The Blend

"The old, new, borrowed, and blue."

Every weekday afternoon, WDIY's signature Triple A music program serves up three hours of eclectic music including rock, pop, blues, and beyond. Always fresh with music that's hand-picked daily by our regular roster of rotating hosts, The Blend features a healthy dose of new releases alongside older favorites; everything from Neil Young to Arctic Monkeys, Adele to Howlin' Wolf--The Blend delivers true music variety from record collectors and music enthusiasts.

WDIY Studio Session: Jon Fadem

Aug 16, 2016

Lehigh Valley guitarist and singer, Jon Fadem, joins host Bill Dautremont-Smith for a live interview and stripped-down performance on The Blend.

Jon Fadem performed later that evening at Musikfest at Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz in the Frank Bank Alehouse Cinemas.

(Original air-date: 8/9/2016)

WDIY Studio Session: William H. Travis

Aug 4, 2016

Bethlehem-based indie folk/Americana artist, William H. Travis, joins Shamus McGroggan live in the studio for a stripped-down performance and interview. Singer-songwriter Travis Hobbie aka William H. Travis is joined by Alex Luquet on upright bass.

William H. Travis performs a free set at the Martin Guitar Lyrikplatz in the Frank Bank Alehouse Cinemas on Saturday, August 13th at 9:00 PM. More information on his performance is available on the Musikfest website.

WDIY Studio Session: Zepplehem

Aug 3, 2016

Jessica Marcantoni and Chris McDermott from the Bethlehem-based Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zepplehem, join Shamus McGroggan in the studio for an acoustic performance and interview.

Zepplehem will perform a free set at Musikfest on Friday, August 12th at FLYLVIA Plaza Tropical.  More information about Zepplehem's performance can be found on the Musikfest website.

(Original air-date: 8/3/2016)

WDIY Studio Session: Trouble City All-Stars

Jul 29, 2016

Bethlehem-based reggae band, Trouble City All-Stars, join Shamus McGroggan in the WDIY studios for a stripped-down performance and interview as part of WDIY's Musikfest preview.

Trouble City All Stars perform a free set at Musikfest on Tuesday, August 9th at Volksplatz. More information about their Musikfest performance is on the Musikfest website. A full list of upcoming show dates in Bethlehem for Trouble City All-Stars is below:

WDIY Studio Session: The Insidious Rays

Jul 29, 2016

Bethlehem-based band, The Insidious Rays, join Shamus McGroggan in the studio for a live stripped-down performance and interview ahead of their set at this year's Musikfest.

The Insidious Rays perform a free set on Sunday, August 14th at the Air Products Aetna Americaplatz Stage which is located at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks on Bethlehem's south side. More information on their performance is on the Musikfest website.

(Original air-date: 7/28/2016)

Interview: Lake Street Dive on The Blend

Jun 3, 2016

Host Keith Kelleher speaks with the members of the Boston, Massachusetts multi-genre band (and Blend favorite) Lake Street Dive ahead of their performance that night at Musikfest Cafe.

(Original air-date: 6/1/2016)

Lehigh Valley Ambient Experimental Duo JMMY on The Blend

May 9, 2016

WDIY's Shamus McGroggan talks with John Kimock and Alex Luquet from the new Lehigh Valley ambient experimental duo JMMY. The band talks about their new EP Partial and their album release show later that night at The Funhouse in Bethlehem.

(Original air-date: 5/6/2016)

Nellie McKay on The Blend

Apr 1, 2016

Singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian Nellie McKay joins host Bill Dautremont-Smith to talk about her performance  at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

(Original air-date: 03/15/16)

Eric Mintel Interviewed on The Blend

Feb 4, 2016

Bill Dautremont-Smith speaks to composer and jazz pianist Eric Mintel about his performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, February 6th which will feature original music and performances of classic TV theme songs. 

(Original air-date: 2/2/2016)

George Hrab on The Blend

Jan 26, 2016

Multi-instumentalist, composer, and musical chameleon, George Hrab, returned to the WDIY studios to talk about The Broad Street Score, a reworking of his compositions from the last 20 years for a performance with string quartet, the Rittenhouse Strings, on Saturday, January 23rd at the IceHouse in Bethlehem.

In addition to discussing George's career, host Bill Dautremont-Smith played some of the original versions of George's songs with previews of the string quartet versions.

(Original air-date: 1/19/2016)