Bob Webster is back on Air 

Bob Webster during his time at WAMUThose of us who remember with fondness Bob Webster’s stint on WAMU will be pleased to know that he is back on air.

Webster has joined the crew at Rockingham County Radio for his own three hour program commencing at noon this Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

He left WAMU’s Bluegrass Country at the end of 2012 after 10 ½ years of broadcasting, primarily the Stained Glass Bluegrass program, and retired to his hometown of Burlington, North Carolina.

However, as Webster relates ……

“…… there is no cure for the bluegrass infection and I am happy to say I’ll be back on the air every Wednesday beginning at noon for three hours at Rockingham County Radio. If you’re in the listening area in Rockingham County you can listen on 1420 or 1490 AM, or you can hear the web stream at

We’re calling the program Bluegrass for Lunch and I’ll feature a lot of Gospel numbers the first hour, followed by two hours of straight ahead bluegrass.”

Webster has been a bluegrass fan from the days of the Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs TV show that he watched while growing up in his native North Carolina. While on Navy active duty in the Washington D.C. area, he discovered Gary Henderson’s shows on WAMU. During the late 1970s, he called in with the correct answer to one of Henderson’s bluegrass trivia questions and won tickets to a bluegrass event.

He became the engineer for the Sunday morning Gospel show Stained Glass Bluegrass with Red Shipley in 2002. In January 2007, Shipley began sharing his microphone with Webster. Upon Shipley’s retirement in September 2007, he became the natural successor to host Stained Glass Bluegrass and become the show’s third host.

For those in the Eden, Reidsville and Wentworth tune into WLOE 1490AM and for those in the Madison, Mayodan and Stoneville areas tune into WMYN 1420AM.

Rockingham County Radio claims to be North Carolina’s first AM radio network with WLOE 1490AM, Leaksville, first going on air on December 20, 1946.

You can send requests and good will messages to Bob Webster at

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.