Monday, September 30, 2013

World College Radio Day, October 1, 2013

World College Radio Day was founded in 2012 as a response to the phenomenal international interest in College Radio Day, which began in the USA in 2011 (in the USA the event is still known as College Radio Day). Recognizing that student radio stations around the world wanted to unite for this annual event, Rob Quicke, Tiziana Cavallo and Guillermo Gaviria founded World College Radio Day to take the mission and unifying message of College Radio Day around the world.

Click here for more information.

New England in general and the greater Boston area in particular are very fortunate to have so many independent college radio stations. See an extensive listing in "Community and independent college radio stations".

Independent college radio producers, hosts and fans are invited to join
"Community and Independent College Radio." Upon joining, hosts are asked to take a moment to add their program information in "Community and Independent College Radio Members' Programs" - in the files area.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Public Radio Capital, "Broadening the reach of public media"

According to its own records, Big Brother, through "Public Radio Capital", has has spent more than $313 million to acquire commercial and college radio stations, bringing them into the government's National Propaganda Radio fold.

This information comes from

 "Broadening the reach of public media" indeed!

ClientTransaction sizePrimary
(note a)
1Public Television 19, Inc/KCPT (notes b,g)$1,650,0001,317,900

Acquisition of KTBG-FM (Kansas City, Kansas) 2013


WKTL-FM Operating Agreement (Youngstown, Ohio) 2013

3University of Texas$6,000,0001,554,653

Acquisition of KXBT (Austin, Texas) 2012

4The Working Group (note e)$170,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Oakland, Calif.) 2012

5Radio Bilingue (note e)$400,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Fresno, Calif.) 2012

6WXEL Public Broadcasting (note e)$2,000,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (West Palm Beach, Fla.) 2012

7Delaware First Media (note e)$105,000117,641

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Dover, Del.) 2012

8Classical Public Radio Network$3,750,0001,772,557

Acquisition of KUSF (San Francisco, Calif.) 2012

9University of Missouri $40,000117,198

Acquisition of WQUB (Quincy Ill.) 2012

10University of Southern California$7,500,0002,057,105

Acquisition of KXSC (Sunnyvale, Calif.) 2012

11Colorado Public Radio$12,000,000

Refinancing (Denver, Colo.) 2012

12Marfa Public Radio Corporation (note e)$175,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Marfa, Texas) 2011

13University of Southern California $205,00078,854

Acquisition of K212AA (Los Gatos, Calif.)

14Ohio State University$2,000,000

Sale of WOSU-AM (Columbus, Ohio) 2011

15Listeners Community Radio of Utah $225,000106,617

Sale of KZCL-FM (Logan, Utah) 2011

16Iowa Public Radio $1,750,000421,783

Acquisition of KZHZ-FM (Patterson, Iowa) and KZHC-FM (Pleasantville, Iowa) 2011

17The Wheeler School

WELH-FM Operating Agreement (Providence, R.I.) 2011

18University of Alabama$1,100,000891,671

Acquisition of WHIL-FM (Mobile, Ala.) 2011

19Radio Bilingue (notes e,f)$650,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Denver, Colo.) 2011

20Denver Educational Broadcasting Inc. (note e)$500,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Denver, Colo.) 2011

21Northern Kentucky University $6,750,0003,300,000

Acquisition of WPAY-FM & WPFB-FM/AM (Cincinnati, Ohio) 2011

22Marfa Public Radio Corporation$300,000141,272

Acquisition of KOCV-FM (Odessa, Texas) 2011

23Essential Public Media (note b)$6,000,0001,784,349

Acquisition of WDUQ-FM (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 2011

