Meredith Ochs is an American radio commentator, DJ, writer and musician.
Ochs is a commentator for National Public Radio's All Things Considered and has appeared on Talk of the Nation. She is also a frequent guest on All Songs Considered.
Ochs is a talk show host at Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The program, Freewheelin' with Meredith Ochs & Chris T., airs on the Road Dog Trucking channel, Sirius XM 146, weekdays 11 am – 2 pm ET (replays weeknights 8–11 pm ET, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 2 pm ET). Ochs also hosts a music show on the Outlaw Country channel, Sirius XM 60, weeknights 8 pm – midnight ET.
Ochs was a contributing editor and writer at Guitar World magazine, where she began working in 1996. Her writing has appeared in numerous other publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Salon.com, the Boston Phoenix, the Houston Chronicle and New York Magazine. Her photographs have appeared in Guitar World, Experience Hendrix and other publications.
Ochs plays guitar, sings and writes songs for the Damn Lovelys. Their debut, "Trouble Creek", was released on Philadelphia indie label Dren Records in 2004 and earned them an appearance on Mountain Stage, the internationally syndicated PRI radio program, the following year. She also plays bass and sings with New Orleans-born R&B/soul singer Jesse Thomas (known as "Young Jesse" when he worked with Huey "Piano" Smith, Earl King and other New Orleans performers).
For more than a decade, Ochs hosted a weekly show, Trash, Twang and Thunder, on freeform radio station WFMU. The show focused on American roots music: country, blues, soul, R&B and bluegrass, and often featured live performances by artists including Son Volt's Jay Farrar, country singer Pam Tillis, and Allman Brothers alumnus Derek Trucks. Ochs later co-hosted with and filled in for FMU alum Vin Scelsa at WFUV, where she worked part-time as a DJ. Ochs also worked at WNYC and WXRK (K-Rock) in New York City, as well as the ABC Radio Network.