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Meet WOWD Program Director: Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman has served WOWD as a show host, Programming Committee member, and operations director. We are very pleased to welcome Steve to his new role as WOWD's Program Director. 

A native New Yorker, Steve moved to DC in 1980 and to Takoma Park in 1992.  He's a local radio icon with decades of experience. Steve hosted blues shows on WPFW (2002-2017) and WDCU (1982-1997.) On WOWD, he hostsTuesday Morning Mix (Tues. 8-10am) and Blues Hall of Fame (alt. Tues. 6-8pm.)

“I love everything about Takoma Radio,” says Steve. “The quality and diversity of our programs, and the positive vibe among programmers and listeners.” He adds that the Program Director job represents the “culmination of my lifetime love affair with radio.”  

To reach Steve, email     

New Music Abounds on WOWD

2017 was an excellent year for music.  The Philadelphia-based indie band The War On Drugs, led by singer/songwriter Adam Granduciel, released “A Deeper Understanding.” WOWD programmer Gayle Berens, host of Night Ride Home (Sundays 8-10pm), considers this a favorite release of 2017.  Rolling Stone says, “Granduciel achieves full-on sonic rapture - an abstract-expressionist mural of synth-pop and heartland rock colored by bruised optimism and some of his most generous, incandescent guitar ever.”  Here’s “Holding On” by The War On Drugs:

Michael Shereikis, co-host of Jolly Papa (Wednesdays 1-3pm), has a long list of 2017 favorites. One is Les Amazones d'Afrique, an all-female collective of Malian musicians campaigning for gender equality. Here is “Doona” featuring singer Mamani Keita:

Roberto Tapia, host of South American Beats (Fridays 7-8pm), calls attention to “Vives" by Colombian musician Carlos Vives. Hear the full album here:

Watch this space - and listen to WOWD for more DJ favorites.