Phil Nusbaum

In the 1970s, Phil Nusbaum presented on KUNI-FM highlights of the traditional music recorded at Vesterheim’s Nordic Fest. These recordings also formed the basis of a ½ hour program. Later, at the Minnesota State Arts Board, his field recordings led to a Minnesota Historical LP including detailed notes and an essay. With Leroy Larson and Bob Andresen, Phil co-produced a series of five 1-hour radio shows documenting Upper Midwest Scandinavian traditional music.

More recently, with the 501c3 Grassroots Culture, Phil produced the syndicated Bluegrass Review, helped manage an annual 1-day folk festival, and conducted interviews for oral histories about Minnesota Bluegrass music and the 2011 Minneapolis tornado. Currently Phil does a weekly bluegrass music radio show over KBEM-FM (Minneapolis) and books traditional musicians into Twin Cities-area libraries.