WFUV Celebrates the Woody Guthrie Centennial
July 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM (PT)
In honor of the 100th anniversary of WOODY GUTHRIE’s birth, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY Triple A WFUV/NEW YORK will commemorate the life and legacy of the folk music icon with special programming on the weekend of his birthday, JULY 14th.
Starting on FRIDAY, JULY 13th, the "Question of the Day" at 9:30a and "Under the Covers" at 12 noon will be devoted to the music of WOODY GUTHRIE, while DENNIS ELSAS will present a special set from 3:00-3:30p.
On SATURDAY, JULY 14th’s broadcast of "Mixed Bag," DON MCGEE will include some WOODY GUTHRIE covers and originals, plus a few of the "collaborations" between GUTHRIE and current songwriters between 4-8p.
During the JULY 15th broadcast of SUNDAY Breakfast from 8-11a, JOHN PLATT will air highlights of interviews with WOODY’s daughter, NORA GUTHRIE, the director of the WOODY GUTHRIE Archives, as well as JOE KLEIN, the author of the acclaimed biography, "WOODY GUTHRIE: A Life." He will also feature commentary from artists such as ELLIS PAUL, JANIS IAN and SLAID CLEAVES, who have recorded songs using unpublished lyrics from the WOODY GUTHRIE Archives.
Lastly, during SUNDAY’s broadcast of "Woody's Children" between 4-5p., BOB SHERMAN continues his month-long celebration of the WOODY GUTHRIE Centennial with recordings of songs by JOHN MCCUTCHEON, TOM PAXTON, JOEL RAFAEL, and others.
"Woody may have been born in OKLAHOMA and traveled all over the country, but we like to claim him as a BROOKLYN guy," said WFUV MD RITA HOUSTON. "Just look at the outpouring of songs being written with lyrics from the WOODY GUTHRIE Archives and you can see his impact is greater than ever."