Folk Espresso

Folk Espresso, early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

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Folk Espresso on 03/30/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 03/23/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 03/23/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 03/16/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 03/09/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 03/09/2015 - 6:30am - 8:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 03/02/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/23/15

Folk Espresso
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Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
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Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/16/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 02/16/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/09/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso on 02/02/15

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Early morning folk music to get your week started. A different host each week.

Folk Espresso

Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 5:30am - 7:00am
Short Description: 
Folk Espresso w/Jonathon Lay


Folk Espresso playlist for 07/16/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Arlo GuthrieUkelele Lady
Crooked StillLook On And Cry
The Belleville OutfitAs Good As It Gets
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite BoysMusic To Her Ears
The Border BlastersAin't Hurtin' Nobody
Betty SooIf You Fall
Billy Joe ShaverCorsicana Daily Sun
Bonnie BishopTake Care Of Me
Bruce RobisonDon't You Ever Call My Name
Brigette DeMeyerSweet Lady Rosa
Chip DolanBaton Rouge
Chip Taylor & Carri RodriguezLet's Leave This Town
Danny SchmidtDrawing Board
Carrie ElkinBroke TV
Danny BrittLife Ain't Always Easy
David Grisman & Tony RiceWatson Blues
Dave Alvin & The Guilty WomenMarie Marie
Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerGentle Soldier Of My Soul
Dan WeberGoodbye To Dad
Andy GriffithHow Long Blues
Eliza GilkysonGreen Fields
Eric HankeNever Gonna Leave You Now
The FlatlandersFree The Wind
Willie NelsonHoneysuckle Rose

Folk Espresso playlist for 07/02/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Laura VeirsJuy FlameJuly Flame
Punch BrothersDon't Get Married Without MeWho's Feeling Young Now?
Carl SolomonBeautiful DayBlack Top Beauty
Danny BarnesCorn Kingdom ComePickathon Roots Music Festival 2004
The Avett BrothersNovember BluePickathon Roots Music Festival 2006
Alela DianeMy BramblesPickathon Roots Music Festival 2007
Ali MarcusAmerican SoilAmericana Hotel
Hunter PayeThis CountryAll the Walls Are Windows
Mary McAdamsFourth of JulySelf-Titled CD
The Wailin' JennysFirecrackerFirecracker
Guy Klucevsek with the Ain't Nothin' But a Polka BandThe Club Nada PolkaPolka Dots & Laser Beams
Carrie ElkinThe Things We're Afraid OfCall It My Garden
Raina RoseIf You're Going to GoWhen May Came
Drew NelsonWhat She DoesTilt-A-Whirl
Danny SchmidtMan of Many MoonsMan of Many Moons
Jackson BrowneYou Know the NightNote of Hope

Dear Listeners,

Yowza!  I haven't gotten my Pickathon tickets yet!  Man, I hope they're not sold out.  There's a great line-up again this year....and after playing that trio of tunes from previous Pickathon festivals this morning I've really got myself psyched to be there.  Of course, before that is this week's Blues Festival.  Maybe I'll throw (gently) my kayak up on my car, pop down to the river, and listen from the water this year....

Hey, I hope you liked that GREAT long piece sung by Jackson Browne.  Woody Guthrie wrote some amazing words in this one--I wonder if he meant for them to ever be turned into lyrics?  What a wonderful love song...  If you pick up the CD that this song is on, Note of Hope, you'll see the full lyrics in the liner notes.  It's worth it just for that!

Oh and you heard a set of music this morning touching on the theme of this week's celebration of Independence Day.  The first song in the set, brand new by Ali Marcus, includes lyrics ripped from the front page of the paper.  She's a terrific songwriter....and will be in Portland tomorrow night (Tuesday, the 3rd) at a concert in the garden of the local Youth Hostel.  It's a free one--and sounds like fun.  Maybe I'll see you there!  NW Portland Hostel Summer Music Series, 425 NW 18th, 6pm.

Enjoy your Independence Day and keep your dial at KBOO--your INDEPENDENT community radio station!

