New Jersey DJ Celebrates 25 Years on Air with WFDU-FM by Hosting All-star Benefit Concert

Carol Beaugard Commemorates Radio Anniversary with Concert Featuring Four Nationally Acclaimed Bands as Fundraiser for the Non-Commercial Radio Station

TEANECK, NJ  (January 22, 2009) — Carol Beaugard is celebrating 25 years of broadcasting on 89.1, WFDU-FM, the radio voice of Fairleigh Dickinson University, today announced Carl Kraus, general manager of WFDU-FM.  To commemorate the anniversary, Beaugard is hosting a fundraising concert for the radio station to be held on Friday, February 6 from 7-11 pm in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, located at 140 University Plaza Drive, Hackensack, NJ.  

The concert stars ‘Silk City’, featuring Barry Mitterhoff and Danny Weiss; ‘Red Molly’; ‘Out to Lunch’ and ‘Wayne Fugate, Carol Beaugard, Kenny Kosek, Marty Cutler & Friends’.  The concert is open to the public with all proceeds to benefit WFDU-FM.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.  For reservations and information call (201) 692-2806.

Beaugard first joined WFDU-FM as a jazz announcer in 1984 before changing formats and launching her highly acclaimed bluegrass program, ‘Lonesome Pine RFD’.  The show is the station’s longest running program dedicated to bluegrass and progressive string music and she is recognized as one of the authoritative voices of bluegrass in the New York region.  ‘RFD’ airs Thursday mornings from 6:00-9:00 AM and on Fridays from 9:00 AM-12:00 noon (ET), streamed live on Her program is also carried on WAMU's ‘Bluegrass Country’ in Washington, D.C. and worldwide at

“I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this anniversary than to raise money for WFDU by offering the audience an all-star concert featuring some of the top bands in the northeast,” said Beaugard.  “The roster of musicians perform a good cross-section of the kind of traditional American music listeners enjoy when they tune into 89.1, WFDU-FM, ranging from Americana, world and folk to bluegrass and swing music   I hope it will be a night to remember.”

 “Over the last 25 years Carol has become an important voice in bluegrass and country music and she’s helped make it an important part of our programming,” added general manager Carl Kraus.  “She deeply loves the music and she’s generated a large and very loyal listenership who really respond to her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of the artists and the genre’s history.  WFDU relies almost entirely on our audience during our annual pledge drives to maintain our operations.  We’re really grassroots. Carol understands how important listener support is and we’re delighted that she’s producing this show to help us raise much needed funding.”

About Carol Beaugard
Beaugard’s professional broadcast credits include on-air work with WGBH-FM (Boston), WMCA-AM (New York), Jukebox Radio, WMTR-AM, WCTC-AM and WVNJ-AM (New Jersey). Her radio work has been profiled in the magazines “Bluegrass Unlimited” and “Bluegrass Now”. She has emceed at Lincoln Center, The Bottom Line, Carnegie Hall, The Emelin Theater and The Windgap, Gettysburg, Delaware Valley and Peaceful Valley Bluegrass Festivals.  Her background is not typical for a bluegrass personality.  She is of Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican descent, born Carol Yépez in New York City.  In addition to radio, she has worked professionally as a former actress and singer and currently works with her own bluegrass/country band.  Beaugard is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA, and holds a Bachelor of Science and Speech.
About ‘Lonesome Pine RFD’
The show’s title is derived from WFDU’s physical plant located on Lone Pine Drive on the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.  ‘RFD’ represents ‘Radio Free Delivery’ or ‘Radio Fairleigh Dickinson’.  Since 1985, Carol Beaugard has hosted “Lonesome Pine RFD” heard every Thursday morning (6:00 – 9:00 am) and every Friday (9:00 am – 12:00 noon) (ET) on 89.1, WFDU-FM and streamed live on  The Thursday show is dedicated to traditional and contemporary bluegrass and features a bluegrass gospel hour called ‘The Hour in the Light’. On Fridays the show spotlights a mix of bluegrass and progressive string music and live in-studio performances and interviews.  “Lonesome Pine RFD” is also broadcast on WAMU’s ‘Bluegrass Country’ every Monday (12-3 am) and Wednesday nights (9 pm – midnight).  ‘Bluegrass Country’ airs in Washington, D.C. on HD radio at WAMU, 88-5 channel 2, on FM radio at 105.5 in Reston, Virginia, and online around the world at For more information, visit

