News from Palo Alto


Here you will find up to date information about what's going on in the WCS Palo Alto location.  It's easy to find who to contact, where to go and when it's all happening! If you need to reach us, please email the Palo Alto Managers

Please make sure that your membership is current. Take a photo of your membership card so you always have it with you. Non-members are ineligible to win. RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP and enjoy all the perks including discounts, freebies and more.



  • 3rd Monday of the Month
  • Location: Mid Pen Media Center, 900 San Antonio Rd. Palo Alto
  • EMAIL FOR ADVANCE SIGN-UP  (You will receive confirmation by email)
  • Limited to 10 spots only...songs must be radio edits.
  • Walk-in sign-up closes at 6:30PM (priority given to pre-registered members)
  • Pre-Registered check-in from 6:45-7:00 pm 
  • Cost: $15 (members) - Cost is for use of TV studio.
  • Audience FREE - and strongly encouraged. Donations to WCS are greatly accepted
  • Please make sure that your membership is current (Smartphone photo of card is OK)
  • Make 3 copies of your song lyric sheet for the judges to review. Please include your name, contact info is optional. 

The Palo Alto chapter does charge WCS members to perform. But there is a good reason! We need to cover the costs for the use of the studio. This competition is unique. The program is recorded by the Media Center volunteer studio crew and is shown through local access TV. An electronic file of the evening is available to all paid performers. The participation charge is $15 for members. Audience is free.  You can renew online, or join at the event.

MEET OUR HOSTS:  Renee Richardson and "Irish" Greg McQuaid

Renee Richardson & "Irish" Greg McQuaid were long-time on-air personalities on the KFOG Morning Show. They've since moved on to curating and hosting unique and interesting live music and cultural events all over the Bay Area. These extremely popular shows then became Renee & Irish Greg's Pop Up podcast. The podcast is a mixture of lively conversation and song that has featured guests like Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Steve Earle, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Jonathan Richman, Jello Biafra, Dave Eggers and many, many more.

Winner of Best Song: 1 hour of song doctoring with David Scheibner, former composer for Entertainment Tonight and current catalog is represented by Atrium Music in L.A.

Winner of Best Performance: 40 minutes of vocal coaching at Iari Melchor's studio in San Jose

BEST SONG WINNERS - SAVE THE DATE - July 16, 2018 PLAYOFFS - where all monthly winners return to compete for the honor of representing Palo Alto at the WCS GRAND FINALS on Friday August 24, 2018The winners of Best Song of the Year from every WCS location compete at the Grand Finals for WCS Best Song of the Year at The Freight and Salvage, Berkeley . Three winners are chosen to perform at the annual WCS Conference in September in front of a house full of industry leaders.



Pete's been performing music since his youth.  Played guitar and banjo in rock/folk/country/blues/pop bands and performed in concerts and clubs in Southern California. Recorded with his own groups and on sessions at LA Studios. Taught Guitar.  

Took a 3 decade hiatus to raise a family. Now performs at local Clubs and Open Mics as a host, solo and duet. Also, provides Artist Development, collaborating with other songwriters and recording. Board Member for WCS.

Hosts monthly Open Mic at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park for the past 5+ years. Co-Manager of the Redwood City, San Jose and Palo Alto Chapters of the WCS Song Writer Competition  Other  Experience: General Manager of American Records (30 store Retail Record Store Chain) Southern California.  Owner of American Records (2 Stores) in Orange County.  20+ Years in Hi-Tech Sales/Marketing in Silicon Valley.


Linda, a classically trained pianist, is an Artist Manager and Consultant as owner of Management by Linda Yelnick.  She is the Associate Producer/Co-Manager and manages Josh Friedman (Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies – Linda also serves as Front of House for our Redwood City Chapter. Linda previously managed HYIM and Vince Welnick, a former keyboardist of the Grateful Dead, and served as the Studio and Community Outreach Coordinator at the School of Rock San Mateo. She is currently on the staff of various Bay Area music and music tech conferences and events. Linda had the honor of serving on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy (producers of the Grammy Awards) and continued to serve on its Special Events and Membership Committees. Linda had previously coordinated bookings and backstage interviews with headlining artists at both West Fest (celebrating the 40th anniversary of Woodstock) and the Summer of Love 40th anniversary, both held in San Francisco. She is currently on staff for the upcoming Summer of Love (also celebrating Woodstock) in 2019 and has been on the staff of the West Coast Songwriters Annual Music Conference for over 17 years.

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Monthly Winners

Best Song:  Courtney Farren - "How Are You"
Best PerformanceThe Complements - "Promise

Thanks to our judges: Mark LeMon, David Scheibner & Iari Melchor and our Host "Irish" Greg McQuaid.

Hosts Irish Greg and Renee Richardson.

Hosts Irish Greg and Renee Richardson.

Media center
Palo Alto location: 3918 Charleston Rd.

Palo Alto location: 3918 Charleston Rd.

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Location Photos 2015-16

Palo Alto - August 2011

August 17th, 2011 --The Mid-Peninsula Media Center filled with excitement for the first Palo Alto location Songwriters Competition!  SO many good performers, it was difficult to decide the winners!