24Essential Public Media (note e)$2,500,000

Financing (WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa.) 2011

25KOCE Foundation (note e)$4,527,305

Re-financing (KOCE-TV, in Huntington Beach, Calif.) 2010

26WFCR Foundation (note e)$420,0002,110,123

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Amherst, Mass.) 2010

27University of Houston$9,932,0004,018,325

Acquisition of KTRU-FM (Houston, Texas.) 2010

28Vermont Public Radio$435,00046,515

Acquisition of WVXR-FM (Randolph, Vt.) 2010

29University of South Florida$1,275,000793,757

Acquisition of WSMR-FM (Sarasota, Fla.) 2010

30Ohio State University (note d)$4,871,000917,373

Acquisition of WWCD-FM (Columbus, Ohio) 2010

31American Public Media Group$4,050,0001,801,694

Acquisition of WXEL-FM (West Palm Beach, Fla.) 2010

32Long Island University$850,000133,413

Sale of WLIU-FM (Southampton, New York.) 2010

33Colorado Public Radio$8,300,000

Re-financing (KVOD-FM, prev. KFDN, in Denver, Colo.) 2010

34eTown (note e)$2,300,000

Financing through Public Radio Fund (Boulder, Colo.) 2010

35WGBH Educational Foundation$14,000,0004,006,875

Acquisition of WCRB-FM (Boston, Mass.) 2009

36North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.$18,000,0005,901,402

Acquisition of KVTT-FM (Dallas, Texas) 2009

37North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc. (note f)$17,500,000

Financing (KVTT-FM in Dallas, Texas) 2009

38Cincinnati Public Radio

WMUB-FM Operating Agreement (Oxford, Ohio) 2009

39University of Southern California$1,200,000220,327

Acquisition of KXTY-FM (Morro Bay, Calif.) 2009

40Lakeshore Public Media$1,050,000129,720

Acquisition of WWLO-FM (Lowell, Ind.) 2008

41Wasatch Public Media (note e)$2,818,000

Financing (KCPW-FM in Salt Lake City, Utah) 2008

42Capital Public Radio$4,700,000947,302

Acquisition of KUOP-FM (Stockton, Calif.) 2008

43New Hampshire Public Radio$6,000,000

Financing for new building, studios and equipment (New Hampshire) 2008

44California Lutheran University$1,440,000538,165

Acquisition of KIST-AM (Santa Barbara, Calif.) 2008

45Wasatch Public Media$2,400,000830,361

Acquisition of KCPW-FM (Salt Lake City, Utah) 2008

46American Public Media$1,000,000141,432

Acquisition of KBXO-FM (Coachella, Calif.) 2008

47Colorado Public Radio$8,200,000

Financing (KFDN-FM in Denver, Colo.) 2008

48Colorado Public Radio$8,200,0002,548,279

Acquisition of KFDN-FM (Denver, Colo.) 2008

49North Texas Music Foundation$500,000

Sale of a CP in Stephenville, Texas 2007

50American Public Media Group$20,000,0004,302,125

Acquisition of WMCU-FM (Miami, Fla.) and a translator (West Palm Beach, Fla.) 2007

51Santa Fe Community College

Swap of KSFR-FM for KSFQ-FM in Santa Fe, N.Mex. (owned by Educational Media Foundation) 2007

52University of Pennsylvania$4,335,0001,247,380

Acquisition of WZXM-FM and a translator (Middletown, Pa. & Harrisburg, Pa.) 2007

53University of Pennsylvania$1,250,000

Sale of WXPH-FM (Harrisburg, Pa.) 2007

54Northeast Indiana Public Radio$1,750,000454,177

Acquisition of WCKZ-FM (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) 2006

55Jacksonhole Community Radio$18,00017,159

Acquisition of KURT-FM (CP) (Jackson, Wyo.) 2006

56Capital Community Broadcasting$676,40030,000

Acquisition of KFMG-FM and KSRJ-FM (Juneau, Alaska) 2006

57University of Massachusetts$725,000

Sale of WSMU-FM (N. Dartmouth, Mass.) 2006

58Vermont Public Radio$147,00026,617

Acquisition of a CP (Brighton, Vt.) 2006

59Cincinnati Public Radio$411,000

Sale of WVXA-FM (Rogers City, Mich.) 2006

60Cincinnati Public Radio$200,000

Sale of WVXH-FM (Harrison, Mich.) 2006

61Cincinnati Public Radio$380,000

Sale of WVXM-FM (Manistee, Mich.) 2006

62Puget Sound Public Radio$500,000202,222

Acquisition of KVSN-AM (Olympia, Wash.) 2006

63Puget Sound Public Radio$6,000,000

Financing (KXOT-FM in Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.) 2006

