Katy Daley had a 30+ year career in Bluegrass (WAMU-FM and Bluegrass Country) and Country (WMZQ) radio in the Washington, DC area. She's a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and a 2008 graduate of IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass class. Katy was named IBMA Bluegrass Broadcaster of the year in 2009 and 2011. She was honored with the DC Bluegrass Union's 2017 Washington Monument Award. You can read her Q&A articles on Bluegrass Today. Katy received the 2019 and 2020 IBMA Liner Notes Award for her portion of the liner notes for "Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey" for Smithsonian's Folkways Records and as the sole writer for the re-released "Seldom Scene recorded Live at the Cellar Door" from Rebel Records. Katy was honored with the IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award in September 2019. In 2022 Katy and her husband Bill established the Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship to be awarded annually to individuals planning to study broadcasting or sound engineering at college or in a continuing education program with a bluegrass music focus. Eligible areas of study include radio, television, digital media, recorded sound engineering and mastering, live sound engineering, and related disciplines. Applicants must plan to become involved in the bluegrass music industry on a professional level and be current IBMA members. To learn more about the scholarship or to make a donation, visit IBMA Foundation | A Brighter Future for Bluegrass (bluegrassfoundation.org)
Howard Parker has been a bluegrass fan since the mid 1970s and active in the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene since 1985. He is a dobro player and was a student of Mike Auldridge. Howard's performance activities included festival appearances, recordings and a U.K. tour.
Howard has become involved in other aspects of the bluegrass music business starting with an eight-year stint with dobro luthier Paul Beard. He serves on the board of directors of the Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music and is the stage manager of the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. Howard is an enthusiastic supporter of IBMA and a proud 2006 graduate of IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass program. In addition to bluegrass Howard is a huge fan of honky tonk country and western swing. You can often catch him on a stage, sometimes in western garb, with dobro or pedal steel guitar.