Saturday Bluegrass Show

Event Hours(1)

  • Saturday

    6:00 am - 9:00 am

    Mr. Ethnic's Old Time Music~1st Saturday of the month

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From 6 to 9 AM on Saturday mornings, Sid brings you the best in traditional and contemporary bluegrass.    Great bluegrass is featured, ranging from the classic artists such as Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers to current sounds from the many outstanding bluegrass artists that are active today.
On the first Saturday of each month, Jim Strickland and Pamela Jo Hatley bring you Old Time music between 6 and 8 AM, featuring the timeless string band music that shaped bluegrass and country. You can click here for Mr. Ethnic’s Old Time Music playlist.
On every Saturday the hour between 8 and 9 AM is called This Is Bluegrass in memory of the late Tom Henderson, who was at WMNF for many years and was one of the most well known and beloved bluegrass programmers in the land.

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Thank You Gifts available from Saturday Bluegrass Show
My Three Songs
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You can pick 3 songs that match the genre of the show that you contribute to.  Whether it is Bluegrass, Blues, Rockabilly, Folk, or Gospel you personal selections that can include a dedication for a birthday, anniversary or any special occasion.

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40 Years RadioActive T-Shirt
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On September 14th, WMNF will be celebrating 40 years of local, independent radio.  Celebrate this anniversary by supporting 88.5 and getting a “40 Years RadioActive” T-shirt. Purchase for $88.50, or even better, join our Circle of Friends and buy it for $7.37 a month. Both in men’s and women’s style.  The women’s shirt is a V neck.

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WMNF “Last Local Radio” Socks
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Yes, we finally decided that we will wear socks.  But not just any socks but “Last Local Radio” socks.  Get a pair or two today.  Appropriate with any attire or occasion.   Rock your socks!!!

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WMNF 17 Ounce Beverage Bottle
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This WMNF Manna Rouge 17 ounce beverage bottle stainless steel double wall keeps beverages hot and cold longer.  BPA free.

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WMNF Ball Cap
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You want to represent and look FINE? Ball cap!

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WMNF Guest Host – $300 Saturday Bluegrass
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Guest hosts choose the music and the dj will run the board. Music must be within the genre of the show. Great unique gift for someone! You can bring in your own music or use WMNF’s great record library (or both!).

Join Sid and Cricket in the studio!

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40 Anniversary Love It All Wall Tile
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Have your name or a loved one’s name permanently place on “The Love It All” wall in front of the the Vicki Santa Studio. This can be set up to a Circle of Friends monthly contributions of $20 a month.

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40th Anniversary Music Lovers Wall Tile
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FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

If your life is music then you need a “Music Lovers” tile. Put your name, the name of a loved one or the name of your favorite band permanently on the Music Lover Wall in the WMNF Music Library. For a limited time a 40th Anniversary logo will be included on the tile.  This can be set up in a Circle of Friends monthly contributions of $20. “You’ve got to find some way of saying it without saying it.” Duke Ellington.

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40th Anniversary WMNF Brick Paver
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FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY

You can set in stone your love of WMNF on our People’s Patio! Put your name or dedicate it to a loved one! 100% tax-deductible!  For a limited time includes a WMNF 40th Anniversary logo.  Be a part of the celebration get the paver for a Circle of Friends monthly contribution of $50.00.

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These are exclusive gifts of Saturday Bluegrass Show, more Thank You gifts available

Hosted By...

Sid Flannery  [email protected]

Sid Flannery has been a programmer on the WMNF Saturday Bluegrass show since 1996. Sid loves the outstanding musicianship, the rich acoustic sounds, and the great soulful singing that characterizes bluegrass. Sid really enjoys hearing from the listeners on Saturday mornings, including those who are very familiar with bluegrass and those who are discovering the music for the first time.

Jim Strickland, aka Mr. Ethnic  [email protected]

I have played old time music since 1976, when I met and took a banjo class from my good friend €œCousin ErnieWilliams. In addition to clawhammer banjo, I also play old time fiddle, guitar and autoharp. I began participating in The Florida Folk Festival in White Springs by playing with Ed Flemming and Friends, then The Hyde Park Hysterical Society String Band and Mr. Ethnic'€™s Wednesday Night Fiddle Support Group. Since 1980, just after our community radio station went on the air, I've brought old time music to WMNF radio audiences. Tune into Mr. Ethnic's Old Time Music Show on the first Saturday of the month to hear some of the best vintage and contemporary old Time music. I'm a founding member of the folk-arts advocacy group, Friends of Florida Folk, and have been on the Board of Directors, as well as Secretary and Vice President. Also a founding member of the Florida Folklore Society, I've served on the Board of Directors. I'm a member of the Florida State Fiddler's Association and the newly formed Florida Banjo Society. I've performed at festivals such as the €œRattlesnake Roundup€ in San Antonio, FL, €œPioneer Days at the Pioneer Florida Museum, the €œHeart of Florida Folk Festival€ in Dade City, and the €œFall Country Jamboree€ in Barberville. I was extremely honored to open a concert with the Mr. Ethnic group for the original Red Clay Ramblers at a WMNF concert. Along with Cousin Ernie, I have been Co-Director of the Florida Old Time Music Championship since its inception. As such, I've brought some of the best master old time musicians to central Florida. I am also Co-Director of the Suwannee Old Time Music Weekend held at and sponsored by the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs.

Note* To listen to the archive of my show for one week afterward, you need to go to the Saturday Bluegrass page.