Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Gang Who Could Not Shoot Straight, Part Two....

...or...WUMB cannot say the "f" word.  In two ways.




NEWS FLASH ~ DAWN BREAKS ON MARBLEHEAD!




Part one - The words "folk" and "roots" have been purged from WUMB's mission statement

From the UMass Boston office of enrollment, it currently reads:
Serving radio listeners through WUMB-FM, the university’s NPR music station in Boston; and promoting WUMB Radio and its relationship to UMass Boston. Through WUMB, producing such activities as Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, Guitar workshops, the Boston Folk Festival on the UMass Boston campus, and community engagement projects.

Until recently, and since the switch from folk to AAA, it had read:

Serving radio listeners, particularly the folk and roots music audience, through WUMB-FM, the university's public radio station; and promoting WUMB-FM and its relationship to UMass Boston. Through WUMB, producing such activities as Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire and the Boston Folk Festival on the UMass Boston campus.
Bolding mine.

Part two.  The e-newsletter.

  FolkRipples
An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB folk radio community

Some two-and-a-half years since WUMB changed formats and its self-description went from "Folk Radio WUMB" to "Music Mix" (and now "Boston's Music Station"), management has finally realized that its monthly e-newsletter still bore the dreaded "f" word.  "Folk Ripples", last seen in the July edition,

WUMB E-Newsletter July, 2010


FolkRipples
An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB radio community
July 2010
MUSIC
NOTES

WUMB EVENTS
Friday
July 30th at Noon

Eilen Jewell in studio for Live at Noon

Tuesday
August 3 at 2pm

Rebecca Loebe live in studio

Friday
August 6 at Noon

Danielle Miraglia in studio for Live at Noon

Wednesday
August 11

Judy Collins in studio; time: TBA


RELEASES:
Out Now
JUDY COLLINS
Paradise
(Wildflower)

COWBOY JUNKIES
Renmin Park Vol. 1
(Latent Recordings)

SUZANNE VEGA
Close Up Vol. 1
(SuzanneVega.com)

PETER CASE
Wig!
(Yep Roc)

FRED EAGLESMITH
Cha Cha Cha
(Lonesome Day)




NEW RELEASES:
August
DR. JOHN
Tribal
(429 Records)

JOHN MELLENCAMP
No Better Than This (produced by T Bone Burnett)
(RounderCMG)

LOS LOBOS
Tin Can Trust
(Shout! Factory)

DAVID GRAY
Foundling
(Downtown Records)

RAY LAMONTAGNE & THE PARIAH DOGS
God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise
(RCA)

RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES
Junky Star (produced by T Bone Burnett
(Lost Highway)

THE WEEPIES
Be My Thrill
(Nettwerk)





LET US
KNOW
Any comments? Let us know what you think.
 
Judy, Tom and Kenny - an Incredible Night of Music on August 11th - tickets to the event are tax deductible!

tomrush150 It will be an incredible night of music on Wednesday August 11th when WUMB presents Judy Collins, Tom Rush (in photo) and Kenny White together in concert for one night only. The event will kick-off the new multi-million dollar campaign to benefit WUMB. Tickets are available right now, and – they’re tax deductible. If you’d like to get more information about the event or learn more about our capital campaign click here.

Folk Music vs BP

drewlandry150 The White House oil spill commission got some advice in an unexpected form this past week: a stirring folk song from a Louisiana native who pushed those assembled to "just do the right damn thing." During a public comment period toward the end of the commission's meeting, Drew Landry, a native of Lafeyette, told the commissioners that the army of contractors brought in to clean up the oil flooding the gulf are largely wasting the region's limited financial resources. Click here to see the performance for yourself.

The New Faces of Folk

lauramarling150 Folk music continues to reinvent itself as it has throughout history. Here’s an interesting article that profiles some of the young emerging artists (like Laura Marling in picture) who are attempting to redefine folk music today. Click here to read the entire article.