About the WFDU-FM Benefit Concert

Where:    Wilson Auditorium, 140 University Drive, Hackensack, NJ 07601
                (On the Hackensack campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University)

When:        Friday, February 6, 2009
                   7 – 11 pm

What:        Fundraising Concert to Benefit WFDU-FM

Who:        Silk City (featuring Barry Mitterhoff and Danny Weiss)
                 Red Molly
                 Out to Lunch
                 Wayne Fugate, Carol Beaugard, Kenny Kosek, Marty Cutler & Friends

How:        For reservations, call WFDU-FM: 201-692-2806

Cost:        $20 advance reservations; $25 at the Door



SILK CITY (Barry Mitterhoff, Danny Weiss & Larry Cohen) is a string band with a sound as unique as their repertoire. Mandolin, guitar and bass blend in a breathtaking variety of styles including hard-driving bluegrass, wide-ranging ethnic music, sparkling original vocals and instrumentals and audience favorites like the "Wizard of Oz Medley". The trio combines exciting, interesting arrangements and meticulous delivery with a hard-hitting sound that will enrapture acoustic music lovers.

Barry Mitterhoff’s stellar mandolin stylings, Danny Weiss’ heartfelt guitar and vocals, and Larry Cohen’s propulsive bass combine to produce a fresh and exciting band sound that nevertheless reflects the polish of musicians who have performed together for many years, recently as the rhythmic heart of Skyline.

Silk City’s music is dazzling yet accessible, innovative with a sense of tradition, for the serious listener yet always delivered with a light touch. The trio is one of the most exciting new additions to the acoustic/string music scene. They have no new name for their sound - it’s just great music, thoughtfully put together and artfully presented by three individuals committed to their audience and to the further development of acoustic music in the 21st century.

Danny Weiss is the guitarist and lead singer for the trio. His double-edged talents as a singer and a player make him sought after by many groups. Along with Mitterhoff, Cohen and banjoist Tony Trischka, Danny was a founding member of the pioneering new-grass band Skyline. He has appeared with Tex Logan, Vassar Clements, and David Bromberg. His great sound and unique soloing has been recognized by Frets magazine and he has been featured recently in the soundtrack of Disney's 2002 release, The Rookie, as well as in concerts and workshops both nationally and recently in Spain, Russia, and the Czech Republic. He also moonlights as the Director of the Fanwood (NJ) Memorial Library.

Mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff has developed an international reputation for his versatility, having adapted the mandolin to, and mastered musical styles as diverse as bluegrass, opera, Jewish klezmer, Dixieland, old-time, classical, Brazilian, Italian and 19th-century American duo-style.
Barry is currently an active member of Hot Tuna, and has performed with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, banjoist Tony Trischka, appeared at the Metropolitan Opera with renowned singer Jerry Hadley, played and recorded with folk-singer Tom Chapin; appeared at the Smithsonian Institute and elsewhere with hard-hitting singer, songwriter and labor activist Hazel Dickens and performed with innovative "free" music composer Eugene Chadborn at New York City’s Knitting Factory. In addition, Barry has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and New York’s famous Rainbow Room, and has performed in concert and at music festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. He's contributed music to the score of films such as You've Got Mail, Mickey Blue Eyes, Two Family House, the Coen Brothers', O Brother Where Art Thou and The Rookie.

Larry Cohen’s ability as a monster bass player, arranger, and record producer first earned public recognition through his work with Skyline. He has since produced innovative acoustic albums for Barry Mitterhoff, Jay Ansel, and Akira Satake, and performed with Nick Jamison, Darol Anger, and Mike Marshall. A joy to watch on stage, as well as to listen to, Larry’s approach is informed by his background in classical, jazz, and rock music, and by his innate sense of musicality.


RED MOLLY (Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello) On a July evening in 2004, at their campsite at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello harmonized for the very first time.  As they sang their campmates off to sleep, they knew they had stumbled into something extraordinary. Audiences seem to agree. Since that summer night, Red Molly has garnered a devoted regional fan base, and has begun laying the groundwork for national touring. These ladies have a lot of fun on stage, and it’s contagious. Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and a warm, engaging stage presence.

