Radio Free Athens

Eclectic, Local Radio

Adventurous. Unexpected. Fun. They're words not usually associated with AM radio. That's all changed on WOUB-AM, thanks to some music-obsessed community volunteers.

Since debuting in June 2002, Radio Free Athens has been offering an alternative to the usual Saturday AM lineup of talk shows, Top 40 countdowns and the like.

On any given Saturday between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., listeners will hear a great mix of rock and roll from the 60s to the present, with other genres such as soul, rockabilly, folk and old-time acoustic sprinkled in along the way.

Dave Baer has been a fixture on the local music scene for years, playing guitar and bass for bands like Gravyland and Stella. Join Dave for a mix of classic and modern rock, soul, blues and Americana.

Doug "Rat" Brooks, an avid lover and collector of all sorts of music, has been part of the Athens music scene for many years. His bands include Gravyland and the "performance art/musical act" known as Larry and the Lima Beans. Armed with hundreds of pieces of vinyl and CDs, listeners will hear anything from ABBA to Zappa.

Michael Gillespie is an avid listener of all music genres but jazz, hiphop, rock, soul, funk, and alternative pop most especially. His radio shows are characterized by a mix of genres and styles with a genuine curiosity about the way that different forms of music interact.

Kourtney Paranteau was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a barista. She is currently a MA candidate at Ohio University's School of Film and is working on a thesis concerning female friendship in Hollywood cinema. Kourtney enjoys Soul, R&B, Hip Hop, Synth Pop and doesn't believe in guilty pleasures.

Michael Tedesco has championed underrepresented musicians on non-commercial radio on both coasts since 1980, characterizing his programs as "what progressive radio would be if it had remained progressive." In addition to stints as a guitar technician, tour manager, concert promoter and independent record label director in the 90s, he has also performed in the US and Europe as a guitarist in his own bands as well as with Trap Door and Robert Fripp & the League/Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists.

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