Monday, October 21, 2013

WCUW Celebrates 40th Year as Worcester's Community Radio Station

Congratulations to WCUW on its 40th anniversary.

WCUW Celebrates 40th Year as Worcester's Community Radio Station

WCUW 91.3 fm (

Media Contacts: Walter Henritze
John Levin 323-934-5800
Valerie Sampson 978-855-6328
Patricia Gallery 415-465-2186


Saturday, October 19th, there will be tours of the station and alumni reconnections all day at 910 Main Street. Meet the co-founders, Walter Henritze and John Levin. Meet some of the programmers who’ve come from all over the United States to celebrate 40 years of alternative music, news and public affairs over the 91.3 FM airwaves.

Tune in to 91.3 FM or stream at and hear:
Saturday 4 – 6: ALUMS ON THE AIR, PART I with Brian Goslow
Saturday 9-midnight ROCK N. ROLL PARTY with Owen Maercks, ALUMS ON THE AIR, PART II
Sunday 3 – 4: MEET THE FOUNDERS (interview/talk show with Ross Reynolds)
Sunday 4 – 6: ALUMS ON THE AIR, PART IV, with Mitch Ahern [and The Lid]

John Levin envisioned a community radio station for Worcester in 1970 and applied to the FCC for an FM license while a student at Clark University. He co-managed WCUW with Walter for its first 5 years on the air, acting as the station’s first Program Director. Today, he is president of Barrington Media, a Los Angeles-based business-to-business digital marketing agency. John and Walter are available for interviews prior to and during the reunion weekend.
Ross Reynolds has hosted The Conversation, KUOW's award–winning daily news–talk program, since 2000. Ross came to KUOW in 1987 as news director and in 1992 became program director. As program director, he changed the station's format from classical/news to news and yet more news. In 1998, Ross became program director and news director. KUOW's coverage of the World Trade Organization protests in 1999 won a National Headliner First Place Award for Coverage of a Live Event.
Owen Maercks, Music Director at WCUW 1972-78, currently owns the East Bay Vivarium, the nation's oldest and largest reptile store. He makes frequent television appearances for Mythbusters, Dirty Jobs, Animal Planet, and more. After leaving WCUW, he toured and recorded with several bands, including MX80 Sound, Henry Kaiser, and his own Science Patrol.
Mitch Ahern, currently Director of Communications at Cantina Consulting, as well as an artist, musician and programmer of Music Under the Moon, Tuesdays 9-midnight on WCUW, began programming at WCUW during his Clark University days in the 80’s.
Brian Goslow, currently managing editor of artscope magazine and reporter for Fifty Plus Advocate newspapers, started at WCUW as a sports reporter in 1976, then hosted a series of local music based programs on Saturday afternoons from 1977-1983, including It’s Rock (and It’s Local), My Generation P.S.V., Radio Wormtown and Beat Surrender, before serving as a member of the station’s programming committee in the mid-1980s.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Fare thee well, Dr. Ralph Stanley


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Dr. Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour
80+ Date Event Will Begin Oct. 16, 2013

Nashville, TN (June 26, 2013)--For Immediate Release--Now 86 years old and still in superb voice, the revered country and bluegrass singer Dr. Ralph Stanley will commence his final tour Oct. 16, 2013.  It will run through December 2014. The event, which is projected to encompass more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts centers, is being billed as Man Of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell.  (The title “Dr.” comes from the fact that Stanley holds an honorary doctorate in music from Lincoln Memorial University and has worn that title since it was awarded in 1976.)

Accompanying the multiple Grammy winner and Grand Ole Opry star will be his band, the fabled Clinch Mountain Boys.  Various country and bluegrass artists will appear as supporting acts.  The start of the tour coincides with Dr. Stanley’s 67th anniversary as a professional performer.  He began his career in 1946 with his older brother Carter, touring and recording as the Stanley Brothers.  Carter died in 1966, after which Ralph moved to center stage as a solo artist.
“What an honor it is to be a part of a musical legend and to work with my all-time hero’s final musical journey,” says Josh Trivett, Stanley’s co-manager.  “Dr. Ralph is an American and an international musical icon who has influenced so many modern stars with his trademark mountain sound. Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.'s Farewell will be a fantastic celebration of the life of Dr. Ralph, the mountain music he’s made famous and his legacy that will endure through the course of time.”  (Photo by Will McIntire)

