There is no WESU FM Board meeting this week due to fall break. The Board will meet again next week. Notes once again will be published in a more timely fashion, thank you for you patience.
WESU Board agenda
New Lock for Board Room and removed key slot for Studio C (now p-safe can’t lock it!)
Rec Fair recap and thanks
– Big props to Izzy YAYYYYYYYY, LB, NG and the rest of our volunteers.
-Down nearly $300, 150 why?
– Perhaps parking, promotions?
– look ahead for sporting conflicts
– thank you to Nina
DP will get a poster coming, actually Izzy will, function over form
– A says how long is it
– Nov. 16th 10-2am, for security we will ask
Fall Break Programming – students leaving campus are required to get coverage (Hannah)
WSHU program changes coming: Switching to “edgier afternoon show” in response to concerns about repeating hour of programming. This helps us offer different programming from WNPR – A good thing. Keeping Sci Friday. (DP)
– Here & Now not Hear & Now, will show on program guide once its made
Training? (EKM and HR updates)
– Props to Eliza
– Going well—good attendance, 15 on Thursday, 35 on Sunday
– Will catch people up
– Creating a checklist for interning on shows
– Emailing people who missed the meeting
– MK did service hours needs to record extra show still
– KB missed her show, was very apologetic, board vote an extra service hour
– Video Mixtape, hadn’t heard back, missed her show, no coverage was found
– DP, board member, missed his show. Can’t understand calendars. Feels bad. The board issues a stern warning through HR
Board meeting next week?
– VT will finish program guide during next weeks board meeting
BM out tomorrow for root canal and at Broadcasters event on Thursday
Pledge drive – if we are going for November we need to start working on our promos/t-Shirt design – haven’t yet used 80’s design… mailing list… and email list
Program guide? What’s up? (VT)
pledge drive/fundraising committee: for Fall/Winter pledge drive – gotta get on this if we are to start in November!!
– Meeting on 10/23 4:16pm of MB and BM to talk about the pledge drive everyone is invited
– EVERY board member must make promos for a competition
A) The Google Doc needs to be updated to reflect what was proposed to SBC via their new budget request form.
B) In order to start spending, BM would like a spreadsheet to keep track of expenses. Perhaps even the SBC request form (output) would be sufficient.
-Need Stream Rewind promo
-removing old shows on website (NB)
T-shirt design due next friday and a 75th logo as well, focusing on the fall design
Announce open board positions for the spring
Work on our promos for shows and pledge drive
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75th Anniversary Taskforce today at 6:15!
college radio day (MB) it’s today. Oh well, it’s always college radio day here at WESU! They wanted us to stream “mysterious artist” they only announced today
— never mind, didn’t happen, oh well: “who are they?”
Training (EKM)- Schedule? Email about Sunday? Wesleying post? Who is leading (did EKM email staff?)
— EKM needs help on Sundays and Thursdays, will email all staff
— HR is doing sundays, but still need helper teachers
— Perhaps earlier testing dates
— Check with EKM for the final details
— Ending with Tips n Trick on the 11/17th—following will be a written test
— Pope will make a Wesleying post
Promos (HB)– we still need them!
— Promos have gone missing! BM will help find them
— People are coming in
— Board members should be doing it
— Sunday meeting we will sternly/push for more promos—a directive!
— Forward PSAs to HB
Budget – update from (VT) (he met with SBC yesterday)
— Money came in! Fully Funded!
Program – VT is working on program guide
— Coming soon, will be sent out with
Disciplinary follow-ups (EKM) [[MK]]
— Not really responding, we are looking for some feed back
— What is her punishment? Suspension?
— Removal from program?
— What is her peace offering, coming here and saying sorry and doing service hours?
— Eliza will go face-to-face
— JB just put on automation, see below for details on coverage
— no response
— but it is and isn’t just his problem
— CM will be looking if she does her task
Promotions (DP): Twitter action?
