The Best Folk Music Stations to Check Out

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Looking for a great folk music station to tune into? Check out our top picks! From traditional to contemporary, there’s something for everyone.


Folk music is a genre that encompasses a wide range of styles, from traditional folk ballads to more modern folk-rock and indie-folk. It’s a music that is often passed down through generations, and has been given new life in recent years by a new wave of folk musicians.

If you’re a fan of folk music, or just curious to explore the genre, here are some of the best folk music stations to check out:

1. WFUV 90.7 FM (New York, NY)
WFUV is a non-commercial, public radio station based in New York City. The station is known for its eclectic mix of music, including folk, Americana, and world music.

2. KCRW 89.9 FM (Los Angeles, CA)
KCRW is another non-commercial public radio station, this time based in Los Angeles. The station has an excellent mix of music genres, including folk, rock, jazz, and world music.

3. WXPN 88.5 FM (Philadelphia, PA)
WXPN is a public radio station based in Philadelphia that specializes in various forms of alternative rock, including folk-rock and indie-folk.

4. KPIG 107.5 FM (Freedom, CA)
KPIG is a commercial radio station based in Freedom, California (near Santa Cruz). The station focuses on Americana and roots music genres, including folk and country.

5. SiriusXM The Village (nationwide)
The Village is a SiriusXM radio station that plays primarily Folk & Americana music 24/7 nationwide. You can listen online or on the SiriusXM app.

NPR Music

NPR Music is a website and app from NPR that is dedicated to showcasing the best in new and independent music. Featuring live performances, interviews, and playlists from a variety of genres, NPR Music is a great resource for discovering new music from around the world.


WFUV (90.7 FM) is a non-commercial, public radio station licensed to Fordham University in The Bronx, New York City. WFUV went on the air in 1947 and is currently owned by Fordham University. Its transmitter is located on the university’s Rose Hill campus. The station’s programming format is predominately music, with a focus on rock ‘n’ roll, folk, and singer-songwriter genres.

WFUV’s mission is to provide unique programming not available on other stations in the New York metropolitan area. The station’s programming includes a variety of music genres, as well as news, sports, and public affairs programming. WFUV also features live concerts from both local and national acts.

The station’s call letters stand for “Fordham University Voice”, and its slogan is “New York’s Source for Music Discovery”.

KCRW Music

KCRW Music is a great option for those looking for a more contemporary take on folk music. The station features a mix of independent and unsigned artists, as well as some well-known names. You can expect to hear a mix of genres, including Americana, bluegrass, and roots music.

BBC 6 Music

BBC 6 Music is a digital radio station run by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that plays alternative music. It is available in the United Kingdom on DAB Digital Radio, Virgin Media, Sky, Freeview, on mobile phones and as a streaming service internationally.

The station was launched on March 11, 2002 as BBC Radio 6 and was BBC Seven’s sister station. The station was renamed BBC 6 Music on April 28, 2010. The station plays a wide variety of music from the 1960s to the present day including indie rock, techno, world music, and electronica. It also covers less mainstream genres such as metal, jazz, and folk.

The Bluegrass Jamboree

The Bluegrass Jamboree is a great place to start if you’re looking for a new folk music station to check out. The station features a wide variety of bluegrass music, from traditional to contemporary styles. You can find something new and exciting to listen to every day on The Bluegrass Jamboree.

WNYC’s The Greene Space

WNYC’s The Greene Space is one of the best folk music stations around. The station features a variety of folk music from around the world, and they offer a wide range of programming to suit your taste. If you’re looking for a great place to find new folk music, or just want to check out some great folk music, The Greene Space is definitely worth a listen.


If you are a fan of folk music, or are looking to explore the genre further, there are plenty of great radio stations out there that can give you your fill. The above list is just a small sampling of what is available, so be sure to do some exploring on your own to find the perfect station for you.

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