Radio Something

2022-07-26T21:08:16-04:00

Radio Something with Valerie Richardson airs on the second and fourth Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. My show (which I don’t call Radio Something, but everyone else does) is a mix of very eclectic music, interviews, and a lot of musings about the human condition. WPKN has been an essential part of my life for more than thirty years. I feel lucky to have moved to an area with such great radio after I left college. I grew up listening to freeform radio in northern Virginia, hit the airwaves at university, and found a lot of kindred souls when I became involved with WPKN. Learn ...

Write On

2022-05-07T21:09:37-04:00

Write On! A singer-songwriter is a musician who writes, composes, and performs their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies. In the United States, the category is built on the folk-acoustic tradition, although this role has transmuted through different eras of popular music. Get a Great Gift with Your Donation! Your contribution helps WPKN, a 501(c)(3) organization. Al Bell celebrates the Blues and R&B, playing songs in accordance with his own unique desire to hear one creative piece in juxtaposition with the next. Learn More What inspires me about ‘PKN is that amidst all the differences, there is a ...

MIC CHECK

2022-03-02T07:01:22-05:00

Mic Check, Sunday, 5:30 PM — WPKN’s ½-hour weekly public affairs and community discussion program. Our diverse roster of hosts presents a wide range of topics for discussion: focusing on global, national, and regional issues and their effect on the local Connecticut community. Just as the phrase “Mic Check” was used to mobilize people to create a human microphone during the Occupy Movement, this weekly program will amplify our local community’s many concerns and voices and bring them to the air-waves. Join the conversation on-air at 203-336-9756. WPKN has been an essential part of my life for more than thirty years. I feel lucky to have moved ...

Celebrating Joni Mitchell

2021-11-21T17:21:04-05:00

Join us on November 22-23 for a special fundraiser celebrating the inimitable Joni Mitchell. It’s a day of music, stories and fun as we take a look at the impact and accomplishments of one of this decade’s greatest living artists. A true favorite of WPKN programmers and listeners alike, we are delighted to be dedicated to all things Joni and will have special premiums including a brand new, totally unique t-shirt in her honor (designed by Wendy Flanagan and hand-screened by Liz Squillace). Get a Great Gift with Your Donation! Your contribution helps WPKN, a 501(c)(3) organization. What inspires me about ...

Dylan Birthday Special

2021-05-19T13:40:51-04:00

80 Years - Bob Dylan Birthday Special celebrates Bob Dylan who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than 6 decades. Born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist. Some of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” (1963) and “The Times They Are a-Changin’” (1964) became anthems for civil rights and anti-war movements. In 1965 and 1966, Dylan drew controversy when he adopted electrically amplified rock instrumentation, and within 15 months recorded three of the most important and influential rock albums of the 1960s: Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Highway 61 Revisited (1965), ...

In Her Own Words

2021-07-30T12:13:00-04:00

In Her Own Words:  Iconic Women is a two-day fundraiser celebrating some of this century's most phenomenal singer-songwriters... join us June 22 & 23 from 7 am to 10 pm. Donate I am grateful to be involved with WPKN, which is such a great community listener-supported station. It has been an honor to be the general manager of WPKN (since 2013). Learn More I have been on the ‘PKN airwaves thirty years (yikes!) - feels like a few lifetimes - and I also served in several positions on the station’s board of directors. Learn More Emily hosts the show "All Levels", a show ...

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