WUMB and Dumber
They’re taking a beating in Boston. What started as a puffy little piece about a new WUMB deejay turns into a barroom brawl in the comments section, as posters beat the UMass station head soundly about the head and neck. Sometimes words speak louder than actions . . . Read it here.
Jeff’s comment: The community comments are the very first I have read in a public forum. They prove how one person can drink the NPR Kool-Aid and drive a good station down.
From Jeff Boudreau:
Since WUMB went pop/AAA some two years ago, one of the few remaining programs worth listening to had been — now was — Barnes Newbury’s “Highway 61 Revisited.” Barnes did not do his show yesterday morning and the substitute host, music director John Laurenti, did not mention he was filling in, which is not only common broadcast radio practice, it is common courtesy. In fact, at the time of the broadcast the show’s webpage carried Mr. Laurenti’s, not Barnes’, photograph. Something was afoot.
At the show’s conclusion a prediction was posted to NEFolknRoots: “Highway 61 Revisited as we knew it since 2000 is gone. I hope I am proven wrong.”
Saturday’s show consisted mostly of horrible pop covers of horrible ‘ 70s/’80s pop songs. What these songs had to do with “the spirit of the Sixties when folk-rock and protest music ruled the airwaves” resides only in the mind of a music director trained in AAA/pop radio.
The following was on the WUMB home page:
4.24.10 | Changes with Highway 61 Revisited
After more than nine years as host of Highway 61 Revisited, we’re sorry to announce that Barnes Newberry has decided to leave. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We’re currently exploring options about what to do now on Saturday mornings from 8:00am-Noon, and we’d love to hear from our listeners. If you have any thoughts about the future of our Saturday morning programming, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have my suspicions why Highway 61 Revisited has ended but do not wish to speculate in public. But I will say happy trails, Barnes, your program will be missed and look forward to hearing you on another station.
How quickly do they go into the memory hole.
During yesterday’s broadcast and before his “resignation” was announced on the main page, Barnes’ image was removed from the “Highway 61 Revisited” program description. Fare thee well, Barnes, you produced and hosted a quality program that did not fit WUMB’s AAA/pop format. I am sure we’ll hear you again very soon on a station that appreciates your talents.
For more information, see the notloB site.