WUMB November Program Guide

November 2016 Archives

WUMB’s Winter Acoustic Music Weekend Registration is Now Open!

Winter Acoustic Music Weekend

February 17 – 19, 2017
Groton, Massachusetts

Featuring: Scott Ainslie, John Doerschuk,
Cliff Eberhardt, Lorraine Hammond,
Bennett Hammond, Stuart Kenny, Pam Weeks
and TJ Wheeler!

Jug Band, Cajun, Blues, Singing, Songwriting, Performance,
Mountain Dulcimer, Mandolin and More!!


A WUMB-FM sponsored, hands-on winter weekend of acoustic music immersion for pickers, performers, singers and songwriters. Come for classes, faculty concerts, student concerts, guided jams, informal jams, inspiration, camaraderie and warmth!

Fees and Payment:

– 2 person shared room w/private bath $525 Member/$575 Non-Member
-2 person shared room w/shared bathroom $450 Member/$500 Non-Member
-You may reserve a spot with a $200 deposit
-Final payments due no later than January 15th
To reserve your spot call 617-287-6915 or visit the SAMW website

WUMB Live At the Burren – Samantha Farrell

Our series of LIVE broadcasts from The Burren in Somerville continued last week with singer/songwriter Samantha Farrell. Sam is a local artist whose voice drips with soul and emotion…she truly draws you in with her unique sound. I got a chance to talk to her before she took the stage, and I was excited to learn more about her latest album, September Sun. Turns out she bought a quality microphone and recorded a lot of it in her shoe closet! She also told me that the album was directly inspired by autumn in New England, so it makes sense that it’s got the perfect vibe for this time of year. Sam had a bunch of killer local musicians join her on stage to recreate her new songs, and she threw in some fun tunes from her earlier albums too.

For me, it felt like another night of live radio magic…complete with a mad dash to make it to the venue on time in the traffic and the rain! Big thanks to Tom Bianchi for making things happen at The Burren, I know he’s just as excited about these live broadcasts as we are. Props to Jay Moberg for making it sound flawless back at the station, and to our engineer Grady Moates for making the technical setup so streamlined and problem-free.

We’ve got more to come!

Thursday, November 17th with Ian Fitzgerald
Thursday, December 15th with Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

Hope you can join us at The Burren or tune in as it happens!

Lunchtime Special

Now that I’ve been doing it for a little over a year, I should probably explain the concept behind the Lunchtime Special. Or should I say concepts, as each weekday has a different one. Read More…

November Programming Highlights

Daily Dylan
Monday –Friday 5:30p

Week of 11/1 – Good as I Been To You was released this week in 1992
Week of 11/7 – Dylan’s highest charting songs ever
Week of 11/14 – Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume 2 was released this week in 1971
Week of 11/21 Selections from the Last Waltz which was recorded this week in 1976
Week of 11/28 Some of Bob’s most memorable collaborations

World Café
Monday – Friday 10pm – Midnight

11/1 – John Paul White
11/2 – DJ Shadow
11/3 – Darlingside
11/4 – Bob Weir

Folk Tales
Saturday 7a-8a

11/5 Elizabeth Cotton, Celtic Music and the story of Yankee Doodle are all topics

Highway 61 Revisited
Saturday 8a-Noon
Repeats Sunday 8p-Midnight

11/5 Birthday celebrations for Gram Parsons & Joni Mitchell
11/12 a huge Birthday celebration for Neil Young!
11/19 Birthday nods to Gene Clark & Gordon Lightfoot
11/26 Birthday nods to Jimi Hendrix & John Mayall

Local Folk
Saturday Noon-2p

11/5 New bluegrass from groups like Cold Chocolate, Damn Tall Buildings, and Lula Wiles
11/12 Third Thursdays preview with music from Samantha Farrell, Ian Fitzgerald, and Miss Tess
11/19 Music from Mark Erelli, Jeffrey Foucault, and Will Dailey
11/26 Music from Chris Smither, Peter Wolf, and Dennis Brennan Read More…

From the Desk of the Program Director

Before I begin, let me take a very brief moment to thank you!  I’d like to personally thank you if you donated/listened/cheered us on etc during our Fall Fundraiser.  We had one of the best Fundraisers we’ve ever had in the history of the station and that shows me that you’re enjoying what you’re hearing.  Now that you’ve done your part, it’s our turn.  We’ll make sure we use this money wisely and to continue to create new programming and new events for our Members.

Now…onto business!

We’ve got a very exciting November coming up and I’d like to share a few of the many events and programs that are happening.

New episodes of Folk Tales and Guest Mix are on the way.  We heard you loud and clear during our Fundraiser that you love these shows and want to hear more of them!  We’re working on it!  Currently Folk Tales is on at 7am on Saturdays and Guest Mix is on at 7pm.  We’re currently working on getting both of those programs more desirable time slots. Read More…

Behind the Scenes on Guest Mix

Back when I first started at WUMB, we used to re-broadcast old Guest Mix shows once a week in the 5am hour, just before the morning show began.  The shows sounded like so much fun.  Dick Pleasants was the host and had an easy rapport with the artists who would pick the music.

Well, after lots of listener feedback – that’s you, by the way – and help from improved fundraising support from you, we brought the show back last May.  Dave Palmater hosts, and has Dave ever not had an easy rapport with artists he interviews in-studio?  I am not a scenester” but whenever I hear Dave interview a musician, I feel like I’m friends with the “in” crowd just by listening (cue the Ramsey Lewis…).  Thank you for that, Dave!  But back to “Guest Mix.”  It’s really been a labor of love to produce those sessions.  With production assistance from Jordan Wuth, who also works behind the scenes on Scott Alarik’s “Folk Tales”, and editing the sessions myself as well, I have to say that the conversations and the musical selections from the artists are very entertaining, and often revealing.  The shows can be a great way to pick up information and background about the artists without taking time to scour the internet.  Read More…

November Member Benefits

 Matching Gifts

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent Member Drive!

I would like to remind all of our Members that you can increase the value of your gift via Matching Funds. It’s a very easy process. Simply ask your personnel department if they have a Matching Gift Program. If so, ask for a form, fill it out, and send it to us. It’s a very easy way that may double the value of your gift!

In order to complete the Match, your company may ask for a 501(c)(3) Tax ID. We are covered by the University of Massachusetts Foundation which has a 501(c)(3) Tax ID of 04-6013152. Please clearly designate the funds to WUMB Radio / UMass Boston.

If you have any questions about Matching Gifts, feel free to contact the Membership Office at wumb.membership@umb.edu or by phone at 617-287-6902. Thank you! Read More…