64Puget Sound Public Radio

Operating agreement with PRC for KXOT in Wash. 2006

65Oklahoma State University$130,00050,700

Acquisition of two translators (Bixby & Okmulgee, Okla.) 2005

66Radio Bilingue$50,00039,412

Acquisition of KVFR-FM (CP) (Laytonville, Calif.) 2005

67Cincinnati Public Radio$15,000,000

Financing (Cincinnati, Ohio) 2005

68Cincinnati Public Radio$15,000,0002,293,533

Acquisition of 7 Xavier University Stations (Cincinnati, Ohio) 2005 (note c)

69WMHT Educational Communications$1,500,000225,424

Acquisition of WBKK-FM (Amsterdam, N.Y.) 2005

70Oklahoma State University $4,000,000366,025

PRC Acquisition of KGND on Behalf of OSU (Tulsa, Okla.) 2004/2005

71Oklahoma State University $7,000,000626,001

Financing (Oklahoma City & Tulsa, Okla.) 2004/2005

72University of Iowa$450,00056,312

Acquisition/Financing - KIIC-FM (Lamoni, Iowa) 2004

73San Diego State University$1,100,000100,601

Acquisition of KQVO FM (Calexico, Calif.) 2004

74Boulder Community Broadcast Associates$4,100,0002,710,616

Acquisition of KJME-AM (Denver, Colo.) 2004

75Radio for Milwaukee

WYMS-FM Operating Agreement (Milwaukee, Wisc.) 2004

76GBH Telecommunications $3,927,00094,866

Represented in the FCC Auction (Brewster, Mass.) 2004

77Joy Public Broadcasting $1,200,000300,009

Sale of WJTM-FM (Frederick, Md.) 2004

78High Plains Public Radio $1,200,000239,829

Acquisition KAEZ-FM Station (Amarillo, Texas) 2004

79Nevada Public Radio$250,000111,132

Acquisition of KZBS-FM (CP) (St. George, Utah) 2004

80KBPS Foundation $5,500,0001,902,001

Acquisition of KBPS-FM (Portland, Ore.) 2003

81Northeast Public Radio /WAMC $500,000618,461

Acquisition of WAMC-AM (Albany, N.Y.) 2003

82Bates Technical College$5,000,0002,181,922

PRC Acquisition of KBTC-FM from Bates (Tacoma, Wash.) 2003/2005

83Chicago Public Radio

WLUW-FM Operating Agreement (Chicago, Ill.) 2003

84KQED Inc. $3,000,000451,131

Acquisition of KQEI-FM (Sacramento, Calif.) 2003

85Park City Community Wireless $2,400,0002,085,744

Financing (Salt Lake City, Utah.) 2003

86Nashville Public Radio $3,000,0001,029,856

Acquisition of WQDQ-AM (Nashville, Tenn.) 2002

87Chicago Public Radio $550,000100,054

Acquisition of WBEW-FM (Chesterton, Ind.) 2002

88Nashville Public Radio $5,690,000

Financing (Nashville, Tenn.) 2001/2002

89Johns Hopkins University $5,000,0001,679,312

Sale of WYPR-FM (Baltimore, Md.) 2001/2002

90WGBH Educational Foundation $1,500,00040,758

Merger of WCAI/WNAN with WGBH (Cape Islands, Mass.) 2001

91Colorado Public Radio $4,200,0002,394,709

Acquisition of KCFR-AM (Denver, Colo.) 2001

92Colorado Public Radio $6,300,000

Financing (Denver, Colo.) 2001/2002

Transaction Total$313,677,70567,962,623
(a) The column represents the public media service area expanded or preserved by each transaction. Population coverage within the 60dBu (1.0mV/m ) FCC contour. The 60dBu coverage area is considered to be the primary coverage area for a non-commercial FM station and is the contour that is protected from interference by the FCC. Population predictions based upon V-Soft Communications - Probe 3 with Longley-Rice propagation model for the FMs (at 9.1m receiver height above ground) and FCC contour daytime coverage for the AMs. 2000 Census Data for sales before 2004; 2004 Census estimates for sales between 2003 and 2007; 2007 US Census estimated for sales between 2008 and 2010; and 2010 US Census estimates for sales in 2011 on.
(b) Transaction purchase agreement signed but not yet closed.
(c) Including: WVXU-FM/ Cincinnati, Ohio; WVXC-FM/ Chillicothe, Ohio; WVXR-FM/Richmond, Ind.; WVXH-FM/Harrison, Mich.; WVXW-FM/West Union, Ohio; WVXA-FM/Rogers City, Mich.; WVXM-FM/Manistee, Mich.
(d) Transaction size based on net present value of cash flows associated with the purchase price and sellers note, discounted at 3%.
(e) Transaction amount reflects total amount committed.
(f) Loan paid in full.
(g) Transaction total amount includes $550,000 in non-cash consideration. Primary coverage represents potential coverage of the proposed upgraded signal for KTBG-FM.

Friday, September 27, 2013

