Joan Orr recently returned to WUMB's airwaves to host our 10AM-12PM Monday-Friday slot. She is a long-time radio presence in New England, starting with a Music Directorship and morning show for the legendary WCAS in Cambridge; she later produced acoustic radio shows for several Boston stations, including WBOS. On Cape Cod, she was heard for more than a decade on WCOD and on the South Shore, Joan spent 13 years with Marshfield's WATD. In the 1990s, Joan was with WUMB around the time of the 10 year anniversary and again hosting shows between 2004-2007. She is filled with enthusiasm and energy in her return to WUMB. She is especially excited about WUMB's internet capability and the quality of WUMB's internet signal for listeners around the world.
Joan is originally from the New York City area where as a girl, she listened secretly to the radio at night on big clunky headphones. After graduating from SUNY-Binghamton, she moved to Boston in the late 1970s.
The fledgling years of FM radio first sparked her interest in broadcasting, Joan said. "I still love the magic of the medium. Not many people get to do this!" Being on the air "is almost a calling," she says. "And you have to listen to that voice that calls to you, especially when it is a passion that will not be ignored." Joan feels that an absence of visuals is part of what makes radio so special...for unlike television, there is imagination in radio listening. Rather than being a spectator, a listener can be a participant and be in life with radio; listening in an office, in a car, in a home or creative environment like a painter's studio and anywhere in the world, one can become an integral part of a radio show.
Joan is currently finishing her thesis for Harvard University and divides her time between the UK and the US. Her home base is Cape Cod where she has owned and directed the Art House Gallery in Brewster, MA since the mid '90s. She has recently opened a second location for Art House Gallery in St. Ives, Cornwall in the UK.