Tom Duffee

Host - The Midnight Ramble

Tom Duffee has been playing and listening to traditional and country sounds all his life.  He started playing the banjo when he was twelve.  In his later teens, he started playing in public, sharing in the rich old-time and bluegrass heritage that exists in the Miami Valley.  For the past 35 years, he has played in the old-time string band, the Corndrinkers.  In 1971, he started programming traditional music on WYSO.  With his brothers Dan and Jim, the Duffee brothers initiated a Saturday night bluegrass show as well as a morning offering, Rise When the Rooster Crows, both of which remain on WYSO to this day.  After an extended absence, Tom returned to WYSO to assist the ailing “Ramblin’” Ray Garrison produce the Midnight Ramble.  Tom lives in Springfield, where he teaches EMS Technology at Clark State Community College, helps run Bee Balm Music, a recording outlet for some neglected old-time musicians, and works as a part-time piano tuner (Middle C Piano Service).  His wife, Linda, with whom he shares his life and his music, is a renowned fiddler in the Miami Valley area.   


1:31 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Len Ellis talks Country Music on the Midnight Ramble

On this episode of the Midnight Ramble, host Tom Duffee speaks with Indiana 105 radio DJ (and father of local station manager Neenah Ellis) "Uncle" Len Ellis. The proud holder of CMA membership card #1, Ellis was around for the golden age of country music.

In the first segment, Ellis recounts his first visit to Nashville and being shown around the city by RCA's 'man,' legendary country-jazz guitarist and co-creator of the 'Nashville Sound,' Chet Atkins. Ellis tells of Atkins' commitment to music and integrity, and explains the difference between country and 'almost country.

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11:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Ramblin' with Sugargrove

On this episode of The Midnight Ramble, host Tom Duffee has Miami County band Sugargrove in the studio.

In the first segment, avid banjoist Duffee learns of the origins of Sugargrove's 1968 Gibson banjo, followed by a live performance of a pair of Bill Monroe tunes: an off-the-cuff rendition of Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky" and a more rehearsed instrumental,  "Jerusalem Ridge."

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12:48 pm
Sat June 11, 2011

Corndaddies live on the Midnight Ramble

Host Tom Duffee talks with local bluegrass band the Corndaddies about the formation of their band, the fun of being street performers, and the importance of live music. The band sings about steel drivin' with their rendition of "John Henry" and answers the burning question, "What occupation will never lose their job to a machine?" Listen to find out!

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The Midnight Ramble

Strolling through the highways and byways in the history of country music, finding old gems that no one plays anymore and giving them new life.

WYSO Programming Notes
4:39 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Host Highlights: Tom Duffee

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, fill-in host Juliet Fromholt chats with Tom Duffee of the Midnight Ramble. They discuss the Duffee's love of old-time music and how hosting a program on WYSO was a family affair.

The Midnight Ramble airs Saturday nights, 9pm - midnight.