Top Folk Albums, Songs, Artists and Labels of December 2008 (with DJ list)

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 17387 airplays from 142 different DJs

  1: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 3: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, new] (100)
        "Solstice Song," Denise Jordan Finley
        "Simple Christmas," Pat Wictor
        "Rudolph Rap," Randall Williams
        "Child Of God," Brooks Williams
  2: "A Midwinter Night's Dream," Loreena McKennitt [Quinlan Road, 10/08] (82)
        "Noel Nouvelet!"
        "7 Rejoices Of Mary"
        "In The Bleak Midwinter"
  3: "Come Darkness, Come Light," Mary Chapin Carpenter [Zoe, 9/08] (67)
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
        "Christmas Time In The City"
        "Christmas Carol"
        "Come Darkness Come Light"
  4: "Crooked Man," Chris Stuart And Backcountry [Backcountry, 9/08] (59)
        "Crooked Man"
        "Streets Of Charlottetown"
        "I Remember Memphis"
        "Lantern Bay Inn"
  5: "Buena Vista," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 9/08] (55)
        "Southern Shores"
        "When A Thread Gets Caught"
        "Maybelle's Guitar And Monroe's Mandolin"
        "Tied Down, Home Free"
  6: "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer [Signature, 12/07] (54)
        "American Noel"
        "Giddyup Said Santa Claus"
        "Footsteps Of The Faithful"
        "Go Tell The Fox"
  7: "Silver Wood: Wintersongs," Krista Detor [Tightrope, 11/08] (53)
        "Awake The Voice"
        "Christmas In London"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
        "One Too Many Christmases"
  8: "Eros," Cosy Sheridan [Wind River, 11/08] (47)
        "Canyon Rim"
        "Happiness Is Waiting"
        "Last Love Letter"
  8: "Ozark: A Celebration In Song," Still On The Hill [Termite, 9/08] (47)
        "7 Pies"
        "Take Me To The Other Side"
        "Granny Told Johnny"
 10: "Love And Other Tragedies," Red Molly [Self, 5/08] (40)
        "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning"
        "May I Suggest"
 11: "At 89," Pete Seeger [Appleseed, 9/08] (39)
        "False From True"
        "Or Else!"
 11: "Coal," Kathy Mattea [Captain Potato, 4/08] (39)
        "Green Rolling Hills"
        "L And N Don't Stop Here Anymore"
        "Coal Tattoo"
 13: "I'm Just Like You," Emily Kurn [Self, 10/08] (38)
        "Light The Lamp"
        "I'm Just Like You"
        "No Need To Hurry Up"
 14: "Able Baker Charlie And Dog," Joe Crookston [Self, 2/08] (35)
        "Bird By Bird"
        "Logical Song"
        "Freddy The Falcon"
 15: "Resilience," Annabelle Chvostek [Borealis, 10/08] (34)
        "Wait For It"
 15: "Unbound," The Refugees [Wabuho, 7/08] (34)
        "Box Of Broken Hearts"
        "Fishin' In The Dark"
 17: "Gonna Let It Shine," Odetta [M. C., 2005] (32)
        "This Little Light Of Mine"
        "Freedom Trilogy"
        "Keep On Movin' It On"
 18: "Best Of Woodsongs, Vol 3," Various Artists [Poetman, new] (31)
        "Midnight Special," Odetta
        "Tall Fiddler," Tommy Emmanuel
 18: "Jewell Ridge Coal," Jeni And Billy [Jewell Ridge, 7/08] (31)
        "Chicken Ridge"
        "Jewell Ridge Coal"
 20: "Winter's Grace," Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum [Signature, 1999] (30)
        "If We Make It Through December"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
 21: "Fine Winter's Night," Matt And Shannon Heaton [Self, 12/07] (29)
        "First Snowfall Of December"
        "Fine Winter's Night"
 21: "Modern Hymns," Darrell Scott [Appleseed, 8/08] (29)
        "American Tune"
        "Out Among The Stars"
 23: "Chameleon," Tim O'Brien [Obus, 3/08] (28)
        "Crooked Road"
        "Get Out There And Dance"
 23: "Day After Tomorrow," Joan Baez [Razor And Tie, 9/08] (28)
        "Rose Of Sharon"
        "God Is God"
        "Day After Tomorrow"
 23: "Gift Of The Magi," Darryl Purpose [Self, 2002] (28)
        "The Christians And The Pagans"
        "Mary And Joe"
 23: "Rattlin' Bones," Kasey Chambers And Shane Nicholson [Sugar Hill, 4/08] (28)
        "Rattlin' Bones"
        "Once In A While"
        "One More Year"
 23: "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 2: Happy Holidays," Various Artists [Hudson Harding, 12/07] (28)
        "Long Walk Home," Jud Caswell
        "Only Gift," Scott And Michelle Dalziel