—Two responses so far
Fall Events? (Izzy) Hard Nips? Where when? FH opening?
—Hard Nips is coming!
— concert in the dining room of Eclectic is a possibility
— Faith Harding opening
— Community members?
— Talk to CL about this, Center for Community Partnerships
— Mary) WESU coprogram for Earth House show with Earth House show Oct. 23
— Will look into this… Izzy will
— Story telling in the spring izzy rode
Record Fair? (Izzy) Needs? Staffing – DJ schedule? ben m has scheduled a sound tech.
— Staffing is going well, filling spots this Sunday
— Wesleyan flyering happening soon
— Wesleying post happening soon
— SALD funding next week…
— No cupcakes, talking to Rob soon
— Waiting on confirmation of DW (3rd delegate), sending emails—no responses yet
— Email about badges, will be forwarded
CT Humanities: (Ben)
— Was invited over!
— Went well, reaching about ‘cause we’re neighbors
— Interest in the history of CT
— become underwriters to promote local happenings they produce
— perhaps create today in CT history type of content
— even fund us getting access to some other programs not available in the area
— (writers almanac, for example).
— Gwrant Money! super awesome, they seem great
FCC license renewal process (BM)– in process BM can offer insight
— New licensure cycle, its a 7 year cycle
— our legal council is on it, but we have been running the announcements
— its pretty chill so far no snags
absence/automation policy – clear up in code for training manual
— HB will post staff list
— EKM has an updated list on google drive
— Really exchange contact with your show neighbors
— First move is to contact these people
— Emphasize this in training, that automation is not a replacement
— Emphasize recording evergreen shows, not great but it is a better last resort
— Maybe establish how many absences is okay, a threshold?
— With or without a sub
— OR With or without proper procedure
— Or a mandatory minimum attendance? 50 % 70% 90% 100%
— We will keep working on this.
@wesu emails / @gmail (NB) where are we at with this?
— working on it
Bumper CD/playlist? (Ben) New idea – to play between shows as buffer and promotional tool – would help with promotions for rec fair, special events, underwriting announcements, etc…
— not a new idea in radio, but would really help us out
— transition playlist—but more formal!
— more orchestrated transistions
— help us promote better and make better transitions
— something to think about
— really easy to make it a cd and a playlist for both use cases
— step towards automated shows between breaks
— increasing automation use
Note to staff on alternating schedule…(BM) Necessary??
Sunday staff meeting (MB)
— any announcements people want to make?
— no BM, many family responsibilities
WESU Board of Director’s Agenda for 10/8/13
Board Party recap
75th Anniversary Meeting Recap (MB)
-BS idea: 75 years of …. public affairs
…. alternative music
…. community involvement (or “community outreach”)
*public affairs shows highlight the importance of free form in terms of their show content
*alternative radio: Top 75 lists of different genres/types from staff member/polls of public
*community involvement: 5 minute spotlight on community non-profits (one per week)
-LJ: Olin exhibit plus online exhibit; talk at WESeminar; article in Wesleyan magazine; rewriting updated history
article in Wesleyan magazine and other ideas?
LJ is killing it!
each public affairs show highlighting importance of free form radio in 30 or 60 minute format; highlight something we have free form radio to be thankful for
top 75 songs in x category? something to think about; highlight or play through someone’s show
community non-profit spotlight; mary will start reaching out to non-profits
BS is planning a campaign in his mind; does his proposal make sense? ben says no. but meeting with bryan clarified this.
big concerts? at crowell? could raise money?
DP: a dance-a-thon? with djs? at the jump and jive? restaurant deals? mary will send out doodle for next task force meeting
-BM: fundraising concerts; gala?: start documentary
fundraising concerts at crowell? using 75th as opportunity to start a $$ campaign?
-have people to train with you? How was Sunday’s meeting?
62 people came! more than at the staff meeting
trainings will begin this thursday! yay!