World College Radio Day, October 1, 2013

World College Radio Day was founded in 2012 as a response to the phenomenal international interest in College Radio Day, which began in the USA in 2011 (in the USA the event is still known as College Radio Day). Recognizing that student radio stations around the world wanted to unite for this annual event, Rob Quicke, Tiziana Cavallo and Guillermo Gaviria founded World College Radio Day to take the mission and unifying message of College Radio Day around the world. For more information on the story behind this unprecedented international coalition, please click here.
To view participating student radio stations click here.  To register your student radio station (for free) please click here.

“College Radio Day…was a call to unity in which stations showcased their best work”nytimes_logo_small
“A nationwide movement…illuminating the cultural significance of student-run radio”time_magazine_logo
“College Radio Day: An SOS for student-run stations…a unifying college-radio event”washington-post-large-logo-2
studentgroupThe original idea for College Radio Day was conceived by Dr. Rob Quicke (General Manager, WPSC FM, William Paterson University, NYC market), and was founded in December 2010 by Rob, who worked with Peter Kreten (General Manager, WXAV FM, Saint Xavier University, Chicago market) to help develop the idea. The aim of College Radio Day is to harness the combined listenership of hundreds of thousands of college radio listeners throughout the world and to celebrate the important contribution of college radio by uniting for this one day.
The aim of College Radio Day is to raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so on this day. It is hoped that those people who do tune in like what they hear and become regular listeners. The organizers of College Radio Day believe that college radio is one of the last remaining bastions of creative radio programming, free from the constrictions of having to be commercially viable, and a place where those involved in its programming believe passionately in its mission. College radio is the only free live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists on a regular basis.  Indeed, many famous and successful bands today, owe their initial break to being played on college radio. Put simply, college radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming.
The organizers also hope that College Radio Day can also be used a fundraising vehicle for those individual stations that choose to participate, benefiting from the extra attention their station will receive on that particular day.  Being a participant in this day is free for all college and high school radio stations (AM, FM or online) so that together, for one day, we can lift the profile of an important form of media: college radio. It’s a day of celebration. It’s a day of live music and special interviews. It’s the day college radio comes together.
Since 2012, the annual event is known internationally as World College Radio Day, as more than 30 countries around the world now celebrate this occasion.
For a list of New England independent college radio stations* click here.
* It's a pity that unlike fellow students at sister university University of Massachusetts stations (WMUA Amherst, WUML Lowell and WUMD Dartmouth) UMass Boston students do not have the chance to participate in a free-form independent college / community radio station, and thus be entitled to particpate in WORLD COLLEGE RADIO DAY. The reason for that is the powers that be at the state-funded university choose to run WUMB as a National Public Radio affiliate with a professional staff. That's right, a state university funded by federal and state tax dollars excludes its students and community members from participating as program producers, DJ's and news and sports announcers. WUMB claims through its station ID "bumpers" to be a "community service of UMass Boston". What and who that community is they do not say, but certainly it is not the UMass Boston students and residents of Columbia Point.

