Pickin' On WHRV explores the resurgent interest in traditional and contemporary Bluegrass Music. The program is geared towards both the seasoned and new bluegrass listener. Produced in conjunction with “Acoustic Highway” the program continues a fine Sunday evening tradition of Americana Music from 7PM - 9PM.
Acoustic Highway explores the sounds of singer-songwriters. From classic bluegrass and traditional Appalachian ballads to songs of the new folk movement, the program takes the listener on a journey of music that is deeply rooted in America. The show proudly features local artists who are invited to perform live from the WHRV studio and WHRO Teleconference Center.
Barry Graham is likely to arrive at WHRV with a briefcase full of test papers and lesson plans. In "real life" he teaches US Government to High School Seniors in Virginia Beach. A Norfolk native, Barry's interest in radio began when he became program director at WODU, the college radio station of Old Dominion University. After graduation, he came to WHRO in 1984 as one of the original overnight announcers. Originally intending to stay at the station only while completing graduate school, his love of radio soon hooked him on Public Radio. In 2001, Barry completed a Ph.D. in Urban Studies by writing a history of WHRO and analyzing the impact of Public Radio on local cultural arts organizations.
After the debut of WHRV in 1990, Barry shifted from overnights to being Jae Sinnet's Guest Host for evening jazz, Rollie' Bristol's Guest Host on Rollie Radio, and working the occasional “All Things Considered” afternoon shift. In 2002, he was promoted to producer and now crafts the Sunday evening Folk Programming and helps fuel the renewed interest in traditional Americana music. His two programs "Acoustic Highway" and "Pickin on WHRV" draw deep on the traditions of singer-songwriters. An admitted workaholic, Barry's busy life revolves around his role as a teacher and announcer at WHRV, where he is a known prankster with a wicked sense of humor.