Summer Acoustic Music Week – still room in August

samw150 Dick Pleasants is just back from the July Summer Acoustic Music Week, and reports that everyone had a tremendous time! We just want to remind you that there’s still some room available for the session coming up August 22nd through the 28th. Instructors for the August session include Kate Campbell, The Kennedys, Bob Franke and more! Click here to learn more about the Summer Acoustic Music Week experience!

New Avett Brothers Video

avettbros150 The Avett Brothers have just finished the video for their latest song “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.” The song was written about “the temporary nature of buildings and our mentality” says Scott Avett, “accepting the temporary state we may be in”. The artwork was done by Ryan Mitcham. It’s a very creative video, click here to watch it.

Two Big Shows Next Week – and WUMB has tix to give away!

lilith_fair150Two big shows are making their way through Boston this week. The Lilith Tour featuring Sarah McLachlan and Winterbloom is happening on Friday, and Steve Earle & Hot Tuna are in town on Saturday. WUMB has tickets to give away for both of these shows. Just make sure to listen all week! Click here for more information.

Music Briefs...
  • Nick Lowe is touring the U.S. for the first time in years! Click here for a list of dates (including one in Somerville!) Click here to read more .
  • New York graphic designer Dan Cassaro has designed and recently released a map of New Jersey where all the names (streets, buildings, parks) are also lyrics from Bruce Springsteen songs. Click here to take a look.
  • What does the signature of a musician say about them? Here’s an interesting article where Dr. Donna Schwontkowski analyzes the handwriting of Johnny Cash. Click here to read more about it.
  • Concert promoter Charlie Levy published an open letter to the the artists involved in the “Sound Strike”, asking for them to reconsider the boycott and to use Arizona performances to register opposition to the law. Conor Oberst responded to that with a letter he wrote to Charlie. Click here to read it.
  • Country legend Hank Cochran passed away earlier this week. He was 74. Cochran was a Nashville titan in the 1960s, writing Patsy Cline's first Number One hit, "I Fall to Pieces." He later penned tracks for George Jones, Eddy Arnold, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn.

WUMB Radio can be heard on the web wumb.org or on the radio in Boston (91.9FM), Worcester (91.9FM), Falmouth (91.9FM), Newburyport (91.7FM), Orleans (1170AM).


...is now simply "Ripples".


WUMB E-Newsletter August 2010



Ripples
An electronic newsletter for the
WUMB radio community
August 2010
MUSIC
NOTES

WUMB EVENTS
Thursday
August 26 at 7:30 a.m.

A live performance from SAMW featuring John Kirk & Trish Miller

Friday
August 27 at 7:30 a.m.

The Kennedy’s perform live from SAMW

Friday
August 27 at Noon

Cindy Bullens in studio for Live at Noon

Saturday
August 28 at 11 a.m.

A Steve Winwood one hour retrospective

Wednesday
September 1 at 2 p.m.

Red Molly live in studio

Friday
September 3 at Noon

Vance Gilbert in studio for Live at Noon

RELEASES:
Out Now
RAY LAMONTAGNE & THE PARIAH DOGS
God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise
(RCA)

JOHN MELLENCAMP
No Better Than This (produced by T Bone Burnett)
(Rounder)

LOS LOBOS
Tin Can Trust
(Shout! Factory)

EILEN JEWELL
Butcher Holler
(Signature Sounds)

GREAT BIG SEA
Safe Upon The Shore
(Great Big Sea)




NEW RELEASES:
August
RICHARD THOMPSON
Dream Attic
(Shout! Factory)

RICKY SKAGGS
Mosaic
(Skaggs Family Records)

THE WEEPIES
Be My Thrill
(Nettwerk)

CHARLIE MUSSLEWHITE
The Well
(Alligator)

MARTY STUART
Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
(RCA)

RYAN BINGHAM & THE DEAD HORSES
Junky Star (produced by T Bone Burnett
(Lost Highway)

JENNY & JOHNNY (Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice
I’m Having Fun Now
(Warner Bros.)





