Bob Mitchell - Host of "Best of Bluegrass"

“Best of Bluegrass” is a weekly syndicated program. The program name uses letters of my name, B-O-B).
The format is Bluegrass music with occasional traditional country music. Over 400 programs have been broadcast.

Background:
2017 -SPBGMA nominee for “Bluegrass DJ of the Year”
2014 – Selected by AirPlay Direct for an “Industry Pro” Endorsement. (The V.I.P. Professional Development Initiative program was developed to grant opportunities, and resources to worthy artists, radio programmers and music industry professionals globally.) In a news release, Robert Weingartz, Chairman, AirPlay Direct, said, in part, “Bob is a dedicated radio professional, and a very strong supporter of the bluegrass community as a whole. He has been and continues to be a fantastic Industry Ambassador….”
2012 - “Honorary Lifetime Member” of the International Bluegrass Music Museum (presented in appreciation of volunteer DJ work on Radio Bluegrass International).
2010 - Featured as the “DJ of the Month” in “Bluegrass Music Profiles”.
2009 - Interviewed legendary songwriter Pete Goble for the Bluegrass museum’s video oral history project.
1995 - Released an album of humorous songs entitled “Some Days This Place is a Zoo”. A bluegrass band, Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, provided back-up. One of the band members, Ron Stewart, played fiddle and banjo. Since then Ron has been named the IBMA banjo player and fiddle player of the year. (The CD was a spin-off from a 30 year career as a national speaker and trainer.)

I’ve played a guitar since the 1950s (Bluegrass, traditional country, big band, Celtic, and folk.) Music has always been a part of my life. As a child, I rode my bicycle to downtown radio stations, department stores, used car lots, and concert venues to hear country and bluegrass music. Many of the artists I heard and met were the first generation artists who set the ground rules and who are now members of the Hall of Fame.

About the program:
I am a reporting station for “Bluegrass Today,” Bluegrass Unlimited,” and “Roots Music” Surveys.
Over 70 artists have been studio guests, including, Dailey and Vincent – Claire Lynch - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out – Valerie Smith – Becky Buller – The Lonesome River Band - Michael Cleveland - The Roys - Donna Ulisse - Tony Holt & The Wildwood Valley Boys - Kati Penn & New Town – David Davis & The Warrior River Boys – Rebecca Frazier – Jim Smoak (Bill Monroe’s banjo player) - David Parmley - Al Hawkes (inducted Bluegrass pioneer) and Sideline.
There have been over 60 unique programs (entire 2 hours). For example – a labor day salute to working men & women – all humor to celebrate national humor month and April fool’s day – lady’s day (every song from a female artist) – a program to honor teachers and acknowledge the educational aspect of bluegrass music (every song had a message or lesson) – coal mining – trains - and an Easter program featuring all gospel songs related to the crucifixion and resurrection.
There have been ten tribute programs to showcase the life and music of one artists – Bill Monroe – Earl Scruggs – Tom T. Hall – Ralph Stanley – Pete Goble – Hank Williams - Liz Meyer (with all European or Canadian artists) - Mac Wiseman – Jim & Jessie McReynolds – and George Jones.
There have been six episodes (two hours each) titled “Bluegrass Goes Country” featuring bluegrass artists singing and playing in a “country style.” One show was a tribute to Hank Williams and another was a tribute George Jones (which included selections form Jones’ 1964 bluegrass release, “Bluegrass Hootenanny.”)