Carlos Benjamin

Program Host

Carlos Benjamin is the host of Roots and Rhythm on Sundays from 3 to 5 pm. Prior to this, he was a 20-year host of The Blend, where he focused on new adult alternative music, including a weekly Rockabilly Roundup feature for five years.  Carlos has hosted numerous performers for interviews and live on-air performances. His radio experience pre-dates WDIY, covering the explosive 80s music scene.  He created and produced WDIY’s Culture Calendar for 10 years and continues to be plugged into the regional live music scene, extending that experience beyond the Lehigh Valley, most recently in Austin, Texas.

Carlos also hosts Lehigh Valley Arts Salon each year to cover Musikfest, the largest free music festival in the country and The Philadelphia Film Festival, one of the largest film festivals in the northeast.

Philly Folk Fest

Aug 29, 2013

The 52nd Philadelphia Folk Festival kicked off on Thursday night and ran through Sunday evening.  Perhaps because of superstition and a desire for nice weather, the sign for main stage noted "2012 + 1."  With the exception of a brief light rain Sunday afternoon, the August days were remarkable with highs in the low 80's and cool nights complemented by warm campfires in the campground.

The PA Blues Festival began its third year at Blue Mountain Ski resort on Friday night with a Lehigh Valley PA Blues Showcase featuring a line-up of local favorites presented by WDIY.  The festival featured national acts Saturday and Sunday at an outdoor stage and under cover in the tent stage.  The tent provided shelter from the hot sun on Saturday.  With some early morning rain and an 80% chance of rain, Sunday appeared to be a washout, but the gospel start on Sunday by Alexis P.