WESU, our friendly community radio station, writes in:
WESU’s (Wesleyan’s college radio station) will be hosting our annual fall record sale on October 8th in Beckham Hall. There will be record vendors from all over the Northeast selling everything from vinyls to concert memorabilia. Live DJs will be spinning vinyl all day!
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 11 AM-4 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
Julia Berard ’17 wants you to be a cool college radio DJ:
Interested in radio? Want to learn how to record, edit, and produce? Come check out Wesleyan’s free-form radio station at an interest meeting this Monday, September 19th at 7pm in PAC004!
Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory for completing DJ training but if you’re interested in getting involved with the station, try to make it! If you can’t make it but still want to join WESU this semester, email me at personnel[at]wesufm[dot]org.
Date: Monday, September 19
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: PAC 004
From the inimitable Will McGhee ’17:
Guess what? There’s a new Wesleyan radio drama out. It’s a six-part murder mystery parody set on a cruise ship full of horrible rich people. Ava (Zoë Thrasher ’16) attempts to solve the world of the Hydrus as it only becomes more dangerous. She’s joined along the way by the Chief Engineer (Nate Ko ’18), the Cocoa Baron (Adam DeSantes ’18), the Trophy Wife (Elli Scharlin ’18), the Narrator (Eli Sands ’18), and many others. Jump on board, mind the gap, and don’t mind the blood. The water’s fine. Originally aired on WESU 88.1fm.
Hydrus is available on iTunes HERE.
The board of WESU, 88.1FM Middletown, invites you:
Are you a record collector? Looking for some cheap and rare records and CDs? Come check out WESU’s annual Spring Record Fair ?this April! You’ll find dozens of fantastic vendors from across the greater Connecticut area sharing their collections. There will be hundreds of records, CDs, posters, Tshirts, and more on sale. WESU DJs will also be spinning vinyl live, so come support local freeform radio with the station!
The record fair will take place on Sunday, April 10th from 11am-4pm in Beckham Hall at 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown CT?. Beckham Hall is located on the Wesleyan Campus in Middletown. Come support the station and invite your friends!
Date: Sunday, April 10
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: however much you want to pay for some merchandise
WESU is online at www.wesufm.org.
From the delightful Ben Goldberg ’17:
Come to PAC 002 this Thursday at 7pm where members of the WESU board can answer all of your burning questions (such as “When does training start?” and “Do you think radio can be used as a force for good as well as evil??”) Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory for completing training but if you are interested in getting involved with the station this semester try to make it!
Date: Thursday, February 11th
Place: PAC 002
From the inimitable Ben Goldberg ’17:
WESU’s Fall Pledge Drive is back again, just in time for the cold weather to set in! Listener contributions enable WESU to continue offering incredible programming like The Moondog Matinee which has been playing “oldies” every Saturday morning for nearly forty years. This pledge drive also supports locally produced public affairs shows like Think Twice Radio, a CT “watchdog” media show, and incredible new music shows, like Black Music Matters. To keep this type of unique community programming alive, WESU needs your support.
Following last spring’s successful pledge drive, WESU began implementing upgrades that will improve the service the 6000 watt station provides. Local listeners can now read “WESU 88.1FM – Alternative Radio Since 1939” displayed on their car stereos when tuned in. With your continued support, WESU can continue daily operations and move forward with planned upgrades, which include an exciting revamping of the the station’s studio spaces. During this pledge drive, WESU is also very excited to offer a new brand new limited edition T-shirt design as a gift for donors.
Thanks to the supporters who have already contributed to this effort, WESU is making progress towards their goal. However, the station still needs to raise $12,000 in community support before the end of November to bring this drive to a successfully end. Donations from the people who benefit from the services WESU provides are vital for the station’s continued operation.
Please donate online at www.wesufm.org/pledge or by sending a check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd Fl, Middletown, CT 06457.
The pledge drive runs through the end of this month.
From David Whitney ’16:
This Sunday is the WESU 88.1fm fall community record fair. Free and open to the public, the fair will feature dozens of vendors selling new and used music of all formats and across all genres. Plus, your favorite WESU DJs will be spinning music live all day long.
Spend a day with your favorite college radio station at the WESU fall record fair. For more information visit our website at wesufm.org.
Date: Sunday, October 26
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
Place: Beckham Hall
From Ben Goldberg ’17:
Interested in radio? Want to learn how to record, edit, and produce? Come check out Wesleyan’s free-form radio station at an interest meeting this Thursday, October 9th at 8pm!
There’s so much you can do at the station this year! Podcasts, pre-produced programming, live shows, managing the station, and more! Usually, we just have a DJ Training in both the fall and the spring, but this year, since our staff is growing so quickly, we’re gonna be revamping our training program; we will be offering a Producer’s Training in the fall and our normal DJ Training in the spring.
The meeting will be at the radio station, 45 Broad Street on the 2nd floor; the door is next to Broad Street Books on the left (the one with a yellow WESU sticker on it). If you can’t make it but still want to do radio this semester (which you totally should), email me at personnel[at]wesufm[dot]org.
Woot radio! See ya at the station!
Date: Thursday, October 9
Time: 8-8:30 PM
Place: 45 Broad St. (WESU Offices)
Rebecca Seidel ’15 and Aviva Hirsch ’16 invite you to an interest meeting for their student forum:
Calling all podcast enthusiasts, future radio producers, writers, listeners, storytellers, soundscapers, and people in general:
We are having an interest meeting tomorrow for our student forum, Radio Storytelling: Crafting a Narrative Through Sound. The forum will be part seminar and part workshop, and it will give you a chance to listen to, talk about, and produce your own radio stories. For more info about what we’ll be doing and how you can enroll, come to Allbritton 004 tomorrow at 2PM!
Date: Saturday, January 25 – tomorrow!
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 004 (next to Espwesso)
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.