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Folk DJ Hall of Fame

Folk DJ Hall of Fame

The Folk DJ Hall of Fame has been established to recognize radio DJs who have made an outstanding contribution to the preservation, promotion, and presentation of folk music, and who have demonstrated and inspired leadership in the broadcast field.

FAI members can nominate a candidate here.

2018 Inductees

DIck pleasants

Pleasants began his career hosting folk music programs on radio stations around Emerson College in Boston. Pleasant helped to start and manage the first full-time commercial folk music station and has launched and led many iconic music events and venues in the Northeast including Summer Acoustic Music Week, the Boston Folk Festival, and the South Shore and Woods Hole Folk Music Clubs. For the final 15 years of his on-air radio, Pleasants hosted a daily radio show on UMass Boston’s public radio station, WUMB.


Fiona ritchie

Fiona Ritchie has hosted one of NPR’s most popular music programs, The Thistle & Shamrock, each week for over three decades. Ritchie joined NPR member station WFAE-FM in Charlotte, NC, in 1981, soon after graduating from from Scotland’s University of Stirling, and in 1986 became the full-time producer and host. Ritchie launched Radio Scotland’s world music series “Celtic Connections” in 1993. In 2014, she was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Broadcasting and Traditional Music.


Mary cliff

Mary Cliff is the long-time host of Traditions radio show. Traditions explores the diversity of folk music, including bluegrass, blues, ballads, ethnic, topical and political. Cliff fell into radio in 1966 as a typist, and began hosting in 1968. For 35 years as a WETA staffer, Cliff produced and presented classical and other music, news, public affairs, and interviews.



2017 Inductees


The late host of the world’s longest-running radio show Oscar Brand’s Folksong Festival on WNYC-AM 820 in New York City, which ran for 70 years.



Ottawa based veteran music journalist, broadcaster and host of Folk Roots/Folk Branches radio show, which was heard on Montreal’s CKUT from 1994-2007.



The late hosts of FolkScene, a highly influential syndicated music program started in 1970 on KPFK-FM (90.7) in Southern California. FolkScene is now hosted by Roz and Howard Larman's son, Alan Larman, his wife, Kat Griffin, and the show's longtime engineer Peter Cutler and his wife Deborah Hand.

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