September Program Highlights


Summer ends, autumn begins with new shows and changes to the WJFF schedule of local and national programs — talk, music and loads of inspiration.

As the summer season wanes and fall advances WJFF Radio Catskill brings listeners new shows, new times for some long-standing shows, political coverage in this election season and a continuation of our popular community interviews. Some of our highlights:

Beginning Saturday, September 5, Bodhi Talk with host Doug Bill starts Saturday mornings at 6 am, followed by Bookworm at 6:30 am. An NPR show produced by KCRW, Bookworm showcases writers of fiction and poetry – the established, new or emerging – all interviewed with insight and precision by the show’s host and guiding spirit, Michael Silverblatt.

Starting September 12, two National Public Radio shows spice up the wee hours as Alt. Latino (Saturdays at 2 am) and All Songs Considered (Saturdays at 2:30 am) move to new times.

Locally produced The Janus Adams Show will now be heard on Saturdays at noon, while Folk Plus with Angela Page moves to Sundays at 4pm.

From the writer/director of Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award winning film Gasland, WJFF is excited to launch on September 12 Staying Home with Josh Fox, a new show on Saturdays at 1 pm,

featuring progressive conversations with notable guests around the coronavirus crisis, social justice and politics, helping people understand the connection to environmentalism.  The show is produced in the Upper Delaware Valley village of Milanville in Wayne County, PA by Josh Fox in partnership with producers Scott Fetterman and Patrick Byrne.

Long standing local music show Jambalaya with Jesse Ballew and Aldo Troiani has a new time on Saturdays at 2 pm.

New time for NPR show On the Media is Saturdays at 4 pm.

 In partnership with Radio Kingston, WJFF proudly presents La Dosis Perfecta, on Sundays at 9 pm inviting listeners to discover the journey of Rock en Español.  Rock in Spanish was influenced by musicians and bands from the United States –e.g. Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry — who created rock and roll. Ritchie Valens and the Chicano movement were the pioneers of Rock in Spanish – embracing cultural and social movements in such countries as Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. Hosted by Manuel Blas.

 Two classical music shows move to new times beginning September 13 and 14 – Concierto on Sundays at 11 pm and New York Philharmonic This Week, Mondays at 1 am

And starting September 14 On Being with Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning public radio show exploring “ the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the arts” can be heard on Mondays at 2pm

And remember – all of WJFF’s locally produced shows can be found on our Archives – music shows for two weeks after airing; talk shows have no limit! 

 On September 4 Thane Peterson’s Living Jazz (Fridays noon to 2 pm) features Sonny Rollins whose 90th birthday arrives on Sept. 7. Show host Thane Peterson celebrates the great sax player, composer and band leader, focusing on his extraordinary creativity from 1949 to 1958. Sonny is heard on the show with numerous great players, including Miles Davis, Horace Silver and Clifford Brown, as well as such Bebop pioneers as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie. Max Roach will be on drums much of the time.

Farm and Country (Saturdays at 11:05 am), locally produced show on a variety of topics relating to rural life in the Catskills and the Delaware River Valley, on September 5 has Keith Hubbard’s Star Talk report focusing on a solitary big bright star in the nighttime sky; Christine San Jose reciting poetry on the theme of John Barley Corn in Along the Poet’s Row; and  Stephanie Phillips’ Now You Know segment visiting Ed Leonardi, owner of Wild Craft Farms in Bethel, NY, talking about growing high quality crops of corn, oats, buckwheat and barley in small quantities for premium product and soil enrichment

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