Tom Wilhelm

Host of the Ranch Breakfast Show

Phone: 307-766-4255

Tom Wilhelm is the Host of the Ranch Breakfast Show on Wyoming Public Radio.  Tom is celebrating 30 years as the Saturday bluegrass guru at the station.  He took over the Pickin’ and Singin’ AM program in January of 1981.  As a station volunteer Tom came in at 5:30 in the morning every Saturday to anchor the morning bluegrass program that went from 6:00 to 10:30.  In October of 1983, Tom started a new venture--a live radio half-hour program called The Ranch Breakfast Show with a house band, Flint Hill Special, and made up sponsors like Bosler Rosin,”It’s medicine for your bow,” and Sure Thing Strings, and, of course, Raaaaanch Breakfast, “Fills you up without filling you out.”  When the live show ended, Tom decided to keep the name, The Ranch Breakfast Show which ran from 8:00 till 11:00. The next year it became one of the most popular shows at the station ahead of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He became a paid employee at the station that year as well. In the 31 years as the morning host, Tom has never missed a show due to illness and he has never been late despite having to arrive at 5:00 am for over 20 years till the show was moved to a later time.  Tom is originally from Knox, Indiana where he heard WMFT’s Saturday night program “The Midnight Special” out of Chicago where the hosts explored a different musical theme each week.  Wilhelm borrowed that idea when he became host of Pickin’ and Singin’.  The rest, as they say, is history. Tom’s other job is school principal at St. Laurence School in Laramie.   Tom is married to a very patient and understanding wife, Alice, and they have two daughters, Kali and Kathi.

Ranch Breakfast Blog

May 1, 2012

Tune in for these upcoming Ranch Breakfast programs. 

·        May 5  Water Music with songs about rivers, lakes and oceans and the people who make their living on them.  A few rain songs thrown in to coax some spring showers on our dry state.

·        May 12 Get ready moms for a special Mother’s Day Salute.  You’ll hear “Medals for Mothers” from the Osborne Brothers and “Mothers, Don’t Let your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.”

Upcoming shows

Mar 22, 2012

Laramie now has two bluegrass jams going.  The Bluegrass Jam at Coal Creek Coffee House happens the third Wednesday of every month from 7:00 till 10:00. (Hey, that’s March 21st.)  Beginners are welcome.  So bring your instrument or come to listen.  The other Bluegrass Jam happens the first Thursday of the month at Night Heron Books on Ivinson Avenue in Laramie.  Let me know if your community has a bluegrass/folk jam and we’ll get it posted.