Musically yours,



Folk Espresso playlist for 06/25/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Danny SchmidtBuckets of RainMan of Many Moons
Carrie ElkinSt. LouisCall It My Garden
Kenny WhiteJohnny's Got a Crush on MarilynUninvited Guest
Paul GeremiaMama Don't ALlow No Low Down Hangin' AroundLove My Stuff
Misty MamasThe Land of 10,000 MothersWild Rose of the Mountain
Steve WackerAin't Too Easily SatisfiedShadows and Grace
Drew NelsonSt. JudeTilt-A-Whirl
Raina RoseSun Comes BackWhen May Came
Johnny FlynnKentucky PillBeen Listening
TinariwenWalla IllaTassili
Ali MarcusThe Ballad of Helen and BernieAmericana Hotel
Hunter PayeDuality's DilemmaAll the Walls Are Windows
The LovebirdsOh MyNutsy Pants
Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerWay Over Yonder in the Minor KeyLittle Blue Egg
Billy Bragg & Wilco with Natalie MerchantBirds and ShipsMermaid Avenue
Dan WeberHank and JesusAsh and Bone
Alexa WileyLove Ain't So FarPoet of Empty Spaces
Bill Evans with The Infamous StringdustersWalk to the WaterIn Good Company
Carrie Clark and the Lonesome LoversWhere Are YouBetween the Bed Sheets & Turpentine
Jere CanoteMaybelle's DanceUke Life

Dear Listeners,

You got an earful of new music this morning--great discoveries all!  Lotsa creative folks out there doing old songs in a fresh new way and writing fresh new songs that will still sound great when they're old.  Check out the recent releases from Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin, Paul Geremia, Steve Wacker, Drew Nelson, Tinariwen (TOO COOL!), Ali Marcus, The Lovebirds, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Dan Weber, Alexa Wiley, Bill Evans, and Carrie Clark.  Whew!  That's a veritable truckload of tunes that will make you smile and make you think...

See you next week!

Musically yours,



Folk Espresso playlist for 06/04/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
John NelsonWaiting for the WeekendVagabond
Terry RobbLouiseResting Place
Sonia and Disappear FearWorried Man BluesBlood, Bones & Baltimore
Ben HowardDiamondsEvery Kingdom
Nellie McKayOld FolksNote of Hope
Tony LuccaUndertowRendezvous with the Angels
Greg GraffinWillie MooreCold as the Clay
Jen & AbbyLightweightCannot Rearrange
Ben BullingtonMiss JuneSatisfaction Garage
Mollie O'Brien and Rich MooreKeep It CleanSaints & Sinners
Berkley HartConversations with the MoonLas Vegas
Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlinMcMichen's ReelCanyoneers
Steve EarleNo Place to FallTownes
Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow QuartetOh Me, Oh MySelf-Titled CD
Bill EvansThe Distance Between Two PointsIn Good Company
Mike and RuthyWhimsical Hysterical SuburbanThe Honeymoon Agenda
Johnny FlynnThe WaterBeen Listening
The Blackberry BushesMermaidLittle Bit of Grace
Isaac LambHow Can I Keep From SingingPortland Sings for Haiti
Misty MamasWild Rose of the MountainWild Rose of the Mountain

Dear Listeners,

Golly, it sure is fun bringing great music to sweet listeners!  I hope you are enjoying this morning's show...

Musically yours,



Folk Espresso playlist for 05/28/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Suzzy RocheYankee DoodleSongs from an Unmarried Housewife and Mother, Greenwich Village, USA
Bruce CockburnIndian WarsNothing But a Burning Light
Big BandemoniumWhen Johnny Comes Marching HomeThe Big Bang
Hart RougeBrave MarinNouvelle-France
Jean Ritchie and Doc WatsonSoldier's JoyAt Folk City
Johnny CashDanny BoyAmerican IV: The Man Comes Around
Colleen RaneySailor BoyLinnet
Leo KottkeVaseline Machine Gun6- and 12-String Guitar
Bill MorrisseyJust Before We Lost the WarSomething I Saw Or Thought I Saw
Mystery SiblingsEven Death Sheds a TearThe Family You Never Knew You Didn't Have
Carolina Chocolate DropsPeace Behind the BridgeGenuine Negro Jig
Greg BrownI Want My Country BackIn the Hills of California
CoronachThe Batell of Pavie: The Aftermath - The Burying of the DeadA Scots Tune - Popular Music from Renaissance Scotland
Billy Bragg & WilcoAnother Man's Done GoneMermaid Avenue
JJ Cale and Eric ClaptonWhen This War Is OverThe Road to Escondido
Richie HavensHandsome JohnnyMixed Bag
Iris DeMentThere's A Wall In WashingtonThe Way I Should
Judy CollinsWars of GermanyA Maid of Constant Sorrow
Rig the JigGoldsmith's LamentPassing Through
Dave Matthews BandAmerican Baby IntroStand Up
Jon KoonceIraqIt Can Never Happen Here
Kath BloomAnother Point of ViewThin Thin Line
Haris BlackwoodLast Night I Had the Strangest DreamFalling Up
The Greathouse of MusicAmerica the BeautifulPortraits
Cantores in EcclesiaJustorum AnimaeIn Rome

Dear Listeners,

I hope you enjoyed this morning's special Memorial Day show.  Now, go thank a veteran.



