MEDIA RELEASE: UMass Dartmouth and Rhode Island Public Radio create new collaboration

UMass Dartmouth and Rhode Island Public Radio create new collaboration


— The University will transfer its WUMD-FM broadcast license to RIPR. The University will receive $1.5 million to endow student need-based financial aid and community engagement activity. RIPR will also provide on-air promotion for the University and collaborate with UMASS Dartmouth on internships and other academic efforts.


— RIPR will nearly double its geographical footprint, providing its audience with consistent, immediate, locally-sourced coverage and access to National Public Radio content.


— WUMD will move to a fully online global program format.




DARTMOUTH, MA — UMass Dartmouth and Rhode Island Public Radio (RIPR) have established a collaboration that will transfer the university’s 9,800-watt FCC license to operate WUMD (89.3 FM) to RIPR. RIPR will also continue to broadcast on its present frequencies:  88.1, 91.5, and 102.7. WUMD will continue to deliver its programming online.


Under the terms of the collaboration, UMass Dartmouth will immediately receive $1.5 million in cash from RIPR to endow need-based financial aid and community engagement funds, $617,100 in underwriting time on the RIPR network and additional on-air promotion over the next 10 years. UMass Dartmouth and RIPR will also collaborate on a series of academic and community engagement activities, including internships and public forums.


“This is a win-win-win for UMass Dartmouth, Rhode Island Public Radio, and the communities we all serve,” said UMass Dartmouth interim Chancellor Peyton R. Helm. “We look forward to a long and strong collaboration that creates new opportunities for learning and discovery, while providing scholarships to talented and hardworking students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.”


RIPR will make 89.3 its primary signal by relocating the transmitter and enhancing 89.3’s power within FCC-allowed limits.  This will nearly double RIPR’s geographical footprint, and allow 89.3 to reach most of its Rhode Island audience with one signal.


In particular, communities along the East Bay and the middle of Rhode Island will be able to hear the signal in a way that has not been possible with the station’s current array. Moreover, most listeners in the greater Providence area will enjoy a more stable signal and much better in-home reception of RIPR’s award-winning content.


The collaboration will supplement existing print and commercial broadcast media. RIPR’s award-winning journalists live in the area and are in daily contact with the region. UMass Dartmouth’s long relationship with South Coast communities will be a central resource for RIPR’s editorial staff.


The signal transfer will also allow RIPR to reach roughly two-thirds of southeastern Massachusetts, extending north of Taunton and east of New Bedford. This will allow the station to serve a broader audience and report on matters of interest to the South Coast region.


“Broadcasting over the enhanced 83.9 FM signal will be transformative for Rhode Island Public Radio,” RIPR President and CEO Torey Malatia said.  “Our current broadcast pattern significantly limits our ability to reach residents with RIPR’s in-depth local news and information.  This signal improvement is a significant step – one of several we are planning – to provide a public voice for Rhode Island and the South Coast.”


The UMass Dartmouth/RIPR collaboration is an indicator of the economic and cultural affinity that exists between southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Inter-region activity related to the newspaper industry, tourism, offshore wind, marine science, and education is growing. UMass Dartmouth, meanwhile, currently has 301 students, 215 employees, and 2,625 alumni living in Rhode Island.


UMASS Dartmouth plans to utilize proceeds from the transfer to:


— Endow a need-based student financial aid fund.


— Endow a micro-grant program to help students in acute financial distress stay in school and finish on time.


— Endow grants to support community engagement initiatives that benefit UMass Dartmouth students and strengthen the economic and social fabric of the community.


— Modernize the WUMD studio facilities so the station can continue providing quality learning opportunities for students and diverse programming for online listeners.


The collaboration also provides for South Coast representation on the RIPR Board of Directors and RIPR’s Community Advisory Board. Preference will be given to individuals residing in the Dartmouth-New Bedford-Fall River areas.


In addition, RIPR will provide two internships for qualified students during the fall and spring semesters, and the UMass Dartmouth Graduate Professional Writing Program may provide a graduate assistant to RIPR per school year, beginning Fall 2017. UMass Dartmouth and RIPR will also collaborate on the development of at least one ongoing service-learning journalism class.


