Perhaps the only place on the NYC radio dial where you wouldn't be surprised to hear Nancy's Sinatra's "Bang Bang" and Manu Chao's "Bongo Bong" on the same show, The Whole Wide World kicked off in 2001 as a showcase for host Rita Houston's wide-ranging taste in music. It's MIA to Marvin Gaye, The Bird and the Bee to Elvis Presley, Bebel Gilberto to One EskimO.
Traditional "world music" it ain't. Instead, Rita spans the globe to bring you interviews with artists like Japan's ukulele-playing pop duo Petty Booka, Brazilian rap artist Lenine, Portland's Pink Martini, England's Florence and the Machine, and Swedish soul singer Nicolai Dunger. Houston's interviews are regular highlights on the air, distilling the human story behind the music and the musician with a relaxed, unassuming tone and a dash of wit that disarms the most jaded touring pros. While spending the rest of her week as WFUV's Music Director and a frequent concert-goer, Rita spends her Friday nights pushing the limits of rock, dance and jazz, mixing the lesser-known with the deservedly classic.
Longtime listeners know to expect the unexpected, and also know that Rita is that friend you trust to create the perfect night of music.