Buddy Merriam celebrates 25 years on WUSB

Buddy MerriamWUSB has been on the air in Long Island, NY since 1977 from the campus of Stony Brook University. And since 1991, Buddy Merriam has broadcast bluegrass music over their air on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

For those of us a bit arithmetically challenged, that means that this is his 25th year on the air, and tomorrow’s (May 25) show is the official anniversary program. That’s a long time in anybody’s book, especially to keep an alternative music program going on a public radio station that reflects changing tastes over time.

But Buddy is much more than a bluegrass DJ. He is a beloved personality in the northeastern music scene, where he has performed with his own band, Back Roads, since 1980. His music keeps the mandolin style of the great Bill Monroe alive on stage, and on his many albums over the years.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the show, Blue Grass Time, this evening Buddy will feature all the #1 bluegrass songs of the year from 1991 – 2015.

Buddy describes his show as follows:

Blue Grass Time allows me to propagate the music I love and turn on more people to the joys of bluegrass music. I play everything from the newest releases to the hard core first generation artists that I love. Over the years I’ve interviewed everyone from David Grisman, Bobby Osborne, Frank Wakefield and Mac Wiseman to Andy Falco, James Reams and Vincent Cross.  Live in the studio performances and concert announcements at 7 round out the two hour program.”

WUSB broadcasts at 90.1 FM in the New York metro market, and via live streaming online.

Congratulations to Buddy Merriam for 25 years on the air!

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