WFUV Programs to Salute Pete Seeger this Weekend
This Sunday, May 4, 2014, two programs on WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org), Sunday Breakfast and Woody's Children, will honor the memory of Pete Seeger, the day after the folk music legend and activist would have turned 95. Seeger, who wrote or co-wrote classics such as "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn," and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," died on January 27th of this year, just six months after the death of Toshi, his beloved wife of nearly 70 years.
On Sunday Breakfast, from 8-11 a.m., host John Platt will present A Seeger Celebration, an updating of a tribute he produced for Seeger's 90th birthday. The 90-minute special features a wide selection of Seeger's best-known songs, in both original recordings and cover versions, along with comments from many admirers, including Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Nanci Griffith, Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins, and Tom Paxton. It also includes highlights of several interviews Platt did with Seeger over the years.
That afternoon, from 4-5 p.m., Bob Sherman will offer A Seeger Songography on Woody's Children, which takes its name from an expression Seeger, the program's first guest, used to describe musicians influenced by his friend, Woody Guthrie. Produced by Jeremy Rainer, the program will survey Seeger's extraordinarily rich 70-year recorded catalog in all of its depth and breadth, from union songs to children's songs to civil rights anthems and anti-war classics. Listeners will hear from the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, and of course Seeger himself, leading his audience as only he could.