About Mary Cliff
Mary Cliff was a radio junkie and music fan growing up in the Washington area. In the “folk scare” of the early ‘60s, she sang in “hootenannies” and worked at D.C.’s legendary Cellar Door nightclub. Entering radio in 1966 as a typist, then programmer, she’s been on air since 1968, as a progressive rock host on WAVA, on WHFS and on WETA. On staff at WETA 1972 to 2007, she produced and presented classical music, news, public affairs, arts interviews and folk music – honing skills in writing, engineering, editing and line producing for local and national programs. Mary is active in community arts and music organizations as a volunteer, board member, and host/MC, and is a multiple winner of WAMMIE awards in the “most supportive of Washington music” category.
Her Saturday-night folk music program TRADITIONS is known for its breadth of material, and strong emphasis on artists and performances in the DC region. On WAMU since February 2007, Traditions can be heard Saturdays on Bluegrass Country from 3 to 6 pm ET.