 28: "Evergreen," Alison Brown Quartet [Compass, 8/08] (27)
        "Sleigh Ride"
        "O'Carolan's / Welcome Christmas"
        "Carol And The Kings"
 28: "River Grace," Jenee Halstead [Self, 2/08] (27)
        "Dusty Rose"
        "River Grace"
        "Before I Go"
 28: "Voices Of Winter," Herdman, Hills And Mangsen [Gadfly, 1997] (27)
        "Voices Of Winter/Red And Green"
        "Hanerot Halalu"
        "Hot Buttered Rum"
 28: "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration," Various Artists [Signature, 2001] (27)
        "American Noel," Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        "River," Peter Mulvey
 32: "Omnibus," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 10/08] (26)
        "Snow On The Water"
        "Fiddle And The Bow"
 32: "Strangers In Another Country," Rosalie Sorrels [Red House, 8/08] (26)
        "Starlight On The Rails"
        "He Comes Like Rain"
 32: "Tennessee Pusher," Old Crow Medicine Show [Nettwerk, 9/08] (26)
 35: "Beautiful World," Eliza Gilkyson [Red House, 5/08] (25)
        "Emerald Street"
        "Beautiful World"
        "Party's Over"
 35: "For Love And Laughter," Solas [Compass, 8/08] (25)
        "There Is A Time"
        "7 Curses"
        "Merry Go Round"
 35: "The Peddler," Maria Dunn [Self, 9/08] (25)
        "Sailor Song"
        "Katie Comes A-Callin"
        "Tell Her I Was Brave"
 35: "Zion Canyon Song Cycle," Red Rock Rondo [Steamboat Mountain, 9/08] (25)
        "Pretty Quilts Out On The Line"
        "Marvelous Flood"
        "When President Harding Came To Zion"
 39: "Creatures Of Habit," Chuck McCabe [Scuppernong, 8/08] (24)
 39: "O Christmas Tree," Various Artists [Rounder, 2002] (24)
        "Auld Lang Syne," Bill Keith
        "First Noel / It Came Upon An Midnight Clear / Joy To The World," Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver
 39: "Rambling Boy," Charlie Haden Family & Friends [Decca, 9/08] (24)
        "Wildwood Flower"
        "Is This America"
 39: "Save The Day," Kate Campbell [Large River, 10/08] (24)
        "Falling Out Of Heaven"
        "More Than One More Day"
 39: "Still Crooked," Crooked Still [Signature, 6/08] (24)
        "Tell Her To Come Back Home"
        "Did You Sleep Well?"
 44: "Christmas Gift," Cheryl Branz [Self, 11/08] (23)
 44: "How Like The Holly," Joel Mabus [Fossil, 1999] (23)
        "Let's Do Christmas Right"
        "How Like The Holly"
        "One Horse Open Sleigh"
 44: "Ultimate Collection," Earl Scruggs With Family And Friends [Rounder, 11/08] (23)
        "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
        "Borrowed Love"
 47: "Comedians And Angels," Tom Paxton [Appleseed, 2/08] (22)
        "Out On The Ocean"
        "Home To Me"
 47: "My Holiday," Mindy Smith [Vanguard, 10/07] (22)
        "My Holiday"
        "It Really Is"
 47: "Now And Then," Richard Berman [Aries, 10/08] (22)
        "You, Me And Bobby McGee"
 50: "Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet," Abigail Washburn And The Sparrow Quartet [Nettwerk, 5/08] (21)
        "Oh Me, Oh My"
        "Banjo Pickin' Girl"
 50: "Delivered," Mark Erelli [Signature, 9/08] (21)
        "Hope Dies Last"
 50: "Happy New Day," The Yellow Room Gang [Yellow Room, new] (21)
        "Coming Of The Dawn"
        "Honey Sugar Baby Mine"
 50: "Long Story Short," Barry And Holly Tashian [Rock-A-Lot, 11/08] (21)
        "Rock It Like It's Saturday Night"
 50: "Of Wind And Water," Harvey Reid [Woodpecker, 11/08] (21)
        "Silver Blue"
        "Off To Adventure"
 50: "Sweet Life," Catie Curtis [Compass, 9/08] (21)
        "For Now"
        "Are You Ready To Fly?"
 56: "The First Christmas Gift," Robin And Linda Williams [Red House, 2005] (20)
        "Together All Alone"
        "On A Quiet Christmas Morn"
 56: "Into The Stars," Priscilla Herdman [Stardreamer, new] (20)
        "Blue Boat Home"
 56: "The Runaway Christmas Tree," Christine Lavin And The Mistletones [Appleseed, 2003] (20)
        "All Purpose Carol"
        "Christmas / Kwanzaa / Solstice / Chanukah / Ramadan / Boxing Day Song"
        "Tacobel Canon"
 56: "Thunder's Mouth," Scott Ainslie [Cattail, 9/08] (20)
        "I Should Get Over This"
        "Dust My Broom"
 56: "Tinsel Tunes," Various Artists [Sugar Hill, 1997] (20)
        "Sleigh Ride," Sam Bush
        "Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella," Chris Thile
