A Directory Of Ectophilic Radio Stations and Syndicated Shows


Northeastern U.S./Southeastern U.S./Midwestern U.S./Southwestern U.S./Western U.S./Canada/Europe/Australia




Frequency: 90.7 FM
Location: New York City (Fordham University)
Type: Public
Best Times To Listen:
-- Monday-Friday, 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
-- Saturday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
-- Sunday, 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Station Format: Folk/Jazz/Blues/Bluegrass/World/Reggae/Traditional/Celtic/Mellow Alternative (Saturday mornings: Celtic; Sunday mornings: "Sunday Breakfast", formerly hosted by Christine Lavin)


Frequency: 89.5 FM
Location: Bridgeport, CT
Type: 100% listener-supported community radio
Best Times To Listen:
-- Thursdays, 6:00 - 10:00 AM
-- Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
-- Fridays, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
-- Fridays, 6:30 - 7:40 PM
-- Fridays, 7:40 - 10:00 PM
-- 2nd, 3rd, 4th Saturdays, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Station Format: Utterly free-form. Above times are the vaguely ecto-ish shows, but tune in anytime for a surprise!


Frequency: 88.1 FM
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA (The radio station broadcast signal will reach about 500,000 residents in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton and surrounding areas extending from Quakertown to the Blue Mountain to Topton.)
Type: Public
Best Times To Listen:
-- Tuesday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (female vocals, very ecto)
-- Wednesday, 7.00PM - 8.00PM (folk)
-- Thursday, 7.00PM - 8.00PM (celtic)
Station Format: Classical/Folk/Jazz/Blues/AAA/Bluegrass/World/Reggae/Traditional/Celtic/Rock/Pop/Talk (Weekday programming will include NPR news programs, local public affairs talk shows, folk, jazz, blues, international and contemporary music. Weekend programming will include NPR's All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, Latin, folk, Israeli, Middle Eastern, new age, alternative rock and blues music.)


Frequency: 88.5 FM
Location: Philadelphia, PA (University of Pennsylvania)
Repeaters:Wharton, MD (90.7 FM); Harrisburg, PA (88.1 FM); Lehigh Valley, PA (104.9 FM)
Type: Public
Best Times To Listen: pretty much anytime
Station Format: "AAA", mainly. Originator of the syndicated show World Cafe, has the distinction of being the first station to really play the music of Happy Rhodes.



Frequency: 92.7 FM
Location:(Not provided)
Type: (Not provided)
Best Times To Listen:
-- Monday - Thursday, 10PM - 2AM
-- Friday - Saturday, 8PM - 2AM
Station Format: (Not provided)


Frequency: 99.1 FM
Location: Annapolis, MD
Type: Commercial
Best Times to Listen:
-- late at night
-- Sunday, 7:30-8:00 pm (Just Passing Through: a live-in-studio show which has featured Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Jewel, Heather Nova and Robyn Hitchcock, among others)
-- Sunday 8:00-10:00 pm (Now Hear This: various indie-pop, where you can hear the likes of The Murmurs, The Glo-Worms and The Softies, among others.)
--Other times you'll hear Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Jill Sobule, Jewel etc. mixed in with way too much Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, etc.
Station Format: Alternative/AAA


Frequency: 103.1 FM
Location: Annapolis, MD
Type: Commercial
Best Times To Listen: Saturday mornings
Station Format: Very ecto-friendly. A lot of Jane Siberry, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Patty Larkin, Ivy, Lisa Cerbone, Lori Carson, even Happy Rhodes at times.
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Frequency: 101.9 FM
Location: Detroit, MI
Type: Public
Best Times to Listen: Middays and overnights are prime ectofare.
Station Format: Carries NPR and local programming with lots of musical diversity. ("For We Believe" on The Keep was recorded by Happy with Ann Delisi at WDET, before Ann moved to The River)


Frequency: 89.3
Location: Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, MI
Type: Community
Best Times To Listen: Practically anytime
Station Format: Their slogan is "Saving Detroit's Airwaves". They play a wide variety of specialty music programming, and have very good announcers for a station of this type. At onlt 270 watts, you need a good radio to get them, but Dearborn is a fairly central area of the Detroit metro, and the station is worth seeking out.


Frequency: 103.3
Location: Des Moines, IA
Type: Commercial
Best Times To Listen: Practically anytime, but Sundays, 11:00am to 12:00pm they run "Women Who Cook", featuring ecto artists
Station Format: Jazz/Blues/"Classic" Rock/"Alternative" Rock/"Adult Contemporary"/Reggae/Celtic...


Frequency: 89.7
Location: Council Bluffs, IA (Omaha, NE)
Type: Public
Best Times to Listen: Anytime
Station Format: Very ecto-friendly. Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Patty Larkin, Patti Rothberg, Dar Williams, The Nields, even Happy Rhodes at times.



Frequency: 107.1 FM
Location: Austin, TX
Type: Commercial
Best Times To Listen:Pretty much anytime (Sundays mainly devoted to jazz)
Station Format: Seems to very closely keyed to listener requests. They play a blend of folk, native (Texas), ecto, intellectual pop/rock, with some reggae, dash of country, and smattering of world.
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Frequency: 90.1 FM
Location: Dallas, TX
Type: Public
Best Times To Listen:Midday and late evening
Station Format:A balanced mix of folk, ecto, jazz or blues-influenced, reggae, world, etc.


