WUMB August Program Guide

From the Studio

Coming up on Folk Tales!

June 3, we’ll visit with B.B. King and why he really named his guitars, “Lucille.”  June 10, it’s the story behind “Tom Dooley,” the song that kick-started the Folk Revival.  June 17, we’ll remember the quintessential New England songwriter, Bill Morrissey; and June 24, a look at slave songs, and the remarkable story they tell us about the people who created them.  All this, along with great music and surprises.  Please join me for these journeys to the roots of roots music.

~ Scott Alarik

WUMB’s Third Thursdays at THE BURREN

I was the host for our Third Thursday at the Burren in May and it was another very special night of live and local music.

Dietrich Strause was our artist and he brought a killer band – Lyle Brewer on guitar, Billy Beard on drums and Zachariah Hickman on bass!

Minor league baseball announcer David Tanklefsky was brought along as well…and did a hilarious “play by play” of the show for radio listeners. Read More…

Family Connection on The Morning Show

For June the Family Connection feature will highlight  brothers and sisters in R&B, every Wednesday at 8 AM.


Come and Join Me on the Dixie Bee Line!

I’ve been collecting old hillbilly music since the early 1970’s… and the more obscure, the better!  My collection ranges from the dawn of recorded music (early 20th century) to the current day… but the real focus lies before 1970…. this month (like many other months) we’ll be doing a deep dive into what I call the “Full Hillbilly Spectrum”, which would include vintage country blues, bluegrass, old-time country, Country & Western, LOTS of western swing (really a lot like early jazz), Honky-Tonk, Rockabilly, truck-driving, and drinking songs.  Oh yes, lost love and lots of small critters and barnyard animals.  Lots of antiquated double-entendres, CB radio lingo, etc!  So do drop in to the Dixie Bee Line, Saturday evenings from 10 PM till midnight.  I do this for the fun, and you will be drawn into the fun, guaranteed!

~ Jon

WUMB Moments (some of mine, and how about some of yours…)

So when last we left each other, I had copped to the fact that I was about to turn six years at WUMB.  And now that I have, well, what a way to tempt the Gears of Looking Back to lubricate themselves.  I think I hear them squeaking now (referencing sound effects in print isn’t so strange…not when it’s from a sound production guy).

And while I might entertain you with a few of my special WUMB moments, what would really be interesting is to compare your WUMB moments.  They could be your responses to a song or artist the first time you heard them, an experience at a WUMB Member concert, or at a show by a group you first heard on the station.  Maybe we have some special WUMB moments in common.  Alright, here goes with some of mine… Read More…

The Apple and the Tree: Generations of Family Relations in Music

Throughout the month of May The Morning Show will explore family relations in music that span multiple generations, from child to parents to grandparents.

~ Brendan 

Dear Mike, Thanks Again For Your Encouragement and Inspiration 20 Years On.

I did not really think it would happen.  But today as I write this [on May 1st], I turn 20.  This is a neat trick at any age.  I should explain.  I turn 20 in Boston.  For years I imagined telling people, “I lived in Boston for nearly 20 years.”  But today it is 20 years on the dot.  And I am still here…often still trying to figure it out. Read More…

This Month’s Family Connection on the Morning Show!

Every Wednesday morning at 8 the Morning Show’s “Family Connection” feature will focus on sisters in music. From the Carter Sisters to Joan and Mimi to the sisters Soderbergh of First Aid Kit, we’ll explore the harmony and collaboration of women siblings throughout the 20th Century and current time.
— Brendan

The Science of Music (A Mystery to Me…)

Have you ever seen the cartoon “Dexter’s Laboratory?” Dexter is a 5-year-old science wunderkind. He’s got a big lab in the basement of his family’s house. The bane of his existence is keeping his mischievous older sister Dee Dee out of there so she won’t hit a wrong button, etc. Each show starts with Dexter waking up and saying, “Today is a great day for Science!Read More…

Top 10 of 2016-The Announcer’s Picks

Our Announcer’s top 10 album picks for 2016…. Read More…