Radio and Bluegrass, perfect together!
My name is Heidi Olsen, and I used to be a co-host of the long running radio program Bluegrass Jam on Brookdale Public Radio. The show began in 1980, I joined it in 2000, and was there until the bitter end in 2012. My co-host Randy Bailey and I didn’t leave voluntarily. The radio station decided to cancel our very popular, long-running show.
I’m happy to let you know that I have been asked to join the DJ team at Burlington County Bluegrass, which airs every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Joe Wills, the dobro player in my band started the show 21 years ago in 1994, and he’s been on the air ever since. He’s a bluegrass legend in the area! He has another co-host on the show too, Mark Plante. Since there are three of us, we split the hosting duties. When you tune in each Saturday, you never know who you will get! But each of us has a good perspective on the bluegrass music we know and love.
When I’m in the hosting chair, I start my show honoring the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. I also play very classic tunes from Flatt & Scruggs (because I LOVE Earl!), Ralph Stanley, Jim & Jesse, The Osbourne Brothers, and other great first generation acts. I also play a wide range of contemporary music that is happening today. It’s safe to say that when you tune in, whatever your taste in bluegrass, you’ll hear it on my show.
In addition, I’ll be doing live interviews with your favorite bluegrass artists, discussing their new albums and upcoming events. It’s great to focus on one artist, and hear them discuss their music and their perspectives.
The radio show originates from Burlington County College in Pemberton, NJ and is broadcast at 88.9 FM. You can tune us in from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday.
Heidi’s show dates for 2015
November 7, 14
December 12, 26
I’m there live, and I’m happy to talk with you and take requests. You can reach me via our request line at 609-894-8900. Please know that I may not answer the phone if I am busy programming music for your listening pleasure. Try back a little later.
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my emails realtime while I’m there. Follow me on twitter for updates on special guests and dates: @heidiolsen9.
Sign up for the radio email list
I’m going to start a separte email list for radio listeners. If you’d like to get those emails, telling you when I’m going to be on the air, and who my special guest of the week will be, just email me back asking me to add you to the list. I’ll be happy to add you on it. And don’t forget to reach out to me next Saturday, and let me know what you’d like to hear!
How to listen
If you are too far to pick up the station on your terrestrial radio, don’t worry. You can still listen in. You can stream us on your smart phone, or over your computer.
Tune it to 88.9 FM, but you need to be near Pemberton, NJ to get the signal.
Streaming over the computer
Turn your computer on, and get on the internet however you normally do. Then in the navigation bar type the address of the radio station: www.z889.org and press enter. That will bring up the radio station web site. Look at the screen in the upper left hand corner, and you will see a box that says “Z889 Listen Live.” There are four options of how to listen. Just pick any one of them by clicking on it, then following the on screen instructions. Make sure your speakers are turned up, and enjoy the show!
Download the Z88.9 app
If you own an iPhone or other smart phone, we have a free app that you can download to listen on your phone. Go to the app store and search for z88.9 and you will find it. Download it, and start listening immediately!
Download the TuneIn Radio app
If the Z889 app doesn’t work for you, you can download the TuneIn Radio app. This app works very nicely. Connect to an external speaker, and turn up the volume!