Turn Your Radio On (WNCW 88.7)

        Well guys, Dr. B is gonna be on the airwaves, so turn your radio on.

        I never hear this old Albert E. Brumley song that I don’t think of John Hartford. Years ago I went to two of his Christmas picking parties and they were a dandy; folks like Earl Scruggs, Benny Martin, Bill Monroe, and Marty Stuart were there. I recall Earl’s brother Horace turned to me and said, “Pick that mandolin like that Stuart boy.” (I tried but I’m still a doctor)

         Here was Dr. B jamming with all the legends. My old Harvey County picking buddies Indie, Rossie Douglas, and Moose Dooley went with me. Chattanooga real estate man Fletcher Bright and Indie did some twin fiddle numbers. Indie really dug Fletcher’s fiddling; they were two peas in a pod.

        So bring back some memories, and turn your radio on. To be specific, tomorrow 6/26/2010 at 12:00 noon good old Doc B is gonna be on the radio. When “The Mandolin Case” hit number one on Amazon’s country books category I got invited by Dennis Jones to be a guest on his show.

        Folks, that’s like a shot at batting practice with the Cubs. Just ask any touring musician, Dennis is one of the most knowledgable bluegrass DJs in the world, and a wizard sound engineer. Everyone wants to cut that gig.

        It’ll be a free wheeling thing and you can call in and ask them to play anything you want as long as it is related to “The Mandolin Case” or bluegrass in general. Dennis said he would give me some choice the music selection for the hour. I told him I’d kinda like to honor the bands with ties to the Carolinas since I’m a North Carolina boy, so y’all write in or call and ask for groups like Darin and Brooke Aldridge, III Tyme Out, the Grascals, Balsam Range, Alan Bibey (Cuz) or the Steep Canyon Rangers. WNCW is an old-fashioned station; they still pay attention to what their audience wants, so you can have a hand in the radio program by your input.

        Dennis will set the agenda. He’ll ask about Indie or Harvey County, and I might divulge a few clues in “The Mandolin Case.” Just remember though, this is physician bluegrass fiction. Sometimes I have so much fun I can get carried away, so don’t worry if some of it seems a bit far-fetched. After all, this show not about diagnosing cancer. I’m proud I do that in my day job, but art is so we can forget our troubles for a moment. When I think about the power of radio I always recall Orson Wells in “War of the Worlds.” So, don’t take me too seriously; my gig Saturday is all for fun. Remember; art isn’t a matter of life and death it’s much more important than that.

        Don’t worry of you don’t live in range of the airwaves. In Harvey County we tune in WNCW 88.7 via 24/7 Internet stream. So if you’re in New Zealand at whatever time 12:00 noon EST time comes to and bored out of your ever-loving mind, tune us in. We promise enough fun to forget your troubles for an hour or so. 

        Here’s the link. www.wncw.org. Try it out so you can tune in for the ‘Going Across The Mountain’ show Dennis hosts every Saturday. I’ll be on at noon tomorrow. 

        I’m even gonna have a prize. Whoever calls in from the longest distance will get a signed copy of “The Mandolin Case.” Who know, someday that and fifty cents might get you a cup of coffee, so call in and let ’em know you’re out there. 

Dr. B

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23 Comments on “Turn Your Radio On (WNCW 88.7)”

  1. valbrussell Says:

    Dr. B, I’ve put something up on my blog for you. 🙂 Hugs

  2. Cindy Carter Says:

    Well, we have hit the big time now! Going over the airwaves! I can hardly wait.

    Good luck and enjoy yourself.

    I always hear you should write about what you know. Well, you proved that works. Problem with me writing anything is I don’t “know” anything….LOL

  3. Levonne Says:

    Alright Dr. B. You’re in high gear self promotion mode. Enjoy the spotlight and have fun!

  4. I’m fairly far away. Who knows if I’ll win? Thanks for the heads up. 🙂


  5. Tel Says:

    I found you through Val. Now, an avid fan.

    • drtombibey Says:


      Thanks so much. I ran across Val’s blog some time back and have also enjoyed it. Glad you are checking in here too. I’m just an old doc having fun, so come visit.

      Dr. B

  6. Martin Waddell Says:

    Does this station have a “listen again” facility that I could use on the internet? If so, what’s the station’s website?

    • drtombibey Says:


      The station is WNCW 88.7. It is a cool U.S. National Public Radio station. The web site is http://www.wncw.org. I know you can listen live by Internet stream.

      The DJ is a fellow named Dennis Jones, who is widely recognized as the number one bluegrass authority in the Carolinas. I’ll write him and ask about this. Maybe we could tape it and make it available on the blog or website also. I’ll check into it.

      By the way, my agent said the UK Amazon link is now live.

      Dr. B

  7. drtombibey Says:


    Well y’all will get an insider’s view of life as a country doctor in rural North Carolina. I hope you enjoy.

    Dr. B

  8. We don’t do archives of broadcast that involve music/interviews done at our studios. Lots of factors, many dealing with different licensing groups for the music content make it labor intensive and expensive to do for such a small number of request. Sorry.

    • drtombibey Says:


      Hey, great to hear from you. No problem. Man, I know zero about running a radio station.

      Is it okay for individuals to tape it for personal use as long as they do not sell it?

      Dr. B

  9. drtombibey Says:


    I talked to Dennis. He said it is okay to record it, and there are free programs you can download to even set timers for different programs.

    It is five hours between us and England, and they have lots of folks listening there.

    Hope you get a chance to catch it.

    Dr. B

  10. You’re going to be on the radio on my birthday! :D. Sadly, I won’t be around here once it’s noon where you are… Which is sad, since I’d love to hear the real voice behind the blog-writing voice!

    Good luck, and I hope you have fun!

  11. Simpkins Says:

    Great job Myself and Mrs Simpkins enjoyed the radio interview, fantastic job !!

  12. Felix Miller Says:

    Just heard the show, Dr. B has signed off. Good to hear your voice, Doc. I kinda wished they would have let you pick a little on your mandolin, but you did so good talking, maybe they just wanted to let you roll.

    I really like WNCW, too, another thing I owe to your blog. More music and blogs and good things that I never knew about. And a movie version of The Mandolin Case? The mind boggles. Great idea.

    Keep on pickin’

    • drtombibey Says:


      I had it there but we had so much fun talking I forgot to get it out of the case. He wanted me to come back down the road, so maybe I’ll get Darin to go and we’ll do some duets.

      Dr. B

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