Folk Espresso playlist for 05/07/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Becky BernsonWillamette River SongPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
The Shinkle BandMaya MaySelf-Titled CD
Alexa WileySame BottlePoet of Empty Spaces
Dick Lewis & Meg LarsonWestlin WindsPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
Mystery SiblingsIf Whiskey Don't Kill MeThe Family You Never Knew You Didn't Have
Lincoln's BeardStewOur American Cousin
Joe HickersonRosin the BeauPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
Mary FlowerPortland TownBridges
DonnaLynnQuestionsButterfly Effect
Steve CheseboroughOne DimeFetch It!
Leo and Beverly KaminskiBaby, You're the OnePortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
Lauren SheehanRed Rocking ChairPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
Pancake BreakfastLittle BirdSelf-Titled CD
Merritt HerringAll the Baby ChickensPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
Y La BambaMoral PanicCourt the Storm
The DecemberistsClementineTo: Elliott From: Portland
Colleen RaneyQueen of ArgyllLark
Carl ThorPie in the SkyPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society
William "Chico" SchwallO'Ferrall's Welcome to LimerickPortland Folk: An Anthology From the Portlnad Folkmusic Society

Dear Listeners,

Here's an entire program of loco (I mean LOCAL) music!  I do hope you have been enjoying it....and that you'll support not only these musicians when they're playing around town, but also this radio station when it's playing around town (which is ALWAYS!).  KBOO is the best thing going....and we've been going for something like 43 years.  Keep us alive for another 43!

Musically yours,


Folk Espresso playlist for 04/23/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Brooks RobertsonEiffel TowerInto the Trees
Yves MontandLe Gamin de ParisChansons Francaises
Edith PiafSous le Ciel de Paris30e Anniversaire
Gillian WelchThe Way It GoesThe Harrow & The Harvest
Steve EarleColorado GirlTownes
Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerHard to Make ItLittle Blue Egg
The LovebirdsBeautifulNutsy Pants
Ben HowardOld PineEvery Kingdom
Mary Z. CoxSally AnnVintage Banjo
Tim O'BrienYou Ate the AppleChicken & Egg
Roxanne PotvinMagic RainbowsPlay
The Blackberry Bushes StringbandApril ShowersCrow
Justin Robinson and the Mary AnnettesBonfire (Bones for Tinder)Bones for Tinder
Martin SextonFall Like RainFall Like Rain
Stephanie DavisJust a Cup of CoffeeCrocus in the Snow
The Bee EatersCumulusOddFellows Road
William Coulter and Barry PhillipsGood Evening, My Friends / Mount Lebanon MarchMusic on the Mountain
Padam PadamPadam PadamSelf-Titled CD
Bill EvansThey Say You're Never Lonely in LouisvilleIn Good Company
Lou & Peter BerrymanDoes Your Dog Agonize?The Universe: 14 Examples
Merlin SniderDrink of YouRight Here
The Bee EatersPetersburg InterludeOddFellows Road

Dear Listeners,

It was FUN-FUN to pop into a couple of my favorite independent record stores on Saturday as they and their happy customers celebrated Record Store Day.  Love live lovers (and bringers) of music!  I have an armload of new CDs to share with you, including some that are new to me:  Ben Howard and Justin Robinson of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame.  Plus I picked up some new work from old favorites:  The Lovebirds (so sweet!), Bill Evans, Martin Sexton, and Gillian Welch.  I look forward to introducing you to the best tracks of these delightful gems.

Keep your dial tuned right here...and we early-morning DJs will keep you right happy....

