Tom Ball

Host and Marketing Representative

Tom Ball is the host of 'Homespun' on WCMU, and is also a marketing representative for the station. He is responsible for securing program sponsorships for both WCMU Public Radio and WCMU Public Television. 

Tom has been married for nearly 20 years to his lovely and talented wife Diana. They have one cat, and a yard full of beautiful flowers (no thanks to him!). Tom has been associated with WCMU for over 35 years, doing everything from fundraising, to filling in for vacationing staff members, to even taking out the trash! 

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Flickr User Teeejayy /

This week on Homespun, we heard music from Banjo master Bill Keith, The Fuzzy Mountain string Band and Jug band king Jim Kweskin! We also spun a couple tracks for Grammy award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo and The Infamous Stringdusters!

Flickr User Kevin Dooley /

This week on Homespun we visited old friends Norman Blake, The McCoury Bros., and heard a new track from The Steep Canyon Rangers. We also got "blue" with Muddy Waters and finished out the hour with new music from Mary Gauthier along with Josh Davis!

Homespun: January 28, 2018

Jan 28, 2018
Flickr User /

This week on Homespun we'll hear an early side from Alison Krauss and Union Station, a live track from Berline, Crary, & Hickman and a classic from the Lonesome River Band's second release.

We also go "A Cappella" with The Bobs, The Persuasions, and the Nylons, and we'll finish out the hour with new music form the Wailin Jennys!

Homespun: January 21, 2018

Jan 21, 2018
Flickr User Earl McGehee /

This week on Homespun, we'll sample some Grammy nominated recordings from the Infamous Stringdusters, Michael Cleveland, Bobby Osborne, and Alison Krauss. We'll also celebrate the 30th Anniversary of John Hiatt's "Slow Turning" release with songs from John and covers from Emmy Lou Harris and Kelly Willis!

Homespun: January 14, 2018

Jan 14, 2018
Flickr User Peretz Partensky /

This week on Homespun, we'll hear some songs form Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, The Piedmont Melody Makers, and the blues of Memphis Slim!

We'll also hear new music from Joshua Davis , and a classic from Harry Nilsson's "Nilsson Sings Newman".

Homespun: January 7, 2018

Jan 7, 2018

This week on Homespun we'll finish off looking back at 2017 with music from the Dukes of Drive, Front Country, and Kenny & Amanda Smith! We'll also note

the passing of Foggy Mountain Boy Curly Seckler and celebrate the newest inductee into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Sister Rosetta Tharpe!

Flickr User Andy Morley /

We'll hear music of the Gibson Brothers, Michael Cleveland, and Tim O'Brien, as well as  Molskey's Mountain Drifters, Rodney Crowell, Alison Krauss and Lizz Wright.

Flickr User Nick Amoscato /

This week on Homespun we'll celebrate the holidays with music from Rhonda Vincent, The Fairfield Four, John McCutcheon and Tim O'Brien. We'll also hear a traditional Carole from the Burns Sisters and a now holiday classic from Joni Mitchell!

Flickr User Eric Frommer /

This week on Homespun we'll hear some classics from Country Gazette, along with J.D. Crowe and the New South. We'll also spin the  Irish fiddle styles of Liz Carroll and finish out the hour with David Wilcox, Nanci Griffith and Austin songwriter Darden Smith.

Flickr User Richard Heaven /

This week on Homespun we dove into the archives for some vintage Flatt and Scruggs, Jim & Jesse,  and Doc & Merle Watson.

We also heard from Steve Goodman, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, and songwriter Dirk Hamilton.