Two months ago WERU's News & Public Affairs Manager, Amy Browne, filed a Freedom of Access Act request with Governor LePage's office regarding his statement in a speech that seniors had flooded his email with their opposition to raising the minimum wage. Browne's request was met on June 26 and she was able to fact-check the governor's claim, which proved to be vastly overstated. Read more in a Bangor Daily News article printed in collaboration with WERU. Read more »
WERU Community Radio and the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will present “Bucksport – How It Was and How It Is!” a storytelling event on Wednesday, July 8 at 5-7pm at the Alamo Theatre, Main Street in Bucksport. The event is part of the “Wednesday on Main” series, taking place throughout the summer, with all kinds of entertainment every Wednesday afternoon. Read more »
Everyone is invited to WERU Community Radio in East Orland for our Open House on Saturday, July 25 from 12:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon. We’ll have great live and local music on our outdoor stage performed by theTrad Gang (lively traditional Celtic trio) at 12:00, GoldenOak (dynamic young folk band) at 1:00 and People of Earth (danceable mix of rock, reggae, funk, soul and Latin) at 2:00. All the music will be broadcast live at 89.9 (Downeast and Midcoast), 99.9 (Bangor) and online at http://weru.org. We’ll also have new WERU T-shirts for sale, station tours and great food.
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Steep Canyon Rangers are an acoustic Bluegrass group from Asheville, NC. In 2013 the band's 8th record Nobody Knows You won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Before embarking on a world tour backing comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, the Rangers were also nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards including Album of the Year for Lovin' Pretty Women (2007). Steep Canyon Rangers were also named Emerging Artist of the Year in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group performs heavily in the Bluegrass and Americana music world at festivals like MerleFest, Telluride, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass. Abroad, Steep Canyon Rangers have performed in Sweden, Ireland, England, Germany, Switzerland and Canada. Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at the Boothbay Opera House on July 16. Tune in to Morning Maine June 30 and July1 for a chance to win a copy of the album Nobody Knows You, and July 2 and 3 for a chance to win a copy of their DVD / CD package with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell called Live. Read more »
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 »
In a very brief period of time, Katie Crutchfield has entered the indie canon. Though Waxahatchee is by no means a household name, Crutchfield's project has already yielded two unforgettable records, 2012's sparse and haunting American Weekend and 2013's fleshier Cerulean Salt. The former offered soul-baring introspection that somehow toed the line between lo-fi navel gazing and hair-raising heartbreak, while the latter ditched the tape hiss, kept the gutting confessionals, and added some more diverse instrumentation. Waxahatchee has always lived in the realm of relationships and on the edge of a near-unbearable sadness, and Ivy Tripp, Crutchfield's newest effort, stays true to the name on the jersey. It has been a couple of years, of course; the record lacks a helpless vulnerability that often broke the surface in the past, and with confidence comes strength. Read more »