Press List

Here is our current press list. If you find anything that needs updating please let us know.


Tom Diamant
NOTE: Tom hosts Panhandle Country, a bluegrass and roots country format radio program (alternate Sundays, 3-5pm, on KPFA 94.1).

Harry Duncan
NOTE: Harry is producer and host of In The Soul Kitchen, a rich musical stew of soul, blues, jazz, gospel, roots reggae, Latin, African and World Music (Sundays, 8-10pm, on KCSM 91.1).

Andrew Gilbert
NOTE: Andrew is a major writer of previews for San Francisco Chronicle, Mercury News, KQED,, and other widely read local & national papers.

Tim Lynch
NOTE: Tim hosts Dead to the World, a very popular radio program oriented to “dead heads,” with a broad variety of the American roots music that influenced the Grateful Dead members (Wednesdays, 8-10pm, on KPFA 94.1).

JoAnn Mar
(510) 527-2198
NOTE: JoAnn hosts the Folk Music & Beyond radio program, featuring “The best in contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world.” (Saturdays, 2-4PM on KALW 91.7).

Tom Mazzolini
NOTE: Tom hosts Blues by the Bay (Saturdays, 11am, on KPFA 94.1).

Derk Richardson
(510) 658-8585
NOTE: Derk is senior editor at Afar magazine (travel/culture), writes for Oakland Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and The Absolute Sound.

Bonnie Simmons
(510) 654-4720
NOTE: On her radio program, The Bonnie Simmons Show, Bonnie presents a unique mix of singer/songwriter folk, rock, soul, country, and R&B. She often does interviews and live performances from the KPFA Performance Room during her show. (Thursdays, 8-10pm, on KPFA 94.1). Please mail CD’s to 450 59th Street, Oakland, CA 94609.

Dore Stein
Tangents Radio
NOTE: Dore has hosted and produced Tangents since 1985 (Saturdays, 10pm-midnight, on KALW 91.7 and webcasts at Playlists are uploaded in real time at “At the heart of Tangents is a genre-defying cross-cultural synergistic mix.”

Allegra Thompson
NOTE: Allegra hosts Pig in a Pen, a bluegrass and roots country format radio program (alternate Sundays, 3-5pm, on KPFA 94.1).

Peter Thompson
NOTE: Peter hosts Bluegrass Signal, a radio program presenting Traditional and contemporary bluegrass, usually thematically-based and often featuring Bay Area musicians, in an eclectic mix (Saturdays, 4-6PM, on KALW 91.7). Peter also does an extensive calendar of Bay Area events on KALW 97.1.

Mary Tilson
NOTE: Mary hosts America’s Back 40, a lively array of American contemporary, traditional, regional, and roots based music (Sundays, 1-3pm, on KPFA 94.1).

Kevin Vance
NOTE: Kevin hosts A Patchwork Quilt, a radio program presenting music from Celtic & American traditions, plus talks with singers & songwriters (Saturdays, 4-5PM on KALW 91.7).  He also hosts, Across the Great Divide, featuring folk and acoustic music; singers and songwriters; and familiar and new songs from home and across the sea (Sundays, 11am-1pm, on KPFA 94.1).



Randy McMullen
A&E Editor

Jim Harrington
Music reporter

NOTE: BANG is the largest publisher of daily and weekly newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area and includes The Mercury News, the Marin Independent Journal, and the East Bay Times.


Tony Bravo
Arts and Culture Writer

Joshua Kosman
Classical Music Critic

Mariecar Mendoza
Senior Arts & Entertainment Editor

Anne Schrager
Datebook Calendar Producer

Aidin Vaziri
Reporter, Critic

NOTE: The San Francisco Chronicle is the largest newspaper in Northern California and the second largest on the West Coast.


Arts & Entertainment Editor (changes each semester)


Leslie Katz
A&E Editor

NOTE: Bay City News Foundation serves the San Francisco Bay Area via the free website and is backed by charitable donations from contributors who care about local news, a free press, democratic values and an informed citizenry.

