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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WITH-FM, 585-258-0253

Rootabaga Boogie Premieres Sunday, December 12 at 10 a.m. on FM 90.1

Ithaca, New York December 3, 2010 – WITH-FM is pleased to announce that Ithaca radio personality Tracey Craig will produce and host a new weekly radio program, Rootabaga Boogie. The show will air Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon on FM 90.1 in Ithaca, starting December 12. Rootabaga Boogie will feature an eclectic selection of folk and roots music, plus live music and conversation about music. WRUR-FM 
88.5, WITH-FM’s sister station in Rochester, New York, plans to broadcast the program in early 2011.

“We’re pleased to have a well-known Ithaca personality like Tracey join our team,” said WITH-FM Station Manager Jeanne Fisher. “And we see this as a first step in providing a place for local voices to be heard, and in helping Ithaca to create and support its own first-class public radio station.”

Invited to produce this new radio show for WITH-FM, Craig says the program’s name is inspired by the Rootabaga Stories she grew up hearing as a child. One of her earliest memories is listening to records of Carl Sandburg reading his Rootabaga Stories on a turntable that her dad built for her, her dad being David Craig, proprietor of Craig Audio Lab in Rochester and a longtime member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I’m thrilled to be able to create this new radio program, featuring a broad spectrum of roots music both old and new,” said Craig. “Rootabaga Boogie will offer music and conversation, artists both local and national, and a wonderful opportunity to present our Ithaca music scene and musicians within the larger context.”

In the first hour of her show, Craig plans to feature music from blues to bluegrass, traditional to contemporary, Cajun, Celtic, Klezmer and other music rooted in faraway traditions right alongside Ithaca’s own homegrown variety. The second hour of the program will include live music and conversation with some of the bohemian characters who live in or happen to be passing through Ithaca: primarily musicians, but also artists, writers and other interesting folks whose creative output involves music.

Rootabaga Boogie launches Sunday, December 12 at 10 a.m. on 90.1 FM with the first program featuring live music with the Horse Flies’ Richie Stearns. Subsequent shows will include studio visits with songwriter Joe Crookston, Nashville’s Mark Schatz, African musician Samite, and up-and-coming country honky-tonk heroes JP Harris & the Tough Choices. The radio show will be available to listen online at www.withradio.org.

The new broadcast is the first in what will be a number of locally generated programs on Ithaca’s public radio station, WITH-FM. “We're actively searching for a location in which to build a small Ithaca broadcast production facility,” said Michael Black, WITH-FM Radio Program Manager.

Since the mid-90s, Craig has hosted and produced the radio program Nonesuch, which airs on WVBR-FM. In addition to the weekly radio show, she has presented a variety of roots musicians in Ithaca concerts, including Gillian Welch, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Uncle Earl with Bela Fleck, the Tarbox Ramblers, Eilen Jewell and dozens more.

Craig, who is originally from Rochester, holds a degree in sociology/anthropology from Oberlin College as well as a Masters in Communication from Ithaca College. She has worked as a magazine journalist for museum and educational organizations, with staff writer positions at the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C., and the American Association for State and Local History, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she edited the monthly History News.

Returning home to Ithaca in 1991, she took a fulltime position as a writer in the publications department at Ithaca College, helping to create the school’s first interactive multimedia recruitment materials. In 1996, she was awarded a Park Fellowship that allowed her to return to school fulltime to earn her Masters in Communication.

WITH-FM is a broadcast partnership between WXXI Public Broadcasting and Hobart & William Smith Colleges (HWS) that offers a mix of eclectic music and alternative news programs.  For more information about WITH-FM and the new show, visit www.withradio.org

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