Rootabaga Boogie, Sundays at 10 a.m.
Ithaca's Tracey Craig hosts this folk and roots music series.
Rootabaga Boogie, hosted by Ithaca radio personality Tracey Craig, features an eclectic selection of folk and roots music, plus live music and conversation about music. It airs Sundays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
The program’s name is inspired by the Rootabaga Stories she grew up hearing as a child. One of her earliest memories is listening to records of Carl Sandburg reading his Rootabaga Stories on a turntable that her dad built for her, her dad being David Craig, proprietor of Craig Audio Lab in Rochester and a longtime member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Rootabaga Boogie will offer music and conversation, artists both local and national, and a wonderful opportunity to present our Ithaca music scene and musicians within the larger context.
In the first hour of her show, Craig feature music from blues to bluegrass, traditional to contemporary, Cajun, Celtic, Klezmer and other music rooted in faraway traditions right alongside Ithaca’s own homegrown variety. The second hour of the program includes live music and conversation with some of the bohemian characters who live in or happen to be passing through Ithaca: primarily musicians, but also artists, writers and other interesting folks whose creative output involves music.
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More on the host:
Since the mid-90s, Craig has hosted and produced the radio program Nonesuch, which airs on WVBR-FM. In addition to the weekly radio show, she has presented a variety of roots musicians in Ithaca concerts, including Gillian Welch, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Uncle Earl with Bela Fleck, the Tarbox Ramblers, Eilen Jewell and dozens more. Craig, who is originally from Rochester, holds a degree in sociology/anthropology from Oberlin College as well as a Masters in Communication from Ithaca College.
She has worked as a magazine journalist for museum and educational organizations, with staff writer positions at the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C., and the American Association for State and Local History, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she edited the monthly History News. Returning home to Ithaca in 1991, she took a fulltime position as a writer in the publications department at Ithaca College, helping to create the school’s first interactive multimedia recruitment materials. In 1996, she was awarded a Park Fellowship that allowed her to return to school fulltime to earn her master’s degree in communications.