EKM needs people to train with her; would be great to have somebody training with her and hannah each time; want to have 1/2 in studio, 1/2 in main room for some sessions
issues with having someone in the studio at 7pm? what about athletes? need to reserve studio B to avoid production conflicts etc; need to coordinate with argus news radio (aaron has a concussion!)
-can’t type into it!!
-people should sign up
-update the list of shows that are hosting interns
-BD missed meeting because he was out of town
-others….who gave excuses?? (K, A, ?)
DM called “has to work”, MB emailed, SZ was on air.
-anything else? MK meeting yesterday?
MK – need to let program director know; she lied and said that she asked HB to cover her but this did not happen!
replacement policy: need to pre-record a show if you can’t find a replacement? need to make sure there is a real consequence
consequence should be consideration for the following semester?
just b/c pre-record exists, doesn’t mean she is there to use that at her discretion
MB motion: 2 extra service hours, pre-record an evergreen show, and has to attend record fair; motion passes!
CGO: will be gone this weekend; did not show up to meeting; does hosting count as service hours, she asked (yes, it does); she needs to make her alternating weeks calendar
Stream Rewind Issues (DP, MB)
Now Playing/on air confusion?
-some old shows are still on streamrewind; how to remove? ben will contact andrew
-NB: look in tech director’s manual and get to the bottom of it? need to connect new shows with their dj account
-DP: change the alternating schedule for his show;
??? just got static IP today from verizon via ITS now we can migrate streamrewind to new Verizon internet.
Email updates (NB)
-how does it work?
Program – guide ready?
VT – mary will e-mail him; the guide is overdue
PLEDGE DRIVE DATES we need them.
-second monday following thanksgiving break; our break ends on 12/2; staff meeting on 12/8; pledge drive on 12/9? dates decided on: 12/9-12/15; even though university housing would close
how to deal with students’ exams schedule: will be decided during november meeting; use model for spring pledge drive? give out packets and encouraging the use of social networking? need to re-brand? silent pledge drive? dates become less of an issue if we shift the model of the drive
should phone in be spring model given the 75th?
BM will go back with the drawing board for this; rick says “sounds good”; will mean a whole slew of new pledge pitches
well underway! thanks DP! 3 people did it for service hours
absence/automation policy revisted – clear up in code for training manual
-can update staff list on wall in studio (HB)
-updated google staff doc thanks to EKM
-can get a service hour from recorded evergreen shows
– also need to make sure the “note on automation” revised
*attend 75 % of shows, must email staff
*don’t follow procedure in finding a host
*there’s a procedure for dealing with people who abandon their show
*establishing a mandatory amount of time out of show
*added to DJ contract
Promotions (DP): Twitter action? How’s it going?
CCP Guest Blogging about Record Fair….
Fall Events? (Izzy)
–Hard Nips confirmed? Money? Security (so it can be open to the public)?
Izzy will deal with contacting town and gown committee
-Updates on coprograming Earth House show Oct. 23?
Waiting on response from sam long
Record Fair? (Izzy)
–Needs? Staffing (Friday night loading Lee’s Van?)– DJ schedule?
need a car for the strike down at 4pm on saturday
all is going smoothly otherwise – yay!
need djs; a vinyl only event; djs ben, BD, JS, SZ. what about lLB? JD? EO?
need to hear back from SALD funding
need another round of flyering – MK?
DP – need to get a wesleying post for thursday?
izzy already did a facebook hype up!
middletown eye and the middletown patch (izzy did the patch)
-Funding? Flyering? Need to do downtown again – heard they are were removed from kiosks (USE SMALL FLYERS)
Other promotions? Wesleying, FB
Homecoming/open house? Food from RD
RD will donate! thanks rob!
CMJ (EH/RG) – all set. DW was confirmed today.
Argus News Radio (DP): H on board? A at training?
