First broadcast March 4, 2011

Late Winter Pledge Show

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

We asked — and listeners responded generously. This was our contribution to WSHU’s Late Winter Pledge Drive and it was a fun evening, complete with seven-time All-Ireland accordionist John Whelan joining me and WSHU Chief Engineer Paul Litwinovich to drum up listener support.

Special thanks to John, who took time out from his busy performing schedule to spend the night with us and make several eloquent pitches on the importance of keeping folk music on the airwaves. In an on-air surprise, he even offered to craft two hand-turned pen and pencil sets in return for two special pledges. Two listeners swiftly took him up on the offer. Propelled by a generous anonymous challenge grant and the prospect that each contributor would be eligible to win an Apple iPod, we easily surpassed our goal for the evening.

Great thanks to all who pledged and all who tune in week in and week out to listen to folk and acoustic music on WSHU Public Radio. And a tip of the hat to Ellen Litwinovich who once again oversaw the telephone room and computer pledges and kept the tally board up to date.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Whelan/Sebastian/Ungar/Mason, “First Unto This Country”, Song Of The Hills, Shanachie

  • John Whelan, “The Broadstone Inn/Sligo Creek”, From The Heart, Jar Productions


  • John Hartford, “Turn Your Radio On”, Aereo-Plain, Warner Brothers/Rounder

  • Kathy Mattea, “Listen To The Radio”, Lonesome Standard Time, Mercury

  • Jamie Anderson, “Public Radio”, Better Than Chocolate, Tsunami


  • John Whelan, “Medley of Reels”, Live, WSHU Studios

  • John Whelan, “Trip To Skye”, Celtic Reflections, Narada


  • Boxcar Lilies, “Travelin’ On”, Heartwood, Independent


  • Solas, “Pastures Of Plenty”, Reunion: A Decade Of Solas, Compass

  • John Whelan, “Medley of Jigs”, Live, WSHU Studios


  • Hot Rize, “Radio Boogie”, So Long Of A Journey, Sugar Hill

  • Greg Brown, “Late Night Radio”, Bath Tub Blues, Red House

  • Jamie Anderson, “Public Radio”, Better Than Chocolate, Tsunami


  • John Whelan, “La Partita”, Live, WSHU Studios