The magic of Red Molly stems partly from the richness and diversity of each member’s “pre-Molly” experiences. Laurie (vocals, guitar, banjo) left a career in psychology to pursue her love of singing.  She worked for several years as a backup singer, and also released two solo albums, These Old Clothes (1999) and The Things I Choose to Do (2004).  Abbie (vocals, dobro, guitar) has a background in jazz, bluegrass, classical and a cappella music. She released two solo albums, My Craziest Dream (2004), a collection of swing standards featuring her father Herb Gardner on piano, and Honey on My Grave (2006), a collection of acoustic originals.  In May 2008, she released a duo album, Bad Nights/Better Days, with Anthony da Costa.  Carolann (vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin) spent several years as a professional theater actor before releasing her solo album, Just Across the Water (2000). She went on to release two albums with power folk quartet CC Railroad, Smile Whatever (2001) and Black Horse Motel (2004).

In July 2006, Red Molly’s first full-length CD, Never Been to Vegas (2006), was released. Recorded on a December evening before a studio audience of fans and friends, Never Been to Vegas is a collection of fourteen carefully-chosen songs that span more than a century of great American songwriting. Never Been to Vegas quickly climbed into the Top 30 on the Radio & Records Americana chart, a rare accomplishment for an independent album. And listeners of WUMB radio Boston voted the CD one of the Top 10 CDs of 2006.

Red Molly's newest release, Love and Other Tragedies (2008), is their first full-length studio album.  Produced by Ben Wisch, it finds the women of Red Molly adding a little spice to their winning recipe. The new album features a fuller, more “polished” sound than their previous releases, due in part to the contributions of guest artists Mike Weatherly (upright bass), Duke Levine (mandola, lap steel), and Jake Armerding (fiddle). In addition, the ladies incorporated more original songs into the mix this time. Songs written by Laurie, Abbie, and Carolann mingle admirably with songs by well-known contemporary writers Gillian Welch and Susan Werner, up-and-coming artists Amy Speace and George Wirth, traditional American gospel tunes, and standards from the bluegrass and jazz worlds.

What happens when you put five musicians together with backgrounds and influences ranging from bluegrass to jazz to Celtic to classical, and give them the common goal of making these varied types music come to life (and have a lot of fun doing it)?

You get Out To Lunch!

Based in the New York metropolitan area, Out To Lunch was "founded" in 1980 ... at first as a loose collection of friends coming together for an occasional "open mike" night. They soon began to "get serious" and refine their sound as they sensed they had something special to offer with shows that had broad appeal to audiences. Over twenty years later Out To Lunch is still delighting audiences with a sound uniquely their own that combines the best of musical warmth and sharpness.

On a typical evening with Out To Lunch one might be treated to a smooth rendition of a classic such as Nat King Cole's "Straighten Up and Fly Right" or Bill Monroe's "Footprints in the Snow". From there, the band might just as easily shift gears and perform a "monster medley" of Celtic dance tunes or some of their own inspired original compositions. While each of these tunes will no doubt bear the stamp of Out To Lunch's distinctive sound, the respect for the traditions that these tunes come from is obvious.

The band's unique instrumentation incorporates two mandolins, guitar, fiddle and bass. Their strong vocals blend to create harmonies that are a distinctive part of Out To Lunch's musical charm.  They have appeared on radio and television and toured extensively throughout the Northeast.  Critics and fans alike praise Out To Lunch's performances as warm, polished, never less than musically dazzling and always marked by lively, fun interaction with their audience.  

The band members include Howard Bujese (violin, vocals), Wayne Fugate (mandolin), Michael Sassano (mandolin), Joe Selly (guitar), Susan Sassano (vocals) and Larry Cohen (bass)


Founding members, Wayne Fugate and Carol Beaugard, recently became engaged and formed the band as a celebration of their union. The couple teamed together with long-time musical friends and the New York City / Hudson Valley based troupe plays a lively mix of bluegrass, country, swing and world music.

Wayne Fugate (mandolin) is a master mandolin player, respected as one of the New York area's most versatile acoustic musicians.  He studied mandolin with Barry Mitterhoff and Mike Marshall and has performed with them, along with other top acoustic string instrumentalists in the country, including Tony Trischka, Hazel Dickens, Walt Michael & Co, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Kenny Kosek, Jon Sholle, David Amram, Grammy Award winner Lisa Gutkin, The Klezmer Mountain Boys and the band ‘Out to Lunch’.  Wayne teaches mandolin and is the author of "Mastering Mandolin", an instructional book (Alfred Publishing) and "Twelve Tunes From Three Fellas", a book of (mostly) original compositions, co-authoried with Barry Mitterhoff and Michael Sassano. Recordings include the self-titled CD, “Out to Lunch.”