H hasn’t responded yet; dan will follow up
HB talked to H, and she seemed into it
A will be trained as full staff member by the spring
I caught one of Yamantaka//Sonic Titan’s CMJ sets this week at Fontana’s on Wednesday. I then sat down with the group’s two leaders Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B at Enid’s in Greenpoint on Thursday. I won’t spend too much time on an introduction since they have plenty to say in their interview, but they are definitely one of the most unique musical acts around and if you ever have a chance, you should see their live show (see the photos for visual evidence!).
Alaska: I would say a lot of things in the band, including on the first album, were inspired by Journey to the West.
I recently saw the musical that was based on that.
Alaska: Oh, the Monkey with Damon Albarn.
Yeah. Did you see it?
Alaska: I’ve seen clips of it.
Ruby: Yeah, I’ve seen clips and stills.
It was pretty cool. Really cool acrobatics.
One of the other things I read was that you were particularly inspired by the two characters of the Monk and the Monkey. So one of you is the Monk and the other is the Monkey?
Ruby: Yes. Alaska is the Monkey. She always wears the Monkey makeup.
Alaska: It’s a stylized version of it.
Ruby: And then I’m always the Monk with the robes.
Alaska: It reflects the character where the Monkey is always action. And I’m playing the drums. And the Monk is always more about speech…
Ruby: And reflection and contemplation and non-action. They’re related to the sun and the moon in the same way. The sun’s this life-giving, chaotic, plasma fireball and the moon is its reflective light. But they are part of the same thing.
I was actually recently at a ceremony where my friend’s father became a monk. It was really interesting.
Alaska: What school?
Alaska: Was it Theravada or Mahayana?
I actually don’t know that.
Alaska: Were they ringing bells or were they hitting gongs? That’s one way to tell the difference.
I don’t actually remember either of those things. It was a very simple ceremony.
Ruby: He just accepted the precepts?
Yeah. There was a lot of bowing.
Ruby: Yeah. He had to promise stuff. [Laughter]
So what about the monk lifestyle…
Ruby: I guess we approach those two characters from the position of storytelling. So rather than reflecting necessarily or not necessarily aspects of our true personality, we’re interested in presenting the two opposites and how they’re related through the characters on the stage. There’s aspects of these two opposites of action and reflection or acts of rationality and acts of impulsivity in everybody’s lives. And those poles contain existence. So we’re trying to express those in a more poetic way than something clinical or didactic.
Alaska: And I wouldn’t say that’s the entire basis…
Ruby: No because there are other characters. It’s like a mode.
Alaska: It was kind of a statement about being in America too. So in Journey to the West… I’ve actually been to the Grey Goose pagoda where the story starts, which was a pretty interesting experience for me years ago when I went to China. The characters go to India. And on the Silk Road they run into all the demons and so on because so many people would starve to death, get killed by avalanche, winds, you know, etc. that there’s the concept of there being so many demons. And they learn to get along to go to a strange place to bring back something that brings peace to where they come from. In the same concept, where we’re starting from in North America, it’s in a way going back there to get further here. It’s like going back home even though this is our home here, which is kind of the tongue-in-cheek irony of it all. It was also a statement about– I’m from Alberta. It’s a little bit like–I hate when people say this– it’s kind of like Texas in Canada. And I really hate that because I’ve been to Texas and it’s not really true. But it’s kind of true enough. So for people to foist these stereotypes that they have of people from Asia upon me, being from the most redneck place in Canada, it’s ridiculous because obviously I identify more with the prairies than I do with big, sculpted mountains.
Ruby: And then, as far as it being a starting point, there are all these myths that we came to from that story or in relation to that story also. Different myths about religious figures, leaders, people who go on voyages, expeditions, and just monkeys themselves. There are so many stories about monkeys because they are this animal that’s also sort of human. There are lots of different myths from all over the world about these animal-in-human characters.