Frequency: 89.3 FM
Location: Dallas, TX
Type: Community
Best Times To Listen:
-- Blues M-W 7-8
-- Thu 7-9
-- Fri 7-10
--Grey Zone (electronic/alternative) Thu 9-10
-- Reggae Thu 10-12
Station Format: Not necessarily "ecto", but overall very open-minded



Frequency: 97.3 FM
Location: Boulder, CO
Type: Commercial
Best Times To Listen: Anytime
Station Format: AAA


Frequency: 89.9 FM
Location: Santa Monica (LA), CA
Repeaters:89.9 FM, and provides service to the greater Palm Springs area at 89.3 FM on KCRY/Indio-Palm Springs, and Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties at 89.1 FM on KCRU/Oxnard-Ventura. Translators carry the signals to Antelope Valley at 88.1 FM, Ridgecrest at 107.1 FM, Santa Paula-Moorpark at 102.3 FM, Ojai at 102.1 FM, and Banning and the Yucca Valley areas at 90.9 FM.
Type: College/Public
Best Times To Listen: Morning (Morning Becomes Eclectic)
Station Format: NPR/Talk

KXPK ("The Peak")

Frequency: 96.5 FM
Location: Denver, CO
Type: Commercial
Best Times To Listen: Anytime
Station Format: AAA


CBC Stereo

Frequency: Several repeaters located across Canada
Location: Based in Toronto, ON
Type: Non-Commercial
Best Times to listen: Practically anytime
Station Format: Mix of classical, high-culture, eclectic and Canadiana programming, mostly originating on the Toronto-based network. Non-commercial, high power, quality programming.
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Frequency: 91.5 FM
Location: University of Windsor, ON
Type: Non-Commercial
Best Times to Listen: "It has its moments"
Station Format: Pretty typical university radio. 456 watts with a signal that reaches most of the core area of Detroit.

CIDR ("The River")

Frequency: 93.9 FM
Location: Windsor, ON
Type: Commercial
Best Times to Listen: Practically anytime
Station Format: Commercial AAA format, it has recently moved towards more mainstream sound with more roots-rock in the mix. Still, it is one of the first stations to have played the likes of Jewel, Tara MacLean, Leah Andreaone and Patty Griffin. Music Director Ann Delisi is a fan of Happy Rhodes and female singer-songwriters in general, and she brings some interesting choices to an essentially mainstream format.


Radio 21

Frequency: 104.6 FM
Location: Belgium
Language: French
Type: State sponsored
Best Times To Listen:
-- Monday-Friday 10pm-0am (ectophilic)
-- Wednesday 2pm-7pm (alternative rock)
-- Sunday 11am-1pm (classic rock 70's)
Station Format: Not necessarily "ecto", but overall very open-minded. The late night shows are a can't miss if you are an ectophile (Folk, ambient, and alternative rock like Ani Di Franco or Maria McKee)



Frequency: 107.5 FM
Location: Australia-Wide
Type: Alternative
Best Times To Listen: Any time
Station Format: Funded by the Government, this station aims to provide a mixture of all "alternative" music and showcasing new/undiscovered artists and music. Aimed at 18-24 market. Plays a lot of alternative rock and dance music, with also bits of jazz, world music etc. Depending on presenter, can be very ectophilic (usually more powerful stuff like Tori Amos etc.)


Acoustic Cafe

Hosted by: Rob Reinhart
Network: Independent
Day and Time: Varies by region, although usually carried during the weekend
Description: Acoustic Cafe focuses on the best acoustic music of singer-songwriters within the rock, blues, and folk genres. Acoustic Cafe also features an exclusive live performance and interview each week, along with many other live performances from their own archives.


Hosted By: John DiLiberto
Network: Public Radio International (PRI)
Day and Time: Varies by member station
Description: Focus on ambient, electronic, synthesized music, mainly instrumental; each hour features an interview segment with a different artist. Occasional live performances ("Living Room Concerts").

Morning Becomes Eclectic

Hosted By: Chris Douridas
Type: Daily
Station: KCRW
Day and Time: 9am-11:30am
Description: "The station's eclectic mix combines world beat, pop, jazz, rap, hip-hop, reggae, African, new wave, classical and new music with numerous in-studio interviews and live in-studio performances."
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Mountain Stage

Hosted By: Larry Groce
Network: Public Radio International (PRI)
Day and Time: Varies by member station
Description: Live music ranging from jazz to blues to folk to alternative. At least 3 performers per week.

Women In Music

Hosted By: Laney Goodman
Type: Weekly
Station: Distributed to public radio stations in America via the Public Radio Satellite System
Day and Time: Varies by station
Description: "Kate Bush... Patty Larkin... Zap Mama... What do these women have in common?  They're just a few of the female artists featured on Women in Music with Laney Goodman. This weekly, one-hour radio series is an eclectic mix of the best music of female artists -- both established and emerging new talent from around the world. Women in Music is available to your local public radio station via the Public Radio Satellite System and on the Internet through AudioNet. "
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World Cafe

Hosted By: David Dye
Network: Public Radio International (PRI)
Day and Time: Varies by member station
Description: Focus on new and classic Alternative, Folk, Jazz, Blues, and World music, with live in-studio interviews and performances

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