LET US
KNOW
Any comments? Let us know what you think.
 
WUMB-Now In Stow on 91.7 FM

wumblogo105 WUMB is very pleased to announce that the newest addition to our network signed on-air a few weeks ago − WUMG-FM in the Stow/Maynard area at 91.7FM, broadcasting with 500 watts of power. It’s in partnership with WAVM at Maynard High School. We expect the signal to reach south/southwest to Marlborough, Wayland and some of Framingham, north to Boxborough and Acton, and east to Concord! Look at our website for more information in the coming weeks.

Bob Dylan Artwork

dylanartwork105 You might remember the cover to the Band’s debut album “Music From Big Pink” with the artwork done by Bob Dylan. The fact is Bob’s been painting since the 60’s. He will have some of his new artwork on display at Denmark’s Statens Museum for Kunst on September 4th running through January 30th. This new collection is called the “Brazil Series” and will showcase his love for the atmosphere of the country. Click here to see some of the art for yourself.

WUMB Guitar, Mandolin & Banjo Clinic

guitaraclinic105 It doesn’t matter if you’re a master or just a beginner, the next WUMB Guitar Clinic is happening on Sunday October 3. There will be everything from Beginning Guitar with Martin Grosswendt, Melodic Songwriting with Cliff Eberhardt, Mountain Dulcimer with Lorraine Hammond, two finger banjo picking with Bennett Hammond, and everything else in between. Space is limited for this event! Click here for more information.

Arsenic and Clam Chowder

aresenicclam105 The Chicago area History Singers created new lyrics to the 1890's novelty tune, "Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?" with "Who Put the Arsenic in Mrs. Bliss's Chowder?" which you can see the video of here. The song helps to promote the new book by Boston-area author James Livingston, Arsenic and Clam Chowder: Murder in Gilded Age New York which recounts the sensational 1896 murder trial of Mary Alice Livingston, a member of one of the most prestigious families in New York, who was accused of murdering her own mother, Evelina Bliss. The bizarre instrument of death, an arsenic-laced pail of clam chowder, had been delivered to the victim by her ten-year-old granddaughter. You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon.com here, and as with any Amazon.com purchase you make through the WUMB Web link to Amazon, WUMB will receive a portion of the sale.

It Was An Amazing Evening!

wumbgala105 WUMB's Capital Campaign 'kick-off' event on August 11th was an absolutely incredible event with lots of great food, incredible friends and phenomenal music featuring Carolyn Waters from the WUMB Summer Acoustic Music Week, Kenny White, Tom Rush, and Judy Collins. It was a terrific night that we won’t forget! Whether you were there or not, you can experience some of the magical moments here.

Americana Music Association Awards

mellencamp105The Americana Music Association announced the recipients of their Lifetime Achievement Awards, to be presented at the AMA’s 2010 Honors and Awards show during the 9th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference September 8-11 in Nashville, Tennessee. The honorees are John Mellencamp (in photo), Wanda Jackson, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern. Performances are expected from Shelby Lynne, Todd Snider, Sarah Jarosz (WUMB’s Best New Artist of 2009) and more! Click here to read more.

Live from SAMW

kennedys150Make sure to listen to the Morning Show with Dave Palmater at 7:30 tomorrow and Friday as Dick Pleasants is up in New Hampshire at the Summer Acoustic Music Week broadcasting live! We still have some very special guests lined up for the rest of the week including a performance from John Kirk & Trish Miller tomorrow and The Kennedy’s (in photo) on Friday! Listen live here.

