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Whidbey Island Residents and "Live from the Islands" radio hosts David
Ossman and Judith Walcutt will be hosting and producing a 21-hour, 3-day
live broadcast from the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center, this
Memorial Day weekend, to be broadcast on seven community radio stations down
the I-5 corridor from Bellingham, Washington to Astoria, Oregon.


Northwest Folklife Festival First Ever Live Community Radio Network Broadcast Saturday May 29 - Sunday, May 30, 11am-6pm / Monday, May 31, 11am-6pm Radio Stations Longtime Festival Partners: KBCS Bellevue and KSER Everett New Partners: KUGS Bellingham, KSVR Mount Vernon, KAOS Olympia, KBOO Portland OR, KMUN Astoria OR For the first time in the history of the Northwest Folklife Festival and the seven community radio stations involved, three days of folk and ethnic music from the Festival will be heard live from Bellingham, Washington, to Portland, Oregon. Community radio stations carrying this premiere live broadcast from the Rainier Room at Seattle Center are longtime Festival partners KBCS 91.3 FM Bellevue and KSER 90.7 FM Everett and new partners KUGS 89.3 FM Bellingham, KSVR 91.7 FM Mount Vernon, KAOS 89.3 FM Olympia, KBOO 90.7 FM Portland OR, and KMUN 91.9 FM Astoria OR. The broadcasts are made possible in part by support from the Organic Valley Family of Farms and the Sage Foundation. Highlights from the weekend's programming include folk legend and singer/storyteller Utah Phillips, Saturday 11am and Monday 12:20pm; followed on Monday by Tingstad and Rumble, 2003 Grammy winners for Best New Age Album; the exceptionally talented classical Persian flute player Hossein Omoumi, a world-class musician and visiting artist in the University of Washington ethnomusicology program; and one of the most sought-after artists in Eritrean communities worldwide, Tefono, master of the kirar. Saturday's musical flavors sample traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, Afro-Latin, Brazilian, Andean and Cuban rhythms. Sunday's mix ranges from blues harp and steel guitar to old-time bluegrass, Scottish and Celtic fiddle and fiery Cape Breton tunes. Monday's program begins at 11am with a jazz violin tribute to Stuff Smith and vintage American cabaret songs, followed by Utah Phillips and Tingstad & Rumble. The festival's final afternoon offerings include neo-folk, Gypsy tango, Turkish art music, the classical Persian music of Omoumi, and the traditional Eritrean music of Tefono. Produced by Otherworld Media, an international award-winning and Grammy-nominated production company, the day-long broadcasts May 29, 30 and 31st will be hosted by David Ossman, together with members of the Seattle Folklore Society and regular program hosts from each of the participating stations. Executive Producer Judith Walcutt comments, "Our goal in putting together this first-ever regional broadcast of the Northwest Folklife Festival is to draw public attention to the unique place of community radio in the broadcast landscape. In the fight against lost localism, community radio stations hold important ground for community voice and access to the airwaves. The Northwest Folklife Festival is a wonderful regional event for us to make that point and draw new listeners to grass roots radio." The weekend-long festival will be distributed via the Public Radio Satellite system and available to other community radio stations nationwide for broadcast live or on a delayed basis. It will be streamed on the web by KBCS, KSER, KAOS, and KBOO. Contact/Broadcast: Judith Walcutt, (360) 331-2813, Contact/Festival: Sandy Stahl, (206), 325-1493, This is Worker speaking. -- Firesign Theatre