What I’m Giving Away…

(2) Amazon Gift Cards

# of Winners at this stop:  2


I’ve done a radio show at WAMC-FM/Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York since 1982, every Saturday, from 8-10 pm ET. Before moving to the Albany area in 1979, I did a similar show in Worcester, Massachusetts for four years, while my husband went to medical school.

I became interested in folk music, thanks to my father, Giles Adams, who grew up in southwestern Virginia and went to school with members of the famous Carter Family—Joe, June and Jannette Carter. You may recognize June’s name: She was married to some guy named Johnny Cash! She and my father remained good friends until his death in 1987. She, Johnny and my dad frequently went “antiquing” on Cape Cod whenever they were touring the area where my father and mother lived in southeastern Massachusetts.

Since New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deemed radio to be an essential service during the pandemic, I’ve not missed one live show. The first several shows were eerie: The normally hopping street on which the station is located was deserted. No cars, no even police, were visible. The bus stop outside of the station, which usually is bustling with people waiting for transportation, was empty.

A few places were open, but no people. The street is called Central Avenue for a reason. It’s a bustling place that leads to many different spots in Albany.

Many listeners have told me how appreciative they’ve been that I’ve been on “live” throughout the pandemic. From March 6, before the emergency was actually declared, I went into the station. I have to sanitize the studio I use, including employing my own headphones and a special “windscreen” for the microphone, to ensure that, when I speak into it, I don’t spread my germs. Only one other person is in the station in addition to me, and we wear face masks around the station when we’re not sequestered in the studio.

I take requests from listeners via an 800 number and do my best to fulfill them. Sometimes these are a little out-of-the ordinary, but I do my best. For example, someone may call for John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and, while we don’t have that in a folk music library, we do have Eva Cassidy’s (gorgeous) version. I substitute when I can’t find the original.

People might be surprised to learn that folk music DJs exist all over this country, as well as Canada, and, indeed, the world. In 2019, the Folk Alliance International inducted me into their Folk DJ Hall of Fame at their meeting held in Montreal. I dedicated that to my late father, because, without him, I’d never have been exposed to this wonderful music that I love, and pass on to people all over the country–and some in other countries–every week.


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37 thoughts on “WELCOME TO THE #RRBC ROCKIN’ 2020 AWAY BOOK, BLOG & TRAILER BLOCK PARTY!!! @WandaFischer #Giveaways

    1. Thanks, Sam. I will be watching tonight as game 7 will determine who goes to the World Series next week. The Braves starting pitcher, rookie Ian Anderson, comes from a town that’s about 10 miles from where I live. His brother was also drafted out of high school but opted to go to college instead. His parents must be very nervous for him as he starts game 7 of the NLCS!


  1. Congratulations, Wanda, on your career in broadcast journalism and also in fiction writing. I enjoyed your book trailer. When you used the words “ball of fire”as a metaphor with the players you depict in your book, I thought of “Ring of Fire,” a song Johnny Cash made famous.

    I’m just getting introduced to RRBC authors, but I suspect you are unique among them as both broadcaster and author. You mentioned precautions in the studio so you don’t spread germs. My grandson “wears” a paint strainer on his tuba when he practices in the symphony for the same reason.

    Write on, Wanda. Interesting post!


    1. Thanks, Marian. Nonnie added the ball of fire to the trailer. I have an interesting photo of Johnny Cash driving my father’s antique motorcycle with a sidecar. I wouldn’t ever publish it online, though, because I don’t have his family’s permission to share it. “Ring of Fire” really does capture what these guys go through! Stay safe!

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  2. Hi, Wanda. The beautiful trailer has made me eager to read your book! What an interesting career you have. “They” say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. It sounds like you love the music you play on your station. I liked your description of the empty street, and I’m sure your voice in your broadcast is much appreciated by people who have been sheltering in place. Love the design of your blog, too. Enjoy the rest of the stops!


    1. Hi Yvette–Thanks for stopping by. I have another blog post about the Negro Leagues Museum’s 100th anniversary. Martin Dhiago is a Cuban play who’s memorialized in bronze in their Hall of Fame. It’s a cool place!

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  3. Hi Wanda. It’s late and I’m late getting over here. I love your life that most of us women don’t get to live.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.


    1. Hi Shirley–Thank you for your kind remarks! I was thinking about you earlier today. I have to find a link for you for a story I read in either the New York Times or the Washington Post. I can’t remember which one. I’ll find it and get it to you!


  4. Wanda, loved learning about how you help others. What a wonderful thing to bring music to people. Thank you so much for sharing.


    1. Thanks, Rox. I do this for the listeners and to get great music out to people. Folk musicians don’t make much money, as you can imagine. The old joke goes: How do you make a million dollars as a folk singer? Start with two million!

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  5. Hi Wanda,

    My dad loved baseball so I grew up with it as a kid. I like your trailer. It brings back memories and I look forward to reading your book.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia


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