Mel DeYoung

Morning Edition Host

Mel DeYoung hosts Morning Edition on WPSU and is in the broadcast booth before 5am each weekday. That means that if he's being sensible he goes to sleep way earlier than normal people do. The differences don't end there, but you'll have to chat with Mel sometime to understand the full depth of his abnormality.

Mel started in radio at WPSU about 25 years ago, when he was recruited to help staff the longest running folk music show in the country, the WPSU Folk Show. As a weekend host of the Folk Show he learned broadcasting skills from radio veterans and later took on the role of coordinating  a staff of 20 volunteers of the Folk Show. 

Since 2011 Mel has hosted Morning Edition, and he compiles and presents the local morning and noon news. The news writing draws on his academic preparation and experience teaching writing at Memphis State and Penn State—before he left the classroom to shoe horses for a few years. If you've seen a farrier work, you know they spent a lot of time bent over; Mel's awfully glad to be working in a stand up broadcast booth, where his back almost feels normal again.

This first half of Ray Holley's Sunday show       hosts an hour of outstanding folk selections including classic Bill Clifton, the a-cappella Voice Squad and singer-songwriters such as Beth Williams, Deidra Flint, and Eric Taylor. This second half of Ray Holley's Sunday show is dedicated to the music of Texas singer and accomplished songwriter Guy Clark, 2014 Grammy winner for Best Folk Album.  Hear his best known and his little known as well as covers by Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker and Suzi Bogguss.   

As we often do, we feature two artists recorded at two venues in this week's Folk Show Road Show.   First Caroline Herring, recorded at the Wagon Shed in New Freedom PA,  and in the second hour,  Van Wagner,  from a somewhat raucous concert in a packed room at the Elk Creek Café and Aleworks in Milleim.

Caroline Herring has received honors from Boston MA to Austin TX for her songwriting and recordings, has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion,  and been recognized internationally for her work in traditional song interpretation. 

  An hour of a wide range of Folk Music,  followed by a Special Edition focused on Folk Soundtracks, including The classic Woodstock and Harder They Come, Cohen brothers films, Bob Dylan feature films, and some random television themes.

Chris Smither's guitar riffs, voice, lyrics and sense of humor are in fine form at this intimate concert captured at the Wagon Shed Concert Series May 31, 2014.  Smither's excellence has been recognized for over 50 years, starting with a first place at a competition in New Orleans when he was still in high school.  This recording is more evidence that he is still going quite strong,  and still adding to his well-deserved reputation. 

Austin TX Songwriter James McMurtry performed solo at Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks in Millheim PA on February 9, and WPSU was there to capture the concert.  The room was packed, in spite of a winter storm leaving roads snow covered and slippery, and  McMurtry was in fine form.   For those who appreciate McMurty's brutally stark imagery and vivid characters, this solo recording brings his words to the forefront.  Thanks to house sound engineer John Rattie for his skill at making that possible.  This recording was broadcast Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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