Red Shipley passes

Red ShipleyLong-time bluegrass broadcaster, Red Shipley, passed away October 6 in Charlottesville, VA after a lengthy battle with cancer. Red was the host of Stained Glass Bluegrass for 25 years on WAMU-FM in Washington, DC, and also in recent years on

We will have more on Red’s career in bluegrass music shortly, but wanted to pass along these details from WAMU right away:

Funeral arrangements have been made through Preddy’s Funeral Home in Gordonsville, Va. The funeral will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Questions about the funeral arrangements can be directed to Preddy’s Funeral Home at 540-832-2111.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), at Red’s request. To find out more about how to do this, please contact IBMA directly. Their toll-free number is 1-888-438-4262, and their e-mail address is

Cards and letters may be sent to 218 Piedmont St, Apt. 1, Orange, Va., 22960.

Remembrances still may be left at the WAMU tribute line at 202-885-8827.

UPDATE 9:25 a.m.: Marc Fisher has more on Red’s career on his blog.

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