Many thanks to everyone who came out for the July 25th WERU Community Radio Open House. We had a blast thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers and staff, and the attendance of many partygoing listeners. Live music was provided by The Trad Duo, GoldenOak and People of Earth. And it all was broadcast live on 89.9 (Downeast and Midcoast), 99.9 (Bangor) and online at http://weru.org. Thank you to everyone who made the party a great one!
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Judith Sloan's YO MISS! will be performed in Belfast as a benefit for WERU! The show will take place at the Playhouse Theater, 107 Church Street on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 6, 7, and 8 at 7pm.
YO MISS! is a show where human rights meets Hip Hop, meets the power of women and girls, written and performed by award-winning actress and audio artist Judith Sloan.
The Wicked Good Music Hour airs on WERU every Saturday at 4:00 pm, featuring local musicians and bands from throughout Maine, performing live in the broadcast studios of WERU. On July 25 Blue Hill singer-songwriter Maya Bryan, fresh off recording her first CD in Nashville. On August 8 it’s the rowdy sounds of the Bangor-based maritime and Irish band The Galley Rats. On August 15 it’s rock with the Rio Bisbee Band. August 22 brings Maine bluegrass band Miners Creek. And finally, it’s WERU’s live broadcast of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront on August 29-30. You don’t want to miss any of these fine musical treats from Maine artists, so be sure to tune in! Find a complete printable WERU programming schedule at weru.org and links to playlists for your favorite programs here. Read more »
Since 1988, WERU has brought you programming that’s informative, inspiring and entertaining. Over the years, you’ve listened with us, shared with us, and grown with us. Heard the latest news and music from your community and your world, and helped fund that programming with your generous contributions. You’ve made an impact, and now you can make a lasting one. By making a planned gift to WERU, you help ensure that Community Radio will be heard in your region by generations to come. Find more information about planned giving opportunities with WERU here or call General Manager Matt Murphy at 207-469-6600. Read more »
Slaid Cleaves. Grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Tries to be good. The music of Austin-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Slaid Cleaves is rooted in country and traditional folk songs, but it is unusual enough to stand out in a sea of singer/songwriters across the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. While he released a handful of recordings during the early '90s, he gained significant notice with No Angel Knows, which was released in 1997. Joined by former Lucinda Williams guitarist Gurf Morlix, Cleaves combined his passion for folk songs, blues, and traditional country music into an amalgamation of styles known as Americana. Cleaves will perform at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on Aug. 20. Tune in to Morning Maine July 27 – July 31 for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.
Sarah O'Malley is the longtime host of WERU's World Around Us, a weekly (Saturdays at 8:30AM) science and nature short feature show. Sarah is a Maine native, having grown up in quiet North Castine where she fondly remembers summers spent running around in the woods and biking the four miles into town. Sarah attended George Stevens Academy in nearby Blue Hill. Sarah currently resides in Sedgwick with her two dogs, two cats, chickens, and her mountain guide husband, Dick Chasse. Sarah’s extended family still live in the Castine area, and she has the good fortune of enjoying being an aunt to niece,Caitlin and nephew,Will. Regular listeners might recognize Caitlin from her guest stints on World Around Us. Sarah teaches Ocean Science at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. Read more »
Lyrical creativity in music is something that is becoming a rare commodity. Gone are the days of the singer-songwriter dominance, but luckily some artists from that era still give us new music to listen to, and we can recapture a glimpse of what music used to be in that slice of time in the world, and what it can still be with a little effort. James Taylor's 16th studio album, Before This World, does just that with his ability to string together stories with a refreshing and simple melody that not only makes us at ease, but also gives us a sense of wisdom not often heard in popular music today. Read more »