Press List

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


Tom Diamant
NOTE: Tom hosts Panhandle Country, bluegrass and roots country format radio program (alternate Sunday afternoons, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, on KPFA – 94.1).

Harry Duncan
NOTE: Harry is producer and host of the weekly In The Soul Kitchen show which airs Sunday nights from 8-10 pm on KCSM, the Bay Area’s jazz station. In The Soul Kitchen is a rich musical stew of soul, blues, jazz, gospel, roots reggae, Latin, African and World Music.

Allegra Thompson
NOTE: Allegra hosts Pig in a Pen, bluegrass and roots country format radio program (alternate Sunday afternoons, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, on KPFA – 94.1).

Tim Lynch
NOTE: Tim hosts Dead to the World, a very popular show (Tuesday nights on KPFA – 94.1) with music strongly oriented to “dead heads” and a broad variety of the American roots music that influenced the Grateful Dead members. Show is now on Wednesdays, 8-10 pm. 

Andrew Gilbert
NOTE: Andrew is a major writer of previews for the Express, Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News, and other widely read local papers.

Larry Kelp
(510) 527-1579
NOTE: Larry hosts co-hosts a classic music format radio program (Mondays at 6am on KPFA – 94.1).

JoAnn Mar
(510) 527-2198
NOTE: JoAnn hosts a Folk Music & Beyond – “The best in contemporary folk, traditional, and original music from America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and other parts of the world.” (Saturday afternoons 3-4PM on KALW – 91.7).

Derk Richardson
(510) 658-8585
NOTE: Derk hosts an eclectic format radio program (The Hear and Now – Thursday nights at 10 pm on KPFA – 94.1 FM) and frequently has live guests on his radio show in advance of performances. Derk is also senior editor at Afar magazine (travel/culture), writes for Oakland Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and The Absolute Sound (audiophile).

Bonnie Simmons
(510) 654-4720
NOTE: Bonnie Simmons presents a unique mix of singer/songwriter folk, rock, soul, country, and R&B. As often as possible she presents interviews and live performances from the KPFA Performance Room during her show. (Thursday nights 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 10:00 pm to 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.”

Mary Tilson
NOTE: Mary hosts “America’s Back 40” on KPFA Sundays from 1 to 3 pm.

Peter Thompson
NOTE: Peter hosts Bluegrass Signal on Saturdays from 5-6PM and does an extensive calendar of Bay Area events on KALW – 91.7 FM.

Kevin Vance
NOTE: Kevin hosts folk music show A Patchwork Quilt (Saturdays 4-5PM on KALW – 91.7 fm), and Across the Great Divide, folk and acoustic music format radio program (Sunday afternoons, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, on KPFA – 94.1) “Music from Celtic & American traditions, plus talks with singers & songwriters.”


BAY AREA NEWS GROUP (Contra Costa Times, The Oakland Tribune, Marin Independent Journal, East Bay Community Newspapers, San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, and others)
Story ideas and press releases may also be emailed to:
Randy McMullen (A&E Editor) at

Jim Harrington at


Tony Bravo
Arts and Culture Reporter – Datebook

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz
Editor in Chief – Datebook

Mendoza, Mariecar
Senior Arts & Entertainment Editor

Joshua Kosman
Classical Music Critic

Olivia Jerram
Arts & Entertainment Editor

750 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95190
Randy McMullen (A&E Editor) at 


Irish Herald
1201 Howard Avenue, Suite 203
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 344-3765
(650) 344-3056 fax
Managing Editor: John J. Gallagher

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
local events website that covers Irish music, dance art, literature, and community events


Kathleen Lawton
1700 Hillsdale
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 358-6822
NOTE: Kathleen hosts Crazy ‘Bout the Blues (Friday, 9:00 pm, on KCSM – 91.1).

Tom Mazzolini
c/o KPFA
1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
NOTE: Tom hosts Blues by the Bay (Saturday afternoons, 11am, on KPFA – 94.1).


Promotions Department –
Interview Coordinator Max Diez –

KCSM – 91.1 San Mateo

KPIG – 107.5 FM Santa Cruz & 1510 AM San Francisco

KRCB – 91.1 Santa Rosa
Brian Griffith
Radio Music Director and On Air Host

KRSH – 95.9 Santa Rosa

KWMR – 90.5 & 89.3 West Marin County
Jeffery Manson Program Director
(415) 663-8068, ext. 101

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