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Pickin on WHRV remembers Cliff Waldron

Pickin' co-producer Harold Smith in the WHRV studio.
Pickin' co-producer Harold Smith in the WHRV studio.

Pickin on WHRV remembers the legendary Cliff Waldron on this week’s program. Waldron died July 1st at age 83, leaving behind an incredible career in Bluegrass. Growing up in West Virginia, he became a fan of the first generation stars like Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. Relocating to Washington, DC, he immersed himself in the thriving Bluegrass community there and formed a partnership with Bill Emerson. The two would record several albums before Waldron quit performing to take a job with the National Park Service. He would return to the music in the late 90s with a dramatic come-back album entitled “A Little Ways Down the Road.” Waldron is fondly remembered as one of the great second generation stars. He received the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2021. Pickin co-producer Harold Smith will share his remembrances on Pickin. Sunday night at 7 on WHRV.

Barry Graham used to arrive at WHRO with a briefcase full of papers and lesson plans. For 32 years he taught US and Virginia Government in the Virginia Beach Public Schools. While teaching was always his first love, radio was a close second. While attending Old Dominion, Barry was program director at WODU, the college radio station. After graduating, he came to WHRO as an overnight announcer. Originally intending to stay on only while completing graduate school, he was soon hooked on Public Radio and today is the senior announcer on WHRV. In 2001, Barry earned his Ph.D in Urban Studies by writing a history of WHRO and analyzing its impact upon local education, policy and cultural arts organizations.