CINDY HOWES is a radio professional passionately motivated to connect communities through meaningful music. Howes began broadcasting at Walpole High School’s 10 watt radio station at age 14, which led her to seek a degree in Media Arts at Emerson College. Driven to secure a place on WERS’ hallowed airwaves, Cindy ended up hosting and running the station folk program The Coffeehouse for most of her tenure in school. Her resume includes WBOS, WBUR and WBZ. A zealous folk music fan, she also worked briefly at the historic Club Passim in Harvard Square and was deeply immersed in Boston’s rich singer/songwriter and Americana community. Cindy also hosts the podcast Basic Folk, honest conversations with under the radar folk musicians.
"I like the way your brain works."
- Matt Lorenz, Suitcase Junket
Arriving at Pittsburgh’s WYEP Morning Mix Host, and then Evening Mix Host and Digital Content Manager in 2007, as host and producer, she's interviewed and produced hundreds of musicians and prominent personalities. Her work in digital content strategy, experimentation and execution has lead to meaningful growth of WYEP’s web and social media presence. Since 2014, she’s been hosting at online radio station Folk Alley, based out of Kent, OH, which has joyfully connected her with folk music again. Both Folk Alley and WYEP are public radio stations deeply involved in community and advocating for music fans and musicians alike. Cindy’s been thriving at this intersection for a while and knows how to bring music fans and music creators together in many different ways.
In addition to her radio work, Cindy has worked in playlist curating for restaurants and retail stores. She’s familiar with many different genres of music: folk, rock, world, hip-hop, blues and more.
Cindy lives in Pittsburgh with her cat Dottie. She enjoys yoga, hiking and playing the three chords she knows on a borrowed parlor guitar. She grew up in suburban Massachusetts playing clarinet in the high school band while belonging to both a sheep and rabbit 4H club.