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Web Site: muddybootsradio.org

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About The Show

Muddy Boots wanders where sneakers never will, moving on the back roads through the backwoods and to the forgotten cracks of our imagination. Tune in to hear a patchwork of sound, snippet, and song; field recordings from wherever, the random whimsical, and the rare, and not-so-rare.

I like to call this weaving thread of audio a Sound Painting. Intertwined throughout the musically driven playlist are artisanal and anachronistic cuts, film clips, one-off sounds, folktales, cut-ups, literary snippets, poetic whimsy, home recordings, and other assorted oddities. The intent is to impart a loose-knit story within the playlist in order to provide the listener with the opportunity to marvel at what musician Robin Williamson refers to as “the sheer unspeakable strangeness of being here at all.”

There’s something to be said for radio – streaming or the good ol’ radio waves – being a vehicle to journey into a sonic wonderland. Lend an ear and embark on a voyage. . . Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay!!

Besides the usual podcast listening feeds, you may tune in to Muddy Boots on two wonderful radio stations - Wavefarm Radio and KVMRx. Follow the links for a complete schedule.


Tenali Hrenak is from the kettles and moraines of Wisconsin. He is an avid field recordist, music and instrument collector, sound designer, radio producer, and musician. While in high school in the early 1990s, he started making experimental, collage based mixtapes for friends, which were also aired on his radio show at a local college campus radio station. He's been producing radio shows - on and off - ever since throughout the United States. His ongoing, extensive collection of field recordings have been a popular download in various circles, and he often incorporates said sounds into his audio productions. He is the host and creator of Muddy Boots, which brings together his love of sound, snippet, and song.

Tenali lives in the Catskills in New York with his wife and three cats. Besides audio, he also brings his passion to volunteering at disaster relief kitchens throughout the United States, traveling, cooking, gardening, hiking, and camping. 


Production Grant, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 2015  KVMR/Nationwide - 9 Episode Series

Out of the Box Award, 2014 KVMR, Nevada City, CA

Out of the Box Award, 2013 KVMR, Nevada City, CA

Volunteer of the Year, 2011 KFOK,  Georgetown, CA





An episode is released once a month, sometimes more and sometimes less. As a nod to my mixtape origins, each episode is released as an A Side and a B side, with a total run time of (roughly) 2 hours. I invite you to leave a rating of the show on iTunes. I'm a big, huge fan of the good ol' word of mouth, so I'd be honored if you told your friends and family about the show.

What Folks Are Saying

Idiosyncratic Audiology ★★★★★

This show experiments with our sense of hearing. It makes us listen. It lulls us. It suprises us. Most of all, it entertains us. And it could do the same for you. But,you don't have to take my word for it.  — Apple Podcasts by Lavar Burton III

These recordings have changed my life!★★★★★

Rainbow Earth Songs used to be known and sung more often. I really appreciate that Tenali has made them available to us all for free!!!! Wow!. These songs have helped me get thru dark times. These songs have helped me find my voice and sing to others, helping them thru some dark times. These songs have also been sung in joy and bliss around campfires and inside boring buildings, and beautiful buildings as well. Its been super awesome to sing songs with others who have also heard these recordings, or to come upon a camp in Hawai'i where I have given someone these songs and then I hear a child singing them! So so much Joy and Wonderment these recordings have brought to my life! Thank You Tenali! — Apple Podcasts by Love11l11

Auditory journeys ★★★★★

So grateful for these whimsical & intelligent sound landscapes. Wonderfully constructed! — Apple Podcasts by Mamalyssa T

Splendid show! ★★★★★

I stumbled upon this great show the other day - I love it! It a wonderful companion on a road trip.  — Apple Podcasts by Rodney Malik