One musician says there wouldn’t be a local music scene in Altoona without Jim Price, afternoon man at “Q94” WBXQ-FM (94.7), Cresson. Price, also known as “The Professor” for his encyclopedic knowledge of central Pennsylvania rock, has been a fixture at concerts and shows for more than 20 years.

Greg Bock of the Altoona Mirror says that Price’s tastes are “firmly planted in heavy and progressive rock,” but he’s developing a taste for bluegrass and the blues.

Price spotlights local talent on his weekly show “The Backyard Rocker,” heard 8 to 10 p.m. Sundays, and in his column for Pennsylvania Musician magazine. He’s also got a blog on MySpace and helps administer the website Rockpage.