About Tad

I grew up in New York State. My family is from the Chautauqua/ Jamestown area which is where my story began. We then relocated to the Hudson River/ Newburgh region. In the mid-80's we moved to the western edge of the Adirondacks where we lived and ran a ski lodge of the foot of the Tug Hill Plateau. Following high school I attend and graduated from the State University of New York College at Fredonia. My first professional radio gig was at 96.9 WOUR in Utica/ Rome, New York. After that I became the Assistant Program Director at 99.1 The Sound, WVOD on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There I also programmed a Top 40 station along with my duties at WVOD. In 2006, I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia. First, I help build WCNR. Then in 2009, I started my job with WNRN. Over the years I have transformed my role at the station where I have been the Assistant Program Director since 2013.

New Rock Now Playlist 10.09.22

Air Date: 10.09.22, Sunday 8-10pm


  • Dear Boy- On My Mind
  • Titus Andronicus- Baby Crazy
  • Bomba Estereo & Manu Chao- Me Duele
  • RIPE- Noise In The Forest
  • Miss Grit- Like You
  • LCD Soundsystem- New Body Rhumba
  • Beau- Life Twice
  • Charlie Burg- Dancing Through The Mental Breakdown
  • St. Lucia- Take Me Away
  • Sammy Rae & the Friends-If It All Goes South
  • Wunderhorse- Leader Of The Pack
  • Cautious Clay- Burning Up Slow
  • Dan Mangan- All Roads
  • Nilufer Yanya- Rid Of Me
  • Chemical Club- Pale Blue


  • Muna- What I Want
  • Sorry- Closer
  • Windser- Friends I Barely Know
  • Caitlin Rose- Nobody’s Sweetheart
  • EKKSTACY- I Walk This Earth All By Myself
  • Spacey Jane- Lunchtime
  • Gungor- A Million I’s
  • Magdalena Bay- Unconditional
  • All Fires- Make An Entrance
  • Bibio- BIB10
  • Joy Oladokun f/ Chris Stapleton- Sweet Symphony
  • Mightmare- Cruel Liars
  • Preoccupations- Slowly
  • Fake Palms- Visions
  • Rubblebucket- Earth Worship



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Bluegrass Sunday Morning Playlist 10/9/22


  • David Parmley- All Dressed Up
  • Ben James- Teardrops In Tennessee
  • Highland Travelers- The Little Tennessee
  • Flatt & Scruggs- Jimmy Brown The Newsboy
  • Echo Valley- My Prayer
  • Amanda Cook- Back To My Home
  • Seth Mulder & Midnight Run- My My My
  • Ralph Stanley II- Bluefield
  • Ashby Frank- Midnight Highway
  • Wildfire- How Could I Love Her So Much
  • Earls Of Leicester- I’ll Go Stepping Too
  • Deer Creek Boys- When The Highway Does
  • The Goodwin Brothers- I Feel The Blues Movin’ In


  • Greg Blake & Hometown- A Hundred Miles To Go
  • Shannon Slaughter- Common Ground
  • Larry Cordle- Cherokee Fiddle
  • Lindley Creek- Sunshine Song
  • Morgan Brake- Georgia Backroads
  • Authentic Unlimited- Hannah
  • The Travelin’ McCourys- Lonesome On’ry And Mean
  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway- Side Saddle
  • Jesse Smathers- Under The Weather
  • Sister Sadie- Raleighs Ride
  • Del McCoury Band- Almost Proud
  • Breaking Glass- Pauline
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- I’ll Take The Lonesome Everytime
  • Dolly Parton (W/Cordle, Jackson, Salley & Walker)- In The Sweet By & By


  • Lonesome River Band- Heyday
  • Kristy Cox- Appalachian Blue
  • Kim Robins- My Baby Thinks He’s A Train
  • Larry Sparks- Just Lovin’ You
  • Benson- What Kind Of Fool Are You
  • Rick Faris- Moonshine Song
  • Billy Strings- Red Daisy
  • Dale Ann Bradley- In The End
  • Junior Sisk- The Lonely Side Of Goodbye
  • Gena Britt- A Little Bit Of You
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder- Sis Draper
  • Sideline- Long Way From The Wildwood Flower
  • Wildfire- She’s Crazy For Leaving
  • Justin Moses- Fall Like Rain
  • Dave Adkins- Bluegrass State Of Mind
  • Carley Arrowood- Goin’ Home Comin’ On


