“Mighty Mossy Monday” returns to Bluegrass Country with replays of The Gary Henderson Show.
Gary Henderson presented WAMU and Bluegrass Country radio audiences the jewels of bluegrass, classic country and gospel music for more than 50 years. For many listeners, the Gary Henderson Show was their introduction to the world of bluegrass, and over his career he was known as one of the most influential – and listenable – broadcasters in the field.
Now Bluegrass Country is dipping into the vaults of past programs and bringing you three hours of the best of the Gary Henderson Show every Monday at noon.
You can’t overstate Gary Henderson’s importance to bluegrass music, and bluegrass radio. He was one of the founders of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, and engineered Dick Spotswood’s Bluegrass Unlimited show on WAMU-FM starting in July 1967. His Saturday morning show on the station a few years later quickly became the station’s most listened-to program, and helped seal Washington, DC’s status as capital of the bluegrass world. In 1974, he inaugurated the gospel show Stained Glass Bluegrass, which is still heard over Bluegrass Country Radio and has been in constant production for nearly 44 years.
Over the years, WAMU’s bluegrass programming expanded, and Gary was a regular contributor to BluegrassCountry.org when it premiered as an internet station in 2001. Over his career at WAMU and Bluegrass Country, Gary has been recognized as one of the industry’s most influential professionals. He was named 1983 DJ of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), and 1999 Broadcast Personality of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). He was presented the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 1998, and was a nominee for the IBMA Hall of Honor in 2006.