March 13 - 19  

WDIY Operations Director Neil Hever Celebrates 20 Years at WDIY

This month marks 20 years since WDIY's Operations Director Neil Hever began as a staff member at WDIY. In March of 1997, Neil was officially hired as the station's Program Director but his work to help make WDIY a reality began over a decade before that.

In 1981, while attending Muhlenberg College, Neil and another community member joined together to form the first organized group of community radio volunteers in the Lehigh Valley. The group began incorporation meetings in 1984 and spent the next decade building support for a new community-based station. Their work came to fruition when WDIY went on the air in 1995.

WDIY would not be here without Neil's decades of dedication as well as the work he continues to do everyday. Congratulations on this milestone, Neil, and thank you for your service to WDIY.

The WDIY Staff
Wagner, Alison, Shamus, Frank, Arlene 
Sponsored Events
Burning Bridget Cleary
* Friday, March 17 | 7:30pm
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician from the the NYC Scottish trad scene. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. 
Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group
* Friday, March 17 | 7:30pm
BERKS JAZZ FEST KICK-OFF PERFORMANCE! Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group will feature for all their performances in 2017, music written and played by John Coltrane celebrating the 90th year of his birth and 50th since his passing. The material will cover the three periods of his extraordinary and short career (twelve years) beginning with his tenure as a sideman in the Miles Davis Group; through the repertoire of the Classic Quartet (Tyner, Jones and Garrison); concluding with pieces from the late "free" jazz period. Coltrane's body of work represents a pinnacle of achievement in the 20th century exerting an influence that goes beyond jazz both spiritually and musically. Specifically for Liebman, it was seeing Coltrane live on many occasions in New York City that inspired him to pursue this music.

Program Highlights
MONDAY, MARCH 13               
6:00 - 6:30pm: Lehigh Valley Arts Salon 
Hosts: George Miller and Kate Scuffle Follow us on Twitter

The Alternative Gallery, located in Allentown's Cigar Factory art space, plays host this month to the Open World Animation Fest, back for its second year and growing fast, featuring over 100 animators and hundreds of films from around the world from March 23-26. Director Brandon Wunder joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to tell us more about the films, the screenings, the exhibits and the excitement.
At the Movies:   "The Salesman," the 2017 Foreign Language Film Oscar recipient, is a gripping, powerful film about the marital crisis of a couple who are starring in a Tehran, Iran, stage production of Arthur Miller's classic American play, "Death of A Salesman."  Despite the foreign language, and once you get accustomed to the English subtitles, "The Salesman" is not unlike a domestic drama that might take place in the United States. Paul Willistein of the Lehigh Valley Press reviews the drama.

6:30 - 7:00pm: Take Charge of Your Life 
Host: Eleanor Bobrow
Host Eleanor Bobrow discusses research that indicates older people are more likely to be victims of certain scams such as identity theft and financial exploitation. Joining her is David P. Shallcross, Elder Abuse Unit Leader, of the Office of the Attorney General. He explains the types of crimes targeting seniors and presents valuable steps to help prevent such crimes.    
7:00 - 9:00pm: Folk Classics  
Host: Steve Aaronson  
The program will open with an early segment celebrating St. Patrick's Day (coming  on Friday ). The balance of the program will anticipate the forthcoming arrival of spring ( next Monday ) -- featuring songs of renewal, hope and...yes...love. 

7:00 - 9:00pm: Live from Godfrey Daniels 
Host: Dina Hall Follow us on Twitter 
This week, host Dina Hall features archived sets from Ruthie Foster, Cassie and Maggie Macdonald, Garrison Starr and Natalia Zukerman. Plus plenty of studio cuts of Godfrey's artists past, present and future.
6:00 - 7:00pm: Your Financial Choices 
Host: Laurie A. Siebert, CPA, CFP®, AEP® Follow us on Twitter  
Laurie Siebert covers a wide range of topics focused on helping the listener make sound choices when it comes to personal finance. Phone lines will not be open during the program. Questions can be submitted early for next week's program at yourfinancialchoices.com 

11:00pm - 1:00am: The Mix Show 
Host: Roberto Gooden Follow us on Twitter

On the newest addition to the WDIY late night line-up, Roberto Gooden aka DirtyFINGERS delivers a fresh mix of music rooted in soul and R&B with upbeat funk, house, and dance music to keep you moving. 

6:00 - 7:00pm: Lehigh Valley Discourse   

Provocative, informative and newsworthy, Lehigh Valley Discourse brings you the people and the issues that move and shape our region. With rotating guest hosts, you'll hear engaging conversation about many subjects affecting the Lehigh Valley.  Listen every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm following NPR's All Things Considered or catch up with a podcast at WDIY's website.
11:00pm - 1:00am: Galactic Travels
Host: Bill Fox Follow us on Twitter 
On Galactic Travels, Bill Fox presents hour-long soundscapes of electronic, ambient, and space music.
On the next Galactic Travels, Bill continues his month-long focus on  VoLt. The Featured CD at Midnight will be "Through the Rings" on Groove  Unlimited Records.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17      
9:00am - 12:00pm: WDIY Classics 
Host: Karen El-Chaar
At 10:00am, David Ruhf, board member and vocalist with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, joins host Karen El-Chaar for a preview of the Choir's upcoming spring concert.
Host: Dr. Kamran Afshar Follow us on Twitter 

A weekly look at the trends driving our nation's economy as well as the Lehigh Valley's economy.

Economic Pulse airs Fridays at 5:44pm and Mondays at 7:41am.  

1:00 - 3:00pm: The World Blend 
Host: Tom Ardizzone 
Catch WDIY's newest music program which takes the eclectic mix of our weekday afternoon program, The Blend, and adds a healthy dose of global roots music for a unique and adventurous international musical selection. 
5:00 - 7:00pm: Swing Sunday
Host : Megan Everett
Host Megan Everett celebrates the official arrival of spring with fun and romantic songs from the big band swing era: "Blue Skies" sung by Bing Crosby; "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller; and "Good Mornin'" from the romantic comedy "Singin' in the Rain" - sung by Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor; and many more.