WUMB June Program Guide

From the Desk of the Programming Director

New Additions to Programming

I hope this message finds you well as we’re already into February.  I wouldn’t say the Winter is “flying by” but the days are getting longer and sooner than later we’ll be into Spring.  Usually Spring ushers in significant change but WUMB has experienced that very same change over the last couple of months.  I’m sure you’ve heard about our new additions but if you haven’t I’ll give a brief overview:

Starting Saturday, February 10th WUMB will be the new home for Breakfast with the Beatles hosted by Chachi Loprete.  Having an all Beatles show is certainly not a new idea in radio but I assure you that Chachi’s passion and knowledge for the Fab Four is pretty much unmatched.  This will not be the kind of easy, breezy Beatles show.  Chachi digs in and you’ll hear not only the songs you know but also interviews, rarities, B-sides, live material and more.  You can hear Breakfast With the Beatles every Saturday from 6-8am starting Saturday, February 10th.

Starting Sunday, February 11th at 7pm it’s the return of Local Folk with new host Perry Persoff.  True story:  one of the main reasons Perry moved to Boston from California was our incredible and eclectic live music scene.  Each week Perry will look back to some of the stalwarts that called Boston home for a time, as well as the best of what’s new and upcoming.  Local Folk is back Sundays at 7pm starting February 11th.

I’m also excited to announce Randi Millman as the newest member to our Announcing Team.  She’s already been on the air here and there…but starting in February you can hear more of her in the Middays from 10-2.  She’ll be in a few a days a week splitting the midday show with Perry Persoff.  Randi is Boston through and through. She’s helped book artists like The Decemberists and Jason Isbell before they were stars, and will bring a truly unique perspective to our lineup.  Again, Randi has already been helping us but you’ll hear a lot more of her in February.

Finally, we’re also bringing Tai Irwin on board.  Tai spent important years in Boston radio hosting the Morning Show on WFNX as well as other stops along the dial.  Tai brings that passion for the music but also passion for local broadcasting.  Starting in February Tai will be making monthly contributions called One Year at a Time, starting with the year 1964.  The point of these specials is to showcase the music of a given year, why it was significant then….and why it’s important still.  Starting in February you’ll hear these once-a-month specials.

I’m really excited about these additions to Programming at WUMB.  They’re all unique and everyone brings something different to the table.  More importantly, these additions were possible because of your generous support.  During our on-air Fundraisers I have often said how “the funds we receive go directly back into Programming.”  These are great examples of the power of Listener-Supported Radio!  Look around the radio landscape in Boston….go ahead.  Many stations are in a transition period with unique, outside-the-box Programming being slashed in favor of doing what’s easy and safe.  Meanwhile at WUMB, Programming has never been stronger than it is now.  We have tremendous nationally-produced shows like World Café, Mountain Stage and American Routes next to Programming produced right here in Boston.  It’s an exciting time here at WUMB, and we wouldn’t be here without your support.

~Jay Moberg
WUMB Music and Programming Director

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