Peter Thompson

Producer and Host, Bluegrass Signal

Peter Thompson's first radio-like experiences involved recording concerts (hand-held mic + cassette deck), making mix tapes for friends and attending/hosting listening parties with other enthusiasts.  These proclivities found a broadcast outlet at Vancouver Co-op Radio, where, starting in 1975, Peter not only produced a wide variety of programs but also served as Program Director and Music Director.  For many years, Peter also was a freelance producer for CBC Radio, and taught in a college media production program.  Following a move to the Bay Area, Peter hosted programs at KCSM and KPFA before launching Bluegrass Signal on KALW in October 1995.  Since 2004, the program has been syndicated on WAMU's Bluegrass Country.

Peter has also been a member of Redwood Bluegrass Associates' Board Of Directors since 1994, served on the Freight & Salvage's BOD for eight years, and currently is a volunteer for the California Bluegrass Association and an active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

He's married to Kathy Kallick, who also happens to be my favorite singer/songwriter/band leader/guitar player; neither of their daughters, sad to say, have shown much interest in music from the true vine.

Peter grew up in Michigan, quite a distance from those "deep rolling hills," but the little hairs on the back of his neck went straight up the first time he heard the Stanley Brothers sing, and not much has changed since then.

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12:52pm

Mon July 9, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 7/14

Live On Arrival!

Merle & Doc Watson (photo: David Gahr)

Throughout July & August, host Peter Thompson presents programs of live concert recordings.  The series kicks off this week with highlights from two 1970 shows in New York with Doc & Merle Watson, plus Doc and the Nashville Bluegrass Band at MerleFest in 2006.   Available for listening through Saturday 7/21/12 via KALW's Local Music Player.

3:23pm

Sun July 1, 2012
Arts & Culture

Remembrance Of Things To Come

Saturday on "Bluegrass Signal" - a celebration of the 45th anniversary of WAMU's first bluegrass radio show. On July 2, 1967, Dick Spottswood and Gary Henderson presented "Bluegrass Unlimited," an event that is being commemorated on www.bluegrasscountry.org -- and on KALW.

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11:15am

Mon June 25, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 6/30

New Bluegrass!

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show (with guest Frankie Nagle) at a 2004 show for RBA. Photo: Tom Tworek

Host Peter Thompson offers some deep listening to four new releases from The Karl Shiflett & the Big Country Show, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Travers Chandler & Avery County, and the Rounder Tribute To Earl Scruggs with banjo players Craig Smith, David Talbot, Ron Stewart, and others.  Listen anytime through 7/7 via KALW's Local Music Player.

6:38pm

Sun June 10, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 6/16

Live On Arrival!

JD Crowe & the New South in 1975

Peter Thompson presents a variety of bluegrass bands recorded live (mostly in the 1970s), a traditional show on the weekend of the California Bluegrass Association's festival in Grass Valley. Included: Doc & Merle Watson (70), Mac Martin & the Dixie Travelers (71), Old & In the Way (73), Hot Rize (86), a variety of contemporary performers (06-11), and the pictured band, J.D.

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9:55pm

Sun June 3, 2012
Bluegrass Signal 6/9

Musical Previews on Bluegrass Signal

Danny Paisley is returning to Grass Valley with new musicians in the Southern Grass

This Saturday (June 9th) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm, "Bluegrass Signal" presents music by many of the bands performing at the California Bluegrass Association's annual Father's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Participants include: Bigfoot, Blue & Lonesome, The Deadly Gentlemen, Flatt Lonesome, Foghorn Stringband, Loafer's Glory, Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band, Seldom Scene, Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Tuttles with A.J.

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