Since 2008 I have been asking for a) justification of the policy and b) replacement of its dual ("music" and "community") calendar system with just one. No response has been offered and the labor-intensive dual calendar system remains in effect.
All the background one needs to know can be found in the following two blog articles:
Dec 29, 2008 WUMB has an insane policy that serves absolutely nobody in the music community. When an artist or venue or producer submits a calendar listing and... 1. ...if the artist or artists are on their play list, the event is posted to its ...http://notlobmusic.blogspot.com/
Mar 04, 2009 Former folk radio station (now AAA format playing "WUMB music mix") has partially rescinded its insane calendar artist exclusion policy. First reported yesterday in NEFolknRoots, this has been at least 21 months in coming.http://notlobmusic.blogspot.com/
WUMB's policy has evolved over time.
As of December 29, 2008:
WUMB Music CalendarAs it appears today:
Below, are listings for musicians performing in the greater Boston area, who you can hear on WUMB during our Monday through Friday, 6am-7pm music shows. A link to each venue is included to confirm show times, for additional artists, or for more information.
Note that this calendar does not contain listings for artists heard only during our Weekend shows, or on our nationally syndicated programs. You can find those and more listings here on our Community Calendar, which also includes listings for local arts and cultural events.
WUMB ON-AIR MUSIC CALENDAR
Below, are listings for musicians, arts and cultural events in the greater Boston area, A link to each venue is included to confirm show times, for additional artists, or for more information.
You can find those and more listings here
You can also find out more about many of the coffeeshouses in the greater Boston area through the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association.
To submit your listings, use the "Calendar Submissions" link under the Calendar + Events menu above.
Note "you can hear on WUMB during our Monday through Friday, 6am-7pm music shows", which infers the listings are all-inclusive as submitted by the artists and producers, has cleverly and conveniently been dropped, with "A link to each venue is included to confirm show times, for additional artists, or for more information" added. Clear the smoke and one can see the defacto censorship practice continues.
A case in point. On February 17 notloB Folk Concerts is presenting Kimberley Fraser, Brian Conway and Mark Simos at Unity Somerville; the next day the trio appears in Rhode Island. On or about November 18 notloB submitted the concert listing via the WUMB events portal but was edited to "Mark Simos" (Mark is approved for Monday through Friday airplay, Kimberly and Brian apparently are not). As the result of a couple of email exchanges with WUMB management, and with the involvement of one or more of the artists, the listing was edited to its current form (see below). At about the same time or soon after, the Blackstone River Theater submitted its event as "Kimberley Fraser and Brian Conway with Mark Simos"; WUMB censored it to "Mark Simos", as it appears today (see screen captures below).
So has the WUMB events calendar policy been changed as conveyed by Jay Moburg on March 9, 2009: "They just changed the policy last week to include any artist we've ever played into the on air section of the concert listings..."? Is the currently stated policy "Below, are listings for musicians, arts and cultural events in the greater Boston area" misleading?
This "community service of UMass Boston" continues to give the music community lip service while keeping its censorship policy intact. Its censorship policy serves nobody in the arts community and must be ended.
notloB Folk Concert's listing. Source
The Blackstone River Theater's concert listing. Source
|Saturday, February 18, 8 PM, $15.00|
KIMBERLEY FRASER and BRIAN CONWAY with MARK SIMOS