Dick Spottswood calls his highly acclaimed show the Obsolete Music Hour, despite the fact that it’s a two-hour show, and the music he plays is anything but obsolete. Dick’s eclectic musical taste begins with classic bluegrass and extends to country, string bands, honky tonk, western swing, blues, gospel, old world music, early jazz and other traditional styles that appeal to bluegrass devotees. His presentation is both scholarly and entertaining, tying bluegrass to its rich musical heritage, and featuring both original and contemporary treatments of old songs, drawing on his extensive collection of rare classic recordings.
Dick and Gary Henderson inaugurated bluegrass on public radio in 1967. Dick received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections in 2003, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2009.