WUMB January Program Guide

In the News

From the Desk of the Program Director

Before I begin, let me take a very brief moment to thank you!  I’d like to personally thank you if you donated/listened/cheered us on etc during our Fall Fundraiser.  We had one of the best Fundraisers we’ve ever had in the history of the station and that shows me that you’re enjoying what you’re hearing.  Now that you’ve done your part, it’s our turn.  We’ll make sure we use this money wisely and to continue to create new programming and new events for our Members.

Now…onto business!

We’ve got a very exciting November coming up and I’d like to share a few of the many events and programs that are happening.

New episodes of Folk Tales and Guest Mix are on the way.  We heard you loud and clear during our Fundraiser that you love these shows and want to hear more of them!  We’re working on it!  Currently Folk Tales is on at 7am on Saturdays and Guest Mix is on at 7pm.  We’re currently working on getting both of those programs more desirable time slots. Read More…

WUMB at The Burren

The kickoff to our “Third Thursday” series at The Burren in Somerville was an exciting night! Christian McNeill & friends played a killer set on the back room stage and we carried the show live on our airwaves. There’s always a neat atmosphere during a live radio broadcast. I noticed folks glancing over to realize that I was up to something, with my mic and headphones in the corner of the room…later, the audience was hushed as the musicians took their positions, and I was ready to do an intro, but we had about a minute before our last song played on WUMB. I stood grinning on the side of the stage, in the somewhat awkward silence, waiting to be cued by Patrick Coman, who was on the phone with the folks back at the station. It only added to that element of excitement…I could tell the audience really felt like a part of LIVE RADIO, which is a rare and special thing these days.

Big thanks to Tom Bianchi, who works tirelessly at the Burren and elsewhere in the Boston music scene, and thanks to Christian for being our guinea pig. We’ve got more live broadcasts to come, thanks to Patrick, who has booked some exciting acts (see below). More thank yous go out to our engineer, Grady Moates, who set up all the tech, and to our Program Director Jay Moberg, who came up with this great idea! We say it a lot, but it can’t be said enough – without listener support, we wouldn’t be able to do these kinds of things, so a big THANK YOU to our listeners and supporters.

Upcoming Thursdays LIVE at the Burren:

10/27 – Samantha Farrell


11/17 – Ian Fitzgerald


12/15 – Miss Tess & The Talkbacks


1/19 – Damn Tall Buildings



Jess Phaneuf
Assistant Music Director | Evening Show Host
WUMB Boston 91.9FM // www.wumb.org
(617) 287 6913

WUMB Presents: The Burren Concert Series

For quite some time I’ve been promising some big news and this month I finally get to spill the beans!

WUMB is very pleased to announce a new partnership with The Burren in Somerville.  Each 3rd Thursday of every month (except for October) we’re going to be sponsoring a live concert and broadcast at the Burren.  Tickets will go on sale to the general public for each show, but WUMB Members get a very big discount!

We’re excited about this for a number of reasons but the biggest is to be able to celebrate Local Music.  The Burren has been essential to the local music scene over the years and we think this is going to be a tremendous partnership!

So here are the details:  Christian McNeill (who is incredible) will be our first featured guest on Thursday, September 15th.  If you’d like to purchase tickets you can do so here:  https://tickets.burren.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=75.

Tickets are 12.00 to the general public, 16.00 day of, but WUMB Members only pay 5.00.  Use the coupon code WUMB919

If you can’t make it this month it’s okay!  Again, we’re doing this EVERY MONTH.  If you don’t live locally or can’t get into town you can listen live as it happens at wumb.org.

Can you tell we’re excited about this?  We hope to see you there!


Jay Moberg

WUMB Music & Program Director


WUMB Presents American Traditional Song Symposium 

SAVE THE DATES:  On November 18 & 19 WUMB, in association with UMass Boston, the Folksong Society of Greater Boston and the Country Dance and Song Society of America will present a two-day event focused on “the rich and varied voice of American life, history and culture.”

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Come Make Music With Us This Fall!

Registration is now open for WUMB’s very first Fall Acoustic Music Weekend, which will take place October 7 – 9 at the Grotonwood Conference Center in Groton, MA. Join us for a full schedule of classes, concerts, camaraderie and great guided and free-style jam sessions, in this beautiful setting nestled within the New England autumn woods.

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Acoustic Sunrise is Back on WUMB!

Acoustic Sunrise, WUMB’s Sunday morning mix of favorites from vintage to brand-new, has returned to the airwaves, hosted by local folk performer Buffie Groves.  Buffie is bringing “a little bit of everything” to the Acoustic Sunrise playlist, and her strategy for choosing tracks is simple – if she likes it, she’ll play it!  Of course, she hopes that you will like it, too, and along the way she’ll offer background and interesting bits of information that will add to your enjoyment of the songs.

So tune in every Sunday morning from 8 a.m. – noon, or listen live on the Web at wumb.org, and be a part of the Acoustic Sunrise community!

WUMB Announces the first Fall Music Weekend!

WUMB will host the very first Fall Acoustic Music Weekend October 7 – 9 at the Grotonwood Conference Center in Groton, MA.  Join us at this acoustic music retreat nestled within the beautiful New England autumn woods for a full schedule of classes, concerts, and great guided and free-style jam sessions. Pete & Maura Kennedy will help us launch this new venture, joined by fellow instructors Bob Franke, Martin Grosswendt, Lorraine and Bennett Hammond, Sally Rogers and sound guru John Doerschuk.  For over 20 years WUMB has been sponsoring adult Acoustic Music Camps, and we are so excited this year to be able to offer a weekend in the fall.

Come and help us start a new tradition! For all of the details, and to reserve your place, please visit the SAMW Website, or call 617-287-6900.

Visit the new WUMB SAMW Website!

For over 20 years WUMB has been sponsoring adult Acoustic Music Camps.  We began with the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW), which was so successful that it quickly grew into two weeks each summer!  Then in 2013 we added a Winter Weekend, and are now preparing for its 5th year.  And this year we are launching the first ever Fall Weekend, as the demand for our camps continues to grow within the WUMB and larger folk music community.  The success of these camps continues to be a source of pride and a significant part of the WUMB mission to provide listeners with opportunities to share and enjoy folk and acoustic music in all parts of their lives. Read More…

The WUMB Annual BBQ – Great Food, Great Music and Great Support for WUMB Radio!

On June 12, over 100 listeners and supporters of WUMB gathered at Mother’s Rest on Carson Beach in Dorchester to socialize, eat, and listen to a fantastic concert from Tim O’Brien, the featured performer at this year’s annual WUMB BBQ.  The delicious food was provided by Blue Ribbon BBQ, and though the wind threatened to blow the plates off the tables it was welcome under the bright sunshine.  WUMB staff and announcers mingled with listeners, a very good time was had by all, and proceeds from the event will help to fund programming at WUMB.  Over 50% of WUMB’s operating budget is provided by contributions from listeners, and this year’s BBQ was a terrific way to party with friends while providing essential support for the station.

So watch for next year’s announcement, and get ready to join us for food, fun and terrific music, all in support of WUMB!

Notes from the Program Director

Hello and I hope you’re doing well as we finally head back into warmer climates!  Here are some notes from programming here at WUMB….

I really hope you enjoyed our Day of Dylan this past Tuesday, May 24th.  We put together an entire day of programming to pay tribute to the one and only Bob Dylan.  We got to play an amazing array of covers and originals throughout the day to present a really unique birthday celebration.  It’s support from listeners just like you that allows us to take chances and do something a little outside the box.  So…thank you! Read More…