and Fun Time hearkens back to the days of classic live radio and features today’s top traditional country, bluegrass and old-time artists. We’re proud to bring back this historic program to a new generation of listeners. Hosted by Kris Truelsen and featuring house band Bill and the Belles, Farm and Fun Time is a celebration of Appalachian music and culture with various segments jingles and featured artists.  You can enjoy the show in person at the museum by purchasing a ticket, or you can listen online at listenradiobristol.org or through our mobile App for iOS and Android. Farm and Fun Time is proudly supported by Eastman Credit Union.

Radio Bristol Sessions

Radio Bristol Sessions showcases today’s performing roots music artists from our region and the world; it is recorded live in the museum’s intimate 100-seat Performance Theater. The recorded audio and video from Radio Bristol Sessions are rebroadcast and available on Video Bristol. Radio Bristol sessions are always free and open to the public.  For more information and schedule of upcoming Radio Bristol Sessions click here.

Radio Bristol Premieres

Radio Bristol Premieres focuses on new recordings and projects from nationally recognized artists debuted before a live audience in our Performance Theater.  Premieres are also broadcast live on WBCM-LP and webcast at listenradiobristol.org.

On Air Programming

On the Sunny Side

“On the Sunny Side” is a daily morning program exploring American roots history with varying segments, guests, in studios, and much more. A “this day” in American music history smorgasbord hosted by Kris Truelsen Monday-Friday 9 to 11am EST.

Across the Blue Ridge

Across the Blue Ridge focuses on the southern Blue Ridge area known through generations and still today as a hotbed of old-time, bluegrass, blues, and country music. And the program reaches far beyond, exploring southern music as the music most people around the world understand as distinctively American. Across the Blue Ridge is smart, irreverent, fun, serious, and entertaining all at once. Host Paul Brown is a former NPR journalist who also happens to be a prize-winning banjo picker, fiddle player, singer, and storyteller. Across the Blue Ridge airs Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

Born in the Mountain

Two hours of rare records and field recordings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and beyond with host Ivy Sheppard. Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2pm EST.

Bristol Rhythm with Brett Davis

Put the rhythm and the roots into your radio every Friday at 4pm by tuning into “Bristol Rhythm” with Brett Davis. This program celebrates the diverse music and artists that make Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion so special.

Farm and Fun Time Noon Show

Join the Po Ramblin’ Boys every Friday at noon as we resurrect the classic live radio format of the original WCYB Farm & Fun Time of the 1940’s and 1950’s! The Farm and Fun Time Noon Show is a throw back to the days when radio was king and the boys pay homage to, and follow in the footsteps of, bluegrass legends of all time while blending original material in the vein of those traditions. Tune in and travel back in time every Friday with the Po Ramblin’ Boys on The Farm and Fun Time Noon Show, generously sponsored by Permatile Concrete Products.

Honky Tonk Hit Parade

Join host Bailey George every Wednesday from to 3 to 5pm EST for the Honky Tonk Hit Parade featuring the best in classic country, hillbilly boppers and honky tonk rarities!

Pick One with Larry and Tim

“Pick One with Larry and Tim” focuses on the history of traditional Bluegrass music and highlights artists who helped bridge the gap between the first generation and modern bluegrass. While the show centers around traditional sounds, we also look at today’s artists who are keeping the spirit of bluegrass alive and growing. Tune in every Saturday from 10am to noon.

Radio Bristol’s Country Classics

Country Classics features American roots music from the world renown collection of Joe Bussard. Bussard is one of the world’s foremost collectors of rare 78rpm recordings and a celebrated radio personality. Country Classics airs Tuesdays 6 to 8pm EST and Saturdays 4 to 6pm EST.

Over the Waves

Join Dr. Lee Bidgood for “Over the Waves” – Country music on the move, on the air and in between. Discover connections between rural, urban, down home and uptown string band music from all around the globe. Wednesday’s from 2 to 3pm and Sundays 3 to 4pm on Radio Bristol.

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Country Music Way
Bristol, VA 24201
(423) 573-1927
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BUSINESS OFFICE: 416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN 37620
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