. . . Mr. Bill Knowlton
40th year hosting the Bluegrass Ramble Picnic Sunday.
has been a tireless promoter of Bluegrass music ever since his
days at Fordham University
hosted the first all-bluegrass radio show in New York City at WFUV-FM.
career at WCNY radio in 1973.
Bluegrass Ramble radio show airs Sundays from 9 p.m. till midnight on WCNY-FM, Syracuse, Utica and Watertown, NY.
On Sept. 29, 2011 he
was honored by The International Bluegrass Music Association
at their annual awards ceremony, in Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, where he
received the Distinguished Achievement Award.
Since 1986, the IBMA
has presented this award to people who are pioneers in their field and have spent their careers promoting Bluegrass music.
was IBMA broadcaster of the year in 1997, and was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall of Fame
has hosted hundreds of Bluegrass festivals throughout the Northeast.
In the 1980s Mr. Knowlton
produced and hosted 52 "Bluegrass Ramble" television shows for the Eastern Educational Television Network.
The 30 minute shows were broadcast nationwide.
Co-founder of the Central New York Bluegrass Association Mr. Knowlton is a multi-award winning dee-jay, emcee, writer, historian and educator of all things Bluegrass.
is a Central New York treasure.