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CityBoston, Massachusetts
Broadcast areaGreater Boston
BrandingWUMB Radio
Frequency91.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Repeater(s)(see table below)
First air dateSeptember 19, 1982 (1982-09-19)[1]
ERP160 watts
HAAT189 meters (620 ft)
Facility ID66578
Transmitter coordinates42°14′49.00″N 71°2′56.00″W / 42.2469444°N 71.0488889°W / 42.2469444; -71.0488889 (WUMB-FM)Coordinates: 42°14′49.00″N 71°2′56.00″W / 42.2469444°N 71.0488889°W / 42.2469444; -71.0488889 (WUMB-FM)
Callsign meaningUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
AffiliationsAmerican Public Media
OwnerUniversity of Massachusetts Boston
(University of Massachusetts)
WebcastListen Live

WUMB-FM (91.9 FM) in Boston, Massachusetts is the radio station of University of Massachusetts Boston. It broadcasts an Americana/Blues/Roots/Folk mix hosted by its staff weekdays. On weekends the station concentrates on traditional folk, Celtic, blues, and world music including syndicated programs.[2][3] Overnight programming starting at midnight and usually through 5am is a repeat of a portion of the previous day's programming; an announcement of this fact is made at midnight. The station has received many awards for its folk music programming.[4]


WUMB's previous logo as "Folk Radio"

WUMB-FM operates as a noncommercial public radio–style station which carries some NPR programming. HD Radio technology allows WUMB to transmit a high-quality digital signal.[5] Due to the crowded state of the noncommercial end of the FM dial in New England, WUMB operates at a modest 160 watts, effectively limiting its coverage area to Boston itself and its innermost suburbs. To widen its signal, it operates a network of eight repeater stations across eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. WUMB-FM can also be heard on the Internet at both low bit rate for those with dial up connection and in stereo for those with broadband service.

Since 1998 WUMB sponsored a live music festival, called the Boston Folk Festival through 2009 but renamed to WUMB Music Fest in 2010 and 2011. The first festival was held at scattered sites in Boston's Back Bay. Since then it has taken place on the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus. The event is currently in hiatus, however WUMB does continue to participate in music festivals around New England like the Lowell Summer Music Series and the New Bedford Folk Festival.[6]

Until 2013, WUMB broadcast with 660 watts, with a height above average terrain of 63 meters; after the station lost its then–transmitter site, the station moved to a new site and began broadcasting with its present 160-watt facility.

Mission statement[edit]

According to the station's website:

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.[7]

Repeater stations[edit]

In addition to the main station, WUMB is relayed by eight repeaters to widen its broadcast area.

Station Frequency City First air date Power ERP HAAT Class Facility ID Coordinates Call Sign Meaning Former Call Signs
WFPB1 1170 kHz Orleans April 10, 1970[1] 670 watts
(daytime only)
D 8591 41°46′48.0″N 70°0′36.0″W / 41.780000°N 70.010000°W / 41.780000; -70.010000 (WFPB) derived from WFPB-FM (see below) WVLC (1970–1980)
WKZE (1980–1983)
WVLC (1983–1985)
WKPE (1985–1998)
WBPR 91.9 MHz Worcester 1994[1] 270 watts 213 m (699 ft) A 69163 42°18′11″N 71°53′52″W / 42.30306°N 71.89778°W / 42.30306; -71.89778 (WBPR) Boston Public Radio
WFPB-FM 91.9 MHz Falmouth 1995 300 watts horizontal
6,000 watts vertical
76.1 m (250 ft) A 69057 41°36′50″N 70°35′56″W / 41.61389°N 70.59889°W / 41.61389; -70.59889 (WFPB-FM) Falmouth Public Broadcasting
WNEF 91.7 MHz Newburyport January 13, 2002[8] 1 watt horizontal
1,000 watts vertical
100 m (328 ft) A 93889 42°51′56″N 70°56′17″W / 42.86556°N 70.93806°W / 42.86556; -70.93806 (WNEF) We're New England's Folk[8]
WUMG2 91.7 MHz Stow August 10, 2010 500 watts 23.5 m (77 ft) A 122279 42°25′17″N 71°27′10″W / 42.42139°N 71.45278°W / 42.42139; -71.45278 (WUMG) disambiguation of WUMB
WUMT 91.7 MHz Marshfield November 2011 1,100 watts 25 m (82 ft) A 122278 42°4′38″N 70°42′21″W / 42.07722°N 70.70583°W / 42.07722; -70.70583 (WUMT) disambiguation of WUMB
WUMV 88.7 MHz Milford, New Hampshire July 11, 2012 670 watts 12 m (39 ft) A 174551 42°49′58″N 71°43′45″W / 42.83278°N 71.72917°W / 42.83278; -71.72917 (WUMV) disambiguation of WUMB
WUMZ 91.5 MHz Gloucester March 18, 2019[9] 100 watts horizontal 14 m (46 ft) A 174551 42°36′41″N 70°40′4″W / 42.61139°N 70.66778°W / 42.61139; -70.66778 (WUMZ) disambiguation of WUMB


  • 1. WFPB operated as a commercial station from 1970 until its donation to UMass Boston by GramCam Communications in 1998.[10]
  • 2. WUMG shares time with high school radio station WAVM in Maynard.

In addition to its primary repeaters, starting in 2007 WPNI (1430 AM) in Amherst temporarily repeated WUMB by arrangement with WFCR while Pamal Broadcasting sought a buyer for the station;[11] this ended when Pamal shut WPNI down on November 30, 2013.[12] WHRB (95.3 FM) in Cambridge[13] and WLYN (1360 AM) in Lynn[14] have also offered temporary WUMB simulcasts in the past during transitions to either new studios or new ownership.


  1. ^ a b c Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. pp. D–208–14. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  2. ^ WUMB website history and overview page
  3. ^ WUMB website program description page
  4. ^ Contact Us
  5. ^ HD radio page. wumb.org.
  6. ^ WUMB Music Fest
  7. ^ Mission Statement WUMB BRIEF HISTORY AND OVERVIEW WUMB website Retrieved July-13-2012.
  8. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (January 7, 2002). "Is WKNJ Gone For Good?". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Eastern Massachusetts Radio Timeline: the 2010s". The Archives @ BostonRadio.org. March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Fybush, Scott (September 25, 1998). "WNFT, WNTN Sold". North East RadioWatch. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  11. ^ "WUMB's folk programs to be broadcast on WPNI". In the Loop. University of Massachusetts Amherst. April 5, 2007. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  12. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. December 3, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  13. ^ Fybush, Scott D (August 17, 1994). "New England Radio Watcher: Etc". rec.radio.broadcasting. Google Groups. Retrieved January 16, 2012.
  14. ^ Fybush, Scott (October 8, 2002). "North East RadioWatch". Retrieved January 16, 2012.

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