Learn more about WUMB's program policies below:
General Programming Philosophy
WUMB radio's primary business is public service radio
programming. Public service programming demands that
a significant audience be served by significant programming.
Programs and songs will be selected and will be maintained
on WUMB' broadcast stations because they attract listeners.
A consistent criterion is applied in the selection
of all programming and program elements in order to
gain a significant audience. While this criterion
cant be measured like the number of CD's on
a shelf or counted like listeners, it most certainly
can be assessed through the judgements of individuals.
If we know what were listening for, well
know when we hear it, and well know it when
one show, or song has it and another doesnt.
There are four major elements to our criteria: high
production quality, respect for the subject and the
listener, intelligence of presentation and depth of
Concert & Event Calendar
- All calendar listings can only be approved through the WUMB staff person(s) designated to approve calendar submissions. Weekday announcers or other WUMB staff are not allowed to add or make changes to the music calendar listings. Submit your calendar listings here. All calendar announcements must be submitted at least one week in advance of the performance/event date.
- The WUMB Concert & Event Calendar is a Web-only service.
All music interviews requests must be coordinated and scheduled through the In-Studio-Interview coordinator (currently the WUMB Music Director). Announcers are not allowed to schedule his/her own interviews. There is no exception
to this policy.
All interviews must conform to the following, unless otherwise approved by the Local Program Manager:
- Times: Weekdays, between 9am-7pm; Weekends, if the artist fits the genre
- Length: 20-25 minutes
- Format: All performers must play live. The interview will consist of approximately 5 minutes of talk/5 minutes music, up to a maximum of a 20 minute interview.
- Performer(s) must have at least three songs being played in the designated show music data base in order to request an interview.
- Performers must wait at least three months after an on-air appearance before requesting an additional interview on any WUMB show.
- Performers of interest to the most significant portion of our audience will be approved ahead of
- Performers who have not appeared on the WUMB airwaves before, or who appear less frequently will be approved ahead of others.
- Performers may request, or be directed to be interviewed on a weekend show when more appropriate.
- Live music must be performed by the artist(s) during the interview unless otherwise approved by
the Local Program Manager in advance. Music can not be played from a CD or other recording device. There will be no telephone interviews.
- Only one interview will be approved in support of any particular event.
- All non-musician interviews (poets, storytellers, festival organizers, etc) must be cleared by the Local Program Manager and will only be approved for the 6pm time slot or on a weekend show.
All tickets, CD or other Giveaways must be accepted and coordinated only by the WUMB staff person(s) designated with this responsibility. WUMB announcers are not allowed to do their own giveaways.
For weekday programs, concert tickets must be for musicians performing within 30 miles of any of WUMB's broadcast transmitter sites who you can hear on WUMB during our Monday through Friday, 6am-7pm music shows. For weekend programs, concert tickets must be by artists that are currently being programmed on the designated WUMB show during which the artist is broadcast.
Unless otherwise approved by WUMB senior staff, giveaways are limited to one pair of tickets or one item per airshift. Exception to this policy, or decisions for other giveaways are made based on anticipated audience interest and will be determined by WUMB senior staff. The designated ticket giveaway staff person will also be responsible for coordinating any tickets for WUMB Member Web giveaways.
Public Service Announcements
WUMB has approximately 70 spots/week for public service
announcements. Each week, up to eight new
public service announcements will be selected, and
placed into a rotation of PSA's to be aired that
week. Most PSA's will run for two weeks, randomly throughout our schedule.
- All public service announcements must be in writing,
and sent to the attention of the Public Service Announcement (PSA)
Coordinator. Please do not contact other WUMB staff about PSA's.
- You should always be sure to include a one sentence description of
your organization, as well as the name and contact number of someone we can
call in the event we need additional information - this number will not be given to
listeners. Also, if it's an event, you should include the day, date, time of the event,
if there is an admission charge, and please be sure to include a phone number we can use in
the announcement if our listeners want to call you themselves for more information.
- You can e-mail PSA's to: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to: (617) 287-6916.
If you use e-mail, please do not send along an attached file. Just include the
information in the body of the e-mail. We will not open an attached file.
Our mailing address is: WUMB Radio, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA, 02125-3393.
- PSA's should be submitted no less than two weeks
prior to an event
- PSA's which appear to be of interest to the largest
number of targeted listeners will be selected from
- The organization or event being promoted must
- If the PSA is about an event, the event promoted
must be open to our entire audience, which includes listeners in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod and Newburyport,
as well as those who listen world-wide through the internet.
- UMass Boston events will receive first preference
The following is not allowed:
- Fundraising messages for any organization
- PSA's for any political organizations, or in support
for or against any ballot questions
All PSAs must be approved by the Local Program Manager
before airing. The decision of the Local Program Manager regarding the selection of all public service announcements is final.
As a result of the large volume of PSA's we receive each week, we are not able to answer inquiries about whether or not we received your announcement, or if we intend to air a particular announcement. Please do not call to follow up on your mailing.