What's it About?

It's about an hour. It’s about guitar players and guitar playing. Flamenco-bomba, sure! Slack key, why not? Baroque, bottleneck, bossa nova… about any style on about anything with frets (and some without).

Call the Show

It’s a family show. Wanna talk about guitars, guitar playing, about sitars, guitarróns, kitharas, ouds, lutes, vihuelas, banjos, bouzoukis, balalaikas, pipe organs, piccolos, politics, or your own personality problems? Call Tom.

Join In

Whether you’re looking for ideas for better technique, ways to feed and groom your guitar, how to put that old plywood acoustic with the broken neck out to pasture, or any other issues that interest you about "all things guitaristic," Tom's here to help. Each episode is original with callers and crew adding to the mix.


Weekly Live Show

Tuesdays 6:00 PM

PATV Channel 18
206 Lafayette Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 338-7035

About the Crew

Tom’s Guitar Show is volunteer produced and sponsored through the technical support of PATV Channel 18. Through the years the show has functioned as an interactive forum predominantly about guitars, but also — as one of PATV’s live cablecasts — a model of the participatory democratic process at the core of public access. The content of the show develops spontaneously through viewer participation (usually along themes of musical requests, cultural commentary, and casual conversation) and serves as an outlet for local expression in a media world dominated by corporate interests. The show is especially grateful for years of supportive participation from Phil Phillips, Jim Skopinski, Bob Wiley, and Josh Goding.


In 2016, Josh relocated out of the area and the station welcomed new director, Gerardo Sandoval. Also in 2016, Phil, devoted supporter of the station and board member for many years, passed away. PATV continues to thrive not only because of its vibrant local community, but also for champions of civic participation like Phil.