  • Volume Five- Losing My Religion
  • Fast Track- Plain Old Country Boy
  • Flatt Lonesome- Mixed Up Mess Of A Heart
  • Jeremy Garrett- What’s That You’re Doin’
  • The Kody Norris Show- Mountain Rosalie
  • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers- Big City
  • Lost & Found- Mountain Folks
  • Daniel Crabtree- Sally Sunday
  • Amanda Cook- Ohio
  • Blue Highway- On The Roof Of The World
  • Sierra Hull- Hullarious
  • Starlett & Big John- Straight 58
  • Jackson Hollow- Put Yourself In My Place
  • Dewey & Leslie Brown- Ain’t Nobody Gonna Take My Woman Away
  • Jaelee Roberts- Sad Songs
  • Valerie Smith- I’m Fine Bein’ Me
  • Tim Raybon Band- Ilene Baker
  • Wildfire- Oh Lonesome Me
  • Loretta Lynn- Rated X
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Take 2@2 Monday, May 20, 2019


Take 2@2 for Monday, May 20th, 2019. When I was a kid, Tuesday nights were reserved for the stories of Kevin Arnold. Kevin was a boy whose adolescence happened during the turbulent 1960’s. His tale was told on the ABC series The Wonder Years. During the opening credits of the show, I first heard Joe Cocker.joe_coker

On this date in 1944, Joe Cocker was born. “The Mad Dog with Soul,” Joe Cocker’s incomparable voice and stage presence made him legendary. In 1969, Cocker was asked to play Woodstock. He had just released an album with a cover on it. The live version of that cover at the infamous festival made Cocker an overnight star.

The Beatles recorded “With a Little Help from My Friends” for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Take 2@2, which is supported by South Street Brewery  and Sarisand Tile.

– Tad Abbey


2019-10-08T15:38:45-04:00May 20th, 2019|

Decade of Difference: Fighting Gravity

Decade of Difference follows a musical act over a career spanning a decade or more.

   Originally formed as a Ska band known as ‘Boy O Boy’ by classmates at Virginia Tech, Fighting Gravity was a

   staple on the college bar scene in the 90’s. This earned the band a spot in the Summer College issue of Rolling

   Stone and a fast track to national exposure. A copyright issue forced the band to rename, picking the new

   name ‘Fighting Gravity’.

   The national success forecast for the band never happened, although the band says that they remained very

   busy touring and recording and never felt they missed out. A particularly lucrative market for the band was

   frat parties, often paying more than being an opening act for major touring performers.

   After a style change – dropping the horns section and moving to a guitar driven rock sound – and 20 years of

   touring, the band called in quits in the mid 2000s. The band played all over the US and also on USO tours

   overseas, reaching over 1 million people with their concerts. Occasionally the band members regroup for

   reunion performances, most recently in 2017.

2019-04-15T11:20:37-04:00April 19th, 2019|

Decade of Difference: Jesse Colin Young

Decade of Difference follows a musical act over a career spanning a decade or more.

   Jesse Colin Young first appeared as a solo folksinger in 1961 before forming the folk country group ‘The

   Youngbloods’ in 1965. Although the band obtained only moderate commercial success, their songs have

   remained popular to this day. ‘Get Together’ by the band has appeared repeatedly in movies and commercials

   over the decades. The Youngbloods would record five albums before disbanding in 1972.

   Jesse Colin Young and the other members of the Youngbloods pursued solo careers, with only Young seeing

   much success. His popularity peaked in the mid to late 70s with multiple top 50 albums, and an appearance in

   the 1979 ‘No Nukes’ concert. There was a period of touring with a reformed Youngbloods in the 80’s, before

   Young returned to a solo career. Later, Jesse Colin Young moved to Hawaii and operates a coffee plantation,

   while still releasing new music.