As this blog is Boston-based, WUMB leads the list of college stations that have been assimilated by the NPR borg. But there are many others whose students no longer have the ability to participate in free form independent college radio. Thanks to Jennifer Waits for the following:
KUSF-initially LMA'd, then sold to Classical Public Radio Network. KUSF had a faculty member GM (he actually started the station when he was a student), paid staff, student volunteers, and community volunteers
KTRU – sold
Bryant University leases WJMF airtime to WGBH beginning in 2011 and its student station moves online/HD/other technologies (this is communicated as a partnership)
Brown Student Radio (BSR) also lost its time share agreement with Wheeler Public Schools
WLIU-  Long Island University
KPSU - Portland State

Related articles:

For a much more extensive list, from the federal government itself, read "Public Radio Capital, "Broadening the reach of public media""

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Lord Geoffrey Presents Rising Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory Talent for its Fall Season

Lord Geoffrey Presents' Fall offering will be an unplugged acoustic series of six eight concerts in Cambridge featuring rising young talent from the Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory!  

September 25 - Eleanor Buckland and Isa Burke
October 16 - Cat and The Moon
October 23 - Dylan McKinstry and Friends
November 20 - Dan Bui and Friends
December 4 - Adrinna Ciccone and Friends, Featuring Neil Pearlman
December 18 - High Rock Mountain
...and two more being added in between!
 The concerts are presented at Outpost 186, 186-1/2 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge where there is plenty of space and on-street parking / close to the T.  It's an art gallery with plenty of room to move, not a bar where artists compete with loud conversations and blaring televisions, or a cramped listening room where patrons are packed into tiny tables!
Thanks to Darol Anger (Berklee) and Tanya Kalmanovitch (NEC), Lord Geoffrey's Fall season consultants!

Come for a series of fine rising artists!

Eleanor Buckland and Isa BurkeWednesday, September 25

Ellie Buckland and Isa Burke are fiddlers and singer-songwriters from musical families who grew up surrounded by folk music. They met at a fiddle camp in the woods of Maine, their shared home state, and are now both studying at Berklee College of Music. With two fiddles, two guitars, and two intertwining voices, they perform old folk songs, new Americana, and original songs in an acoustic roots style.

Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00, pickin' party follows.
Students $5
General Public $10
Email for special "insider" information.

Cat and The Moon 
Wednesday, October 18
"Celtic and Bluegrass Together at Last"

Cat And The Moon is a contemporary Celtic Bluegrass fusion group that was started in Boston Massachusetts in 2012. They have a wide range of styles including Irish, Bluegrass, originals, jazz fusion, and classical.

Cat And The Moon are...

Ricky Mier is a banjoist who hails from the San Francisco bay area. While attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship he won the Lowell Banjo and Fiddle Contest’s esteemed ‘Other Styles’ category. Ricky is versed in hard driving bluegrass music, Flecktones style fusion, open funk jams, classical, and now is dipping into Irish traditional music.
He uses a 2008 Gold Star GF-100 banjo with Keith D-Tuners and a nickel plated presto tailpiece. He prefers to use the stainless steel National NP2-SS fingerpicks for his picking because it decreases the amount of tarnish that develops on the picks.
Check out his website at!!

Kathleen Parks is a wild Irish fiddler from Newburgh, New York. She started playing the violin at the age of five and got heavily involved in Irish music by the age of ten. As she quickly progressed, she became interested in many other styles of music; Jazz, Classical, Fusion, and Bluegrass. Since then she has gone on to play numerous shows including festivals and cruise lines with bands such as; The John Whelan Band, The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, The Lindsey Webster Band, and the Bobby Vinton Orchestra.
Kathleen is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on full Scholarship studying Songwriting and Performance.
Check out Kathleen's Youtube account -

Eamon Sefton is a guitar major at Berklee College of Music who is rapidly assembling an impressive array of credentials and experience in traditional music — he has headlined at Club Passim, performed at Boston Celtic Music Festival in 2011 and 2012 with the band Chasing Redbird, and been selected by Maeve Gilchrist as guitar accompanist for the Berklee Advanced Celtic Ensemble. He has just returned from Scotland where he explored Scottish traditional music at first hand. Eamon is a 10-year alumnus of Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, joining their faculty as guitar teacher this summer.

Cat And The Moon's
Website -
Facebook -

Doors 7:30, Concert 8:00, pickin' party follows.
Students $5
General Public $10
Email for special "insider" information.

