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Internet radio comes through all across the universe

By Andy Turner, January 2007

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In early January, Cantrell hosted a show featuring Charlie Louvin and a tribute to the late Del Reeves. To be found in the archives are in-studio performances by Son Volt, Danny Barnes and Rodney Crowell and various special shows dedicated to the likes of Skeeter Davis, John Peel and Jimmy Martin.

A few year's worth of Meredith Ochs' "Trash, Twang and Thunder" are also archived on the site. Ochs, now on Sirius' Outlaw Country station, featured guests such as Greg Trooper, Kathleen Edwards, Kim Richey as well as Ersel Hickey and Pam Tillis.

WMBR's Gesler, the host of "Lost Highway," says he would love to have a desk-top radio wirelessly connected to his computer preset to all his favorite shows. "Not stations, but shows, from around the world," he says. "Now that'd be really sweet."

Other Internet stations worth checking out

Nashville's legendary WSM (wsmonline.com) is the home of Eddie Stubbs' great show Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m.-midnight (CST). His show along with the Friday Night Opry and Grand Ole Opry are archived on the site.

The terrific trio of "Swingin' Doors" (6-9 p.m. Thursdays), "Shake the Shack" (6-9 p.m. Fridays) and "The Roadhouse" (6-9 p.m. Wednesdays) are all on Seattle's KEXP (kexp.org). All times PST.

Five other radio stations with various worthwhile roots shows: WWOZ (wwoz.org,) KOOP (koop.org), WCOM (communityradio.coop), KRCB (krcb.org) and KUSP (kusp.org).

The Boudin Barndance, (6-9 pm. Thursdays, EST) on WRIS (wriu.org), hosted by Dan Ferguson celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2007.

Noted country scholar Bill Malone hosts "Back to the Country" Wednesday mornings 9 a.m.-noon (CST) on Madison, Wisc.'s WORT (wort-fm.org). Each show has a specific theme such as politics or religion or focuses on a particular artist.

Hosts Ron Thums and Jean Silverberg call "Radio Rumpus Room" (radiorumpusroom.com) a "musical mixmaster of surf, hot rod, '60s garage, hillbilly, rockabilly, psychedelia, back-to-the-roots country, primal pop and primitive rock 'n' roll." The show, which comes on Fridays from 9-10:30 p.m. (CST) on Minneapolis-St. Paul's KFAI (kfai.org.), is archived.

Thums and Silverberg are fond of themed-shows, some of which are archived on their website, including "Hot Burrito #1: Country Rock Before Uncle Tupelo," which featured songs from Steve Young, The Byrds, Jason & The Scorchers and others. KFAI is also home to Ken Hippler's "Good and Country" on Saturday afternoons from 1-3.

If you want go international: "Tombstone After Dark" (Tuesdays 7:30-9 p.m. MST) on CJSW (cjsw.com) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; "Roadrunner" (Tuesdays noon-1 p.m. EST) and "Passport" (Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. EST) on the University of Toronto's CIUT (ciut.fm); and "Bob Harris Country" (Thursdays 7-8 p.m. GMT, archives available) on BBC Radio 2 (bbc.co.uk/radio2).

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