About Al Steiner
Al Steiner was a host of Bluegrass Overnight on WAMU from mid-1989 to mid-2001. He hosted various folk music programs on WXPN-FM, Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania off and on from mid-1973 through mid-1987. His radio idols from that time and to this day include Nick Spitzer (host of American Routes), Chuck Elliott (still the host of “Sleepy Hollow” on WXPN) and Barry Mike.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Al first got into bluegrass after seeing the Earl Scruggs Revue perform on a bill with Seals and Crofts and the Charlie Daniels/Jerry Corbetta Band in Central Park during the summer of 1972. He went on to write articles for Bluegrass Unlimited on Peter Rowan, Jimmy Arnold, Bob Paisley and the Red Clay Ramblers, among others, and contributed reviews of close to 200 recordings.
In his work life, Al served as the Business Manager of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and as the Controller of the Association of Public Television Stations. A shift to consulting and contract work brought him to NPR, where he works on retirement plan issues when he’s not enjoying his own retirement.
Al returned to radio production on a free-lance basis in 2010 and since then has produced programs on Charlie Poole, Joe Val and Keith Whitley for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Al can also occasionally be heard filling in for Bluegrass Country hosts. He now hosts the weekly Al Steiner Show.