Monday, August 27, 2012

This will be your last email from WGBH

"This will be your last email from WGBH" read the subject line.

No more spam! Great news!

Until one reads the body..."This is your last email from WGBH for this fiscal year." (italics added)

WGBH: Produced in Boston, shared with the world
Dear Friend of WGBH,
This is your last email from WGBH for this fiscal year.We know summer is a busy time. We've been busy, too, working on another great year of programs, including a brand new, three-part WGBH-produced miniseries called Broadway or Bust.

But we have to close our budget gap by the end of August to bring you our strongest lineup. 
Broadway or Bust premieres Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8pm on WGBH 2. 
If you think we've brought real value to you, your family, and your community, we hope you'lltake a minute to click and give online now.
Donate today
Can we count on you? Thank you!


Daren Winckel
Director of WGBH Membership
Email Subscription Information 
Thank you for allowing us to reach you by email, the most immediate and cost-effective means of reaching our members, viewers, and listeners. Your email address will be used for communications only from WGBH.

There's a term for enticing a consumer with one thing but when they arrive at the store are told it is not available - bait and switch.

In this case I was not surprised. WGBH has a history of deceiving the public, asking for their money, then, once signed on as members, canceling their favorite programs. For example, suckers, er members who gave in good faith during the Fall '09 fund drive and gave to WGBH-fm at the $150 and above level were entitled to join either the Celtic or Folk Club. When folk programming was dropped a month or two later, many contacted WGBH to get a refund, but refunds were not disbursed.
 As a counter-balance to WGBH management's blatant disregard for "the peoples' music...

"I can only assume this has something to do with the almighty dollar. Isn't this supposed to be public radio and aren't we the public. Folk music has been a mainstay on WGBH for as long as I can remember. Acoustic artists are as popular as ever and in some ways even more popular then in days gone by. I don't get it. WGBH should be ashamed of itself. Well, as Ma Joad said, "We're the people and you can't stop us and you can't lick us. We just keep coming, 'cause we're the people."-Jim Kweskin, November 11, 2009...."To: Supporters of Folk and Blues on WGBH

...I bring to your attention several social networking groups that are fighting for not only restoration of canceled folk, blues and classical or reduced jazz programs.

Supporters of Folk and Blues on WGBH - Created 11/09, "Supporters of Folk and Blues on WGBH" is dedicated to the few hearty souls who fought the good battle wi
th WGBH's blueblood stuffed shirts and lost the battle, but not the war to save not only folk and blues on WGBH. As we learned at community forums, folk and blues are gone, and there are no guarantees for jazz and Celtic.

"Leslie Warshaw, a WGBH producer for over 30 years and now retired, noted that the station constantly spoke in her day of “mission.” Gradually it changed from “mission” to “service” and then, she noted wistfully, became “business.”"

We are the dedicated listeners and supporters of "Folk on WGBH" and "Blues on WGBH", deemed "nonnews elements" that do not fit the new "single format" (news/talk). Both programs were canceled 12/1/09.

WGBH's words from the past ring hollow today. "WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives." ~ WGBH website

"We are proud of the folk and blues programs we have offered and of the many contributions that WGBH and our hosts have made to these genres, so it was a difficult decision to discontinue Blues on WGBH and Folk on WGBH..." ~ press release announcing program cancellation.

To read additional background information, the official WGBH statement and host/producer information, go to

PLEASE NOTE: We are well-aware that there are internet and other alternatives to folk and blues programs. The purpose of this group is to SUPPORT Brendan Hogan, Brad Paul and Naomi Arenberg, their former shows and we the "public" listeners. Any posts that suggest our quest is futile or we give up and listen to AAA WUMB ("Boston's NPR music station") or other stations/programs will be deleted.

Allied websites & Faceboook pages and groups:

NPR Ate My Local Public Radio Station ~

Keeping the Public in Public Radio ~ &

Northeast Community and Independent College Radio ~

NEFolk ~


Boston's So-Called "Public" Radio NPR Affiliates (WGBH, WBUR, WUMB & WCRB)
"Boston's So-Called "Public" Radio NPR Affiliates (WGBH, WBUR, WUMB & WCRB)"

is an open group with a mission to build a community to discuss Boston's FOUR "public" radio stations that are affiliated with National Public Radio, NPR. In a nutshell, is their management providing programming that serves the public interest how can the public influence Boston public radio policy and programming? 



