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“A Godfather of Folk”: The Folksong Society weighs in on Gene Shay’s retirement from the air

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Gene Shay | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

“Who’s he going to hand the baton to? Who’s the next Gene?” wonders Lisa Schwartz. “Because he just knows so much. … Everybody knows him, everybody loves him, he’s got an incredible ear.”

The president of the Philadelphia Folksong Society was reminiscing about a man she described as “a well-deserved godfather of folk,” Gene Shay, who this week announced his retirement from the airwaves. Sunday, January 11th, is the first of his final four runs hosting The Folk Show on WXPN, with his final show coming on February 1st.

“I can’t imagine a Sunday night without him on the airwaves,” Schwartz says. Continue reading →