Dylan McKinstry and Friends
Wednesday, October 23

Dylan McKinstry is 24 year old multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer working and living in Minneapolis, MN and attending NEC.

Dylan, who has been called “…a vibrant young acoustic music architect with a bold new approach to guitar playing…’’ has always been a fond proponent of story-telling and the language of song. Within a single song McKinstry will sashay seamlessly between the usual suspects: jazz, blues, folk-funk, classical and modal middle-eastern with a hint of disco. With ease, he dances in and out of styles and genres, leaving his foot-tapping audiences pleasantly plump with melodies to hum. Dylan’s athletic, high caliber technique and mature compositional style can only be compared to the great guitarists of today, and has allowed him to turn the 6 string guitar into a sonic mélange. He has secured himself a place at the ”big kids table” of musicians, and is widely acclaimed by fellow guitar players like Dean Magraw, Andy Mckee and Michael Gulezian as being one of the most promising young guitarists of his time.

Dylan started as a session player at the age of 8, mostly as a percussionist, after it became clear that his passions stretched far beyond whimsical recreation. He has since performed on dozens of records, along side Pete Ostrushko, Larry Long, Meredith Fierke, Kurt Jorgensen, Paul Mayasich, and many others. His openness to new ideas, his thoughtfulness and range as a musician, and his ease in the studio has made him a sought after session player throughout the twin cities.

Dylan has attended a handful of exclusive seminars held by some of the top guitarists in the world. Cannington, Ontario was the first of many stops, where he studied in a small group setting with guitarists Don Ross and Andy McKee, both of whom took a liking to Dylan immediately and said of his music ”…Cool!”. From there he flew to Paris, and found himself in the little village of Chateau-Thierry at the home of French guitarist Pierre Bensusan. Besides the allure of fresh baguettes every morning, he found himself completely at ease and inspired in this kind of learning environment, and he left there with a head bursting with new ideas.

Out of High school, McKinstry began playing full-time as a soloist and as a sit in musician for Minneapolis bands. It was in this capacity that he honed his skills as a Mandolin and Mandola player, and has since found that his savvy as a soloist and mason of melodies lends itself well to ensemble playing. He is currently working closely with twin cities recording artist Meredith Fierke as a producer, songwriter, and general team player on her new album, which it slated to be released in the late summer of 2012.

He has shared the stage with Dean Magraw, Dan Schwartz, Little River Band, Brandi Carlyle, The Minnesota Orchestra, Alison Scott, Needtobreath, and many more! He is currently performing, producing and recording with twin cities recording artist Meredith Fierke. He also continues to do solo performances as a guitar player/singer.

Doors 7:30; Concert 8:00; pickin' party follows.
Students $5
General Public $10
Email for special "insider" information.

Dan Bui and Friends
Wednesday, November 20
under construction
Doors 7:30; Concert 8:00; pickin' party follows.
Students $5
General Public $10
Email for special "insider" information.
Wednesday, December 4
Québecois ,  Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish & Scandinavian fiddle tunes

Boston-based fiddler & step dancer Adrianna Ciccone is quickly establishing herself as a distinctive voice in the new-acoustic music scene. Her style, while rooted in the Ottawa Valley & Québecois fiddle traditions, continues to be inspired by the many different regional fiddles styles of Canada and the world including Appalachian, Métis, Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish & Scandinavian music. 
Adrianna’s desire to explore new musical languages is reflected in her compositions and arrangements which draw from traditions of the past while forging a unique musical identity.  

This distinctive style has brought the Timmins, ON native many awards and achievements.  She is a Maritime Open Fiddle Champion & American Grand Masters Fiddle Championship Finalist.  

Adrianna is also an active & experienced instructor.  For nearly a decade she has been passing on Canada's rich musical heritage to students of all ages and levels. She maintains a lively studio in both Northern Ontario & Boston, as well as throughout North America via Skype Video lessons. 

Adrianna is currently studying with scholarship at Berklee College of Music where she is actively involved in the American Roots Music Program.
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. It was this fresh approach that led legendary Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland to say "watching Neil's hands on the piano was like watching two spiders on crack!"

