WUMB September Program Guide

From the Studio

Changes in the Air(waves) at WUMB!

WUMB 91.9 FM, UMass Boston’s full-format folk, roots and world music radio station, is very pleased to announce some changes in its Fall programming line-up.   There will be a new voice on air, and a familiar voice at a new time. Read More…

Return of the Night Owl

Thank you, Willie Nelson, writer of “The Night Life.”

Summer ended for me with a sudden return to “The Night Life”.  With wacky work schedules over the years, I have not had a night life in recent memory.  Buoyed by the pleasant warmth of late summer nights, this was like a burst of ice cream after a period of austere dieting.

More specifically, it was a return to the (Night) Club Life.  This started with one night that began at a paid show at Johnny D’s in Somerville; from there I walked to a cover-free Toad in neighboring Cambridge, then stopped in at The Burren pub in Somerville while walking back to where I’d started.  The spirited live music kept my own spirits elevated.  And who knows, maybe that “benefits of light exercise” thing was also at work, thanks to these three venues being within a 20 minute walk.  The next day my quad’s were complaining–what, do I have to stretch before taking a walk?  But the rest of me wanted more live music.  So I went out another couple of nights that week.  Thankfully, there are music clubs open past Midnight and bands doing later sets.  This is important when you work until 10 or 11pm!    Read More…

The WUMB Music Meeting

There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t get numerous questions from WUMB Members sent my way.  It usually ends up being the proverbial Whitman’s Sampler of questions like “What year did that song come out?”, “who was the singer in the background?”, or “I’ve never heard that song…where do I find it?”  All of course are excellent questions and I never mind answering them…but one of the most popular questions I get is “How do you select your music?”.  So with that, I figured maybe pulling back the curtain and explaining how we select our music might be an interesting topic. Read More…

Local Coffeehouses

As school starts and the weather, hopefully, cools, it is an opportune time to remind you what a great entertainment value your local coffeehouse is.
For little more than the price of a movie ticket you get a full concert and you’re seldom more than six or eight rows from the stage. It’s an up close and personal experience with a world class artist and at intermission you can, for a couple dollars more enjoy coffee or tea and home baked treats. After the show you can take advantage of the opportunity to chat with the artist, and may be even buy a CD as a memento of the evening. What other genera of music offers that kind of access to the performer.

No matter where you live in Eastern New England there’s a coffeehouse near you. They are usually held in a church hall or basement and they are all volunteer run. This is what keeps the ticket prices so low. Most of the region’s coffeehouses belong to the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association and you can find not only where your local coffeehouse is but get listing for venues all over the region by visiting http://www.bostoncoffeehouses.org/. For more concert and club listings visit http://wumb.org/calendar/musiccalendar.php.


Have a great fall and I’ll see you at the coffeehouse!

-Dave Palmater

Dylan Goes Electric!

Evolution or revolution? Much like the question of nature vs. nurture, it is often hard to tell for sure. Often it is some of each. That is certainly the case with the subject of Elijah Wald’s new book: Dylan’s electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival fifty years ago. Was it a masterstroke by a visionary poet/singer or was it the natural evolution of both Dylan as an artist and the Newport Folk Festival itself. Read More…

You Don’t Have To Be a Dead Head

“It was right around the day that Jerry died, was the day it seemed my life had just begun…”

So begins the song Mexico 1995 by Asheville, North Carolina band Tellico on their debut release RELICS AND ROSES.  The song is singer Anya Hinkle’s look back at her four month trip from Nogales, Arizona through Guatemala and back, mostly by bus and mostly by herself.  It’s a compelling enough story of an eye-opening journey to a different world, a profound contrast following her college experience.  Yet there was something about the song’s title and the “Jerry” reference (Garcia) that made it more potent.

That missing factor became apparent one night during the first week of July.  I was listening to World Café on WUMB that night.  Host David Dye was talking with author David Browne about his book, So Many Roads – The Life And Times of the Grateful Dead.  Then it hit me.  This August 9th would mark 20 years since Jerry Garcia passed away.  It’s funny how when you put a significant anniversary to an event, the memory windows open by themselves.

Love them or hate them, you don’t have to be a Dead Head to appreciate the Grateful Dead’s impact on musical culture.  Coming from a background of Jug Band, Blues, and Bluegrass music, they morphed into an entity all their own as a touring machine–an extended family of employees, friends…and of course, fans.  Then again, to merely call Dead Heads “fans” is a colossal understatement. Read More…

Programming Changes

As I’m writing this it’s the end of July and we’re heading into August.  I really hope you’re having a great Summer and I wanted to keep you informed on some Programming changes that we’ve made over the last few weeks.

First I’d like to officially welcome Brendan Hogan as our new Morning Show host.  Brendan has been with the station for a few years now and the one thing I’ve noticed is just how passionate he is about sharing music with people.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever worked with a host in my 15 year radio career who’s so passionate and enthusiastic.  The Morning Show with Brendan Hogan won’t be filled with zany bits or incessant ranting about our local sports teams…just music.  Brendan’s knowledge runs extremely deep so you’ll hear older songs, newer music, local artists and much more.  I hope you’ll tune in and give him a listen!  I’d also like to wish Dominick Indindoli the best!  He’s been our Morning Show host for the last year or so and Dominick is moving on to other opportunities and we wish him well!

I’d like to take this time to welcome Jackie Brush as our new host of A-Train!  Just like I mentioned earlier, the key word is “passion”.  Jackie has been involved with radio to one degree or another for many years and I know she’s very excited about joining WUMB.  Each Sunday morning from 8am-12pm she’ll be featuring Jazz, Soul, R&B and more from artists like John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Van Morrison and many more.

Lastly I’d like to welcome Danielle Miraglia to WUMB as well!  Danielle is a terrific local musician but she also has demonstrated a deep love and knowledge of all kinds of music.  She’s going to be filling in on air from time to time!

Whether you’ve been listening for many years or you’ve just found us, I really appreciate you listening and supporting WUMB.  I’m here for your feedback as well…you can reach me at jay.moberg@umb.edu.  Thank you and have a terrific August!


Steve Tilston

How often do you get to see Al Pacino portray one of your friends in a movie? Actually the story is a little more complex than that, but I’ll try to be brief.

You probably remember Steve Tilston. Brilliant guitarist, much honored songwriter with 20 plus albums to his credit, and a former instructor at WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week. In 1971 Steve, then a 20 year old artist at the start of his career, was interviewed by ZigZag, an English music magazine. That interview was read by none other than John Lennon, who was inspired to write a letter to Steve. It was addressed to Steve and the writer who conducted the interview care of the magazine. It never reached either. Suspicion is that someone in the ZigZag office sold the letter and, for all intents and purposes, it was lost for some 34 years. Read More…

Perry’s A-Train Jazz/Soul Odyssey

The long adventure is almost over. After seven weeks of unexpectedly filling in for A-Train, it’s time for me to hand the reigns over to a new full-time host starting in July.

It’s been said in so many words that The Unexpected can provide moments you flourish in. Each week of hosting A-Train (Sundays 8am to Noon) has been a bit of a surprise. For instance, on the third week I stared at my prospective song list on Friday morning–still with major holes to fill–and waited for inspiration to hit. Something finally sparked the creative juices… and I wound up with a good show. Phew! Read More…