"WGBH is considering cancelling Eric's decades-old weekday evening programming, as well as Jazz with Steve Schwartz. We think this would do a disservice to listeners and the greater Boston community and we'd like WGBH to reconsider."

Save Jazz on WGBH Now!
Here's a page that includes both jazz programs--Eric Jackson and Steve Schwartz are the best! Let's see what we can do together....OCCUPY WGBH?

Occupy WUMB
"WUMB is operated under license granted to UMass Boston, an educational institution, but is not run in the interest of the UMass students and the area "urban community." UMass Amherst, Dartmouth and Lowell are operated independent college / community radio stations. Why is WUMB different? Occupy WUMB until it is converted from an NPR affiliate staffed by non-students on the UMass payroll into an independent college / community radio station with bylaws and a board of directors elected by its members...."

Towards Independent College / Community Radio WUMB
""Fans of Former Folk Radio WUMB" is now "Towards Independent College / Community Radio WUMB"
Why "Independent College / Community Radio WUMB"? With the sudden and unexpected "retirement" of general manager Pat Monteith, UMass Boston has a golden opportunity to fulfill its educational charter and use the broadcast license it holds and the facilities it owns more appropriately than it is now doing: to educate its students and truly involve the Columbia Point/Dorchester-area community. Thus we are shifting our overall vision from one that would have returned WUMB to a format similar to its pre-NPR affiliation ("Folk Radio WUMB") to that of a station that is run of, for and by UMass Boston students. This revised position is in line with UMass Boston's stated "Missions and Values."*..."

NPR Ate My Local Public Radio Station
"Share your NPR takeover horror stories like "College radio station KVTI, the popular 51,000-watt “I-91″ from Clover Park Tech College in Tacoma, has been absorbed into the borg of NW Public Radio... or send to keeppublicradiopublic@"

Keeping the Public in Public Radio
"The mission of "Keeping the Public in Public Radio" is to inform and educate public radio listeners, to expose national programming trends taking place at their local public radio stations, and to support local listener groups in their efforts to restore listener ownership to their stations..."

WGBH, WBUR & WUMB "official" facebook pages:

WBUR 90.9 FM
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WGBH Radio Boston
WGBH Boston Public Radio enriches people's lives through programs that educate, inspire, and entertain.
WGBH Boston Public Radio enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.
Company Overview
WGBH Boston Public Radio engages listeners worldwide through a rich array of on-air, high-definition and online radio services. In addition to co-producing PRI’s The World, WGBH Radio offers listeners a diverse selection of musical, cultural and public affairs programming, including a 24-hour all-classical HD radio channel as well as streaming audio heard by Web surfers around the globe. WGBH Boston Public Radio broadcasts on 89.7; WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station; Classical New England 99.5; and a variety of on-demand streams and podcasts.
We encourage your feedback and thank you for your comments. Please remember to remain courteous, respectful and on topic.

WUMB Radio Network
WUMB Radio is dedicated to produce, acquire, and disseminate high quality, diverse and valued public service radio programming to significant audiences. The radio station is committed to serving as a local and national resource for the cultivation, promotion and preservation of various genres of folk music through its radio programming and selected enterprises.
Company Overview
WUMB-FM is a non-commercial radio station licensed to the University of Massachusetts with studios at the UMass Boston Campus as the central hub for a network of six public radio stations in Boston, Worcester, Falmouth, Orleans, Newburyport and Stow Massachusetts. The Boston, Worcester and Falmouth stations all broadcast on 91.9FM. The Newburyport station can be heard on 91.7FM, and the Orleans station can be heard on 1170AM. All five facilities simulcast the identical program schedule, which is produced from our studios located at the UMass Boston Campus. The station's 24 hour a day broadcast schedule reaches tens of thousands of listeners in over 275 cities and towns in eastern and central Massachusetts and Cape Cod along with parts of Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. A webcast of our signal can also be heard, live, around the world through the internet via

We can find no Facebook presence for WCRB, described by WGBH as "Classical New England." "Classical New England is the classical music media source for audiences from Rhode Island to New Hampshire and beyond through 99.5 WCRB Boston, 89.7 HD-2 Boston, 88.7 

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