|WDFH volunteer program host Vinny Cohan |
preparing for a show on a recent Saturday evening
|New WDFH Studio|
This is the first time in the station’s entire history that it has had a viable signal and a studio at the same time. Mr. Sophos started training volunteers in the studio during the fall, and just recently, the first live broadcasts on WDFH since 2006 took place.
Licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as a noncommercial educational FM radio station, WDFH broadcasts on 90.3 MHz. Our newly expanded signal — the result of a 7½ year expansion project completed in early 2009 — can now reach about 400,000 potential listeners in the lower Hudson Valley. You can also listen online from anywhere in the world.
|WDFH Signal Coverage Map|
Jann's critically-acclaimed album, "Reverie," and his new music video, "Doing Time," are his current releases, and continue to build attention with AOL/Spinner just featuring the video on their home page. The Washington Post writes, "Klose wins over the listener with his soaring voice, which may well be a staple of chamber pop for a long time to come." The Advance Newspaper Wire Services praises, "The first thing that's totally unmistakable about Jann Klose is that voice which is just light years beyond that of the typical singer/songwriter — a sound that is classy, distinctive and often irresistible." Jann's music has also been heard on the Grammy-nominated album, "Healthy Food for Thought" and on MTV's CRIBS. Over the past seven years, he has performed 500 shows and has opened for and performed with an array of artists, including Annie Haslam and Renaissance, Marty Stuart, Willy Porter, Pete Seeger, Melissa Ferrick, Marshall Crenshaw, Rosanne Cash, and Les Paul.
Starnes and Shah
Starnes & Shah is a vocal duo comprised of Zilpha Starnes (keyboards and vocals) and Dania Abu-Shaheen (guitar and vocals). The group was formed in Astoria, New York, in 2005. Dania (Shah) writes the music and Zilpha (Starnes) sings the harmony. The songs reflect Dania's interest in rock and roll, poetry, and storytelling. Zilpha's harmonies add elements of exchange and sometimes tension to make Starnes & Shah what it is: an unlikely pairing of a formally trained choir girl from Dallas and a self taught Lebanese rabble rouser.
Described as psychedelic folk, the music ranges from pared down acoustic ditties to rock anthems complete with choral arrangements and layered guitar effects. As a live act, Starnes & Shah believe that it only gets better with time and experience. They have played shows in Northeastern cities including Burlington, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, and their current home city, New York. Starnes & Shah released an acoustic EP titled "Here Again on the Island" (2006) and two full length albums: "Summer in the Woodshed" (2007) and "Pink White Blue Green" (2009), featuring full band arrangements. Starnes & Shah continue to play regular shows in New England and New York. Dania has performed several times on WDFH.
Coming from a musical family which includes operatic vocalists, classical instrumentalists, and composers, it seemed as though music was in Nick LaBate's blood. While he now occupies the low end of the sonic landscape, Nick got his start in music on the saxophone. Classic sounds captured his ear from an early age, and that has carried through to the present. College brought on a new way of life and new musical directions, and soon the bass came calling. Nick soon got involved with fellow student musicians as well as experienced pros, and was gigging steadily within a couple of years of picking up the bass. After graduation came a succession of original projects in the New York City area that ran the gamut.
In styles ranging from post-punk (Programmed Response) to power pop (From the desk of Sally) to alt rock (The Jeff Gaynor Band) and Americana (ShoeMania), the gig and recording credits started to mount. And with that experience, a style started to emerge that drew from the blues, the Beatles, classic soul of the 60's, and rock from the 70's. Nick began playing with Starnes&Shah in January of 2010.
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