Tracey Craig

Host of Rootabaga Boogie

Tracey Craig is the host of Rootabaga Boogie, which features an eclectic selection of folk and roots music, plus live music and conversation about music. It airs Sundays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The program’s name is inspired by the Rootabaga Stories she grew up hearing as a child. One of her earliest memories is listening to records of Carl Sandburg reading his Rootabaga Stories on a turntable that her dad built for her, her dad being David Craig, proprietor of Craig Audio Lab in Rochester and a longtime member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since the mid-90s, Craig has hosted and produced the radio program Nonesuch, which airs on WVBR-FM. In addition to the weekly radio show, she has presented a variety of roots musicians in Ithaca concerts, including Gillian Welch, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Uncle Earl with Bela Fleck, the Tarbox Ramblers, Eilen Jewell and dozens more. Craig, who is originally from Rochester, holds a degree in sociology/anthropology from Oberlin College as well as a Masters in Communication from Ithaca College.

She has worked as a magazine journalist for museum and educational organizations, with staff writer positions at the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C., and the American Association for State and Local History, in Nashville, Tennessee, where she edited the monthly History News. Returning home to Ithaca in 1991, she took a fulltime position as a writer in the publications department at Ithaca College, helping to create the school’s first interactive multimedia recruitment materials. In 1996, she was awarded a Park Fellowship that allowed her to return to school fulltime to earn her master’s degree in communications.