An accomplished Cape Breton step dancer as well, Neil grew up in the family band Highland Soles, led by father and mother Ed Pearlman and Laura Scott, both influential figures in Scottish music and dance. Neil has performed with many major music figures including Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Seamus Connolly, Kimberley Fraser, Maeve Gilchrist, Hanneke Cassel, Frank Ferrel, Laura Risk and Mike Vass. He has also opened for Archie Fisher, split a bill with Jerry Holland and worked closely with many others.

Some highlights of Neil's career so far have been performances at Carnegie Hall and the Iron Horse, and teaching at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp. Neil currently performs with a number of projects ranging from traditional Scottish fiddle music to contemporary jazz.
Adrianna's website -
Neil's website -
Doors 7:30; Concert 8:00; pickin' party follows.
Students $5
General Public $10
Email for special "insider" information.
Wednesday, December 18
High Rock Mountain plays mainly traditional bluegrass, with an emphasis on broken-hearted love songs and murder ballads featuring two- and three-part harmonies, with some originals and ripping instrumentals thrown in. The band met at the beginning of the 2012 Fall semester at Berklee College of Music through the Bluegrass ensemble arrangement - not that long ago - but they feel like they've been playing together for years. High Rock Mountain is delighted to take the musical heritage with which they have been blessed and bring it to those both familiar and new to Bluegrass, spreading awareness of this great music and expanding the Bluegrass community.
A Columbia, Missouri native, Sadie is a fiddler and vocalist with panache and grace. The eldest of five children born into a musical family, Sadie started taking violin lessons at the age of 7, and has found her style and voice through years of performing with her family band CurreyKorn, Missouri-based Bluegrass band Midnight Flight, and through a year of Music Performance study at the University of Missouri. Now in her second semester at Berklee College of Music, her well-honed fiddling and sultry vocals bring life and depth to everything we play.

A country boy at heart, Western Maryland-born singer and guitarist Chris Rooney earned his BA in Psychology at Shepherd University in West Virginia. As a child he was very athletic, but gave up sports 10 years ago after picking up his first guitar. He devoted every spare moment to learning the craft and eventually started writing his own music. After a few years in college he started teaching music to make extra money and started a fairly profitable business as a traveling music teacher, realizing in himself a growing passion for the art of teaching. Now in his second semester at Berklee, he has ventured through Rock'n’Roll, Metal, Blues, and Folk on his way to Bluegrass, where he has found his true voice.

Our resident radio host and banjo wizard, Jordan is in his third semester at Berklee. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, he is a noted coffee and cat enthusiast in addition to his heavy interest in American Roots music - specifically Bluegrass. Jordan started playing banjo when he was 13 and has been inspired by many great players, having the good fortune to call some of them his mentors. Deeply rooted in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana music, his enjoyment of and desire to play genre-crossing styles is well evident in his performance.

Descending from a tradition of professional Country and Bluegrass musicians, the son of resophonic guitarist Roger Williams was submersed in the Bluegrass scene from the very start. JD started taking violin lessons at the age of 6, and was given his first mandolin at the age of 7. Raised in Southern New Hampshire and having spent time in Central Connecticut to perform full-time with Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters, this fourth-semester Berklee mandolinist adds his passion for the harmonic arts and his love for American Roots music to our ensemble.

Hailing from Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Nate Sabat is a born and bred city boy. A graduate of the voice program at LaGuardia “the Fame” High School, his musical roots are in choral singing. However, he picked up the electric bass in middle school, and the upright bass a couple years afterwards. At the Berklee 5-week summer program in 2011, he had his first encounter with bluegrass, in an ensemble directed by the late, great John McGann. Since then, he has fallen in love with the style, and has been playing in and around the Boston acoustic music scene.
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Doors 7:30; Concert 8:00; pickin' party follows
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Whatever became of UMass Boston's WUMB's experiment to use student DJ's, or where are Felica Zhao, Colin Briggs, Jimmy Smith, Brittany Fernandes now?

