WUMB-FM is a non-commercial radio station licensed to the University of Massachusetts with studios at the UMass Boston Campus as the central hub for a network of seven public radio stations in Boston, Worcester, Falmouth, Newburyport, Stow, Marshfield, Orleans Massachusetts and one in Milford New Hampshire. The Boston, Worcester and Falmouth stations all broadcast on 91.9FM. The Newburyport, Stow & Marshfield stations can be heard on 91.7FM, the Orleans station can be heard on 1170AM, and Milford NH at 88.7FM. All eight facilities simulcast the identical program schedule, which is produced from our studios located at the UMass Boston Campus. The station's 24 hour a day broadcast schedule reaches 80,000 unique individual listeners weekly in over 275 cities and towns in eastern and central Massachusetts and Cape Cod along with parts of Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. A webcast of our signal can also be heard, live, around the world through the internet, and we currently reach another 80,000 people from all 50 states and 147 different countries via the live internet web stream.
Mission Statement: WUMB Radio is dedicated to produce, acquire, and disseminate high quality, diverse and valued public service radio programming to significant audiences. The radio station is committed to serving as a local and national resource for the cultivation, promotion and preservation of various genres of folk music through its radio programming and selected enterprises.
The Boston station, WUMB-FM, was the last station in the Metro- Boston area to be granted an FM license from the Federal Communications Commission. It went on the air in 1982 with an all- volunteer announcing staff, moving to a professional staff in 1986 when it became a public radio affiliate of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The station was the aspiration of a cadre of UMass Boston students in 1968 in what became a fourteen-year campaign to get the station on the air. The Worcester station, WBPR-FM, was purchased in 1993 from Worcester County Christian Broadcasting, which owned a permit to construct the station, but had never actually built it. The Falmouth station, WFPB-FM, was developed with the help of an expansion funding grant from CPB and went on the air in 1996. The Orleans station was a donation from GramCam Communications in 1998. And the Newburyport station was built with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2001.
There are over twenty-five people regularly working at WUMB-FM including full-time, part-time and management staff, student employees, interns and volunteers. On occasion, some UMass Boston students participate as part of the "Radio Learning Project", a year-long experiential learning program. Local area high school and college students receive credit from their affiliated internship programs. Community volunteers come from all walks of life and assist the station with programming, fundraising efforts and special events.
WUMB-FM is committed to providing unique program offerings. It is the country's foremost radio station for folk and roots music, largely airing a mix including singer-songwriter, blues, Celtic, Americana, bluegrass and more. Weekends, the station is a cultural center for traditional folk and Celtic music, as well as blues, and world music. More than 250 musicians come in to WUMB-FM each year to play live for the station's listeners and provide insight about their music. Public affairs, public service and news programs are blended throughout the entire schedule for a comprehensive educational experience.
WUMB also operates 2 one-week summer music camps and is actively involved in several community engagement projects throughout the year.
A summary statement regarding WUMB's most recent operating funds can be found here.