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.

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)

Cowboy Junkies on The Blend

Feb 25, 2014

 

Carlos Benjamin talks with Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins on The Blend, prior to their Musikfest Cafe performance on Feb 27. The Culture Calendar feature from Georgia Karamus is at 3:30pm, providing a look at what's happening with live music in the Lehigh Valley. (Original air-date February 21, 2014).

Michael Doucet on WDIY's The Blend

Feb 21, 2014

Host Carlos Benjamin speaks with Michael Doucet about his performance with BeauSoleil at ArtsQuest's Blast Furnace Blues Festival on Sunday, February 9. (Original air-date February 7, 2014).

Host Bill Dautremont-Smith speaks with celebrated West African vocalist Anjelique Kidjo about her illustrious career, her brand new album "Eve," and her upcoming performance at Musikfest Cafe on February 19th.  In addition to being a vocalist and bandleader, Anjelique is a composer, dancer, author, and social activist, particularly for African women's rights.

Music from her latest CD and earlier albums are featured.  (Original air-date February 11, 2014).

David Wilcox on The Blend

Nov 20, 2013

Singer songwriter David Wilcox is Carlos Benjamin’s guest at 3:30 on Friday, prior to his performance at Godfrey Daniels that evening.  (Original air date November 15, 2013.)

The Duhks on The Blend

Nov 11, 2013

Carlos Benjamin welcomes Canadian band The Duhks, receipients of Canada’s Juno Award to WDIY’s The Blend at 3pm Friday November 8,  prior to their performance at The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.  The band recently reunited after their 2010 breakup.  Winning the Best Roots & Traditional Album Juno Award, they boast a diverse collection of influences, including old-time, jazz, Celtic, folk, Quebecois, and gospel.

David Bromberg on The Blend

Oct 25, 2013

Carlos Benjamin welcomes folk legend David Bromberg to The Blend on Friday at 3pm, prior to his performance at Musikfest Café later that night. (Original air date October 25, 2013.)

WDIY 88.1 FM, Lehigh Valley’s community NPR station invites its members and friends to come out on Saturday, Oct. 5th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist with the planting of over 600 trees along the Jordan Creek in the Trexler Nature Preserve.  The trees are being donated and planted as part of the station’s spring membership drive.  During the on-air drive, the station partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Lehigh County Parks and Just Born, Inc. in offering to plant a tree for each new and renewing member of the station.

Elegies & Laments on The Blend

Sep 18, 2013

Blend host Keith Kelleher welcomes poet Ernest Hilbert and producer/musician Dave Young to talk about their project “Elegies & Laments,” a collaborative affair that is a groundbreaking merge of music and poetry. (Original air date September 18, 2013.)

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