Alaska: Yeah. We’ve had a total of three native members so far. Two of the members of our band– one is Iroquois. Our former second drummer– we used to have two drummers in the band, and he was Iroquois as well. And we’ve had Jonas, he’s a guest singer on “One.” He’s also Iroquois. And also our guitarist John is also part indigenous from the Southwest from the border with Mexico.
Ruby: Also Spanish. He has a very long, interesting, convoluted family tree. We’re really interested in personal experiences with culture and self-definition.
Alaska: But also, for us… I’m half Chinese, but I’m also part Mormon. I’m part Swedish, part Irish. I’ve got a very complex background that I also draw on for inspiration. We made a statement about being racialized because all of our influences are Chinese and Japanese and all our other influences are denied. I’ve been to Ireland. I have family from the Southwest in potato country. They still live on farms. And if I were to say that I have all this Irish nationalist influence– Celtic music is a big thing I grew up with– people would be like, “Well, you’re not Irish.” And I would be like, “Yeah, but how many Irish-Americans even listen to Celtic music or know a word of Gaelic.” And I grew up with Gaelic around me. So it’s like, “Fine. You want to paint me with a broad brush. I’ll paint myself with a broad brush.” It’s like, “Give me that brush.” So I think other artists, in particular white American artists can draw influence from anything. They can be like, “Oh. I watched a documentary on National Geographic about Africa and now I’m going to play Afrobeat because I saw a documentary.” And then for us, things that are actually deeply personal– we get told, “Oh, that’s not yours.” So there’s a different imbalance about how people can access different cultures.
Ruby: And in terms of cultural influences, I would say that we’re really influenced by certain art sub-cultures I would say almost even moreso than these ethnic references that we make. Punk music. Performance art. Experimental film. Animation. And drawing, painting. Those kinds of things that are cultural, but not necessarily bound by national identity. And that’s how we work as a multi-media collective, and that’s a huge part of our work as well.
Alaska: My dad was actually a progressive rock musician in the 70s, so that’s where a lot of the progressive rock influence comes from. But that’s something that people wouldn’t necessarily see as being part of my personal influence. People hear it in our music for sure, but you wouldn’t understand that that, for me, is a personal thing. I grew up with the prog records in the house.
Ruby: It’s a bit of a joke.
Alaska: It’s a bit of a tongue-in-cheek thing. I think somebody said once that our entry point is confusion. And I think that’s probably the smartest thing that anybody’s ever said because people want to box things up and instead we made the box really big and then we labeled it with a simple small label that doesn’t describe the box. So, once again, the entry point is confusion.
One sunny Tuesday afternoon I sat down with the illustrious Daniel Pope (of The Turpentines fame) to talk about all of the public affairs programming that WESU Middletown has to offer. Daniel Pope is this year’s Public Affairs Director and has a lot to say about the shows that he oversees.
WESU: How are you today Daniel?
DP: I am wonderful. I just ate a giant cookie.
WESU: Sounds delicious. I wish I were eating one right now. So tell me, what’s your favorite public affairs show on WESU?
DP: Well, as far as the nationally syndicated public affairs shows go, I’m a big fan of Alternative Radio and Democracy Now. Alternative Radio allows you to get perspectives you don’t get from most of the media. Democracy Now gives solid news. I know it sounds boring, but it’s true! They are a very clear, good source of information. As far as local programming goes, I enjoy Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP).
WESU: I heard you listening to that the other day. It’s so funny!
DP: I think it’s great that we’re getting local kids involved in radio and it’s especially good in that we foster connections between Wesleyan University and the Middletown community. I also love listening to kids. They say the darndest things!
WESU: Why do you think public affairs programming is important?
DP: It is a good source of information for what’s going on in the world and your community. WESU especially is a good source for public affairs broadcasting because they have local, national, and international public affairs information. Listening to public affairs programming can connect you to your community and can tell you something about where you fit in the world.
WESU: Sounds groovy. I know I will be tuning in.