Music Briefs...
  • Sad news the last few weeks as we unfortunately lost some incredible musicians. Longtime Neil Young sideman Ben Keith passed away earlier in the month at the age of 73. Kenny Edwards, a co-founding member of the Stone Poneys, died last week after battles with cancer and a blood disorder. He was 64. And finally, we also lost Richie Hayward, drummer for the band Little Feat.
  • Ryan Adams is releasing previously unheard material in the Fall, and a new album in the new year. Read more about it here.
  • Roseanne Cash just released her memoir Composed (which should be a fascinating read) and will begin recording a new album with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in November.
  • The Grammy nominations will once again be unveiled in a prime-time special on December 1st. The awards will actually take place on February 13th.
  • The Bruce Springsteen documentary The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town is set to premiere Sept. 14 at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is directed by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny. Look for the new Promise documentary upcoming on HBO and a reissue of the classic 1978 Springsteen and The E Street Band album, Darkness on the Edge of Town later this year.
  • Columbia Records will release Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volume 9 – The Witmark Demos on Tuesday, October 19th, in conjunction with his first eight long-playing albums in a box set titled Bob Dylan – The Original Mono Recordings.

WUMB Radio can be heard on the web wumb.org or on the radio in Boston (91.9FM), Worcester (91.9FM), Falmouth (91.9FM), Newburyport (91.7FM), Orleans (1170AM).

The continued use of the "f" word, first observed by this blog here, by a station that is so adamantly opposed to folk was a real annoyance.

Thank you for not using the "f' word, now just one question.  Why did it take so long?

....and stay tuned for The Gang Who Could not Shoot Straight, Part Three....

The August "Ripples" announces the new Stow repeater....


WUMB-Now In Stow on 91.7 FM

WUMB is very pleased to announce that the newest addition to our network signed on-air a few weeks ago − WUMG-FM in the Stow/Maynard area at 91.7FM, broadcasting with 500 watts of power. It’s in partnership with WAVM at Maynard High School. We expect the signal to reach south/southwest to Marlborough, Wayland and some of Framingham, north to Boxborough and Acton, and east to Concord! Look at our website for more information in the coming weeks.

...but the footer fails to list it
WUMB Radio can be heard on the web wumb.org or on the radio in Boston (91.9FM), Worcester (91.9FM), Falmouth (91.9FM), Newburyport (91.7FM), Orleans (1170AM).


Keep an eye on this barnburner, folks (excuse me for using the "f" word), track record for this kind of an update is 2.5 years.

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Update 11/22/10.


In the well-documented purge of the "f" word (folk, that is) from the WUMB-FM website and e-newsletter, there is one place it remains.  Copy and paste http://www.allaboutfolk.com into your browser and see where it leads.

Amazing.


Current Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
IP Address: 205.178.145.65 (ARIN & RIPE IP search)
Record Type: Domain Name
Server Type: Apache 2
Lock Status: clientTransferProhibited
WebSite Status: Active

   Registrant:
   WUMB Radio 
   UMass Boston 100 Morrissey Blvd.
   Boston, MA 02125
   US

   Domain Name: ALLABOUTFOLK.COM

Surprise!

Dig deeper, clicking on the domain registration page's "AboutUs: ALLABOUTFOLK.COM" leads us to http://www.aboutus.org/AllAboutFolk.com, where we see more information about WUMB-FM.

Why does a "public" radio station licensed to a state university that has a a pop AAA format need such a domain supported with taxpayers dollars?  Especially when it has gone out of its way to send the "f' word down the memory hole!

1 comment:

notloB said...

"In the hopes of attracting a wider audience and update its sound, the radio station, formerly the nation’s only folk music station, shed its folk image and adopted the broader genres of folk and roots and singer-songwriter about a year and a half ago.

Monteith says that the revamp has been quite successful with the station’s devoted fan base, despite some initial hesitancy from listeners."

Source:

UMass-Boston’s WUMB kicks off push to make its renewal a winner

By Tara M. Merrigan, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 2, 2010

http://www.dotnews.com/2010/umass-boston-s-wumb-kicks-push-make-its-renewal-winner