If you tuned into radio station WFUV (90.7 FM) on a Sunday afternoon last fall, you might have heard Bob Sherman put a musical spin on the Occupy Wall Street movement for his weekly program, “Woody’s Children.”
During that hour-long segment, the Ossining resident paired folksongs that could be applied to the movement with comments by its supporters and non-supporters like Rush Limbaugh.
“Each program has a focus,” Sherman said. “The idea is to point out social commentary and to play the songs that are equivalent to political statements.”
Highlighting current events has been the objective of “Woody’s Children” since it first hit the airwaves in 1969. Back then though, Sherman was calling attention to public opinion on the Vietnam War that was underway at the time. That was also the year he interviewed legendary artist Pete Seeger, who played a pivotal role in his introduction to folk music.
“When I was looking around for a cheap concert to take a date to, I saw Pete Seeger in Greenwich Village for 65 cents,” Sherman said.
When he isn’t hosting “Woody’s Children,” Sherman projects his love of music to local children. He recently narrated the children’s story “Peter and the Wolf” for elementary school-aged children at the PEARLS Hawthorne School in Yonkers, where he was aided by a bassoon as well as percussion, flute, oboe and string instruments.
“How many of those kids get to hear classical music? How many listen to live performances other than on their iPods? I would guess a small number. That’s why music in the schools is so vital,” Sherman said.
Sherman also hosts The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase, which regularly presents young winners of international music competitions. The program is broadcasted Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on radio station 105.9 FM, WQXR.