Owner Passed Away/Featured Artist September 2017

Pete kuyKendallPeter V. Kuykendall (aka Pete Roberts) 79 of Warrenton, VA passed away on August 24, 2017. 

He was born on January 15, 1938, in Washington, DC, and was a resident of Northern Virginia area all of his life except for a short period as a child when he lived in Nashville, IN. He graduated in 1955 from Washington and Lee High School, Arlington, VA.

In his early career, Pete was a disc jockey on various radio stations including WFCR, Fairfax, VA, and WKIK, Leonardtown, MD, and served as chief engineer at WKCW, Warrenton, VA.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he played in several bands, including Benny and Vallie Cain, the Country Gentlemen, Red Allen and Frank Wakefield, and made guest appearances with Bill Clifton, The Stanley Brothers, and Bill Monroe, to name a few. He was chosen as the National Banjo Champion in 1956.

He received an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Capitol Radio Engineering Institute and worked at the Library of Congress Recording Lab , Electronics Wholesalers, and as a technical director at WETA-TV.

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Joe-Mullins-LeadJoe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
By Tom Netherland

In Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken, a person walked a path as if through life. A fork in the road appeared. Perplexed, the person deliberated as to which direction to take. Joe Mullins stood at just such a forked road at the age of 17. High school behind him, the future before him, and a decision in the moment appeared while upon his way through life. Which road to take—down one route to college or down another to pursue music. We know now, he chose the latter.

“I had a scholarship to go to Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky,” said Mullins. “I had a roommate. I had a schedule. I had a syllabus. I had a Saturday radio show on their college radio station. And I didn’t go. Instead, I went on the air full-time at WPFB in Middletown, Ohio. I helped start Traditional Grass three or four months later at the age of 18.”

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