Folk music has helped fuel some of the most important protests of the last quarter century. Now area folk musicians and others involved in the music are organizing a protest of their own.
Their protest concerns the cancellation of the Lee Michael Dempsey Show on Washington public radio station WAMU-FM (88.5). The station replaced Mr. Dempsey's long-running noon to 3 p.m. weekday show of folk, acoustic and bluegrass music on Wednesday with a local two-hour talk show hosted by Derek McGinty and an hour of a new national talk show syndicated by National Public Radio.
"There's enough talk radio already. We don't need any more. Public broadcasting is supposed to offer an alternative," said Joyce Sica, who is involved in booking folk acts into the Coffehouse at Otterbein in downtown Baltimore and at the Fokal Point in Ellicott City.