Joe Colvin

Host - Down Home Bluegrass and Rise When the Rooster Crows

Joe Colvin has been a WYSO listener since the 70's and finally began hosting bluegrass programs at WYSO in 1993. He has served WYSO in several capacities including Resource Board member and Interim General Manager (2004-2005). He is a retired federal computer systems manager and a long-time (also retired) soccer official. Joe enjoys playing old time banjo with friends and collecting and sharing both bluegrass and old time string band music with listeners.

Down Home Bluegrass

What’s a Saturday night without a good dose of great bluegrass music? That’s exactly what we present each Saturday from 6 to 9pm during WYSO’s Down Home Bluegrass. Our aim is to bring you traditional favorites from our extensive bluegrass library as well as the latest cuts that are creating the buzz among bluegrass fans across the country.  Our in-studio host will play music from bluegrass icons like Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt and Scruggs, groups like IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage as well as great new bluegrass bands like the Steep Canyon Rangers and the Grascals. The Down Home Bluegrass program focuses on the music (more music and less talk) but also includes announcements of local events when submitted in writing in advance.

Rise When the Rooster Crows

A recent listener called in and said, “What could be better than a nice Sunday morning, a hot cup of coffee, and listening to bluegrass gospel music on the radio?” Rise When the Rooster Crows aims to provide at least the last third of that prescription as it provides bluegrass and old-time gospel music every Sunday morning from 6-8 am. 

Since 1972, WYSO has been providing bluegrass music during Rise When the Rooster Crows to greater Dayton, Ohio bluegrass listeners.  Dayton, Ohio, and the WYSO listening area, has always been a “hotbed” of bluegrass music, due largely to the number of Appalachian families who migrated to this area’s industrial employment and brought their music with them.