Carol Beaugard (lead vocals, guitar) has an extensive background in theater touring the country as a professional actress, singer and dancer.  She also performed at numerous festivals and concert halls throughout the tri-state region leading her former bluegrass/country band, ‘Grovers Mill’. She is best known for her work as a renowned bluegrass DJ. Since 1985 she has hosted 'Lonesome Pine RFD' on 89.1, WFDU-FM (Fairleigh Dickinson University) and is now also heard worldwide on WAMU's 'Bluegrass Country' (headquartered in Washington D.C.).
Kenny Kosek (fiddle) is revered as one of America's finest fiddlers. He has played and recorded with numerous bluegrass and new acoustic bands, including Country Cooking, Breakfast Special, Bill Keith and Tony Trischka. In addition, he has worked with artists as diverse as Laurie Anderson, Steve Goodman, John Denver, James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, Loudon Wainwright III and The New Blue Velvet Band. Kenny has played in several Broadway musicals, including "Big River," "Foxfire" and "The Robber Bridegroom," and is the author of the book "Bluegrass Fiddle Styles" (Oak Publications) and has appeared as a featured fiddler and actor in national commercials. Kenny’s solo CD, "Angelwood," is available on Rounder Records.

Marty Cutler (banjo) has been a professional bluegrass banjo player for over thirty years. His solo album, "Charged Particles", was released on the Green Linnet label in the 1980s. Marty is a charter member of the Wretched Refuse String Band and, in addition, he’s performed with Hazel Dickens, Bob Paisley, Byron Berline, David Grisman, Jody Stecher, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Jim Nunally, and many others. His interests in music technology led him to sampling and sound design for several Korg synthesizers and the first round of commercially available software instruments for Silicon Graphics, Seer Systems and Intel. He has taught MIDI and sound-design classes at several schools and co-wrote "MIDI for Guitarists": the first book written from the ground up about the Guitar-to-MIDI connection. He currently works as a Contributing Editor for Electronic Musician Magazine.

Kevin Ege (vocals, guitar) has been playing bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical guitar since the 1960s.  He has worked with various groups, including the duo “Tu Ople” and “The Crackleberries”, an old-time string and jug band.  Kevin was a founding member of “Easy on the Tuba”, an old-time/swing band that toured clubs and contra dances throughout the NY area.  Other credits include work with the bluegrass band, “The Pep Boys”, as well as the “Evening Edition Band” featuring Buddy Merriam and Bob Green. Kevin also worked performing world music with “Gatos De Rio”, a Brazilian Choro trio.  He has opened for the legendary Lester Flatt and James Cotton and has performed at The Loeb Student Center at NYU, UMass Amherst and  O’Lunny’s, The Eagle Tavern, the Jones Beach Bandshell and the South Street Seaport in New York City.  

Mike Kobetitsch (vocals, guitar) is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the acoustic music scene performing bluegrass, Celtic, folk and jazz music.  In rock/pop music, Mike has toured with The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and The Platters.  He’s played bluegrass and old-time music with Pat Cannon’s Foot and Fiddle Dance Co. and has performed Irish music at New York City’s prestigious Lincoln Center Outdoor Concert Festivals. Other credits include work with Grammy winning fiddler, Lisa Gutkin, as well as singers Deborah Snow, Kate Phealen, Mary O’Dowd, Joe Moran and Irish singer/harpist Annette Griffin.  In addition to guitar, Mike plays mandolin, tin whistle and bodhran. He has studied jazz guitar with Howard Morgen, classical guitar with Demetrius Korahias and finger-style guitar with Ken Perlman. Record credits include an appearance on tin whistle on Lucy Kaplansky’s debut album, “The Tide”.

Barry Weisenfeld (bass) has performed and recorded with duos and full orchestras performing folk, rock, country, classical, Celtic, jazz, big band and Broadway music.  He’s worked with RMI-winning, Grammy-nominated and internationally recognized artists and has appeared on numerous CD, jingle, radio and television projects.  Barry has performed onstage at Carnegie Hall, The PNC Arts Center, Westbury Music Fair, NYC “Parks Concerts” Series, and various festivals and cabarets.  He’s shared the stage with artists, such as The Chieftains, The Association, Seatrain, Brewer and Shipley, Rick Danko, Steve Forbert, Dan Seals, Dodie Pettit, Tommy Makem, Jimmy Kelly, Robin Greenstein and Carl Corcoran.  Barry sings and plays electric and acoustic bass guitars, upright bass, flute and piano.  He is a nationally published author and holds a degree in Music Performance and Theory.


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