Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Changes in the air for WUMB weekend live programming?

Since the switch from "folk" to "music mix" AAA format some 12 months ago, to me the best remaining live programming is on the weekends. And I am not alone, I understand the Arbitron ratings of "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Celtic Twilight" are WUMB's two top rated live programs.

I sure wish WUMB had a blog where the public could post comments, as tonight I heard news from an impeccable source that an action has been taken that may affect some or all live weekend hosted music programming (I'm not sure how the change will affect Commonwealth Journal, or Dick, who is salaried from his weekday gig, or why Joan is listed, as she left the station a couple years ago). Since public-funded stations serve the community, it follows they should provide a forum where the official news release can be posted and public opinion recorded.

So why WUMB has taken this action is beyond me, I'm waiting to hear management's explaination. I am not going to publish any details of what I believe to be in motion here, yet. Let's give WUMB management a day or so to break the news themselves on their home page or in their "Folk Ripples" newsletter, or by email to members, or leak it, as they did the demise of the Boston Folk Festival, through a Globe gossip column.

Weekend shows that may be affected.


Beale Street Caravan
5:00 am-6:00 am

Member Concert
6:00 am-7:00 am

Guest Mix With Dick Pleasants
7:00 am-8:00 am

Highway 61 Revisited Wtih Barnes Newberry
8:00 am-12:00 pm

WUMB Music Mix - Saturdays With Dick Pleasants
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Mountain Stage
2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Celtic Twilight With Gail Gilmore
4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Downeast Ceilidh With Marcia Young Palmater
8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Traditional Folk With Sandy Sheehan
9:00 pm-12:00 am

WUMB Blues
12:00 am-6:00 am

WUMB Blues
5:00 am-6:00 am

6:00 am-7:00 am

Art Of The Song
7:00 am-8:00 am

Acoustic Sunrise With Bob Cannon; Filling-in Today Is Brian Quinn
8:00 am-12:00 pm

American Routes
12:00 pm-2:00 pm

Folk Odyssey With Dana Westover
2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Black History Month Specials
6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Commonwealth Journal With Host Janis Pryor
7:00 pm-7:30 pm

7:30 pm-8:30 pm

Latino USA
8:30 pm-9:00 pm

Brazilian Hour
9:00 pm-10:00 pm

Midnight Special
10:00 pm-12:00 am

12:00 am-2:00 am

American Routes (repeat)
2:00 am-4:00 am

Grateful Dead Hour
4:00 am-5:00 am

Program details - source

Acoustic Images Specials

Joan creates emotional landscapes with her particular blend of music and lyrical commentary. Her Acoustic Images Specials will air at days & times to be announced a month in advance.

Hosted by Joan Orr

Acoustic Sunrise With Bob Cannon
Sunday 8:00 am

Acoustic Sunrise is just the kind of program to wake up to on a Sunday morning-and then keep listening! Acoustic Sunrise is a unique blend of solo singer-songwriters with a touch of acoustic instrumentals.

Hosted by Bob Cannon


Ceili is a Celtic dance set featuring jigs and reels from Ireland and the British Isles, Saturdays at 6:30pm (part of Celtic Twilight.).

Hosted by Gail Gilmore

Celtic Twilight With Gail Gilmore
Saturday 4:00 pm

Celtic Twilight features contemporary and traditional music from Ireland and the British Isles, including a cultural events calendar and Ceili segment.

Hosted by Gail Gilmore

Commonwealth Journal With Host Janis Pryor
Sunday 7:00 pm

Commonwealth Journal is an award-winning program featuring interviews with scholars, writers, public officials and others, examining the current issues important to the people of Massachusetts.

Hosted by Janis Pryor

Downeast Ceilidh With Marcia Young Palmater
Saturday 8:00 pm

For over 30 years, Marcia Young Palmater has been the host of Downeast Ceilidh, a popular program of traditional and contemporary music from Canada's Atlantic provinces. You'll enjoy lots of fiddle music, especially from Cape Breton, plus songs in Scottish Gaelic, Acadian French, and English!

Hosted by Marcia Young Palmater

Folk Odyssey With Dana Westover
Sunday 2:00 pm

WUMB's Folk Odyssey features music from just about everywhere, from Albania to Zimbabwe!

Hosted by Dana Westover

Highway 61 Revisited Wtih Barnes Newberry
Saturday 8:00 am

Highway 61 Revisited is a fond look back at the classic folk and folk rock of the 60's and 70's that defined a generation, with contemporary artists contributing to the spirit of that era.

Hosted by Barnes Newberry

Traditional Folk With Sandy Sheehan
Saturday 9:00 pm

Every week, the deeply knowledgeable Sandy Sheehan explores the roots of American and Celtic folk music...blues, bluegrass, old time, jigs and reels, and cajun music abound!

Hosted by Sandy Sheehan

WUMB Blues
Sunday 12:00 am

Blues from the library of WUMB.

Hosted by Brian Quinn

WUMB Music Mix - Saturdays With Dick Pleasants
Saturday 12:00 pm

Dick adds a unique twist to the usual weekday mix of contemporary and traditional Folk, Roots, Acoustic, and Americana music for a special Saturday afternoon show.

Hosted by Dick Pleasants

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