WUMB January Program Guide

2016 Archives

June Programming Highlights

American Routes

6/5 – Creole Eyes and Classical Ears: Tom McDermott and Van Dyke Parks

6/12 – The Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Black Experience in Country Music

6/19 – Earth and Blood: James Blood Ulmer and Tracy Nelson

Mountain Stage

6/4 – Brett Dennen, Liz Vice, Cracker, Elephant Revival and Lords of Liechtenstein

6/11 – Hayes Carll, Darrell Scott, Parker Millsap, Brennen Leigh and Carrie Rodriguez

6/18 – Sarah Jarosz, the Black Lillies, Steve Forbert, Over the Rhine and Robbie Fulks

6/25 – Pokey LaFarge, Dar Williams, Joe Pug, & Jill Sobule Read More…

That’s Right, I’m Not From Texas

As I’m not on the air on a regular basis, doing a show is more fun than it used to be. Work on the air on my birthday? Sure. Come back from a trip and go on the air the first day back? OK. Because I’m on the air sharing music and stories that are enjoyable to pass along.

Recently a small portion of my brain – probably stemming from exposure to celebrity gossip magazines and “Reality” TV – has wondered if I’m a little cursed on the air. Now, I’m a rational guy, but I did happen to notice that when I went away in January, three entertainers died that week (David Bowie most notably). In late April I was filling in on the air. Fifteen minutes before going on, I was checking the internet for any information tidbits that might be useful for the show…and I saw that Prince had passed away. Two minutes after going on the air the phone rings. A listener asks, “did you hear about Prince, is it true?” Read More…

June Member Benefits


Enjoy food, fun, sun, and music at the WUMB BBQ! We will be holding our BBQ on Sunday, June 12th from 1pm to 5pm at Mother’s Rest on Carson Beach. We’ll have food provided by Blue Ribbon Barbecue and live music by Tim O’Brien.

Ticket prices are:

  • $85 Members / $90 non-Members one BBQ ticket
  • $170 Members / $180 non-Members two BBQ tickets
  • $225 Members / $240 non-Members three BBQ tickets
  • $280 Members / $300 non-Members four BBQ tickets

For more information or to purchase tickets now call us at 617-287-6902.

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General Station Information

Looking for the name of a song?  Visit our Playlist Archives:  http://wumb.org/cgi-bin/playlist1.pl

Wondering how to submit music for airplay?  Email WUMB@UMB.EDU

General Station Inquiries?  Email WUMB@UMB.EDU


The Return of Acoustic Sunrise

Beginning May 1, the much-loved program “Acoustic Sunrise” returns to the airwaves on WUMB, Sunday mornings from 8 AM – noon.  Hosted by local folk musician Buffie Groves, this show will feature a wide range of performers and musical styles, from heritage artists like Robert Johnson and Big Mama Thornton up through the singer-songwriters of the Boomer generation, and all the way to contemporary folk and acoustic musicians who are carrying on these traditions for a modern audience.

Both solo and as the “not David Fishken” half of the duo “Fishken & Groves,” over the past 20 years Buffie has performed, run open mikes, helped run concert series and much more throughout New England.  She is “both humbled and beyond excited to be taking the helm of ‘Acoustic Sunrise’ for WUMB.”  Buffie says, “This is the music that I love, and love to share.  I hope that by putting it together thoughtfully I can give listeners both an enjoyable Sunday morning experience of hearing old favorites along with the opportunity to discover new music and artists to add to their own ‘favorites’ list!”

So tune in for Acoustic Sunrise, Sunday mornings at 8 AM, or listen online at wumb.org!



Programming Changes

As we’re finally getting into May it’s finally starting to feel like Spring around here!  With the change of seasons come some changes in our Programming Department here at WUMB.  These changes will take place on May 1st and beyond.  Here’s an overview of the new additions:

Acoustic Sunrise

We’re bringing back Acoustic Sunrise by popular demand.  Our new host is Buffie Groves and each Sunday she’ll be bringing you four hours of acoustic music from all genres.  You can tune in each Sunday Morning from 8am-12pm.  The debut episode is Sunday

Guest Mix

Guest Mix is FINALLY ready!  Starting May 7th host Dave Palmater will sit down and discuss influences and more with local and national musicians and industry folk.  Basically musicians get to play Guest DJ.  They’ll select songs that have inspired them, songs they wish they had written and much more.  Featured guests include Tom Russell, Mark Erelli, Matt Smith of Club Passim and many more!