 61: "Elkins," Notorious [Black Socks, 7/08] (19)
        "Whiplash/Greasy Coat"
        "You're My Baby Now"
 61: "Peacenick," Roy Zimmerman [Metaphor, 2005] (19)
        "Christmas Is Pain"
 61: "Red House 25," Various Artists [Red House, 11/08] (19)
        "Raven In The Storm," John Gorka
        "Who Woulda Thunk It?," Greg Brown
 64: "All I Intended To Be," Emmylou Harris [Nonesuch, 6/08] (18)
        "All That You Have Is Your Soul"
 64: "Hand Picked," Toby Walker [Band In The Hand, 8/08] (18)
        "Better Luck Next Time"
        "Bootlegger's Blues"
 64: "Holding Up The World," Tim Grimm [Vault, 5/08] (18)
        "Long Way Around"
        "Heart So Full"
 64: "Jingle All The Way," Bela Fleck And The Flecktones [Rounder, 9/08] (18)
        "Linus And Lucy"
 64: "Love Letter On A Fish," Michael Smith [Tales From The Tavern, 2008] (18)
        "Barbara Dodd"
 64: "Merry Fishes To All," Trout Fishing In America [Self, 2004] (18)
        "Santa Brought Me Clothes"
        "Chocolate Christmas"
 64: "One More Round," Enoch Kent [Borealis, 6/08] (18)
        "Itches In Me Britches"
 64: "Our Time," The Gordons [Inside Out, 6/08] (18)
        "I Can't Settle Down"
        "Rock-A-Bye Cindy"
 64: "Ribbon Of Highway Endless Skyway," Various Artists [Music Road, 7/08] (18)
        "Pretty Boy Floyd," Slaid Cleaves
 64: "Songs Of Joy And Peace," Various Artists [Sony, new] (18)
        "Here Comes The Sun," Yo-Yo Ma And Friends
        "Joy To The World," Yo-Yo Ma
 64: "Windward Away," Archie Fisher [Red House, 7/08] (18)
        "Bonnie Border Lass"
        "Ride Through The Rainbow"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 17387 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. "American Noel" (22)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "American Noel"
        also "Wonderland: A Winter Solstice Celebration"
2. "Christmas In The Trenches" (18)
        by John McCutcheon
        from "Winter Solstice"
        also "Live At Wolf Trap"
3. "Green Rolling Hills" (17)
        by Kathy Mattea
        from "Coal"
3. "Midnight Special" (17)
        by Odetta
        from "Best Of Woodsongs, Vol 3"
        also "Lookin For A Home"
5. "Hot Buttered Rum" (15)
        by Mary Chapin Carpenter
        from "Come Darkness, Come Light"
6. "7 Pies" (13)
        by Still On The Hill
        from "Ozark: A Celebration In Song"
6. "Solstice Song" (13)
        by Denise Jordan Finley
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 3: Happy Holidays"
8. "Chicken Ridge" (12)
        by Jeni And Billy
        from "Jewell Ridge Coal"
8. "Giddyup Said Santa Claus" (12)
        by Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
        from "American Noel"
8. "If We Make It Through December" (12)
        by Laurie Lewis And Tom Rozum
        from "Winter's Grace"
8. "Snow" (12)
        by Loreena McKennitt
        from "A Midwinter Night's Dream"
8. "Streets Of Charlottetown" (12)
        by Chris Stuart And Backcountry
        from "Crooked Man"
13. "Light The Lamp" (11)
        by Emily Kurn
        from "I'm Just Like You"
13. "Simple Christmas" (11)
        by Pat Wictor
        from "Hudson Harding Sampler, Vol. 3: Happy Holidays"
13. "The Christians And The Pagans" (11)
        by Dar Williams
        from "Mortal City"
13. "Who Woulda Thunk It?" (11)
        by Greg Brown
        from "Red House 25"
17. "American Tune" (10)
        by Darrell Scott
        from "Modern Hymns"
17. "Awake The Voice" (10)
        by Krista Detor
        from "Silver Wood: Wintersongs"
17. "Christmas In London" (10)
        by Krista Detor
        from "Silver Wood: Wintersongs"
17. "Crooked Man" (10)
        by Chris Stuart And Backcountry
        from "Crooked Man"
17. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" (10)
        by Loreena McKennitt
        from "A Midwinter Night's Dream"
17. "Longest Night Of The Year" (10)
        by Mary Chapin Carpenter
        from "Come Darkness, Come Light"
17. "Merry Christmas From The Family" (10)
        by Robert Earl Keen
        from "Gringo Honeymoon"
17. "Noel Nouvelet!" (10)
        by Loreena McKennitt
        from "A Midwinter Night's Dream"
17. "Soldier's Christmas" (10)
        by Jeff Talmadge
        from "Blissville"
        also "Soldier's Christmas"
17. "There Is A Time" (10)
        by Solas
        from "For Love And Laughter"
17. "Unbound" (10)
        by The Refugees
        from "Unbound"

