About This Program

Join WPKN for a special fundraising event American v. British Folk from 7 am to 10 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. It’s now half-a-century since British folk rock became A Thing, with the early practitioners breaking new ground and inspiring an entire scene that peaked in the late Sixties/early Seventies.

Earnest young post-Dylan singer/songwriters moved away from the intimacy of the folk clubs in favour of the nascent college/university circuit. Countercultural iconoclasts The Incredible String Band became a seismic influence on a whole raft of bands now categorised as acid-folk, Pentangle’s use of acoustic instrumentation within a nominally rock framework attracted many emulators (though arguably no real equals), while Fairport Convention graduated from their initial American West Coast- indebted sound to explore their own country’s musical heritage, thus establishing the concept of indigenous English folk rock (a baton that would be picked up by the likes of Ashley Hutchings’ post- Fairport venture Steeleye Span and many others).

By the early Seventies, British folk rock had become an extremely marketable commodity. In addition to the aforementioned brand leaders transcending the determinedly parochial folk pages of the UK music weeklies to score Top Ten albums, a second raft of acts – including Alan Hull’s Lindisfarne, The Strawbs, the post-Humblebums Gerry Rafferty, Ralph McTell and another Fairport refugee, Iain Matthews – registered huge hit singles.

Cliff Furnald
Cliff Furnald
Cliff brings music little heard on the radio or the mainstream.

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Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher
WPKN Board of Directors, Long Island Director
Kevin Gallagher likes to dig. Ask him to tell you about his life, and don’t be surprised if he digs up a tale about traveling the world with the Eurythmics or that he’s been digging WPKN since he became a DJ in 1972.
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Mike Zito
Mike Zito
I first started doing shows at WPKN early in 1973. It is truly an honor to be back and part of WPKN, now more than forty years!
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Steve di Costanzo
Steve di Costanzo
WPKN General Manager
Music has always been front and center for me. It’s beyond therapeutic.
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Bruce Swan
Bruce Swan
All my life, I have wanted to be part of radio and am now privileged to be able to do so. I am part of a great station with wonderful listeners and programmers. The listeners are generous with their support and patient with the occasional mistakes that are made.
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howard thompson
howard thompson
WPKN Board of Directors Music Director
Howard Thompson serves on the WPKN Board of Directors as the Music Director and hosts the rocking program, ‘PURE.’
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Richard Epstein
Richard Epstein
WPKN Board of Directors Fundraising and Development Director
Since 1977, Richard has explored a wide range of music and sound on his show Sometimes Classical. I have been on the air at WPKN since 1977, and it is a precious and important media outlet. I hope you will consider supporting this station.
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Simon Hunter
Simon Hunter
WPKN Board of Directors Secretary and Director at Large
Partner and Chief Innovation Officer at CO OP Brand Co., Simon hosts Another Girl, Another Planet.
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