Matt Smith, managing director of the historic Harvard Square listening room Club Passim, is the new host of the Local Music Café on Vineyard FM station WMVY and its streaming service, mvyradio.org, according to an announcement from the station.
Mr. Smith takes over the hour-long show from Alison Hammer, who stepped down at the end of 2020 after hosting it more than 1,000 times, according to the station announcement.
“We brainstormed some ideas trying to think of the perfect person who could bring an ear for up-and-coming talent and a passion for sharing musical discoveries,” WMVY executive directo and program director PJ Finn said in a statement. “All signs quickly pointed to Matt Smith.”
The Local Music Café airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. and is rebroadcast Sundays at 8 p.m., at 88.7 FM on the Vineyard and 96.5 FM in Newport, R.I. as well as on the internet.