Three Bluegrass Country hosts, Mike Kear, Brad Kolodner and Peter Thompson, have been nominated for the Broadcaster of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). In addition, Bill Nowlin has been nominated for Liner Notes of the Year for The Early Days of Bluegrass.
Mike Kear’s weekly show Music from Foggy Hollow originates at Hawkesbury Radio, a community station in Sydney, Australia. Mike produces an abbreviated version of the show especially for broadcast on Bluegrass Country. Hi specialty is new music, and he presents the latest releases from bluegrass artists around the world, along with a signature sense of humor.
Brad Kolodner is host of The Brad Kolodner Show and Old Time Jam. A full-time musician and community organizer based in Baltimore, Kolodner is helping to lead the charge as a performer, teacher, Bluegrass Country host, jam leader, community builder and ambassador for old-time and bluegrass music. He regularly performs across the country in a group with his father, Ken Kolodner, and with the acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction.
Peter Thompson produces and hosts the weekly show Bluegrass Signal. Thompson got his start in radio in British Columbia, and moved to Oakland in 1994. The next year he created Bluegrass Signal at KALW in San Francisco, and since 2002 the show has also been heard on Bluegrass Country. In 2013, the California Bluegrass Association presented him its Lifetime Membership Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of bluegrass in California.
Bill Nowlin, a co-founder of Rounder Records, produced the 6-CD set The Early Days of Bluegrass to benefit Bluegrass Country. It contains ten classic bluegrass albums originally released on Rounder in 1975. Nowlin wrote the extensive liner notes for the set, as well as a companion 200-page book.
The award will be presented during the IBMA World of Bluegrass conference on September 30. This year’s conference is a virtual event, and details of the broadcast will be announced later. Previous winners of the award from Bluegrass Country include Lee Michael Demsey (1991), Eddie Stubbs (1996, 2002), Gary Henderson (1999), Red Shipley (2006) and Katy Daley (2009, 2011).