WUMD will continue to deliver its programming online. The station’s eclectic mix of music and public affairs content can currently be heard worldwide at RIPR, which has established a high quality online presence has agreed to assist WUMD in developing its online station. Additional details will be announced at a later date.


The agreement is subject to Federal Communications Commission approval. The approval process includes opportunities for public input. The process is expected to take three months to complete.



About the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth


UMass Dartmouth is a Tier 1 national research university located on 710 acres on the scenic SouthCoast of Massachusetts. With nearly 9,000 students in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, and a 400-member faculty that annually produces $27 million in research activity, the university is an innovation catalyst that generates nearly a half billion dollars of economic activity in the region. Home to the Commonwealth’s only public law school and recognized as a national Top 20 university for civic engagement, UMass Dartmouth contributes more than 230,000 hours of community service per year. The university has 45,000 alumni.



About Rhode Island Public Radio


Rhode Island Public Radio is devoted to covering Southeastern New England news by bringing the area the best in public radio programming from NPR and other sources. Our local newsroom has reporters specializing in healthcare, education, the environment and local politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s mission is to provide Southeastern New Englanders with quality journalism and compelling storytelling that informs, educates and inspires community. We are available on 88.1 FM in Greater Providence, 102.7 FM in Southern Rhode Island and 91.5 FM in Coventry and central Rhode Island. Our news stories are available on our website, Listeners can stream our programming on our website and on our iPhone app.


Media contacts:


UMass Dartmouth

John Hoey

508.999.8071 or 508.264.5920


Rhode Island Public Radio

Torey Malatia


About WUMD

WUMD is a non-commercial campus and community radio station emanating from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. We broadcast 365 days per year on 89.3 FM and online.

WUMD began as WUSM. It first broadcast from a basement closet in the residents’ cafeteria as a 10 watt station. The board of trustees of SMU recognized and approved the organization on Jan 13, 1972. In the fall of 1974, WUSM upgraded its power and moved to its current location in the campus center. WUSM changed its call letters to WSMU January 15th, 1989. On June 10, 2006 WSMU moved from 91.1 FM to 89.3 FM and changed its call letters to WUMD. The new station/frequency operates at a licensed power of 9600 watts and broadcasts with state of the art HD technology. WUMD delivers CD-quality sound and provides the listener with the artist and song title on the display of their HD radios.

WUMD, a non-profit educational radio station, acts as an outlet for ideas and forms of artistic expression which are not widely available in the WUMD broadcast area. In performing this function, the station provides exposure to musical genres and/or artists which are underrepresented by commercial media, with an emphasis on new music. WUMD also focuses on local music, featuring local bands/artist and local concert information. Information programming on WUMD addresses current issues relevant to the University and surrounding communities, with an emphasis on voices and viewpoints which are underrepresented in mainstream or commercial media coverage. WUMD produces a public affairs show, airing weekly, and the station also airs several independently produced programs. Like most radio stations on the non-commercial end of the dial, WUMD serves up a daring departure from the mainstream.

WUMD provides a publicly accessible learning environment in which students and community residents can participate in order to gain knowledge and experience in various aspects of radio broadcasting. Individuals interested in volunteering at WUMD are invited to join our training classes, offered several times per year. Work study positions are also available.

