WUMB August Program Guide

From the Studio

Folk Tales with Scott Alarik

Folk Tales with Scott Alarik

Wherever you are as you’re reading this…I hope you’re doing well and enjoying Autumn officially!  The Summer has been so busy around WUMB for many reasons, and one of them is finally coming to fruition this Saturday!  Folk Tales with Scott Alarik premieres on September 24th at 7am.

WUMB has and will always be focused on sharing our love of all things Folk/Roots and this show will focus on those connections.  “Why is Pete Seeger still important?”, “Who was Bessie Smith?”, and “Was Robert Johnson really that influential?”.  These types of questions and of course many, many more will be answered during this show.  Read More…

Joan Baez

We’ve all had a long standing love affair with Joan Baez, haven’t we. For some of us it has been going on for 50 years or more. She is the young woman, standing barefoot on the stage of Club 47 (back when it was at 47 Mt. Auburn St.) in that iconic image that so represents the early days of the folk revival in Cambridge. We admired her stand against the Viet Nam War, and her fearless support of draft resistors. We appreciated the fact that, over the years, she’s introduced us to so many great songwriters. People like Dar Williams and Richard Shindell, who she took on tour with her in addition to recording their songs. Read More…

The Spirit In the Subway

A once girlfriend of mine once complained about musicians in the subways, saying the city should not allow buskers. As you might guess – me being somewhat of a music fan, right? – that was a red flag…
Well, just the other day I slumped through the subway on the way home from a long day. Walking on the upper platform heading to the exit, I heard the slight tinkle of an old guitar. As I got to the other end of the subway, I looked down and sure enough, there were two musicians. It was a fiddle player and a singer playing an old mini-guitar. She had a sweet voice and was singing some 1920’s to ‘40’s songs of…uhm…bawdy spirit. It was Amy Kucharik, who I have seen playing in and around the area for a while. I stayed for four songs. Read More…

Summer Reading with Dave Palmater

Really, how many Danielle Steele novels can you read in one summer? If you’re looking for some light, but educational, late summer reading, I have some suggestions. And cheap ones, because, I’ll admit it, I haunt the book racks in the Dollar Stores, Under 5s and Job Lot stores of all varieties. You probably know that books, once they leave the shelves of your local book store, hit the remainder table. Their next stop, before becoming recycling, or door stops, or something, is the Dollar Store. There, for a buck or so, you can find some enjoyable reading now that you’ve consumed that stack of paperbacks that you’ve been toting from beach to beach. Here are a few of my favorite “cheapo” finds. Read More…

That’s Right, I’m Not From Texas

As I’m not on the air on a regular basis, doing a show is more fun than it used to be. Work on the air on my birthday? Sure. Come back from a trip and go on the air the first day back? OK. Because I’m on the air sharing music and stories that are enjoyable to pass along.

Recently a small portion of my brain – probably stemming from exposure to celebrity gossip magazines and “Reality” TV – has wondered if I’m a little cursed on the air. Now, I’m a rational guy, but I did happen to notice that when I went away in January, three entertainers died that week (David Bowie most notably). In late April I was filling in on the air. Fifteen minutes before going on, I was checking the internet for any information tidbits that might be useful for the show…and I saw that Prince had passed away. Two minutes after going on the air the phone rings. A listener asks, “did you hear about Prince, is it true?” Read More…

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Susan Cattanneo

One of my favorite people to have worked with over the years in New England radio is a woman named Jane Laier.  Jane was a passionate music radio DJ, very knowledgeable about the artists she cared about, and – without trying to be – very funny!  Sometimes I hear her voice talking about lyrics.  She once told me, “I…am a lyric freak.”  I, on the other hand, have never been a lyric freak.  How I admired the people in high school who knew the lyrics to songs.  I had a hard time even understanding the words in the songs I heard on the radio.

Maybe that’s why when I do notice a lyric, it’s as though it comes out and grabs me.  And I hold on to it.

My friend Jane once pointed out a Nick Lowe song called “Mary Provost.”  The first two lines manage to describe all you need to know about Mary Provost’s entire life.  What an amazing skill for a writer.

I thought of that song the first time I saw Susan Cattaneo play at a little club in Union Square, Somerville about five years ago.  She performed a song called “Whiskey Into Tears” (not to be confused with her song “I’m Worth The Whiskey”).  The first line of the song has eight words.  The way she delivered them…I got it.  The line just came out and whacked me upside the emotional solar plexus.  I took a drink…then it took me.  My imagination got with the program, so to speak, and filled in the rest ahead of the following line.  Eight words that described a character’s rise and fall, struggles, and…hopefully…redemption.  All in eight words.  That skill blows me away. Read More…

Special Features on WUMB

You already know that WUMB presents a great lineup of shows throughout the week. But do you know about all of the terrific special features that run during the day, Monday through Friday? Read More…

Music Magazines with Dave

Hi, my name is Dave and I have a problem. Actually I have many, but I’m talking about my paper problem. Specifically magazines. I just can’t throw them out. I just can’t let go of any of ‘em. Not even the computer magazine that announced the latest thing from Apple: the Mac +. I have stacks of Hemmings Motor News (The Bible of the Old Car Hobby) dating back decades. I don’t know why, at this point in time, I’d really need to know the average selling price of a ’56 Morris Minor in 1972, but I still can’t recycle them. Read More…

Programming with Jay Moberg

I just wanted to take a second and say thank you to everyone who’s been listening and supporting WUMB!  We’re not out of Winter quite yet but nevertheless we’re looking forward to Spring.  We have a LOT of exciting things happening behind the scenes at WUMB and I’d like to share some of what’s taking place:

Guest Mix.  You might remember Guest Mix from years back at WUMB.  It was a really terrific show where musicians and industry folk were able to play Guest DJ and play songs that inspired them to get into music, what they’re currently listening to, songs they wish they’d written etc.  Over the years I’ve heard many of you ask about potentially bringing it back.  Because of your support for WUMB, we were able to hire a part time producer to work specifically on this show and the good news is that we’re almost there!  I can’t give you an exact time table of when Guest Mix will be ready to launch but I expect sometime in April you’ll find out. Read More…