From the lovely, but apparently anti-baby, Ben Goldberg ’17:
Want to be part of one of the oldest student radio stations in Connecticut? Join WESU, Wesleyan University’s community radio station, open to both students and community members. You can host a show about music, politics, art, film, activism, and more!
If you’re interested in joining the station, we will be hosting an info session this Thursday, September 24th, at 7:15pm in PAC002!
All are welcome (except for babies, they are unfortunately no longer allowed).
Date: Thursday, September 24 Time: 7:15-8:00pm Place: PAC 002
2014 marks the 75th anniversary of WESU, Wesleyan’s very own community radio station. It has been an exciting journey, from humble beginnings in 1939 in the basement of Clark, to the giddy heights of on top of Red & Black. To celebrate they have “a metric boatload” of events and special programming, so stay tuned.
One of the special programs will be an hourly, weekly show called “75 Years Of…”. Each month “75 Years Of…” will have a singular theme, and we’ll air 75 songs relevant to that theme throughout the month. Rather than air just their own selections, they want YOU, listeners and friends, to contribute to the playlist by helping them pick the songs. The playlist for January (75 Years of Socially Conscious Music) is done, but WESU is now taking suggestions for February – 75 Years of Lyrics Beyond the English Language, and March – 75 Years of Female Artists, in honor of Women’s History Month.
So please, give WESU your best suggestions and then tune in the final playlists. And check back for more chances to submit suggestions in the months to come.
For more information on 75th Anniversary stuff, check here.
[If you feel like giving WESU a birthday present, click here.]
Hello, Wesleying readers! I would like to call your attention to the WESU spring pledge drive, occurring now. If you like what you hear on WESU–or if you have financially independent relatives who like what they hear on WESU–consider making a donation today by clicking here. Disclaimer: I’m a DJ and a board member for WESU, so this initiative is near and dear to me. Here’s an adorable photo, and the press release that Michael Roth ran on his blog yesterday:
Just 10 years ago WESU was in disrepair. The institutional memory was shot and the studios, music libraries, and business records were in shambles. The station’s license was nearly lost. Fortunately a dedicated group of student and community volunteers worked hard with the Wesleyan University administration to develop a plan to get the station back on its feet.
Currently, WESU operates 24 hrs per day, seven days per week, and is supported by a volunteer staff of over 150 student and community volunteers, two part-time paid staffers, and one full-time general manager. WESU is supported by a partnership between Wesleyan University and listeners, organizations, and businesses throughout the Connecticut River Valley. As evidence of WESU’s transformation over the last decade, for the first time, WESU was crowned “The Best College Radio Station” in the 2013 Hartford Advocate’s Annual Readers’ Poll!
Virgil Taylor ’15 sends word from the land of free-form:
If you happened to stroll through Usdan during lunchtime for the past couple of days, you may have spied a few cooler-than-average kids sitting nonchalantly behind a table decked in a WESU banner and some super renegade t-shirts and other merch. But if you missed them, fear not! They will return one final time, tomorrow from 11 – 2, selling shirts, hats, and stickers, all at a special student price. Don’t miss out!
Date: Friday, May 3rd Time: 11 am – 2 pm Place: Usdan Lobby Cost: $10-15 for shirts ‘n’ hats, $1 for stickers
If you read our winter concert forecast (cloudy with a chance of Delicate Steve), you’ll recall the short bit we included about Zammuto:
Zammuto is the solo project of guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto of the generally inimitable Books, who called it quits a year ago. Zammuto features that same glitchy, wildly inventive cut-and-paste aesthetic, but more vocal-oriented and less emphasis on bizarre spoken word samples. (If you don’t know The Books, stop what you’re doing and watch this video.)
Guess what, homedrones? Winter’s over, and that means Zammuto is bringing his powers of freakexperimentalwizardry THIS SATURDAY to ECLECTIC for a FREE CONCERT that is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Jesse “Skeevy on the Radio” Brent ’13 with the crucial deets:
Hear ye, hear ye! Virgil B/G “the / is silent” Taylor ’15 brings news of the WESU Lecture Series’ second installment, happening next Thursday:
Ilya Marritz ’99 is a business reporter for WNYC and has worked as a producer for the Brian Lehrer Show and for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has contributed stories to NPR’s Morning Edition and reported with radio stations in Berlin and Prague about everything from employment and economic development to energy and the environment. On Thursday, October 11th, Ilya will come to the CFA Hall to talk about his experience working in public radio, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm. Join us!
Date: Thursday, October 11 Time: 8:00 – 9:30 pm Place: CFA Hall Cost: Free Great: Poster
DJs extraordinaire H Biz and B Fiz ’12 send in this strangely hypnotic video and invite you to check out their radio show!
Put on your gucci slippers, open a bottle of vino, and join DJ’s H Biz and B Fiz for the final season of Word…Life Radio every Wednesday night from 11- 12: 30 on WESU 88.1 FM or wesufm.org.
These guys have been at the boards since their freshman year, and are, by now, full fledged radio masters. Tune for only the best in golden era hip hop and other sweet jams complemented by poignant, topical commentary from both hosts and callers alike. This Wednesday: more historic illness + two interviews with wesleyan/middletown legends AND a surprise call-in. Word…life.
The junior DJs and Wesleyan student-mentors at the Middletown Youth Radio Project on WESU 88.1FM send word about a recent piece produced with the support of Generation PRX, an online social network for youth radio producers:
We submitted a pitch to Generation PRX about working with our kids to create a sort of sound profile about bullying in Traverse Square, the community adjacent to Hi Rise/Lo Rise. A few of our kids…all residents of T-Square, worked together to conduct interviews and gather material in the field that we edited together for a five minute piece. Generation PRX has generously given us state of the art professional audio equipment to help us put this together, and we’re all very excited about this opportunity.
Click through to hear Middletown residents Destiny Chandler and Alexis Madera share their thoughts on living, learning and hanging out in Traverse Square. Michael Roth liked it and we hope you will too!