Shows: Folk

Watch sagebrush tumble past your busy city slicker life as you tune in to our Folk shows. Our DJs dish up eclectic blues; traditional French; Irish traditional music; American traditional, old-time, and hillbilly music; and classic country.


Start Stop Show DJ  
5:00pm 6:30pm

A Feast of Irish Folk

Mary and Erik play traditional Irish music from the oldest recordings to the newest releases.
& Erik


9:00pm 10:00pm

The Folk Show

"All music is folk music: I ain't never heard no horse sing a song." - Big Bill Broonzy With this as our guiding principle, join The Folk Show on a disorganized odyssey through whatever kind of music catches our interest that night. Tune in for blues, gospel, bluegrass, and punk reprisals of traditional standards.


4:00pm 5:00pm

Audio Almanac

Folk music, culture, agriculture. Light on the agriculture.
& Taro
5:00pm 6:00pm

Found Around Town

Here on Found Around Town, I curate one of the most eclectic Chicago-based music sessions on the airwaves. With a combination of recordings from around the city, interviews with musicians, and live performances in the WHPK studio, F.A.T. brings the sounds of Chicago to your stereo. I am always looking for more performers and concerts of any genre – so send your ideas my way at
Ethan Dumetz
6:00pm 7:00pm

rainbow quest

ordinary folk for ordinary folk


10:00am 11:30am

Music from the South Side of the World

From the Golden Gate to the Golden Horn, reggae to ragas, voodoo drums to Vee-Jay records, Javanese Gamelan to Garifuna grooves to Gnawa drones, from the Southside of Chicago to the Southside of the World, bringing you the best 78s, field recordings, 45s and contemporary cassettes from oppressed peoples East, West, and above all South. The Pride of the Southside tours the world’s underground underdogs on “Music from the Southside of the World”, every Friday morning from 10 to 11:30 am.
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Ryan Jackson
11:30am 1:00pm

The Shape I'm In

From Leeds to Los Angeles, The Shape I'm In brings you classic country, country and western, and contemporary twang with a message and an upraised fist. Squirrel Dundee plays host every Friday from 11:30-1:00 pm on WHPK, the pride of the South Side, where two guns beats four aces.
Squirrel Dundee


9:00pm 10:00pm

Souled and New

Do you need more soul in your life? Here, we believe the answer is always yes, bringing you a balanced diet of soul,  Stax,Motown, girl group, Wall of Sound, and everyfunk in between (Egyptian Shumba included). We'll also trace the genres to today's music, linking the old with the new, the classics with the rediscovered gems. So, tune in, find out that new dance craze, and get down.