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I’m very sorry to pass along the sad news that long time WMFO News Director and DJ Dean Wallace died tragically earlier this month. Dean was 70 years old and successfully fighting cancer — He drowned in an accident while on vacation at Lake George, NY with his family, which was otherwise described by his partner of more than two decades, Ruth Unger, as an truly happy day for him…Dean hosted WMFO’s progressive news program “No U Turn Radio” (Tuesdays 7 to 9 am) for more than a decade, having taken over from its original host Martin Voelker. On ”No U Turn Radio” Dean broadcast news pieces from the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) organization and the National Radio Project’s “Making Contact” series, plus offering his own insightful thoughts on contemporary events, as well as conducting interviews with political figures such as U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano, as well as activists including 911 truth seeker Dr. David Ray Griffin, various American Civil Liberties officials and others.Dean first came to my attention in 1989 when I became a fan of his newly launched bi-weekly newspaper initially named ”The Boston Comic News”and subsequently “Editorial Humor.” Dean’s goal was to distribute the best editorial cartoonists and comic strips published in the USA and internationally. It was sold from hundreds of vending machines in the Boston area. Its annual Cartoon Contest resulted in the discovery of many of the best young cartoonists. As of 2011, over a two dozen have gone into newspaper cartooning as professionals and three have won the highest honors in American Journalism: The Pulitzer Prize. Prior to that, in the 1970’s when phonograph records were made of congealed oil and moved at 33 1/3 rpm, Dean realized that large chains and individually owned stores couldn’t easily find sources for music produced by independent record labels so he created a music distribution company that specialized in “roots” music: blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, from America as well as imported music from the Caribbean, Europe and the Far East, ultimately bringing hundreds of labels to greater attention and commercial success. Chuck U and I will be hosting what is likely to be the last “No U Turn Radio” on WMFO this Tuesday morning July 30, from 7 am to 9 am, with expected call-ins from former WMFO DJs Martin Voelker and John Grebe, plus some audio clips from a phone conversation I had today with Ruth Unger. We’ll do our best to memorialize him, and look forward to sharing on the air any thoughts from others who knew him. Dean Wallace was a highly intelligent, humorous and wonderfully idiosyncratic man — He will most certainly be missed by his friends, WMFO listeners and fans…
- Edward Beuchert

I’m very sorry to pass along the sad news that long time WMFO News Director and DJ Dean Wallace died tragically earlier this month. Dean was 70 years old and successfully fighting cancer — He drowned in an accident while on vacation at Lake George, NY with his family, which was otherwise described by his partner of more than two decades, Ruth Unger, as an truly happy day for him…

Dean hosted WMFO’s progressive news program “No U Turn Radio” (Tuesdays 7 to 9 am) for more than a decade, having taken over from its original host Martin Voelker. On ”No U Turn Radio” Dean broadcast news pieces from the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) organization and the National Radio Project’s “Making Contact” series, plus offering his own insightful thoughts on contemporary events, as well as conducting interviews with political figures such as U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano, as well as activists including 911 truth seeker Dr. David Ray Griffin, various American Civil Liberties officials and others.

Dean first came to my attention in 1989 when I became a fan of his newly launched bi-weekly newspaper initially named ”The Boston Comic News”and subsequently “Editorial Humor.” Dean’s goal was to distribute the best editorial cartoonists and comic strips published in the USA and internationally. It was sold from hundreds of vending machines in the Boston area. Its annual Cartoon Contest resulted in the discovery of many of the best young cartoonists. As of 2011, over a two dozen have gone into newspaper cartooning as professionals and three have won the highest honors in American Journalism: The Pulitzer Prize. 

Prior to that, in the 1970’s when phonograph records were made of congealed oil and moved at 33 1/3 rpm, Dean realized that large chains and individually owned stores couldn’t easily find sources for music produced by independent record labels so he created a music distribution company that specialized in “roots” music: blues, folk, bluegrass, jazz, from America as well as imported music from the Caribbean, Europe and the Far East, ultimately bringing hundreds of labels to greater attention and commercial success. 

Chuck U and I will be hosting what is likely to be the last “No U Turn Radio” on WMFO this Tuesday morning July 30, from 7 am to 9 am, with expected call-ins from former WMFO DJs Martin Voelker and John Grebe, plus some audio clips from a phone conversation I had today with Ruth Unger. We’ll do our best to memorialize him, and look forward to sharing on the air any thoughts from others who knew him. 

Dean Wallace was a highly intelligent, humorous and wonderfully idiosyncratic man — He will most certainly be missed by his friends, WMFO listeners and fans…

- Edward Beuchert

Monday, July 29, 2013
#Dean Wallace  #No U Turn Radio 
Bubbles in the Think Tank put together a record- that’s right, an actual record- for Record Store Day. Join them this Friday to celebrate. More info here.

Bubbles in the Think Tank put together a record- that’s right, an actual record- for Record Store Day. Join them this Friday to celebrate. More info here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
#wmfo  #Record Store Day 
We’re in the middle of a donations drive! support WMFO and get some awesome perks. Read more.

We’re in the middle of a donations drive! support WMFO and get some awesome perks. Read more.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
#wmfo 

novelsongs:

During our interview, Philip Stephens spoke about the universal appeal of the sentiment in the title of his novel, Miss Me When I’m Gone. Beyond the popularity of the Carter Family song of the same name, the refrain was echoed in a viral video that spurred a thousand imitations. The original song and video by Landshapes (formerly Lulu and the Lampshades) has 3.5 million views and counting.

