WUMB October Program Guide

From the Studio

May Flowers on WUMBs Morning Show

May is one of the most exciting 31 days of the year as far as important music-related birthdays go. As a radio host and producer I become giddy when I see a list of names like we have to dig in to for the month: Judy Collins and Little Walter (5/1), Pete Seeger and James Brown (5/3), Robert Johnson (5/8), Donovan (5/10), Stevie Wonder (5/13), Big Joe Turner (5/18), Pete Townsend (5/19), Bob Dylan (5/24), T-Bone Walker, Gladys Knight, and John Fogerty (5/28). The list goes on! All of these artists and their work will be featured on WUMB, either during the weekday or weekend programming. Sometimes both! Read More…

Hello Blackbird, Hello Starling, Winter’s Over, Be My Darling

April has always been one of my favorite months. Usually, the snow is gone and the trees turn green. The whole idea of knowing that I won’t need to leave the house with a coat on a regular basis at some point soon makes me so happy.

One of the other things that I love about April is Record Store Day. If you’ve seen any pictures of my apartment on social media, you’ll know that my place is filled with lots of “collectible” things from my years in music and traveling. Any time I catch wind of “limited edition,” “one off,” or “numbered,” I’m like Pavlov’s Dog, surreptitiously on my phone trying to assess the availability, price point, & projected happiness generated by procuring said item. Upon thinking about this more, I probably should set up a matrix of price vs. happiness. My $6 box of Little Feminist magnets consistently bring me more daily joy than my $8000 car…but that’s another post for another day. Read More…

Concerts, Local Music…and PORCHFEST!

Hello, my fellow music fans. Before we get to the Local Music Corner, I just want to share with you that as I write this, I am still feeling the glow of two fantastic live shows WUMB was part of. Our member concert at the Belleville Church in Newburyport last April 13th with The Seldom Scene was a combination of superlative musicianship, goosebump-inducing harmonies, and disarming humor that brought everyone into the circle. And despite expecting it, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic’s performance at the April 18th 3rd Thursday At The Burren show was…wow. After the radio broadcast portion of the show they played a few songs for the people who attended in person. That included one song where the band got off the stage and walked around the audience, playing with no microphones. Read More…

Springtime Blues

I came home from work the other day, and all of a sudden the forsythias were all in bloom.  Next day, I came home from work and the trees were all budded out.  Yes, I’m ready for spring.  I hope some of you got down to the New England Folk Festival last month, that was a lot of fun.  We scored excellent weather all weekend, and got to have our jam sessions outdoors, a real stroke of luck.  April can be fickle in New England.  Read More…

New Music from Son Volt!

Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, I was embracing music that critics named, “alternative country.” Bands like  Uncle Tupelo, Old 97’s, Freakwater, Blue Mountain, and the Bottle Rockets were my staples. With the breakup of Uncle Tupelo came two meaningful bands in my life, Wilco and Son Volt. In 1995, Son Volt, headed by Jay Farrar, released their debut Trace. I don’t think a day went by for quite a long time that I didn’t listen to that record. Songs like “Windfall” and “Tear Stained Eye” found a permanent place in my soul.  Read More…

A Deep Shade Of Blue Is Always There

Meteorological Winter ends on March 1 and somehow my body can sense that winter is over. As soon as the calendar flips over from February, I get a major sense of relief despite whatever weather is blowing around outside. Read More…

Your Input with the Daily Reflection

I hope you’re enjoying the Daily Reflection in the 6 AM hour of the Morning Show. I know I am! I think it’s important to create a moment – early in a new day – to ground myself, to reflect and find a moment of peace and gratitude. We’re 3 months into airing the new feature, and I’d like to enlist your help and solicit your input. Read More…

So, Maybe NOW It’s Spring…?

–  hello again, pretty sure I mentioned in my last missive that I was excited for Spring to arrive, but…it never came, a tease here or there, so hopefully this month? please? so, a lot on hand this month as far as Highway 61 goes: this first weekend (4/6) we’ll be focusing on the music of the legendary Muddy Waters as well as Stephen Stills’ personal drummer for a while, part of CSN&Y briefly also, Dallas TaylorRead More…

Baseball’s Back/Hanging Out At The Local Music Corner

Happy Spring at last – and welcome to our new (and renewing) members and contributors to WUMB!!!

Baseball is allllllmost here as I write. If you want to have a “Baseball is Back “party, here are some music sources for you. Read More…

The New England Folk Festival

Friends, it’s spring.  You know how I know this?  Not by the weather, to be sure!  But because the New England Folk Festival is rolling around again. Read More…