Al Kniola has co-hosted The Back Porch since 1995. A native of Michigan City, IN, he has been active in music since his high school days, playing in everything from rock bands to folk groups. He also spent eight years hosting a popular open stage in South Bend and has become an integral part of the region's acoustic music scene. Al travels several times per year to major music conferences around the nation and brings back new "discovery" material to help enrich the overall programming of The Back Porch. Al's "real job" for most of his career was as a professional manager in health care and then a private business owner. He retired early back in 2009 and now describes himself as a happy "bum" who travels, cycles, kayaks, hikes and plays live music.