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PineCone Bluegrass Radio Celebrates 25th Anniversary

PineCone RadioRaleigh, NC -- This year (2014) marks the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show's 25th anniversary - the show has been airing weekly on 94.7 WQDR since Jan. 29, 1989. The show’s co-hosts, Larry Nixon and Tim Woodall, started spinning bluegrass on QDR at the station’s request.

PineCone, a fledgling organization at the time, was becoming well known for its concert series at the Raleigh Little Theatre. "At that time, we were the only organization in the area promoting acoustic and traditional music,” Nixon said in an article published in Bluegrass Unlimited in 2001.

“WQDR had been getting requests for bluegrass but didn't know much about it, so their management came to us to see if we had any ideas. Bill Willis, who was then PineCone president, was in the band Patchwork with Tim Woodall. He knew of Tim's interest in radio and introduced us. I knew I wouldn't be able to do a show every week so Woodall and I talked it over and decided we could alternate. WQDR was and is the top country station in the market and we were very excited to have the opportunity to start a bluegrass program which would reach such a large audience."

A quarter-century later, Nixon and Woodall are still co-hosting the popular program, which has been #1 in its timeslot, according to ratings agency Arbitron, since its very early days. The first broadcast was on January 29, 1989, and the show quickly gained a loyal following. Soon, the show was expanded from two to three hours and claimed the top position in the ratings for its time slot. It has been there ever since.

Want to listen to the PineCone Bluegrass Radio Show when it's NOT a Sunday night? PineCone has compiled a Spotify playlist from the most recent show. PLEASE NOTE: this playlist includes all the songs from Sunday's show that were available in the Spotify database when the playlist was created; unfortunately, not all the songs played on the show are available. If the album listed is not available on Spotify, but another version of the song by the same band is, it has been included. NOTE: If you do not have a Spotify account, you will need to sign up to listen, but it is a FREE service. We hope you enjoy the music! Playlists from other shows can be accessed by searching for PineCone's Spotify account: pineconenc. Type the following code into the Spotify search bar - spotify:user:pineconenc

The program is sponsored by the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, or PineCone. "I had been on the PineCone Board of Directors for about four years," announcer Larry Nixon says. "At that time, we were the only organization in the area promoting acoustic and traditional music and were starting to become pretty well known for our concert series at Raleigh Little Theater. WQDR had been getting requests for bluegrass but didn't know much about it, so their management came to us to see if we had any ideas. Bill Willis, who was then PineCone president, was in the band Patchwork with Tim Woodall. He knew of Tim's interest in radio and introduced us. I knew I wouldn't be able to do a show every week so Woodall and I talked it over and decided we could alternate. WQDR was and is the top country station in the market and we were very excited to have the opportunity to start a bluegrass program which would reach such a large audience."

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