Broadcast FAQ

How do I contact Echoes?

Post: Echoes, P.O. Box 256, Chester Springs, PA 19425

I’d like to hear Echoes on my local station, but they are not airing it. What can I do?

You can write to or call the Program Director at your local public radio station(s). Sometimes, when enough listeners enquire, they might consider it. Being a member (donor) of the station helps, too.

Check out PRI’s Station Locator to find an affiliate near you.

Echoes isn’t carried by my local station, or I can’t listen at the time my station carries it. Can I listen to Echoes on the internet?

Yes! You can subscribe to Echoes Online and hear hours and hours of Echoes programs, Living Room Concerts and special features from our archive, any time you want.

In addition, many stations simulcast their signals on the internet, so you can listen to the program via your local public radio station. If you live within the range of a public radio station that airs Echoes, we hope you’ll continue to tune in there for Echoes, and to support your local station.

I would like a copy of the Echoes program I heard. Can I get a tape of the show?

No, because of copyright laws, we cannot sell copies of other peoples’ music by including them on tapes of the show. However, if you would like to listen again to recent Echoes programs, you can subscribe to Echoes Online. It’s our online subscription service that offers on-demand listening to recent Echoes programs, special collections of Echoes interview features and Living Room Concerts and more.

Many of the CDs we play are available from and you can buy downloads of individual songs from iTunes. You can find convenient links directly to the CDs by browsing our playlists

When you buy from Amazon or iTunes by linking through Echoes, we receive a portion of the sale. All proceeds from these sales go toward the production of the non-commercial Echoes program, allowing us to continue bringing the program to you on public radio and the internet. We rely on these revenues, so whenever possible, please use the links provided on this site, it helps our non-profit organization to survive.

We have collected some of our favorite live performances on CDs called “The Echoes Living Room Concerts”. Each of these CDs is like having an hour of Echoes to enjoy any time. There are several volumes available (early ones have sold-out). Find out more by clicking here.

I would like to buy an album I heard, how can I do that?

The Echoes playlists have links to purchase most of the albums we play on the show. These buttons will direct you to the specific CD in the on-line catalog. There you can hear soundclips, read reviews of the CD, and more.

Many of the tracks also have links for Apple Music. These buttons will direct you to the specific song in the Apple Music store, where you can hear a sample and buy a download.

How do I find out what I heard on Echoes?

Current Echoes playlists can be browsed here>>. Please note that sometimes radio stations do not play Echoes programs on the dates that you’ll see on the playlists.

Why aren’t all the CDs you play on Echoes available for purchase through Amazon?

Some of the CDs we play are hard to find, some are out of print. Sometimes, musicians give us CDs to play on Echoes that are not yet commercially available. We have chosen to let our listeners hear this music, even if it is not for sale. Sometimes artists whose work was previously available on Amazon change to Bandcamp or other platforms for their distribution. Many artists are also moving away from CDs completely and opt for digital-only releases.

Are there sound clips of the CDs so I can make sure this is the CD I like?

There are sound clips for many of the CDs available at  We apologize if the CD entry you are interested in does not feature this, we are not sure what determines when sound clips are available and when they are not.

In the Apple Music store, when you double click on the song title (not on the “buy song” button), you can hear a free excerpt of the song.

I’m a musician, and I’d like you to consider playing my music on Echoes. How do I get you to listen to it?

Artists and music are the lifeblood of ECHOES and we are always seeking out new material. We welcome your submissions to ECHOES. We request that you follow these guidelines:

  • We prefer material on Compact Disc. We occasionally consider download-only files, but would prefer a hard copy.
  • We encourage musicians to have their CDs available at, CDBaby and iTunes. To reduce confusion, we usually direct listeners only to those sites for on-line purchases.
  • We generally cannot review material that is only downloadable from a website. We are aware that this is increasingly the way artists and labels, large and small, are distributing their music, and we do make some exceptions, but we have so much material to review that it’s often not practical to search all over the internet for your music. We much prefer that you send us a hard copy, even a CDR. If you only have digital files, we prefer full-bandwidth wav files to compressed files such as MP3s.
  • Keep in mind that not all music is appropriate for ECHOES. You may have created a masterpiece, but it may not fit with the ECHOES sound or mission. Don’t take it personally. We receive nearly 3000 submissions each year, and can only play a small percentage of them
  • You may call about the disposition of your material. John takes tracking calls every Thursday, 12 Noon-4pm ET at 610-827-7040. Our daily playlists are available through this website. If your recording doesn’t appear there, chances are it is not being played, for whatever reason. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we cannot reply to individual submission emails.
  • We generally only provide links to,  CDBaby and iTunes for music we are currently playing, or that have been included on one of our recommended lists.We apologize if this excludes your work, but we cannot possibly include every CD on our site. And we have noticed some alternate links creating listener confusion about who they were ordering from, so we apologize, but we usually cannot direct listeners directly to your own home page, or to alternate on-line retailers.
  • Echoes cannot return any material that is submitted. Send all materials, with contact name, address, phone, and/or e-mail to: ECHOES, P.O. Box 256, Chester Springs, PA 19425.
  • Do not send us soundfiles attached to e-mail messages. We will not listen to these files, and we will be really ticked-off… really… I’m not kidding…  You may include a link that we can follow at our convenience.