Actress Anna Kendrick probably racked up at least a hundred of those views teaching herself the song one afternoon. Here she is reprising her rendition from Pitch Perfect on David Letterman’s desk.

Tune in to Novel Songs this Saturday 10-11AM to hear my interview with Philip Stephens.

Friday, March 29, 2013
#wmfo  #onair 
Would You Like Some Music With Your Kitsch? →

Evan laments Newbury Comics’ transition into a Spencer’s-like novelty shop. *sigh*

Thursday, March 28, 2013
#wmfo  #Spencer's  #Newbury Comics 
Don’t miss Three Toed Sloth (the band, not the animal) on WMFO this Saturday at 1:00 pm.
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Don’t miss Three Toed Sloth (the band, not the animal) on WMFO this Saturday at 1:00 pm.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013
#wmfo  #three toed sloth  #onair 
minimal365:

Getting rid of these tape cassettes is going to be a long term project.
I was a deejay at WMFO for over 13 years and during that time I recorded almost every single show. To cassette unfortunately, and the magnetic tape on the cassettes will eventually oxidize and flake away. While that’s poetic, I still would like to hold on to those shows some how. Some of the shows were great and I often had guests like musicians and poets. And each of those shows are a touchstone to who I was that particular night.
So here’s the plan: at least once a week I’m going to convert a cassette to MP3 at 320 KBPS. It’s not quite CD quality but then again, neither are the cassettes. I’ll store the shows on Dropbox until I have enough to burn to DVD. Repeat until completed.
Fortunately, the bulk of the shows are in storage in Boston. I only have to do these two boxes, which are what, only a couple hundred cassettes? And nearly all of them are unlabeled? Sigh. No wonder I’ve been putting off this particular project for the last 10 years.
At least I get to experience the pleasure of listening to shows for the past every week for the next year! Last night’s cassette, for example, had great tunes from the likes of Beck, Johnny Cash and Yma Sumac.
Do you have any cassettes laying around that you can’t bear to part with?

Take a look at the ongoing progress here.

minimal365:

Getting rid of these tape cassettes is going to be a long term project.

I was a deejay at WMFO for over 13 years and during that time I recorded almost every single show. To cassette unfortunately, and the magnetic tape on the cassettes will eventually oxidize and flake away. While that’s poetic, I still would like to hold on to those shows some how. Some of the shows were great and I often had guests like musicians and poets. And each of those shows are a touchstone to who I was that particular night.

So here’s the plan: at least once a week I’m going to convert a cassette to MP3 at 320 KBPS. It’s not quite CD quality but then again, neither are the cassettes. I’ll store the shows on Dropbox until I have enough to burn to DVD. Repeat until completed.

Fortunately, the bulk of the shows are in storage in Boston. I only have to do these two boxes, which are what, only a couple hundred cassettes? And nearly all of them are unlabeled? Sigh. No wonder I’ve been putting off this particular project for the last 10 years.

At least I get to experience the pleasure of listening to shows for the past every week for the next year! Last night’s cassette, for example, had great tunes from the likes of Beck, Johnny Cash and Yma Sumac.

Do you have any cassettes laying around that you can’t bear to part with?

Take a look at the ongoing progress here.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
#wmfo 
Sorry this hasn’t been updated in awhile. I’ll get back to it.
For now, check out the rejuvenated WMFO blog. Lots of good stuff going on there.
-Catherine

Sorry this hasn’t been updated in awhile. I’ll get back to it.

For now, check out the rejuvenated WMFO blog. Lots of good stuff going on there.

-Catherine

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
#radio  #wmfo 

Sharon Van Etten performs “Give Out” from Tramp on Soundcheck Live in The Greene Space

Read a review of Tramp on the WMFO blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
#Sharon Van Etten  #Tramp 
bbook:

Steven Spielberg calls Tom Stoppard to ask him to work on a movie. Stoppard says he’s busy writing something for the BBC.  Spielberg asks if he’s really prepared to turn down the opportunity to  work on a major film to do a piece of TV. “No, not television,” replies  Stoppard. “Radio.”
The awards giving radio drama a voice

bbook:

Steven Spielberg calls Tom Stoppard to ask him to work on a movie. Stoppard says he’s busy writing something for the BBC. Spielberg asks if he’s really prepared to turn down the opportunity to work on a major film to do a piece of TV. “No, not television,” replies Stoppard. “Radio.”

The awards giving radio drama a voice

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
#radio 

Happy Monday Everybody

Monday, November 7, 2011
Socks and Sandals - Airing live now on 91.5 WMFO and streaming online at http://www.wmfo.org/
DJ’s Griffin and Hella Rich bringing you the hottest jams you vaguely recognize.

Socks and Sandals - Airing live now on 91.5 WMFO and streaming online at http://www.wmfo.org/

DJ’s Griffin and Hella Rich bringing you the hottest jams you vaguely recognize.

Friday, November 4, 2011
#wmfo  #onair 
Weekly List: Best Female Lead Singer →

Cases are made for Chrissie Hynde, Siouxsie Sioux, Lauryn Hill, and Amy Linton.

Friday, November 4, 2011
#Weekly list 
Pick of the Week: E. Watson →

Long Live The King consists of five tracks that didn’t quite make the cut for the band’s most recent album, The King is Dead.  Out this week, the EP is a welcome morsel to help Decemberists fans get through this indefinite break.  The first track, E. Watson is starkly simple with guitar the only accompaniment and harmonies from Laura Veirs and Annalisa Tornfelt.  This is an usually stripped down arrangement but it’s a pleasant change.  And as always Colin Meloy has a strange and compelling tale to tell. read more>

-Ellen

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
#The Decemberists