Del McCoury performs on Best Of Bluegrass

The Del McCoury Band performs live in the WFPK studio in Louisville, KY (1/10/14)This weekend’s Best of Bluegrass show, broadcast on WMAK from Owensboro, KY, will feature a live, in-stdio performance by The Del McCoury Band. Hosted weekly on Saturday afternoon by Bob Mitchell, the program is also streamed online at from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (EST).

Del visited the WFPK studio in Louisville on January 10, where he and the band played several selections from their Grammy Award-winning album, The Streets of Baltimore. Mitchell tells us that in addition to the hour-long concert before a studio audience, Del spoke about his early days living in Baltimore, and the first time he met Bill Monroe as a young man.

The show will air Saturday (2/1) on WMAK, and again on Tuesday (2/1) on The Bluegrass Mix online, from 10:00 a.m. to noon (CST). Folks in the Owensboro area can hear it Saturday morning from 6:op-8:00 a.m. (local time) on WKWC FM 90.3, but that signal is not streamed.

Bob also shared a couple of photos from the Del sessions.


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  • Dick Bowden

    These live radio visits can be quite a hoot sometimes. Way back in the mid-90s I accompanied Del and the boys on a promo appearance (Bridgeport CT) on a little tiny station in far-off Sharon CT, I can’t even remember the call letters.

    The station was so small the “studio” was just a desk in a small room. The Band was game! The lady DJ turned a wastebasket upside down on the desk and put a desktop mike stand on it with one mike. Two stood by the side of the desk, two stood IN THE DOORYWAY right in front of the desk, and the bass fiddle was in the next room outside that doorway. Onlookers like me and my buddy were banished to the outer reaches.

    Some mighty fine music was broadcast, with solos taken by moving a half-step forward, really more just leaning on the front foot vs. the back foot! Many bluegrass bands have had similar experiences — it’s all part of the fun of doing everything you can to promote the music.

    The days of “studios” in radio stations are long gone. The last one I can remember was WFDU at Fairleigh Dickinson U. in NJ.