Musically yours,


Folk Espresso playlist for 04/02/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
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Cathy Fink and Marcy MarxerFool's GoldPostcardsCommunity Music - 2:56
Jay Cobb AndersonI'm A Rambler I'm A FoolI'm A Rambler I'm A FoolSelf-Released - 1:36
Patti CaseyA Fool Like ThatThe Heart of a Waiting BoyLong Shot Music (Montpelier, Vermont) - 4:17
Harry Manx and Kevin BreitShip of FoolsIn Good We TrustStony Plain Records - 4:25
John Roy ZatStarlight RiverCollaborationsFlyin' Bayou Publishing - 3:25
The LovebirdsOh MyDemo CDSelf-Released - 2:50
The Shook TwinsTime to SwimWindowSelf-Released - 4:39
Bill Morrissey23rd StreetSomething I Saw Or Thought I SawRounder Records - 3:46
SpringhouseUnder My SkinColvilleSelf-Released - 3:40
Martin SimpsonHard LoveSmoke & MirrorsThunderbird Records - 5:05
Kenny WhiteOne Step UpUninvited Guestmvp music ascap - 3:00
Y La BambaCourt the StormCourt the StormTender Loving Empire - 5:11
First Aid KitBlueThe Lion's RoarWichita Recordings/Jagadamba - 3:07
Cheryl WheelerHolding OnPointing at the SunDias Records - 3:55
Kate IsenbergView of the OceanGold Rush TownThree Roads Records - 4:12
Mark LemhouseSalemThe Great American Yard SaleYellow Dog Records - 3:43
John PrineAw HeckThe Singing Mailman DeliversOh Boy Records - 1:33
Kenny WhiteWho's Gonna Be the OneComfort in the StaticWild Flower Records - 4:18
Lincoln's BeardFortune Be With YouOur American CousinSelf-Released - 2:42
Lucy KaplanskyIt Ain't Me, BabeA Nod to BobRed House Records - 4:18
Mike + RuthyRomance in the DarkThe NYC EPHumble Abode Music - 2:22
Jay Cobb AndersonThere's Gotta Be a ReasonI'm A Rambler I'm A FoolSelf-Released - 2:57

Dear Listeners,

I say this over and over, with utter amazement every time:  we live in city of musical riches that has no compare.  So much talent living here, moving here, or traveling through here.  My life is so much fuller for all these voices.  Please join me at an upcoming live concert--be it at a big acoustically perfect venue or the local farmer's market.  Show your appreciation to those creative people among us without whom life would be empty.

Musically yours,



Folk Espresso playlist for 03/19/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Great WildernessMiles of TreesRest
Elephant RevivalBarefoot FriendBreak in the Clouds
Joy Kills SorrowSuch Sweet AlarmsThis Unknown Science
Johnny CashWe'll Meet AgainAmerican IV: The Man Comes Around`
Steve WackerSoftware Blues StompShadows and Grace
The Wailin' JennysSwallowFirecracker
The TallboysFarewell to TrionPickathon Roots Music Festival - 2004
Martha ScanlanTen Thousand CharmsThe West Was Burning
Danny BarnesGet It While You CanDirt On the Angel
Neko CaseVengeance Is SleepingMiddle Cyclone
Mark LemhouseEdwin's LamentBig Lonesome Radio
Trash Can JoeI Used to Fool AroundPickathon Roots Music Festival - 2006
Shook TwinsShine OnWindow
Y La BambaPonce PilatoCourt the Storm
Jenn RawlingBig Old LakeTake the Air
Mike + RuthyMy New York CityThe NYC EP
KGBSunny DayThe Red Light of Evening
The Blackberry BushesRustLittle Bit of Grace
Obray RamseyRain and SnowThe Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead
Dave MorrisonSome BirdsShout at the Moon
Pancake BreakfastStick That PinThe 3 EP Collection

Dear Listeners,

Ah yes, my muse come from a variety of sources.  The weather for one.  As I put my playlist together yesterday it rained...hard...and snowed.....hard...and then the sun came out....hard.  Well, if that didn't serve to inspire me for a set of songs:  Rain and Snow, Rust, and Sunny Day.  Then I heard that our neighbors to the south are celebrating the return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano today, so I dug out that lovely tune from The Wailin' Jennys:  Swallow.  And that wonderful roots music festival that we all look forward to every year, Pickathon, inspired not one, but two sets of music:  performers who have been there in past years and a few who are coming this year.  I hope you enjoyed all the new music I brought you this morning, too!

