Mixed Bag is WVIA-FM's program of creative contemporary music, produced and hosted by George Graham, who calls it "your program of musical discovery." Heard Monday through Friday at 8:00 PM, the program features music not heard elsewhere on the radio, including distinctive varieties of rock, plus folk, blues, World Music, fusion, Cajun/Zydeco, reggae, New Acoustic, Celtic and music that is made up innovative combinations of those sounds. The operative word is eclectic.
Mixed Bag is WVIA-FM's longest-running program, originated by Graham, and started as a daily broadcast in May of 1974. It is likely the world's first AAA (Album Post-Childhood Alternative) program, a now-increasingly popular format, especially among public radio stations. Over the past 30 years, Mixed Bag has introduced listeners to literally thousands of new artists, along with entire genres. In addition, series presents Homegrown Music, Tuesdays at 9:00 PM, spotlighting the talents of regional artists in performances from the WVIA studios, including monthly live concert broadcasts held before a studio audience.
Other features include the Weekly Album Review (Wednesdays at 9:00 PM), daily new releases segments (usually at 8:00 PM), requests on Friday nights (8:30-11:00 PM), plus lots of interesting "sets" of music arranged by subject, style or concept, with occasional listener-participation events.