When the relatively unknown Tracy Chapman entered the WUMB studios in 1985 for her first-ever radio interview, those listening on the Boston airwaves may not have realized they were experiencing a small moment in music history. Nearly three years after the interview, Tracy would release her self-titled debut album that would go multi-platinum and earn her three Grammy Awards.
That nugget of music history may have been lost if WUMB hadn’t received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting enabling the station to properly preserve and catalog its audio reels. But now, the station has been able to un-archive the nearly 30-year-old Tracy Chapman interview for music fans to listen and enjoy on the station website.
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