CITYSIDE JOURNALISM / Berkeleyside & The Oaklandside
Andrew Gilbert
Freelance music journalist

NOTE: Nonprofit media organization with two local news websites, and


Emily White
Managing Editor

NOTE: Diablo magazine is the only monthly publication written specifically for the San Francisco East Bay market—from Central Contra Costa, into the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, and throughout the Tri-Valley.


D. Scott Miller

Lou Fancher
Freelance writer

Janis Hashe
Freelance writer

J. Poet
Freelance writer

NOTE: The East Bay Express is an Oakland-based weekly newspaper serving the Berkeley, Oakland and East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is distributed throughout Alameda County and parts of Contra Costa County every Wednesday.

Seán Canniffe
Managing Editor

Publishers: Seán Canniffe, Tadhg Canniffe

NOTE: The Irish Herald is a thick monthly paper with extensive coverage of cultural events throughout northern California.
Catherine Barry
NOTE: is a local events website that covers Irish music, dance art, literature, and community events.


Gabe Meline
Arts Editor

Nastia Voynovskaya
Music Editor

NOTE: KQED Inc. is a non-profit public media outlet based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, which operates the radio station KQED-FM and the television stations KQED/KQET and KQEH (PBS member stations).


KALW 91.1 (San Francisco)

Aaron Byrd
Music Director

JoAnn Mar
Host of Folk Music & Beyond.

Dore Stein
Host and producer of Tangents.

Peter Thompson
Host and producer of Bluegrass Signal.

Kevin Vance
Host and producer of A Patchwork Quilt.

NOTE: KALW is an independently operated NPR affiliate, carrying content from NPR, American Public Media, Public Radio International and the BBC World Service. KALW also produces its own local news, music and interview shows.

KALX 90.7 (Berkeley)

Max Diez
Interview Coordinator

Yessenia Reynoso & Russ Blackmar
Promotions Directors

NOTE: Student run FM radio station broadcasting from the University of California, Berkeley.

KCSM 91.1 (San Mateo)

Interview requests

Harry Duncan
Host of In The Soul Kitchen.

Jess “Chuy” Varela
Host of Latin Jazz

NOTE: An affiliate of Public Radio International and National Public Radio, KCSM is the only station in the Bay Area with a 24-hour jazz format.

KPFA 89.3 (Berkeley)

Tom Diamant
Host of In The Soul Kitchen.

Tim Lynch
Host of Dead to the World.

Tom Mazzolini
Host of Blues by the Bay.

Bonnie Simmons
Host of The Bonnie Simmons Show.

Allegra Thompson
Host of Pig in a Pen.

Mary Tilson
Host of America’s Back 40.

Kevin Vance
Host of The Great Divide.

NOTE: KPFA is a community-powered radio station that creates and curates a unique mix of music, informed public affairs, culture, and news.

KPIC 107.5 (Santa Cruz)

DJ email

NOTE: The Pig crew is well-seasoned in the art & craft of “progressive” radio. It features a mix of folk, rock, alternative, blues and comedy, plus commentary.

KRCB 104.9 (Sonoma County)

Brian Griffith
Radio Music Director and On Air Host

NOTE: Sonoma County’s NPR station. Run by Northern Califrornia Public Radio (also home to KPJK TV and KRCB TV – featuring Live from the Freight & Salvage, a television series celebrating our music.)

KRSH 95.9 (Santa Rosa)

Andre de Channes
Programming/Music Director/KRSH Events

NOTE: KRSH is a commercial radio station in Healdsburg, California, broadcasting to the Santa Rosa, California, area on 95.9 FM. KRSH airs an adult album alternative music format branded as “The Krush”. 

KWMR 90.5 (Point Reyes), 89.9 (Bolinas), & 92.3 (Lagunitas)

Jeffrey Mason
Program Director

NOTE: The Pig crew is well-seasoned in the art & craft of “progressive” radio. It features a mix of folk, rock, alternative, blues and comedy, plus commentary.

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