Farewell and Good Luck Kim!


Today is the last day for WDAV’s manager, Kim Hodgson. After nearly nine years at WDAV and over 40 years in public radio, he is retiring. The WDAV staff wants to wish him and his wife Judy well as they move into what promises to be a very exciting and fun time in their lives. We also want to thank him for his all he has done for WDAV. Here’re Kim’s parting words as published in our quarterly newsletter, The Source. We hope you’ll join us in wishing him the best by leaving your comments.


Russian Gypsy Guitarist on The Main Street Sessions

Meet Vadim Kolpakov. You’ll hear him this Saturday at 2 on The Main Street Sessions. He’s just wrapped up a two-year stint teaching at UNCC. Now he’s preparing to tour with Madonna.
The first video shows Vadim (on the left) performing “Vengerka”, a duet for Russian seven-string guitars, with his uncle and teacher, Aleksander Kolpakov:

“Maljarka” – Recorded on September 30th 2007 at Colorado Festival of World Theatre. VIA Romen: Vadim Kolpakov, Arkady Gips, Oleg Timofeev, Katya Bolotovskaya, Alex Gorodezky led by virtuoso guitarist and artist of the Moscow Gypsy Theater “Romen”, Vadim Kolpakov.

Welcome Ben Roe, WDAV's New Manager!

Benjamin K. Roe

On Tuesday, Benjamin K. Roe was named the new general manager of WDAV. Most recently NPR”s director of music and music initiatives, Ben Roe is a consummate public radio professional with a long and impressive resume bringing over 25 years of public radio and media experience to the job. He is a Grammy and Peabody Award-winning producer who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new role at WDAV. Perhaps best of all, he”s a music, culture, and media afficianado! Read more about Ben at the and at Ben”s blog.