WOUB AM Adds New Community Host

Bryan Gibson

Updated Thu, Sep 15, 2011 4:04 pm
James Hill

WOUB 1340 AM has a new earlybird.

Every Saturday morning from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., listeners can wake up with community volunteer James Hill as he hosts "Radio Free Athens."

When he's not spinning tunes for WOUB, James is a librarian with Athens County Public Libraries. He coordinates the music section and selects the CDs for the libraries, which comes in handy when hosting a radio show.

"In fact, most of the songs I'm playing were borrowed from the library," he said.

Raised on Paul Simon, The Eagles, The Statler Brothers, Elvis Presley, Alabama and Willie Nelson, James' tastes have branched out considerably since childhood. Listeners can expect anything from Billy Bragg to Ella Fitzgerald, with a healthy dose of folk, R&B, Americana, classic rock and local music. According to James, "I'm especially interested in how new and old music can relate and sound together."

Now in its 9th year, "Radio Free Athens" provides an eclectic mix of music each Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to James Hill, the program's other regular hosts are Jim Phillips, Dave Baer, Doug "Rat" Brooks and Michael Tedesco. Visit the "Radio Free Athens" page for more information.