Since 1989, Microwave Dave has been producing and hosting radio shows in the Tennessee Valley that feature a wide spectrum of blues styles, eras and artists.  Talkin' the Blues with Microwave Dave is heard in two weekly editions, each in a distinct format.

In 1995, Talkin' the Blues was nominated for the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Award for Keeping the Blues Alive in Radio.

On Tuesdays from 6 to 8pm central time, Talkin' the Blues airs on WJAB 90.9 FM from the campus of Alabama A&M University in Normal, Alabama.  This broadcast is always live with Dave in the studio doing interviews and occasionally picking alongside music from his collection of blues recordings and the WJAB library.  Traditional DJ formatting is used here, with non-stop music sets averaging 25 minutes with breaks for NPR News, local weather and public service announcements.  During college basketball season, the first hour of Talkin' the Blues is pre-empted by Bulldog Talk, a sports talk program featuring the A&M coaching staff.

On Saturdays from 8-9pm central time, a one-hour 'magazine' edition of Talkin' the Blues airs on WLRH 89.3 FM from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Featured segments cover individual artists, labels or single albums.  Each segment normally runs from twenty minutes to a half hour, offering the listening audience depth and range as several complete selections by each subject or artist is featured.  Due to Microwave Dave's performance schedule, the Saturday program is pre-recorded several days prior to the broadcast.
Numerous artists have performed live on Talkin' the Blues with Microwave Dave, including Jerry "Boogie" McCain, James Harman, Guitar Gabriel, Macavine Hayes, Sarasota Slim, Dave MacKenzie, Billy C. Farlow, and Fiona Boyes.  Interview guests include Alligator Records' president Bruce Iglauer, jazz guitarist Pat Martino, Rod Piazza, William Clarke, Joe Louis Walker, Tinsley Ellis, the Nighthawks, Debbie Davies, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Marcia Ball, producers Johnny Sandlin and Bob Porter, Denise LaSalle, Koko Taylor, the Radio Kings and others.

Both WJAB and WLRH are full-service 100,000-watt public radio stations with dedicated listeners throughout the Tennessee Valley from south of Nashville, TN to north of Birmingham, AL and to both the Georgia and Mississippi state lines.  Additional listeners access the programs online from various locales in the U.S. and overseas.  Both stations are public-supported, and donations made during fund-raising drives by distant and online listeners are greatly appreciated.
Artists or labels desiring airplay may send CD's to:

Microwave Dave
PO Box 18622
Huntsville, AL  35804

To listen to WJAB online, click here:
The WJAB request line is 256-372-5861.

To listen to WLRH online, click here:
The WLRH main phone line is 256-895-9574.

If you have questions about an artist or selection heard on the programs, email Microwave Dave at
Billy C. Farlow and Microwave Dave performing live during a WJAB fundraising campaign