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 17387 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Odetta
2. Loreena McKennitt
3. Robin And Linda Williams
4. Dave Carter And Tracy Grammer
5. Mary Chapin Carpenter
6. Joel Mabus
7. Pete Seeger
8. Chris Stuart
8. John McCutcheon
10. Laurie Lewis
11. Greg Brown
12. Tom Paxton
13. Krista Detor
14. Kathy Mattea
15. Tim O'Brien
16. Red Molly
17. Bob Dylan
18. Cosy Sheridan
19. Still On The Hill
20. Crooked Still
21. Emmylou Harris
22. Herdman, Hills And Mangsen
23. Emily Kurn
24. Darrell Scott
24. Joan Baez
26. Dar Williams
27. Eliza Gilkyson
27. Tom Russell
29. Arlo Guthrie
29. Joe Crookston
29. Old Crow Medicine Show
29. Solas
33. Christine Lavin
33. Duhks
35. Annabelle Chvostek
35. Barry And Holly Tashian
35. David Francey
35. John Prine
35. The Refugees
40. Chuck McCabe
40. Jeni And Billy
40. Matt And Shannon Heaton

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 17387 airplays from 142 different DJs

1. Rounder
2. Red House
3. Compass
4. Signature
5. Sugar Hill
6. Appleseed
7. Columbia
8. Hudson Harding
9. Borealis
10. Vanguard
11. Waterbug
11. Wind River
13. Philo
14. Warner
15. Greentrax
16. M. C.
17. Nonesuch
18. Smithsonian/Folkways
19. Fossil
19. Nettwerk
19. Tightrope
22. Green Linnet
22. Quinlan Road
24. Poetman
25. Rhino
26. RCA
26. Razor And Tie
28. Shanachie
29. Capitol
29. Putumayo
31. Rebel
32. Flying Fish
33. Backcountry
33. Gadfly
33. MCA
36. Reprise
36. Zoe
38. Fallen Angle
39. Lost Highway
40. Jewell Ridge
40. Pinecastle
40. Sony

Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 17387 airplays from 142 different DJs

Al Kniola (WVPE-FM, IN)
Andrew Doerr (KCSB-FM, CA)
Angela Page (WJFF-FM, NY)
Annie Keville (WVBR-FM, NY)
Art Menius (WMMT-FM, KY)
Arthur Berman (CITR-FM, BC)
Arthur Dean (WCNI-FM, CT)
Arthur Elliott (4RED-FM, Australia)
Betsi Meissner (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Bill Hahn (WFDU-FM, NJ)
Bill Stuart (WFIT-FM, FL)
Blair Larsen (KUSU-FM & UPR, UT)
Bob Blackman (WKAR-FM, MI)
Bob Gregory (WRFL-FM, KY)
Bob McWilliams (XM, KANU-FM & KPR, KS)
Bob Weiser (WBRS-FM & WOMR-FM, MA)
Brenda Tacik (CJTR-FM, SK)
Bruce Cameron (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Bruce Hayden (KVMR-FM, CA)
Bud Johnson (syndicated, AK)
Carolyn VandeWiele (WFHB-FM, IN)
Charlie Backfish (WUSB-FM, NY)
Chip Morgan (WMUD-FM, VT)
Chrisana McGill (WSPN-FM, NY)
Cindy Funk (WYSO-FM, OH)
Cindy Hayden (KFOK-FM, CA)
Clytia Fuller (KZSC-FM, CA)
Colin Fielding (3INR-FM, Australia)
Craig Huegel (WSLR-FM, FL)
Dan Alloway (KTEP-FM, TX)
Dan Ross (KACI-FM, OR)
Danny Watson (2MAX-FM, Australia)
David John (KTRU-FM, TX)
Dennis Brunnenmeyer (KVMR-FM, CA)
Diane Karl (KBOO-FM etc, OR)
Dick Hermans (WHDD-FM, CT)
Don Charles (KJZA-FM, AZ)
Don Jacobson (KBOO-FM, OR)
Doug Dick (WVGN-FM, VI)
Doug Tucker (KWVA-FM, OR)
Ed McDonald (WVMR-FM etc, WV)
Frank Gosar (KLCC-FM, OR)
Frank Hoppe (KCSN-FM, CA)
Fred Dolan (WJCU-FM, OH)
Gary Harrison (KVMR-FM, CA)
Gaye Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Gene Shay (WXPN-FM, PA)
Gerd Stassen (EVW, Germany)
Gerry Goodfriend (CKUT-FM, QC)
Ginger Hopper (KBCS-FM, WA)
Greg Schatzmann (CJLX-FM, ON)
Hal Durden (KBCS-FM, WA)
Harlon Joye (WRFG-FM, GA)
Henry Hallett (KXCI-FM, AZ)
Jamie Hoover (KSUT-FM, CO)
Jean Geiger (KBCS-FM, WA)
Jeff Brown (KTOO-FM, AK)
Jeff Robson (CJUM-FM, MB)
Jenny Flux (2AIR-FM, Australia)
Jeremy Butler (WUAL-FM & APR, AL)
Jim Blum (WKSU-FM etc, OH)
Jim Gilliland (WRUW-FM, OH)
Jim Marino (CFMU-FM, ON)
Jim Rogers (WIUP-FM, PA)
Joe Colvin (WYSO-FM, OH)
Joel Wortzman (CKLN-FM, ON)
John Bommarito (WFHR-FM, MI)
John Kalb (WSCL-FM, MD)
John Mazza (WNHU-FM, CT)
John Platt (WFUV-FM, NY)
John Sincock (KBCS-FM, WA)
John Trout (WYEP-FM, PA)
John Weingart (WPRB-FM, NJ)
John Wright (WLUW-FM, IL)
Judith Gennett (KPSU, OR)
Jürgen Kramer (ZuSa, Germany)
Karen Rakos (KEUL-FM, AK)
Kate McNally (NHPR, NH)
Ken Campbell (WSKG-FM, NY)
Ken Connors (WZNZ-AM, FL)
Ken Yavit (KBAC-FM, NM)
Kent Anderson (KCSC-FM, OK)
Kevin Elliott (WEFT-FM, IL)
Kevin Vance (KALW-FM, CA)
Larry Hillberg (KVMR-FM, CA)
Larry Hoyt (WAER-FM, NY)
Laurel Paulson-Pierce (KRBS-FM, CA)
Lee Larcheveque (WMUA-FM, MA)
Len Holton (KUAR-FM, AR)
Leonard Epstein (KRFC-FM, CO)
Lilli Kuzma (WDCB-FM, IL)
Lyle D. Skinner (CJUM-FM, MB)
Maggie Ferguson (WXOU-FM, MI)
Mara Noelle (KVMR-FM, CA)
