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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! 

  • …This week on Homespun we dip back into the late 60’s for a classic J.D. Crowe track featuring the vocalist Red Allen, and come back to modern times with music from the Goodwin Brothers and Carson Peters. Mike Craver makes us smile, and we hear a classic from the Possum himself, George Jones! Tune in Saturday Evenings at 6pm for all this and more!
  • …This Thanksgiving weekend on Homespun we give thanks to all the great songs and songwriters I get to share with you this week-folks like Del McCoury, Alison Krauss, The Lost World String Band, David Wilcox, Jimmy Webb, Full Cord and so many others ! Tune in Saturday Evenings at 6PM on WCMU!
  • …We’ll hear a “musical memorial” to Miss Nanci Griffith this week on Homespun as a new tribute album has been released-Sarah Jarosz, and Shawn Colvin cover a couple of her songs , and we’ll hear from Nanci herself. We’ll also celebrate Guy Clarks birthday by spinning “Old Friends”, and much more! Tune in Saturday evenings at 6!
  • …Homespun this week shares new releases from Jim Lauderdale with the PO’ Ramblin’ Boys, and singer-songwriter Lindsay Lou! We’ll also hear from IBMA Mandolin Player of the year Sierra Hull, and celebrate the life of 78 music collector, Label Head, and Reissue producer Lawrence Cohn who passed away recently at age 91. Tune in Saturday evenings at 6PM!
  • …Forty Years ago, in 1983, traditional and country music was taking a swing back to the earlier styles of music, using acoustic instruments, covering songs by the stars of yesteryear. On this edition of Homespun we’ll step back to 1983 with artists such as Guy Clark, The Whites, and Ricky Skaggs! Tune in Saturday evenings at 6PM!
  • …As the season changes, it’s time to gather ‘round the old woodstove and take in some music on Homespun this week-The Gibson Bros., Mighty Poplar, Claire Lynch, Paul Butterfield’s Better Days, The Schrock Bros., Carrie Newcomer, and more will keep you toasty warm! Tune in Saturday evening at 6PM!
  • …Homespun this week mixes the New and Old! New being Buddy and Julie Miller, Ray Bonneville, and Dale Ann Bradley! Old being some classic Celtic sides from James Keane, Eileen Ivers, plus Delores Keane and John Faulkner! Tune in Saturday evenings at 6PM!
  • ..The 34th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show recently wrapped in Raleigh, North Carolina, and on Homespun we’ll sample some of the winners-Authentic Unlimited, Larry Sparks, Kristin Scott Benson, and many others! We’ll also hear from the “Cajun Hank Williams”, DL Menard, along with Beausoleil, and Balfa Toujour! Tune in Saturday Evenings at 6PM!
  • …On this week’s Homespun, we head back to the early 1970’s with Connie & Babe and the Backwoods Boys, Guitarist Dan Crary, and The Gypsy Gyppo String band! We then jump to today with the Lonesome Ace and Round Creek String bands, and hear two sweet songs from Nanci Griffith and Iris Dement. Tune in Saturday evening at 6PM!