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.

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.)

Jeff Williams welcomes members from Air Products’ company rock and roll band “The Difference” to the program for an interview. Fortune magazine named The Difference “Best Corporate Rock Band in America” in 2001, and the band has played over 300 concerts, recorded four studio albums, and helped to raise more than $700,000 for charities throughout the United States.  Due to the upcoming retirement of drummer and vocalist Sal Nicrone, The Difference will play its final concerts on Sept. 8 at the Musikfest Café in Bethlehem.  (Original air date September 6, 2013.)

Sultans of String on The Blend

Aug 22, 2013

Sultans of String stop by The Blend this afternoon, prior to their show at Levitt Pavilion later tonight. WDIY is Community Sponsor for the Levitt show. (Original air date August 16, 2013.)

The Abrams Brothers on The Blend

Aug 16, 2013

The Abrams Brothers came by the studio to play some music and talk with Stew, prior to their performance at Musikfest later that evening. (Original air date August 8, 2013.)