From David Whitney ’16:
Join the staff of WESU 88.1 FM this Thursday for a celebration of 75 years of alternative radio! DRESS CODE IS “FREAK”
This is a fundraiser! Tickets will be sold in Usdan Monday 11/17 through Thursday 11/20 from 12PM to 1PM, and 5:30 to 6:30PM Weds/Thurs. Attendance is capped at a maximum capacity of 285; any unsold tickets will be available at the door.
This is a dance party! Casually leaning against walls will not be tolerated. Toward this end, we will be providing a limited coat check (100 spots) available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Jonathan Toubin will be running his well known ‘Soul-Clap’ dance-off; winner blows out the candles on WESU’s 75th birthday cake. Wear your dancing shoes.
JONATHAN TOUBIN // 10:00PM-12:00AM
Chosen by the Village Voice editors and in their readers choice poll for the title of “Best Club DJ NY 2014,” Toubin spins obscure soul and rock ‘n’ roll LP’s with a sound that is ideal for freaks of all stripes. Rock/Soul/Freak
LORD LEWIS // 9:00PM-10:00PM
WESU’s own Lord Lewis of “The Rumpus Room”, which airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of the month from 8:00-9:30 pm. Funk/Mojo/Freak
Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014
WHAT IS WESU?
What is WESU, you ask? If you really had to ask that question, you’re doing the whole Wesleyan experience wrong and it’s time to reevaluate your four years here. At 6,000 watts WESU can reach a potential audience of one million listeners over the radio, and the whole world through online streaming (apparently we have a lot of listeners in Japan…).
Speaking as a completely non-biased non-board member of WESU, I can honestly say that being a part of the radio station is one of the most valuable and rewarding activities that one can participate in while at Wesleyan. WESU is not your average radio station. It has certainly established itself as “home of eclectic music and enemy of the Top 40.” During board meetings we even keep track of a meter that goes from “corporate” to “renegade” just to make sure we never stray from our values.
WESU’s “freeform” format gives staff members the complete freedom to format their shows however they please. As a result you’ll find a wide array of programming that you won’t find anywhere else. Some examples include “Romancipation” with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth (“tips on dating, love, and all of the above – and some songs to go with them”), “Homegrown” with Rob DeRosa (“Homegrown presents Connecticut-connected music to the global audience. Gig info and occasional performances and interviews!”) and “The Tirnup and Other Roots” with DJ Zing and DJ Ping (“Carrots, songs, beets, poems, beats, stories and yams”). However, you’ll also find shows streamed from NPR, Pacifica and the Democracy Now! networks.