Blue Light Central

Show Info

Genre: Music

Show Times

Timezone: EST [UTC-5]
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 7:00 am*
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm*
* Encore Presentation

About the Show

About Blue Light Central

All aboard the blues train!

Every week, the big blue train we call the Blue Light Central rumbles out of the station for an hour-long ride through a landscape of blues, classic R&B, soul, gospel, zydeco and low-down boogie. Mark Drnek is your ticket agent, porter, engineer, brakeman and conductor on a weekly excursion through the vast music landscape.

His virtual blues train has been thundering through the trails of FM radio for nearly 2 decades, having first made its home in the roundhouse of commercial radio before making the switch to public radio where it chugs along happily today.


markAbout The Host

Mark Drnek grew to love the blues from listening to some of the blues-influenced rock bands of the later 1960s. He began in radio as a morning news reader, slowly working his way to a night show where he shared the music he loved.

In 1997, he started the Blue Light Central show at the classic rock station, WZOZ in Oneonta, NY. It was the perfect place for the show considering both the history of the blues and the history of the town were heavily influenced by trains.

Since then the train has made its way from station to station – some public, some commercial – and is now riding the virtual rails, and making stops in communities all over the country.


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