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.  Enjoy the show the second Thursday of every month live in person at the museum by purchasing a ticket, or listen online at listenradiobristol.org or through our mobile App for iOS and Android. Farm and Fun Time is proudly supported by Eastman Credit UnionWindow World of Tri-Cities, and HVAC Bristol.

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.

Cornbread and Greasy Beans

Every Sunday at 4pm join celebrated chef Travis Milton as he explores the inexplicable and deep connection between Food and Music from our region and beyond.

Diggin’ with Big Lon

Diggin’ with Big Lon discovers the rich musical heritage of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia one dusty record at a time. Big Lon has combined his love of history and music to build a collection of local 45rpm and 78rpm records. Tune in every Thursday at 5pm! Check out his story on Facebook at Big Lon’s Crateful Dig.

Farm and Fun Time Weekly

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 with weekly re-broadcasts of our hit reboot every Thursday at 7pm. 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.  Don’t forget to join us the second Thursday of every month for the live broadcast of Farm and Fun Time by purchasing a ticket, or listen online or through our mobile App for iOS and Android. Farm and Fun Time is proudly supported by Eastman Credit UnionWindow World of Tri-Cities, and HVAC Bristol.

Grass Cuttin’ Time

Dusting off some hidden treasures, Grass Cuttin’ Time features bluegrass like you’ve never heard before. An extensive collection of something old, something new, something toe tapping, and something blue. You never know what C.J. has in his bib pocket about to be spun. tune in Mondays at 2pm.

Land Of The Sky

Broadcasting straight off the original 78 RPM shellac records and out into the ether, “Land Of The Sky” with Brody Hunt consists of a variety of pre-WW2 vernacular music, with a heavy focus on Hillbilly & Hot Jazz of the late 20’s & early 30’s.  Kick back and enjoy a cross-section of period musical styles and cultures, from American Dance Bands, to exotic sounds from distant lands and forgotten times every Saturday from 5 to 7pm.

Ozark Highlands Radio

Ozark Highlands Radio is an hour-long public radio program that features live musical performances recorded at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas. With archival recordings from native Ozark musicians to the contemporary Roots/Old Time performers of today, Ozark Highlands Radio explores the history, tradition and current trends in traditional and modern acoustic music. Sundays at 2pm.

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 Alexandra

“Pick One with Larry and Alexandra” 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.

Off the Beaten Track

Join Marshall Ballew Tuesdays 4-6pm for Off the Beaten Track. A musical foray onto the back roads and secret places of the American musical landscape, where roots grow deep and hybrids flower into a thousand different varieties. All from seeds blown in from Britain, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere, and simmered in the melting pot of cultures known as the USA.

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.

Ramblin Ryan Show

Ramble down the highways and byways of the back roads of America and discover new sounds and stories of American roots music. Join Ryan Bernard every Friday at 5pm as he connects the eclectic sounds of regions, genres, and decades on this weekly journey.

Sound Sessions

Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is an audio journey into the rich, eclectic, and sometimes eccentric Smithsonian Folkways archive. Host Sam Litzinger and archivist Jeff Place comb the stacks for music and stories about this historic record label for a weekly broadcast that feature newly digitized audio, including rare outtakes, interviews, and never-before-heard recordings. Tune in Wednesdays at 6pm or Sundays at 4pm.

Whup the Devil

Whup the Devil: Classic Old-Time Music from the Mountain South and Beyond is a theme-based master class in early hill billy music presented by old-time musician and professor Roy Andrade. Good for old-time music aficionados who like the gritty details, but also accessible for newbies and those interested in a little context around their music. Listen to Roy every Tuesday at 3pm.

Woodsongs with Michael Johnathon

Folksinger Michael Johnathon’s WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is an hour long, weekly live-audience, Americana format show that presents the best grassroots and acoustic music to our global audience. Tune in every Saturday morning at 9am!

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