Jazz Flight Playlist for Dec 30, 2016


Antonio Adolfo – Killer Joe – Tropical Infinito

Kurt Elling – Stepping Out -The Gate

McCoy Tyner – Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit, – Quartet

Jason Hainsworth – Conversations – Third Ward Stories

Monty Alexander – Hurricane Come and Gone – The River Rolls On

Clay Giberson – Highwire – Pastures

Michel Camilo and Tomatito – Oblivion – Spain Forever

Miles Davis – Airegin – The Best of Miles Davis


Rachelle Farrell – I Forgive You – Individuality

Joey Alexander – My Favorite Things – My Favorite Things

Stefon Harris & Blackout – A Touch of Grace – Evolution

Tierney Sutton – Fortress Around Your Heart – The Sting Variations

Erik Jekabson – Streamlined – A Brand New Take

Wynton Marsalis – Sunflower – the Marciac Suite

George Cables – Think on Me – The George Cables Songbook

Ark Ovrutski Quintet – Baby Vibe  -Sounds of Brazil

Chuchu Valdes – Los Guiros – New Conceptions

Dave Friesen – Bright Light Sky – Triple Exposure

Joshua Breakstone – News for Lulu – 88

Phil Parisot –  Collage – Lingo

Deedee Bridgewater – Afro Blue – Red Earth

Avichai Ornoy – You and the Night and the Music – Sneakin In

Dianne Reeves – Stormy Weather – A Beautiful Life

Cory Weeds – Bossa for All – Its Easy To Remember

Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo Seven – OnsayaJoy – Soul Jazz Fridays



Show Tunes in the Afternoon Playlist for September 19, 2016 (#597)

Day: Monday Date: 2016-Sep-19 Time: 15:00

Thank God I’m Old Barnum Original Broadway Cast
Singapore Sue Dames At Sea Original Cast
I Want to Go to Hollywood Grand Hotel Broadway Cast
Full Disclosure Addams Family, The Broadway Cast
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Fidgety Feet Oh, Kay! Studio Cast
Somewhere West Side Story London Pops Orchestra
Tango-Ballad Threepenny Opera, The Original Cast
Sunday In Cicero Falls Bloomer Girl Original Broadway Cast
If I Had My Druthers Li’l Abner Original Broadway Cast
That’ll be the day The Happiest Girl In The World Original Broadway Cast
Holly Breakfast at Tiffany’s Henry Mancini
I Would Die Take Me Along Original Cast
I’m Flying Peter Pan Original Cast
Dime a Dozen Snoopy the Musical Original London Cast
The Roses Of Success Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Original Cast
Overture Sherry! (Disc 1) Original Broadway Cast
Big News! Parade Original Broadway Cast
Goodbye Catch Me If You Can Original Broadway Cast
Just You Wait My Fair Lady Original London Cast
I Got Lost In His Arms Annie Get Your Gun New Broadway Cast
By the Sea Sweeney Todd (Disc 2) The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Broadway Revival Cast
The Next Time It Happens State Fair Original Broadway Cast
Exit Music Two Gentlemen of Verona Original Cast
Nunsense Is Habit Forming Nunsense Original Cast
Storybook Scarlet Pimpernel, The Original Broadway Cast
Silk Stockings Silk Stockings Original Broadway Cast
Just in time Bells are Ringing Original Broadway Cast
I’ll Never Say No The Unsinkable Molly Brown Original Broadway Cast
Dream Girl Come Back Little Sheba Studio Cast
The Man I Love Lady Be Good George Gershwin
Conga Wonderful Town! New Broadway Cast
No One Mourns The Wicked Wicked Original Broadway Cast
Phone request
Sunshine Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Original Broadway Cast
Second Rhapsody An American in Paris Original Broadway Cast
Tick Tock Company Broadway Cast
Welcome To Holiday Inn Seesaw Original Broadway Cast
It’s a Grand Night For Singing State Fair Original Broadway Cast
Without Love Hairspray Original Broadway Cast
I Get A Kick Out Of You Anything Goes London Cast
Handful Of Keys Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Pointer Sisters
Melancholy Serenade And Awaaay We Go! Jackie Gleason
What You Need Grand Hotel Broadway Cast
A Lovely Day To Be Out Of Jail The Life Original Broadway Cast
Chew-Chewy Chow Balancing Act New York Cast
Urinetown Urinetown Original Cast
My Fortune Is My Face Fade Out Fade In Original Broadway Cast
All At Once Babes in Arms Original Cast
Trinidad Lady Heat Is On!, The Original Cast
Overture Applause Original Broadway Cast
Yankee Doodle Dandy George M! Original Broadway Cast
Phone request
And Away We Go! And Awaaay We Go! Jackie Gleason
Invention in C Minor Movin’ Out Original Broadway Cast
Gary, Indiana Music Man, The Meredith Willson
Goodnight Ladies – Marian the Librarian Music Man, The Meredith Willson