 Over his historic career, Dr. Stanley has won virtually every honor America has to bestow on its master musicians.  He has three Grammy awards, one as best male country vocalist, a category in which he competed with Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett.  His was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album. He was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century.  Dr. Stanley is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
As a bandleader, Dr. Stanley mentored the careers of Ricky Skaggs, Keith Whitley, Larry Sparks and Charlie Sizemore, among others.
The following dates for the opening weekend of the Man of Constant SorrowTour: The Dr.'s Farewell are:
Oct. 18  The Dunn Center - Rocky Mount, NC
Oct. 19  Morehead Center - Morehead, NC
Oct. 20  The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
Oct. 21  The Arts Center - Carrborro, NC
For more information about Dr. Ralph Stanley, go to .
Publicity/Media Contact:
Norma Morris
615 925-9250
Booking Inquiries:
Josh Trivett
P.O. Box 210588
Nashville, TN 37221-0588
Phone: 615 952-9250
© 2006 Morris Public Relations

Facebook page merging does not work

Originally posted 6/12/13 as a note in In the Tradition with Jeff Boudreau

Facebook page merging does not work

"You may have noticed that you're no longer an admin of one of the Facebook Pages you used to manage. The Page was claimed by someone who proved that they're authorized to represent it. To find out which Pages you still admin, go to: have read the message above"

I suspect this was sent to inform me FB had merged my old and replacement radio pages. The member count in "In the Tradition with Jeff Boudreau" has been increased by the number of the old page BUT ALL OF THE OLD PAGE'S EVENTS AND NOTES, INCLUDING TWO YEARS WORTH OF PLAYLISTS, ARE GONE!

Thanks a lot, Facebook.I always posted the playlists to NEFolk - - and the Folk DJ list, so they are not gone forever.

But the events, with the graphics and notes from listners are gone.

Please visit the current Facebook page,  In the Tradition with Jeff Boudreau


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Help Musicians United Protect Bristol Bay

Si Kahn, Activist, Organizer & Folk Singer/Songwriter and his fellow-travelers are at it again!

I'm writing to you from Juneau, Alaska, where I'm this year's official Guest Artist at the Alaska Folk Festival, with exciting news and a request for your help.

Today we are launching a crowd-funding campaign for my new album Bristol Bay.  I'm deeply proud of the songs, most of which were written and field-tested here in Alaska.  They include co-writes with Grammy winners Jon Vezner and Tom Chapin, and a wonderful instrumental composition by Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers, the album's producer.

I am also very proud to be donating 100% of all income from the CD, including my artist and songwriter royalties, to support  Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay -  a growing movement of musicians around the world, including luminaries like Pete Seeger, Holly Near and Tom Chapin, who are using the power of music and their networks to help stop a potential environmental and cultural disaster in Alaska's Bristol Bay, one of the world's remaining great wild places.

I hope you will join with us and DONATE what you can today.  A donation of $25 or more gets you the album when it's released in June.  For a donation of $200 or more, you will get a copy personally signed by me to you.  And there are many other rewards you can get for other donation levels.

We are funding Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay completely with grassroots donations from folks like you.  There is no limit to how much you can donate, and the entire amount is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

We recently shot a video of Pete Seeger talking about and endorsing Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay.  This legendary folksinger and storyteller nails the Bristol Bay battle in two minutes, and ends by singing “Which Side Are You On?”    To see that video, make a donation and sign up for your copy of my new album, click HERE!

Bristol Bay, Alaska is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.   It's home to much of the fresh wild fish we eat in North America, to the last great population of sockeye salmon, and to Alaska Native communities that have lived off its bounty continuously for over 10,000 years.

But the Bristol Bay area is also home to what may well be the largest copper and gold ore deposit in the world.  Not surprisingly, an international mining consortium wants to build the world’s largest open pit mine right next to the headwaters that drain into the Bay.

Please DONATE today to help Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay help fight the Pebble Mine, and receive my new album of songs about the beauty of the Bay; the strong, courageous folk who have lived and fished there for over 10,000 years; and the corporate insanity and greed that threatens to destroy this extraordinary heritage forever.

