After 16 years Across the Prairie has been retired from the airwaves at WUFT. We leave this description and audio recordings as archives, and we will add to them periodically. Thanks to all our listeners for your support!

Florida's locally-produced folk and Americana music program, "Across the Prairie," has been running on Classic 89 for nearly fifteen years now!  The show combines recorded music with live studio performances and occasional interviews from the field. One thing that makes ATP unique is Cathy's ability to join her guests in performance, adding harmony vocals or rhythm guitar. ATP's mission is to introduce you to both legendary and new talent, up close and personal, and to let you know about the many local and regional events that occur in our listening area.

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NEWS FROM "ACROSS THE PRAIRIE..."

Hear Cathy's statewide feature on Stetson Kennedy, who was honored at Florida's capitol and named to the Florida Artist Hall of Fame for his body of work as an author. Stetson is most famous for his bravery in infiltrating the Klan in the 1940s, and exposing their activities in his book "Unmasked."

Cathy had a ball interviewing famous cowboy band Riders in the Sky, the unique multi-Grammy award winning purveyors of Western swing and campy cowboy comedy. Combining virtuoso instrumentals with smoothly blended harmonies and three-part yodeling, the Riders are masters of this genre and have been performing it for nearly thirty years. On the spur of the moment, Cathy managed to lasso group leader Ranger Doug on the telephone the other day. Click here to listen and hear their duet of "Happy Trails to You"!

On Across the Prairie we have had many great moments, including:

  • Having Tom Paxton live on the air, and singing a duet of "Last Thing on My Mind" with him.
  • Interviewing Arlo Guthrie and producing a 4th of July special about the Guthrie family.
  • An intimate conversation with Pete Seeger in Beacon, New York, during the sloop Clearwater's annual Pumpkin Sail, about Pete, politics, pollution and the Clearwater.
  • Interviewing David Roth, Carla Ulbrich, Mark O'Connor, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Acoustic Eidolon, and many others at national folk concerts and events
  • Interviewing "Prairie Home Companion" host, Garrison Keillor, along with Robin and Linda Williams, and producing that interview to be aired on ATP.
  • Creating a special Tribute to Don Grooms program that included our home recording of Tom Shed's song about Don, "Just a Soft Echo."
  • Exceptional in-studio pickin' with Mark Johnson's clawgrass banjo accompanied by members of the Rice Family.
  • Interviewing producer Margaret Longhill and performer Sue Grooms about the Will McLean Festival.
  • Dueling dulcimers (and didgeridoo!) with Jon Kay and David Beede.
  • Sharing songs and conversation with some of Florida's finest musicians, including: Tallahassee's' Doug Gauss and Carrie Hamby, songwriter Joe Mark, fiddler George Custer, Tammerlin's Lee Hunter and Arvid Smith, South Florida's Grant Livingston, Guatamalan "ex-patriot" Jack Schuster; travelin' folks like Jack Williams, Wendy Beckerman, the Bills, dancingLight and the Short Sisters; as well as Gainesville's own Lloyd Baldwin, John Chambers Dale Crider, Mark & Monica Leadon, Art Crummer, Elaine Mahon, Anna Moo, Megha Morganfield, Tammy Murray, Barry Sides, John Stephens, Allen Stowell, Rudy Young, Frank Whitenack, Quarter Moon, Hamhock and Jane Yii.

Tune in and drop me a line if you have any comments. .

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