2019-04-15T11:18:27-04:00April 18th, 2019|

Grateful Dead & Phriends Show Playlist – 4/13/19

The Grateful Dead and Phriends show Playlist 4/13/2019

First Hour.

GD – Dark Star>China Cat sunflower>11 – 2/14/68 San Francisco CA
GD – Dancin In The Street>Dire Wolf – 10/11/77
GD – Jack Salt – 5/7/80 Ithaca NY


Second Hour.

GD – Althea – 5/6/80 State College PA
GD – Hes Gone>Truckin>Nobodys Fault – 12/19/73 Tampa FL
GD – Crazy Fingers – 6/9/76 Boston MA

Phriendlier Hour.

Phish – Guyute – Niagra Falls NY
Phish – Sweet Va – 12/05/09 Charlottesville va
Phish – Harpua>2001>Harpua – 7/16/94 Sugarbush VT
Steely Dan – Do It Again
UM – Hey 19 – 4/12/14 Live Oak FL
The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Blood and Rockets

2019-04-17T12:13:45-04:00April 17th, 2019|

Decade of Difference: Matt the Electrician

Decade of Difference follows a musical act over a career spanning a decade or more.

   Matt Sever, known as Matt the Electrician has released 12 albums over his 25 year career. Growing up in

   California and Oregon, Sever entered music by hosting an open mic night in Austin, Tx.  When Sever would

   arrive at gigs still sweaty from a long days work in Austin’s summer heat, he would often explain, “Hi, my

   name is Matt, and I’m an electrician.” Regulars to his shows began referring to him as “The Electrician,” and

   the moniker stuck.

    Matt Sever has dropped his day job, touring regularly and seeing his music used in tv and movies. Recently

   Sever began a series of 45RPM vinyl releases. Each were recorded with a different backing band. In all cases

   but one, the band was local to Austin, but on the last release Matt worked with Charlottesville’s Paul Curreri

   and Devon Sproule.

   Now all of the vinyl releases have been collected on a new album release called ‘The Doubles’, with all of the

   original recordings plus versions recorded with his normal backing band.

2019-04-15T11:15:44-04:00April 17th, 2019|

Decade of Difference: Roseanne Cash

 Decade of Difference follows a musical act over a career spanning a decade or more.

   Rosanne Cash is the eldest daughter of Johnny Cash and his first wife, born in Memphis around the time Cash

   was first recording at Sun Records. Soon the family moved to California, split up and Rosanne and her sisters

   remained with their Mother.

   Rosanne joined her Father’s road show and appeared on her first record in 1974. In 1978, Cash cut a demo of

   her own with Rodney Crowell, which led to an album and marriage to Crowell. In 1981, Cash had her biggest

   commercial success with the #1 country album ‘Seven Year Ache’. Possibly her best album was her 1987

   release, ‘King’s Record Shop’, which generated four #1 country singles.

   Cash and Crowell divorced in 1992 and Cash moved from Nashville to New York. Musically, she moved away

   from the style that produced the #1 country singles and into a less produced, more personal style. By 2014

   Cash was rewarded with 3 Grammys for her album ‘The River & The Thread’ a collection of songs about

   travelling through the South.

   Cash’s latest release focuses on causes and issues that are important to her. Serving as an emotional

   centerpiece to the album is the song “8 Gods of Harlem” written and performed in collaboration with Kris

   Kristofferson and Elvis Costello about a mother who loses a child to gun violence.

2019-10-08T15:38:52-04:00April 16th, 2019|

Bluegrass Sunday Morning Playlist – 4/14/19

7 a.m.
High Fidelity – Gotta Get You Near Me Blues
Alan Bibey & Grasstowne – When Jesus Swings the Wrecking Ball
Larry Sparks – Roving Gambler
Tim O’Brien Band – Beyond
Colebrook Road – The Caged Bird
Claybank – Drown This Town
Antique Persuasion – Lovers
Benny Martin & Josh Graves- Salty Dog Blues
Balsam Range – Any Old Road Will Take You There
Junior Sisk – By Now I Would Be Dead
Jim & Lynna Woolsey – Growing Up Takes Time
Amanda Cook – Good Enough (Ain’t Good Enough)
Bobby Hicks & Del McCoury – We’re Steppin’ Out Tonight
Crowe, Lawson & Williams – Standing Tall & Tough
Chris Roberts – Second Cup of Coffee
Dailey & Vincent – Close By

