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.

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)

Dave Davies of The Kinks Interviewed on The Blend

Oct 23, 2015

Dave Davies, founding member of The Kinks, talked with WDIY's Neil Hever ahead of his solo performance on October 13, 2015 at Steel Stacks in Bethlehem. The two discuss Davies childhood, his work with the Kinks, and his recent musical endeavors.

(Original air-date: 10/13/2015)

Musical Duo Nalani & Sarina on The Blend

Mar 23, 2015

  New Jersey twin sister pop/rock/soul duo Nalani & Sarina talk with host Ryan Gottlieb on ‪The Blend ahead of their performance at Godfrey Daniels later that night along with John Beacher.

(Original air-date 2/27/2015)

  Host Ryan Gottlieb talks with Don Felder, former lead guitarist for The Eagles, before his concert at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ this Saturday, March 21st. A member of The Eagles for 27 years, Felder now tours with a solo band. Hear about the upcoming show; his latest album, Road to Forever, which includes guests such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash; the story behind his double-neck Gibson guitar; and more.

(Original air-date: 03/17/2015)

Our Griffins Live on The Blend

Jan 2, 2015

The Lehigh Valley band fronted by Easton singer-songwriter D.J. Brown performs songs from their 2013 album Michael Boyd and talks with host Carlos Benjamin.

(Original air-date 5/2/2014)

Carlos Benjamin welcomed George Hrab and Slau Halatyn from the Blue Turtles into the studio for a live interview and performance during the Blend. The band performed the music of Sting later that evening at the Ice House in Bethlehem.

(Original air-date 6/20/2014)

Mark Johnson of Playing for Change on The Blend

Jun 13, 2014

Host Bill Dautremont-Smith interviews Mark Johnson, co-founder of Playing for Change, a multimedia organization created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.

Assembled by Johnson, the multinational Playing for Change Band has been touring the world for the past 5 years and will be coming to Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks in Bethlehem on Thursday, June 12th at 7:30 pm with a drum circle at 6 pm which is open to all members of the Lehigh Valley community.

(Original air-date 6/10/2014)

Gail Davies live on The Blend

Jun 10, 2014

Country artist and producer Gail Davies joins Carlos Benjamin in the studio for a live interview and performance. Accompanying her are band members Rob Price and Chris Scruggs. Davies and her band stopped by the WDIY studios ahead of their concert that evening at the Nazareth Center for the Arts. 

A GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter, Gail Davies holds the distinction of being the first female record producer in the history of country music and has worked with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, and Neil Young. (Original air-date 6/6/2014)

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