Musically yours,


Folk Espresso playlist for 03/05/2012

Program name: 
Folk Espresso
Air date: 
Ry CooderNo Hard FeelingsPull Up Some Dust and Sit Down
She & HimYou Really Got a Hold On MeVolume One
David Bromberg with John HiattRide On Out A WaysUse Me
Van Dyke ParksThe Note of HopeThe Note of Hope
Arlo GuthrieLast TrainThe Best of Arlo Guthrie
Ramblin' Jack Elliott with Arlo GuthrieRiding Down the CanyonFriends of MIne
Dan WeberHank and JesusAsh and Bone
Civil WarsI've Got This FriendBarton Hollow
DawesMoon in the WaterNothing Is Wrong
Y La BambaSquawkCourt the Storm
First Aid KitEmmylouThe Lion's Roar
Johnny FlynnLost and FoundBeen Listening
Loch LomondElephants & Little GirlsLittle Me Will Start A Storm
The WaybacksSavannahLoaded
Mollie O'Brien & Rich MooreEverything I've GotSaints & Sinners
Neil PearlmanMill Mill OCoffee & The Mojo Hat
FruitionLeaving Home SundaeSelf-Titled
The Stagger & SwayKeep It To YourselfBreak Til You Bend
The Portland MegabandWagon Wheel / Crook Brothers / Kitchen GirlA Beneficial Tradition
Dear Listeners, You heard a nice set of music this morning (well, you heard it if you were up before 6...). I did a little set related to Woody Guthrie--the 100th anniversary of his birth is this year (July 14th, to be exact), so I played the title track off a tribute album that was recently released. The musicians on the album worked with Guthrie's daughter, Nora, to set music to his words. The piece I played was an instrumental by Van Dyke Parks. Here are the words by Woody that inspired the song: The note of hope is the only note That can keep us from falling to the bottom of the heap of evolution Because, largely, about all a human being is anyway Is just, a hoping machine. I hope you enjoyed the show this morning. Musically yours, Diane PS: Jeff and I are switching shows later this month. I'll be back on March 19 (with a spot of Johnny Cash for Bill!) and Jeff will cover me for my Fourth Monday show.


Regards from Puerto Rico I got my Outlook reminder for 9:30am local time and thanks to Diane, I'll be a first time listener today. Look forward to today's program.

Great week to all!

Kind Regards,
Claudio Rivera
Juncos, PR


let's hear some Fruition! 

re: new music

Hey there - I love this show, can't really get by without it!

I want to just share some music I really think could be included here, if you haven't heard:

Eddi Reader - formerly with Fairground Attraction, legendary Scottish singer whose Songs of Robert Burns changed the way people heard these songs and established her as living treasure in Scotland. Her new album Love is the Way is gaining raves in the UK. - you can hear some samples.

Kate Rusby - probably Britain's most important young folk singer - Awkward Annie is her most recent album and astonishing since she writes most of the material herself. Chris Thile and Eddi Reader are both featured artists on the album.

It would be wonderful to see them here in the US, but just getting them on the radio would be a start!

Thanks and keep up the awesome music!

Doug Smith

Hi Diane,

I'm listening to your show and was pleasantly surprised to hear our pal, Doug, doing "Anything Goes". I'll have to tell him he got some airtime when I see him next. Your voice sounds great on the air and your playlist rocks! Keep up the very good work, my friend! Tell the management they need to give you a raise.


Diane Hunt

This is Randy from Colorado, and I *loved* the show! Quirky mix of music is just right to start my day out right. Diane, when are you going to teach me how to contra dance?

Thank You

Dear Randy,

Yikes! Only today did I see your kind email from September 22 that you left on the KBOO website. I wasn't expecting any "fan mail" here at so I didn't thing to check...until a friend told me about the hundreds, nay, thousands of emails piling up at this website all about my show. Oddly enough, only one (yours) was positive. All the others said something to the effect of "what the *&^!%&# is SHE doing on this venerable radio station!"

That's ok.

I can take it.

So, Mr. Randy, you liked my quirky music? Hope you heard my show yesterday morning (October 27). It, too, was filled with a wide variety of, uh, good stuff. I'm on again on Monday, November 24th. I do hope you'll tune in. I'll play a randy tune, just for you.

I'm pretty big into contradancing, so I have made it my mission to play at least one contra tune each show. Next time you swing through P-Town, I'll give you a lesson. You won't ever be the same again...

Um, is this my friend who goes by the name of Randy in Colorado? You know, the Randy with the beautiful wife and the two red-headed kids? If so, thanks, my friend. If not, you, stranger Randy, have just finaigled yourself into the most elite fan club on Earth...

Warm regards,
Diane Hunt, DJ
Folk Espresso - KBOO
Portland, Oregon

8/18/08 Folk Esspreso show new DJ

I listen to your station ocasionally and enjoy it. I particularily enjoyed this mornings Folk Espresso show and the new DJ Diane Hunt. She is interesting and articulate and did great on her debut!!

give her KUDO's and tell her Contra Dancing Music is fine, fine stuff.



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