From Danielle Pruitt ’15:
WESU is on a mission to move into the 21st century and we need your help! We’re looking for someone who might be interested in working with us to create a mobile app that would primarily be used to stream our station. Essentially, we are hoping to put many aspects of our website wesufm.org in “app” form.
If you think you might be interested, or have any questions about the project please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 27th.
Date: March 23 – 27, 2015
Place: the interwebz
Cost: coding skillz
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
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)
This just in from WESU:
For our 75th Birthday year, we want you to play hide and seek with us. If you listen closely you might just find one of the 20 portable radios scattered across campus tuned in to 88.1FM WESU! Finders keepers…
Saturday, May 3rd Sunday, May 4th
Time: Noon – 4:00PM
Place: Wesleyan’s Campus
From your favorite campus radio station, WESU:
In honor of WesFest WESU will be hosting an open house! Come hang out with some awesome WESU board members and get a tour of the station.
Date: TOMORROW, April 18th
Time: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Place: the same building as Broad Street Books
The deadline for enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 31, and members of the Wesleyan Young Advocates have been working tirelessly since September 2013 to ensure that Middletown residents have the information and resources necessary to enroll. WYA and the Community Health Center are hosting an ACA Celebration Brunch to recognize contributions toward CT enrollment on Saturday March 29 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the CHC (675 Main Street), and then they will distribute information materials to businesses in New Britain until 3 pm. Shuttles will be provided from Usdan until 11:30, and volunteers do not need extensive knowledge of the ACA in order to participate. For more information, contact Marshal Lawler ’16 at plawler[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and Sagar Parekh at ParekhS[at]chc1[dot]com.
WESU wants YOU to get excited about their annual spring record fair!
The spring cleaning season is upon us, which means all of the hip kids and old skool adults are going through their record collections; their loss could be your gain. You’ll find dozens of vendors from across the Northeast, selling tons of vinyl, CDs, posters, T-shirts and more. There will be live WESU DJs and plenty of WESU gear and records, on sale to support WESU. Plus, the Whey Station food truck will (once again) be selling their signature gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on site.
Come support the station and invite your friends! Why? You can’t scratch an MP3.
Date: Sunday, March 30th
Time: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Place: Beckham Hall
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.
Following hot on the heels of daniphantom‘s fantastic crash course in WESU, here’s another plug for you to get involved. From WESU’s very own prez, Mary Barrett ’14:
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.]