WUMB July Program Guide

2020 Archives

Getting Back in the Folk Tales Saddle….

Greetings from the Folk Tales corral. I’ve missed our weekly visits while the pandemic makes it impossible for me to get to WUMB. I’m fine, though, eager to get back and working on some adventurous Folk Tales for you, including the impact the 1950s blacklist had on folk music––and on energizing the ‘60s revival; the19th-century parlor music fad (when corny was hipster), and how it created American pop; the obscure country star who created the template for the modern folksinger, Bradley Kincaid; and up-close visits with James Taylor, Flatt & Scruggs, and the indomitable Mavis Staples. Read More…

Much Ado About July on H61

-hello again from H61-land as we s-l-o-w-l-y return to so-called normalcy, seems like we just ‘spoke’ via this newsletter days ago, seemingly, even though we supposedly have more time on our hands, the days, the year, is flying by… Read More…

The Local Music Corner

As life starts oh so slowly to open up, I’d like to offer thanks to those musicians who have decided to do a show or two outside on their (or a friend’s) porch. Perhaps you have also been to one of these, as I have in Medford and Roslindale. I guess a few e-mails go out to people who might be interested, rather than a full ad campaign. No doubt the theory is that this would keep the crowd numbers reasonable, with the attendees wearing face masks and keeping their distance from one another. Read More…

Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck

One of the benefits of the past few months has been finding more time to read books. One such novel that I had been meaning to (re)read for a while is John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I think I “read” it during high school, but in all honesty that might have meant I watched the John Ford film adaptation starring Peter Fonda and called it a day. Which is all well and fine because I don’t think teenage Brendan could have really grasped what Steinbeck was getting at in the novel. Read More…

BILL WITHERS: Born On The Fourth

No matter how old you are, the songs of Bill Withers have likely been in your head for a long time. Great music tends to get the attention of every generation. Read More…

July

I hope you’re doing your best to enjoy Summer through these very strange and somewhat challenging times. Here’s a rundown of what is going on in the world of Programming at WUMB! Read More…

July Member Benefits

The Members Corner

Message from the Membership Office

Thank you for your continued support of WUMB!

The Membership Office continues to run on a limited schedule. Thank you for your patience during this time as we work to process donations and keep operations running.

Please note that voicemail will be checked and calls will be returned whenever possible, but the best way to contact the Membership Office will be via email at wumb.membership@umb.edu. Read More…

July Programming Highlights

Artist of the Week is now Artist of the Day. Check our Website for updates!

Breakfast With the Beatles – Saturday at 6am
7/4 We celebrate Ringo Starr’s 80th Birthday!
7/11 We’ll track Side 2 of Meet The Beatles on Capitol Records mono
7/18 We’re tracking Side 1 of Beatles VI on Capitol Records mono!
7/25 We’ll start the show by tracking Side 2 of Beatles VI on Capitol Records mono! Read More…

BIG BILL BROONZY

First and foremost before getting into anything else, I want to thank you for your generosity during the Spring Fundraiser this year. I know things are not easy for every one of us on many levels, so your support means the world to all of us at WUMB. You sure know how to make us feel like we’re doing a good thing for you! Thank you, we’ll keep it up.

Big Bill Broonzy. Man, he’s one of my favorites. The guy was so important to the development of American folk and blues music in the first half of the 20th century, and yet I feel like he is still overlooked. Maybe that’s because he passed away right before the folk revival of the early 60s caught on, or maybe it’s because not too many people play his music today or interpret his songs. Who knows? But on Friday, June 26th the Morning Show will celebrate Big Bill for an hour starting at 9 AM.

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Breakfast With The Beatles Is BACK!

After being on a hiatus for the last 8 weeks due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are extremely happy to say that Breakfast With The Beatles is currently back On-The-Air with fresh new shows on 91.9FM WUMB!  We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience during this difficult time and we hope you and yours are healthy and happy.  Everybody seemed to enjoy the encore presentations that we aired, but there is nothing like bringing you a new Breakfast With The Beatles show every Saturday morning from 6a-8am on WUM-Beatles. June is the perfect time to return too, because Beatles fans know that June is Paul McCartney’s Birthday month. He was born on June 18th, 1942! Read More…