At the tail end of former general manager Pat Monteith 25+ year reign (remember her? wonder whatever became of her, her disappearance was so abrupt and without ceremony...but we digress), UMass Boston's NPR radio affiliate, WUMB, instituted a program to train students to be evening DJ's. Apparently four made it through the training and went on air, albeit on a very short leash, having no say in the programming and just doing voice-overs for the songs normally selected by the music director for weekday play.

Read a period piece,

They call script reading talent?

on the WUMB website.
If the article has been sent down the memory hole, the October 13, 2011 article was captured and read here.

So where are Felica Zhao, Colin Briggs, Jimmy Smith, Brittany Fernandes now?
Why was the experiment aborted?
Why have no new student DJ's been trained/given air time?
Inquiring minds want to know, after all our tax dollars support UMass Boston.

"WUMBeatown" was written by an unattributed author for "The Mass Media, UMass Boston's Independent Student Newspaper," is copied in its entirity from


Nine students vying for your vote to DJ a new radio show
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    Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 8:47 pm|

    WUMB, the non-commercial radio station that operates in the bowels of our Healey Library, recently reached out to UMB students in the hopes of finding some fresh talent. Over 40 people auditioned in mid-September and now that number has been whittled down to nine students vying for the chance to host their own show.
    According to Pat Monteith, general manager of WUMB, there are two slots open for on-air talent; she also suggested that depending on the budget more students might be hired for behind-the-scenes jobs.
    Some students have voiced concern about the lack of airtime they have been given in the past at WUMB. In response to the question of whether this concern prompted the station to initiate the Talent Quest, Monteith said, "No, we've actually been trying for years. We used to have students on the air years ago."
    According to Monteith, UMB had a Radio Learning Program ten years ago that worked with the Communications department to get students involved in the radio station. A professor named Mark Schlesinger headed the now-defunct program, and when he left, "the whole program fell apart."
    Monteith said that WUMB had been keeping an eye out for someone internally who could properly train students. She also said, "I haven't seen any initiative from the university to try and help and give students credit or help them along the way. We can't take on the entire responsibility ourselves. "
    It is clear that proper training is not just suggested but necessary. In 2006 Congress passed legislation that allowed the Federal Communications Commission to raise the fine for on-air indecency from $32,500 to $325,000. That price would make a national station, never mind the regional WUMB, think twice about placing someone with no experience or training behind a live mike.
    Fortunately, one of WUMB's part-time staff employees has taught intro to radio classes at Boston University, among other schools. Albert Oram, better known by his on-air moniker Albert O, turned out to be the missing mentor for the UMB radio station.
    Finding the right person to teach what it takes to be on radio, coupled with the constant support for a student WUMB program from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Patrick Day as well as students, has allowed the Talent Quest to take shape. In fact, it was Vice Chancellor Day's idea to do an open competition looking for the students who would fill the newly available positions.
    So now with the talent found and being trained it comes time to decide not only who will host the show but what kind of music the show will play. WUMB has devised a way for the show to be an authentic UMB student representation.
    Students will vote online for which would-be DJs become the hosts. The candidates are in the process of recording demos that you'll be able to listen to online, and based on that you can vote for your favorite. The radio station has also collected a panel of about 30 students who volunteered to give their input on what type of music, out of the vast WUMB catalog, should be played.
    These efforts are sure to create a program that will be a representation of the varied student body at UMB. You can vote for the DJs at The show that one of our own peers will host is scheduled to air Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to midnight.
    For the record, the article invites reader comments...

    Welcome to the discussion.

    I submitted mine, asking questions such as "why is WUMB run as a professionally-staffed AAA format NPR affiliate, rather than as an independent college/community freeform station like its sisters WMUA (UMass Amherst), WUML (UMass Lowell) and WUMD (UMass Dartmouth). Apparently they were perceived as too radical or subversive by the censors, they were never approved for publication.
    Felica Zhao, Colin Briggs, Jimmy Smith and/or Brittany Fernandes, if you are reading this I'd love to hear about your WUMB DJ experiences.

    ...and by the way, why did GM Pat Monteith depart WUMB in so hastily a fashion?

    Read Missing Pat Monteith at WUMB  from the Patriot-Ledger, 5/4/12.
    Perhaps it is time for that publication to do a follow-up story, too.