Folk Tales

I’m very happy to announce that author/musician Scott Alarik has joined the WUMB Programming Department.  Very shortly we’ll be launching a short series called Folk Tales.  These 2-4 minutes features will spotlight the reach of Folk Music.  Why was Pete Seeger important?  Why is he still important today?  How has Lead Belly influenced the music of Jack White?  What’s the true story behind the legend of Robert Johnson?  Scott will answer these and much more.

Highway 61 Revisited

We have received MANY emails asking for more Highway 61 Revisited.  Many of you have asked us to turn it into a podcast.  While that’s a great idea, right now (for several reasons) it’s just not possible.  We’re now offering up Sunday nights for a second airing of Highway 61 Revisited.  So…if you miss it Saturday Mornings from 8am-12pm you can catch it Sunday evening from 8pm-12am.  Read More…

Susan Cattanneo

One of my favorite people to have worked with over the years in New England radio is a woman named Jane Laier.  Jane was a passionate music radio DJ, very knowledgeable about the artists she cared about, and – without trying to be – very funny!  Sometimes I hear her voice talking about lyrics.  She once told me, “I…am a lyric freak.”  I, on the other hand, have never been a lyric freak.  How I admired the people in high school who knew the lyrics to songs.  I had a hard time even understanding the words in the songs I heard on the radio.

Maybe that’s why when I do notice a lyric, it’s as though it comes out and grabs me.  And I hold on to it.

My friend Jane once pointed out a Nick Lowe song called “Mary Provost.”  The first two lines manage to describe all you need to know about Mary Provost’s entire life.  What an amazing skill for a writer.

I thought of that song the first time I saw Susan Cattaneo play at a little club in Union Square, Somerville about five years ago.  She performed a song called “Whiskey Into Tears” (not to be confused with her song “I’m Worth The Whiskey”).  The first line of the song has eight words.  The way she delivered them…I got it.  The line just came out and whacked me upside the emotional solar plexus.  I took a drink…then it took me.  My imagination got with the program, so to speak, and filled in the rest ahead of the following line.  Eight words that described a character’s rise and fall, struggles, and…hopefully…redemption.  All in eight words.  That skill blows me away. Read More…

May Programming Highlights

American Routes

5/8 – Mother’s Day

5/15 – Flaco Jimenez / Eddie Palmieri

5/29 – NEA Heritage Fellowship Concert 2015

Mountain Stage

5/7 – Red Molly, Drew Holcomb, Sam Amidon, The Gibson Brothers and Goodnight, Texas

5/14 – David Lindley, Judy Collins with Ari Hest, The Brothers Comatose, Ben Sollee and Michael Cerveris

5/21 – The Wood Brothers, Sean Rowe, Steve Poltz, Max Hatt & Edda Glass, and Penny & Sparrow

5/28 – Martin Sexton, Milk Carton Kids, Feufollet, the Alison Brown Quartet and Amy Speace Read More…

May Member Benefits

Weekly Online Giveaways

One of the great benefits of being a Member of WUMB is the chance to enter our Weekly Online Giveaways. Every week, we offer our Members a chance to win CDs, tickets, and other great prizes online.

Here are some of the items we have given away over the past few weeks:

–          CD: “Terraplane” by Steve Earle and the Dukes

–          CD: “Let Me Get By” by Tedeschi Trucks Band

–          CD/Mug: “Lola” by Carrie Rodriguez and a WUMB coffee mug

–          CD: “Side Pony” by Lake Street Dive

To see what we’re offering this week, visit our Giveaway page: http://wumb.org/members/weeklygiveaway.php Read More…

Special Features on WUMB

You already know that WUMB presents a great lineup of shows throughout the week. But do you know about all of the terrific special features that run during the day, Monday through Friday? Read More…