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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! 

  • …The week in Homespun, we’ll sample new music from The Grascals, along with an old Stanley Brothers cut from the Earls of Leicester. We’ll turn back to the blues with Taj Mahal and Geoff Muldaur, plus we’ll finish out 50 years gone with Carole King’s Grammy Award winning L.P. “Tapestry". Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!!
  • …On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll hear new music from Balsam Range, Tim ‘O’Brien, and Sideline! We’ll also catch some fiddlin’ and banjo work from Bruce Molsky and Mike Seeger respectively, and we’ll sample a new song from WatchHouse-formally known as Mandolin Orange! Tune in Sunday at 3 PM for some great music!
  • …On this week’s edition of Homespun, we’ll give a nod to The Stanley Brothers, hear a live Doc Watson track, and re-visit Bela Fleck’s album “Natural Bridge”. We’ll also hear some very early traditional tracks from Los Lobos, and catch Kathy Mattea covering the late Nanci Griffith! Tune in Sundays at 3PM.
  • …On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll mark the Labor Day weekend with hard chargin’ music from Ray Price, The Red Clay Ramblers, Fiddle Fever and The Kody Norris Show! We’ll also hear new music from Kristy Cox, Robin and Linda Williams, an old favorite from singer/songwriter Jesse Winchester. Tune in Sundays at 3PM!
  • …This week on Homespun, we celebrate the life of Bluegrass Hall of Fame Banjo player Bill Emerson. We’ll hear his work as a leader as well as his time with The Country Gentlemen and Jimmy Martin! We’ll also say Happy Trails to Don Everly of the Everly Brothers and hear tracks with his brother Phil, along with cuts from artists whom they influenced. Tune in Sunday at 3PM!
  • …On the next edition of Homespun, we’ll celebrate the life of singer and songwriter Nanci Griffith, with tracks from her recordings, as well as covers from Darin & Brooke Aldridge-we’ll also hear from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the duet of Freddy & Francine, and West Virginian Hazel Dickens! Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!
  • …This week on Homespun, we’ll hear some rare live recordings from Bill Monroe with Doc Watson, Monroe with the Bluegrass Boys, and some live Seldom Scene. We’ll also sample the gospel sounds of Mahalia Jackson and the Original Blind Boys, plus the folk sounds of the legendary Dave Van Ronk!. Tune in Sundays at 3PM !
  • …This week on Homespun, we’ll visit (musically) with The Vern Williams Band, Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys, The Highwoods String Band and The Immigrant Band….AND-we’ll check out brand new music from Robin & Linda Williams, The Wallflowers, and an all covers recording from the L.A. band Los Lobos! Tune in Sundays at 3PM!
  • …On the next Edition of Homespun, we’ll hear some classic sides from The Virginia Squires, Flatt Lonesome, and Peter Rowan. We’ll also spend time with the blues of Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, and we’ll hear new sounds from Los Lobos and Jackson Browne! Tune in Sundays at 3 PM!!
  • …This week on Homespun we have new music from The Lonesome River Band, Merle Monroe, Robin and Linda Williams, The Wallflowers, Rodney Crowell, and…WHEW- so much more! Tune in Sunday at 3 to hear it all!