8 a.m.
Flait Lonesome – Draggin my Heart Around
Bluemoon Rising – Louisville Rambler
Earls of Leicester – You Can Feel It In Your Soul
Feller & Hill – Wake Up Little Susie
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – A Folded Egg
Larry Cordle – A LArge Detroit AMerican Automobile
Town Mountain – Coming Back to You
Reno & Smiley – Kansas City Railroad Blues
The Seldom Scene – Wait a Minute
Colebrook Road – On Time
Jim & Lynna Woolsey – Sugar Ridge Road
Nathan Stanley – I Go Back Home
Jerry Salley – Where I’m Coming From
Jim Hurst – Gadget Daddy
Dale Ann Bradley – Hard Way Every Time
Blue Mafia – Say Won’t You Be Mine

9 a.m.
Deer Creek Boys – Midnight & Dawn
Lonesome River Band – Like A Train Needs a Track
Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen – Waltz of the Angels
Irene Kelley – Bluegrass Radio
Colebrook Road – Farther on Down the Line
Carolina Blue – Rusty Rails
Osborne Bros. – She’s No Angel
Mountain Faith Band – City Lights
The Kody Norris Show – I’m Moving On
Brandon Rickman – It’s Easy as Sin
Po Ramblin Boys – Next Train South
Missy Armstrong – Ain’t Going Down to the River
Bill Monroe – I’m Working on a Building
Nothin Fancy – Papa Wants to Go Back
Christian Davis & Rhonda Vincent – Rosine I Cry
Cleverlys – She’s Not There
The Gibson Bros. – Lonesome Number One
Doc Watson & David Grisman – Sweet Georgia Brown

10 a.m.
Del McCoury Band – Deep Dark Hollow Road
Balsam Range – Tumbleweed TOwn
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – One Kiss Away From Loneliness
Rickey Wasson & J.D. Crowe – Old Man From the Mountain
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – Georgia Slammer
Appalachian Road Show – Anna Lee
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder – Sis Draper
Mac Wiseman – Just Over in Glory Land
Terry Baucoms Dukes of Drive – Rawhide
Infamous Stringdusters – Last of the Lucky Ones
Amanda Cook – Two Acres at a Time
Lost & Found – Love Bug
Sideline – Bluefield West VA Mountain Girl
Big Country Bluegrass – Country Boy Banjo & a Flat Top Guitar
Ray Cardwell – Alright
Billy Droze – Coal Fed Train
Stanley Bros. – Drink Up & Go Home

2019-04-15T12:15:55-04:00April 15th, 2019|

Country Feedback Playlist – 4/14/19

Country Feedback Playlist for            4/14/2019

Artist – Album – Title – Release Year

Molly Tuttle – When You’re Ready – Make My Mind Up – 2019

Robbie Fulkes – Let’s Kill Saturday Night – You Shouldn’t Have – 1998


The Derailers – Jackpot – Lies, Lies, Lies – 1996

Steve Earle – GUY – New Cut Road – 2019

Waylon Jennings – Good Ol’ Boys – Dukes of Hazzard Soundtrack – 1981

Jesse Winchester – Gentleman of Leisure – Just Like New – 1999


Charley Crockett – Lil’ GL’s Honky Tonk Bonanza – Just A Drink Away – 2018

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks – Last Train To Hicksville – Sure Beats Me – 1973

WhiskeyTown – Strangers Almanac – Luxury Liner – 1998

Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel – Got My Name Changed Back – 2019


Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping Over Rocks – Eyes For You – 2019

Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys – Trace of Time – Sur La Coutableu – 1993

Ray Wylie Hubbard – Delirium Tremelos – Cooler-N-Hell – 2005

Jack Ingram – Unleashed – Travis County – 2000


Various – Hell-Bent: Insurgent Country Vol. 2 – Sucker For A Trucker <Milly & The Sequins> – 1995

Rank and File – Sundown – The Conductor Wore Black – 1982

2019-10-08T15:38:54-04:00April 15th, 2019|