Sing Out the Summer Campfire Sing-Along - August 31

The Sing Out the Summer Campfire Sing-Along will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7-9 pm, presented by the Great Pound Mountain Conservation Trust and WERU Community Radio.  Come sing out the summer around a blazing campfire in the scenic Great Pond Mountain Wildlands. We’ll provide the fire and the s’mores and a few good musicians; you bring a camp chair, something to drink, a marshmallow stick, bug protection and a musical instrument, if you like. Enter the Wildlands via South Gate on Route 1 (just south of Rte. 176 intersection) and follow signs to the campfire. Drive in or hike about a mile. This is a free event. Rain Date September 1. Read more »


Thanks to all WERU Members for making WERU's broadcast of the American Folk Festival possible with your support.  It was also great meeting many listeners at our outreach table outside the Railroad Stage.  And of course we thank you for tuning in!  You can't beat live music, in person and on-the air! 

Many thanks go out as well to the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront for partnering with WERU on the broadcast!

(Photo: Joel Mann and John Greenman in the broadcast booth.) Read more »

Live Music on WERU - Saturday 9/3 & Sunday 9/4

This weekend WERU listeners will be treated to two live studio performances by fabulous traditional musicians, first on the Saturday Morning Coffeehouse at 9am, when Jim Bahoosh will host Low Lily, and then on Sunday at 5pm on New Potatoes, when Matt Murphy will host Four Shillings Short.  

Tune in for some very fine roots music on your Community Radio! Read more »

WERU's Lightning Strike Experience

 By Maxine Janerka, WERU Volunteer

On Saturday, July 23 around 5:40, a bolt of lightning hit the ground near WERU’s studio and offices and entered the building through the electrical service line.  Sean Gambrel, the host of High on a Mountain, was in the studio at the time.

“It was about twenty minutes before the end of my show and Kristie Billings had just arrived to prep for Daydream Nation.  I had a fiery banjo tune running and we were exchanging the usual pleasantries.  Out of nowhere, there was a POP and the station went silent,” Gambrel said. At first he and Billings didn’t know what had happened.

“Every light on the control board went dark, which was a weird thing to see since the board is generally covered with scores of lit buttons.”  Suddenly, Billings called out that the board was giving off smoke and hastily unplugged it and turned off the power.  Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeri Spurling

Jeri Spurling is the co-host of The Jazz Scene, Monday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, alternating weeks with her co-host, William Ryan.  On the program she loosely follows a musical arc that begins with jazz selections that she refers to as “upbeat and peppy,” then on to calmer tempos around dinnertime, and finishing off with “edgier, funky, or raucous jazz to blend towards the blues at 8:00.”  Jeri aims for the show to have continuity and occassionally there will a theme, but she says that “the ear trumps all requirements.  It has to flow and sound good.” Read more »


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