WUMB February Program Guide

From the Studio

In-Studio Surprises–How’d They Come Up With That?

Late September and mid-to-late October met in a convergence of long pursued goals for me.  I moved to an area I’d coveted for years.  Then the Red Sox made it to and through the post-season.

During this process, I cracked open a box marked “books” and was greeted with W.P. Kinsella’s The Thrill of the Grass.  This is a collection of short stories set in professional Baseball, some in the Major Leagues and many in the Minor Leagues.  Some of the stories even center around Baseball.  But mostly, the characters bounce off the subject like a ground ball on a pock-marked infield before rolling into another area of life.

Thinking about this led to one more confluence of excitement: the Red Sox’ world series run to re-discovering The Thrill of the Grass to what was then the upcoming visit of Greg Brown to WUMB (Friday November 1st).  Greg’s song Laughing River would have fit right in with The Thrill of the Grass.  Getting to play Major League Baseball is such a classic dream.  Like with all dreams, the work it takes to get there can run up against the ultimate question, “is it worth it?”  As in the character of Laughing River who, after 20 years in the Minor Leagues and never making it to “The Show” (a nickname for the Major Leagues) decides he’s better off trading in his old bat for a fishing pole.  Goodbye to paying dues, it’s time to enjoy doing nothing…just fishing, gardening, visiting friends, playing with the kids.  Oh, if only we could reap a decent salary doing that, eh?   Read More…

A Time for Thanks

November is that month that, at least here in the US, we give thanks, so this month I want to say thank you. Thank you for listening and thank you for donating. As I’ve said many times, we can’t do it  without you, and it would be really silly to try.

I also want to thank all the musicians who make the music we share with you on WUMB. It’s not easy making a living it this part of the music business and most of these folks make great sacrifices to share their songs with us. Think what it’s like to drive 400 miles (each way) to a gig that pays just enough to cover the gas, where, if you sell enough CD you’ll be able to go home with some cash in your pocket. Their passion is inspiring.

I want to thank all of the people who run the venues where we go to see the performers heard on WUMB. I especially want to single out the member organizations of the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association. I personally want to thank all of the volunteers that make the BACHA venues go. They work hard to bring the music into our communities.

Speaking of volunteers, I want to thank all of the folks who answer phones during our member drives. Not only are they doing something valuable for the station, but it’s nice for us on the staff to get a chance to see, and chat, with them.

As usual, during our recent member drive, our work study students were the backbone of the effort and I want to publically thank Esteban, Annie, Kayla, and Mercedes.

Thanks again, for being a part of the WUMB family. I hope whatever holiday, or holidays, you celebrate this winter are all that you want them to be.


Dave Palmater
WUMB Weekday Announcer/Acoustic Sunrise

Local Folk with Patrick Coman

It’s been an exciting first month for me at WUMB, curating and hosting Local Folk on Saturdays from 12-2pm. I was fortunate enough to be involved in the New England Americana Festival as a performer, organizer, and running sound and MCing at the WUMB stage on Winthrop Park. Events like this where 65+ folk, roots, blues, and Americana bands were seen all throughout Harvard Square, remind me of the incredible range of musical talent that our city and our region has to offer. It also reminds me of why programs like Local Folk are important in helping to spotlight just some of these amazing artists, because if there’s one thing I took from this festival is that there is a hunger for locally produced music. To be able to help deliver that to listeners who I know will love these artists as much as I do is incredibly meaningful.

-Patrick Coman

On the Road

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain until you see their specks dispersing?  It’s the too huge world vaulting us, and it’s goodbye.  But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

–Jack Kerouac, On The Road. Read More…

England with Dave

It seems to me that we are only beginning to harness the true power of the internet, that being the ability to make massive volumes of content easily available to one and all. A new Folk Music related resources has recently come online and I’d like to highlight that as well as a couple of other projects that may be of interest. Read More…

Did You Know…..with Brendan Hogan

Did you know that Bobby Bland – one of the great Memphis soul/blues singers of B.B. King’s generation who passed away at the end of June at the age of 83 – recently discovered that fellow Memphis bluesman James Cotton is his half brother? Cotton is still making great music with the release of his new record “Cotton Mouth Man”, which you can hear throughout the week on WUMB.

Summer has arrived!

Summer makes you feel life’s possibilities:  Places to go, events to experience, outdoor activities to participate in.  Even just taking a leisurely walk in the early evening is kind of exhilarating.  It’s light until the 8 o’clock hour—how great is that?!?

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Traditional Folk with John Gersh

Trad Folk once again blurs the lines between vintage blues, bluegrass, old-time country, country and western, western swing, honky-tonk, hillbilly, rockabilly, truck driving songs and more!  Read More…

Dark Was the Night

Tune in Saturday, June 10th!  I will be celebrating my 10th year in radio. During the 10pm hour I will play and talk about songs that got me interested in blues, roots and songwriter, inspiring me into my career.

See you there!
-Brendan Hogan
Dark Was the Night
Saturday 8p-Midnight


Did you know:
Memphis blues guitarist Pat Hare – who had one of the first distorted electric guitar sounds on record – recorded a song in 1954 at Sun Studio called “I’m Gonna Murder My Baby”, and in 1963 he did just that. Hare shot dead his girlfriend and a responding Chicago police officer and spent the rest of his life in prison

Dark Was the Night

– Did you know Little Walter was a big part of Muddy Waters’ electrified Chicago blues sound in the early 50s, but decided to front his own group when a patron in a bar tipped Little Walter less than the rest of Muddy’s band? We’ll celebrate the music of Walter in recognition of his birthday on 5/1.

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