UMass Boston's WUMB Radio, DJ Albert O. celebrate 35 years of music in Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston’s radio station, WUMB-FM 91.9, will host an anniversary concert celebrating 35 years of creating live and local music programming in Boston.
The concert will honor legendary DJ Albert O., formerly of WBCN and now at WUMB, and feature former ’BCN DJ turned rocker Peter Wolf and The Midnight Travelers. Wolf previously was lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band.
The concert will be held Friday, February 2 at 8 p.m. at Cary Hall in Lexington.
The concert marks the 35th anniversary of WUMB, which was the last station in Greater Boston to be granted an FM license by the Federal Communications Commission. WUMB was started by students at UMass Boston and is now one of the country’s foremost radio stations for roots, folk, and independently-produced music, largely airing a mix of singer/songwriters, Americana, blues, bluegrass, and more. It has grown to now include eight transmitters in New England: 91.9FM in Boston, Worcester, and Falmouth; 91.7FM in Newburyport, Stow, and Marshfield; 1170AM in Orleans; and 88.7FM in Milford, New Hampshire.
The concert also celebrates longtime Boston disc jockey Albert O. for his 35 years in Boston radio. Albert Oram, from a small town in Kentucky, was introduced to Boston when a high school friend went to Berklee. He began his radio career at community MIT radio WTBS/WMBR and went on to WLYN (pre-WFNX), before spending over 20 years at legendary WBCN, and over five years at Greater Media's WROR and WBOS.
Eight years ago, Albert O. joined WUMB, where he currently hosts “Afternoons with Albert O.,” weekdays at 2 p.m., and “Highway 61 Revisited,” Saturdays at 8 a.m. (repeated Sunday at 8 p.m.).
The event will also feature a concert by Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers. Wolf adopted the persona “the Woofa Goofa” at the fledgling, edgy rock station WBCN, known for introducing Boston listeners to new bands. He is best known for his years as the lead vocalist for the J. Geils Band, which between 1970 and 1983 released 13 albums that included hits such as “Freeze Frame,” “Love Stinks,” and “Centerfold.” Since then he has pursued a solo career, frequently collaborating with rock, blues, country, folk, and other artists.
Tickets for the concert are $100, and are available at wumb.org.