Mark Michaelis (WGDR-FM, VT)
Mark Tobler (WTUL-FM, LA)
Mary Cliff (WAMU-FM, DC)
Matt Watroba (WDET-DM, MI)
Mel DeYoung (WPSU-FM, PA)
Menachem Vinegrad (Upper Galilee-FM, Israel)
Michael Alzo (WSLU-FM, NY)
Michael Stock (WLRN-FM, FL)
Mike Fitzgerald (WEBR, VA)
Mike Flynn (KUAF-FM & syndicated, AR)
Mike Kelsey (WFHB, IN)
Mitch Park (Kidnappers, New Zealand)
Naomi Soule and Terry Moses (KCLC-FM, MO)
Norman Whitman (WYSO-FM, OH)
Paul Stamler (KDHX-FM, MO)
Paula Ascher (KZAS-LP, OR)
Peter Kernast and John Bates (WTSR-FM, NJ)
Randall Auxier (WDBX-FM, IL)
Rich Warren (WFMT-FM, XM & syndicated, IL)
Richard Gillmann (KBCS-FM, WA)
Rob Killam (WFIT-FM, FL)
Robert Resnik (VPR, VT)
Roz Larman (KPFK-FM & syndicated, CA)
Sean Donovan (KBCS-FM, WA)
Sonja Hedlund (WJFF, NY)
Sonny Ochs (WRPI-FM, NY)
Steve Brockway (KRFC-FM, CO)
Steve Clarke (CHES-FM, ON)
Steve Edge (CITR-FM, BC)
Steve Harris (KRCC-FM, CO)
Steve Jerrett (KOPN-FM, MO)
Steve Pritchard (CKLN-FM, ON)
Stu Weaver (WFCF-FM, FL)
Sue Kessell (WNUR-FM, IL)
Susan Forbes Hansen (WHUS-FM, CT)
Suzi Wollenberg (WVUD-FM, DE)
Taylor Caffery (WRKF-FM, LA)
Terry Carpenter (WTJU-FM, VA)
Terry Fatseas (2MCE-FM, Australia)
Tish McCarthy (WEFT-FM, IL)
Todd Tyson (The Point-FM, VT)
Tom Bingham (WCVF-FM, NY)
Tom Coxworth (CKUA-FM, AB)
Tom Funk (KGLP-FM, NM)
Tom Martin-Erickson (WPR, WI)
Tom Pittman (KOOP & KUTX, TX)
Valerie Cormier (CITR-FM, BC)
Wanda Fischer (WAMC & syndicated, NY)

These lists are compiled and posted to the FOLKDJ-L web site every month
(since October 1997).  The archive of past Top Album lists is available
at (the official FOLKDJ-L web site) and also, in an
extended version, at (my personal web site).

The process of compiling the Top Albums list is automated (I do hand
correct some obvious errors and typos). The results are based on
playlists posted to FOLKDJ-L during the calendar month. I wrote a pair
of programs that work with the Eudora email program's filtering feature.
One program parses each playlist as it comes in and adds it to a
spreadsheet. The second program processes the spreadsheet into a readable
report. Playlists have to include artist, song and album name (label is
optional) and be in a reasonably regular format for my program to be able
to parse them. My programs wind up identifying 60% to 80% of the songs
actually posted.

The Top Albums list is sorted in descending order by number of plays
recorded for each album. Within an album, the more popular tracks that
were played are shown. If a single DJ is the only one mostly playing an
album, the count of plays is adjusted downwards; otherwise the raw counts
are used. The top 70 albums are listed.  A more detailed explanation is
available at

Richard Gillmann                        
Tuesday "Lunch With Folks" Noon-3pm        
KBCS (91.3 FM) - Bellevue, WA