We interrupt this web site for the following important news....
"Folkscene" is Off the Air
On Friday morning, October 13, KPFK General Manager, Mark Schubb, cancelled the longest running live program on LA radio, "Folkscene" with Howard and Roz Larman. He did this because the Larmans, who have produced the show for over thirty years as volunteers, would not sign a "Work for hire" contract for no pay and no benefits, but which gave the station ownership of the program.
Thirty one years ago the folk scene in LA consisted of bluegrass concerts at pizza parlors; then a small guitar shop in Santa Monica decided to take a risk on hosting live concerts. When "Folkscene" went on the air a few months later on KPFK, it helped generate interst in the music and publicize the concerts. McCabe's Guitar Shop went on to become a Mecca for folk musicians and fans alike. Other guitar shops in Southern California have followed their example and host concert series. Groups such as the Caltech Folk Club and The Living Tradition formed and grew in the environment enriched by "Folkscene". House concert series and festivals also happened and flourished with help from the Larmans and "Folkscene".
Today LA has one of the richest and most vibrant scenes for folk music anywhere, as attested to by the Live Music pages on this site. This would not have happened without the dedicated effort of Howard and Roz Larman and their program, "Folkscene". This site would probably have no reason to exist if not for what the Larmans have helped create, the folk scene in LA.
During its three decades on the air, "Folkscene" has introduced countless new listeners to KPFK and raised far more than its share of listener contributions.
In his unabashed greed, Mr. Schubb has attacked a cultural institution and may well have killed the goose that laid the golden egg.
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