WUMB January Program Guide

2016 Archives

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…

WUMB Thanks the Fall Fundraiser Sponsors!

We at WUMB Radio would like to take the time to thank the following companies who generously donated food to our Fall Fundraiser!  We have so many volunteers that take time from their busy schedule to assist us during our Fundraisers and it’s important that we have snacks to keep their energy up as they answer those pledge calls!   Read More…

Folk Tales with Scott Alarik

Folk Tales with Scott Alarik

Wherever you are as you’re reading this…I hope you’re doing well and enjoying Autumn officially!  The Summer has been so busy around WUMB for many reasons, and one of them is finally coming to fruition this Saturday!  Folk Tales with Scott Alarik premieres on September 24th at 7am.

WUMB has and will always be focused on sharing our love of all things Folk/Roots and this show will focus on those connections.  “Why is Pete Seeger still important?”, “Who was Bessie Smith?”, and “Was Robert Johnson really that influential?”.  These types of questions and of course many, many more will be answered during this show.  Read More…

October Programming Highlights

Guest Mix

10/8 – Darrell Scott

10/15 – Lori McKenna

10/22 – Dietrich Strause

American Routes

10/9 – How Blue Can You Get?: Howard Tate and Lyle Lovett

10/16 – Home Grown Soul: Booker T. Jones & Jimmy Hughes

10/23 – From Backroads to Backatown: Drive-By Truckers and Trombone Shorty

10/30 – Halloween Special Read More…

WUMB at The Burren

The kickoff to our “Third Thursday” series at The Burren in Somerville was an exciting night! Christian McNeill & friends played a killer set on the back room stage and we carried the show live on our airwaves. There’s always a neat atmosphere during a live radio broadcast. I noticed folks glancing over to realize that I was up to something, with my mic and headphones in the corner of the room…later, the audience was hushed as the musicians took their positions, and I was ready to do an intro, but we had about a minute before our last song played on WUMB. I stood grinning on the side of the stage, in the somewhat awkward silence, waiting to be cued by Patrick Coman, who was on the phone with the folks back at the station. It only added to that element of excitement…I could tell the audience really felt like a part of LIVE RADIO, which is a rare and special thing these days.

Big thanks to Tom Bianchi, who works tirelessly at the Burren and elsewhere in the Boston music scene, and thanks to Christian for being our guinea pig. We’ve got more live broadcasts to come, thanks to Patrick, who has booked some exciting acts (see below). More thank yous go out to our engineer, Grady Moates, who set up all the tech, and to our Program Director Jay Moberg, who came up with this great idea! We say it a lot, but it can’t be said enough – without listener support, we wouldn’t be able to do these kinds of things, so a big THANK YOU to our listeners and supporters.

Upcoming Thursdays LIVE at the Burren:

10/27 – Samantha Farrell


11/17 – Ian Fitzgerald


12/15 – Miss Tess & The Talkbacks


1/19 – Damn Tall Buildings



Jess Phaneuf
Assistant Music Director | Evening Show Host
WUMB Boston 91.9FM // www.wumb.org
(617) 287 6913