In solidarity and music,


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Friday, January 11, 2013

A novelty voice is not required to get airplay on Boston's NPR music station

...but it sure seems to help. The artists/songs presented here are in heavy rotation on Boston NPR affiliate WUMB, which is licensed to UMass Boston.

Talent and artistic merit aside, it is apparent that the WUMB music director uses as a criterion what I call "voice weirdness." These certainly are not classically trained voices one hears at the Met!

The banners are from the WUMB playlist archives.

Listen, if you dare (I suggest listening with heavy duty ear plugs in the vicinity of a dozen leaf blowers).

Iris Dement
Go On Ahead and Go Home (from Sing The Delta)

,,,and of course Mr, DeMint

Greg Brown
Bones Bones (from Hymns To What Is Left)

John Hiatt
Homeland (from The Open Road)

The Tallest Man On Earth
Love Is All 

Anais Mitchell
Dyin' Day  

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nichols
Have Mercy On Me (from Wreck & Ruin)
From the nasal alt-country branch...
Video not available, listen to this audio clip from Amazon.


Patty Griffin
Mad Mission (from Living With Ghosts)
(she should have kept her day job at Table Talk making pies)

Is There an Echo in Here?

Is There an Echo in Here? Why are so many singer/songwriters so short of words they need to repeat phrases over and over ad nauseam?

A parking lot for contemporary pop songs with repeated repeated repeated lyrics favored for heavy rotation airplay by "WUMB 91.9 FM Boston's NPR Music Station,"

I personally guarantee I will never give airplay to any of these. Well, maybe if I do a "cheesey songs" special.

Black Prairie - "How Do You Ruin Me"

How Do You Ruin Me? - Black Prairie

How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 

In the way that you gave it all, 
In the way that you took it back. 
In the way that you are your own, 
In the way that I wanna make you mine. 

How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 


In the way that I am my own, 
In the way that I am undone, 
In the way that you wish for more, 
In the way I wanna make you mine. 

How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 




In the way that you are your own, 
In the way that I am mine. 
In the way that I want to make you… 

How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 
How do you ruin me? 

How do you ruin me? (Ahhh) 
How do you ruin me? (Ahhh) 
How do you ruin me? (Ahhh)

Nanci Griffith, Stranded in the High Ground

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jon Fromer, presente!

From emma's revolution.


Jon Fromer, presente!

We are deeply mourning the passing, this morning, of our friend and justice troubadour, Jon Fromer.
With his gorgeous soulful voice and powerful guitar playing, Jon could move you to dance or to cry--and always move you to action. Jon was a teenager when he marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights in 1965. He continued his music and activism in support of peace, immigration, human rights and especially labor rights. He brought his activism to his work as a TV producer in the San Francisco Bay Area where he produced more than 1,000 programs and won numerous awards, including Emmys. Typically his bio on the KQED website includes this line:"More important than the honors Fromer has received is the human touch and appreciation for the diversity of the community that is reflected in all his work."
Jon was awarded the Joe Hill Artist Lifetime Achievement Award from the Labor Heritage Foundation. We did concerts with Jon in the Bay Area and, for the last 12 years, we sang with Jon at the School of the Americas Watch Vigil in Ft. Benning, Columbus GA. He was a crucial part of the music and the musicians collective. In addition to his songs like "Gonna Take Us All" and "Welcome", no one could lead "Rockin' Solidarity" or "We Shall Overcome" like Jon.
He battled stomach cancer for the last two years and, even in his last days, Jon was still miraculously strong in spirit and energy, recording some of his newest songs. (Hear Waves, a beautiful duet he sang with his wife Mary just this fall at La Pena.)
Pat's been going to sleep every night with Jon's songs playing in her head and waking up with them still playing. And we both have been singing our favorite song of his. With Bernie Gilbert, Jon wrote the song for Rosa Parks but the chorus seems so appropriate now:
"My feet are tired, my feet are tired.
My feet are tired, but my soul is rested."
We love you and we already miss you so much, Jon. We are grateful for your spirit, your music, your humor, your love for us and your passion for justice.
Jon Fromer, presente!