The late Gene Shay was a hero and mentor to many across generations, and in particular to two hosts here at WXPN. The longtime Folk DJ in Philadelphia passed away this week, and was remembered in moving posts by David Dye (host of Dave’s World and former host of World Cafe) and by Ian Zolitor (host of the WXPN Folk Show).

Both Dye and Zolitor used their Sunday shows on WXPN to offer up tributes to Shay on the airwaves. Dye took the first hour of Dave’s World to re-create approximately the sort of program Shay would host on the air in the 60s (and Dye would listen to from his home in the suburbs), while Zolitor offered up an array of songs from many of Gene’s favorite artists, from the early days to present day.

Listen to both shows below.

David Dye’s Tribute on Dave’s World

A Tribute to Gene Shay on Daves World with David Dye
11 a.m.
Dave Van Ronk – “St. Louis Tickle”
Dave Van Ronk – “Cocaine”
Bob Dylan – “Baby, Let Me Follow You Down”
Joni Mitchell – “Both Sides Now”
Tom Rush – “The Circle Game”
Fairport Convention – “Who Knows Where The Time Goes”
Richie Havens – “Follow”
Eric Andersen – “Violets of Dawn”
Buffy Sainte-Marie – “Little Wheel Spin and Spin”
Arlo Guthrie – “Ring Around The Rosie Rag”
Chris Smither – “Love You Like A Man”
John Hartford – “Steamboat Whistle Blues”

Ian Zolitor’s Tribute on The Folk Show

A Tribute to Gene Shay on The Folk Show with Ian Zolitor
8 p.m.
Tom Rush – “Mole’s Moan”
Richie Havens – “San Francisco Bay Blues”
John Hartford – “Back in the Goodle Days”
David Bromberg – “Tennessee Waltz”
Mason Porter – “Back to Where We Started From”
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – “Shady Grove”
Doc Watson – “Walk On Boy”
Arlo Guthrie – “The Motorcycle Song”
Richard Thompson – “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”
Friends of Gene – “Sing For Gene Shay”
Hoots & Hellmouth – “Home in a Boxcar”
Loudon Wainwright III – “Dead Skunk”

9 p.m.
Joni Mitchell – “Both Sides Now”
Bob Dylan – “My Back Pages”
Joan Baez – “Silver Dagger”
Hondo Jenkins – “Pape Gene Blues”
The Holy Modal Rounders – “Sail Away, Ladies”
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – “San Francisco Bay Blues”
Fairport Convention – “Walk Awhile”
La Bottine Souriante – “La Ziguezon”
Tom Rush – “Urge For Going”
A Philly Local Tribute to Gene Shay – “Turn Turn Turn”
Dave Van Ronk – “St. Louis Tickle”