10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
This is a show of mostly new releases, with a bluegrass segment dedicated in remembrance of an old acquaintance, Doug Tuchman of New York, a longtime advocate of bluegrass music and a fierce promoter of the music in the Greater New York region.
I first met Doug many moons ago when he was promoting concerts at Sacred Heart University, on whose campus WSHU/WSUF is located, and then at Fairfield University. Years later our friendship was renewed when my son went off in 1997 to study at Columbia University and became the host of WKCR-FM’s bluegrass show on Sunday mornings. Doug, of course, was the host of WKCR’s very popular “Honky Tonkin’” show on Tuesday evenings.
During the intervening years, I, my son Matt and my wife Lisa enjoyed attending several concerts with Doug. The last time I saw Doug before his untimely death at age 62 was up at WKCR’s studios during its County Music Weekend this summer when he had assembled about 25 performers for a glorious on-air studio jam session! It was great radio and pure Tuchman. In the midst of it, he was offering me part of this gigantic hoagie sandwich he was eating.
For those with long memories (and advanced age), Doug was the first editor back in the 1970s of ‘Pickin’” magazine and had been a bluegrass promoter since 1973. It’s a poignant note that when he suffered his fatal heart attack he was on his way to hear bluegrass great Del McCoury and his band at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.