The Folk Brothers this week presents its first new episode with Bill Wagman since the death of his co-host, Peter Schiffman, on May 26. Peter’s influence is in the studio.
“I was out of the country when I got the news of Peter’s passing,” Bill says near the start of the hour, “but before I had left, Peter had an idea for some programming during the fundraiser week [this week], and one of Peter’s ideas was to play some music from local Davis musicians.”
So Bill begins this show with a set of local songs, starting with Dave Nachmanoff’s “Descartes in Amsterdam.” “Peter not only played the music, but he was involved with many of the [musicians], and promoted them, and became very good friends with many of them. Dave Nachmanoff was one of them.”
At the end of the show, Bill expresses the loss that many of us continue to feel.
“This morning I have been lamenting the passing of my brother” he says, "and my brother, I hope I have done you justice. I love you man, I’ll miss you. We saw so much great music together over the years, and you will be sorely missed. It’s hard to leave you. I love you, brother, and take care, wherever you are."
We at KDRT so very much appreciate Peter and Bill and the other volunteers who make this station real.
The photo shows Bill, left, and Peter in a Picnic Day parade.