March 25, 2013

reunion and commencement, mary working on it
wesfest, check in with izzy
cfcp reunion, april something, come with ben!?
75th web page in progress
organize the 75th anniversary PSAs
staff meeting in two weekends… thinking about board positions next year
hiccups with archive system—noted
record fair this sunday—come by, izzy has most things figured, danielle is posting on wesleying, need more volunteers—contact izzy—especially for the end of the day, Facebook posting-on the event page. new psa
david bauer is happening this week, hannah is coordinating
break programing glitchy, think of new ideas for the long term, new ideas maybe for the last staff meeting, thinking about structuring service hours, who is keeping track—thank people who have prerecorded at the next staff meeting
hella new music being donated—maybe from queens

WESU Spring Record Fair This Sunday!

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. Get excited for WESU’s annual Spring Record Fair! 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.

The record fair will take place on Sunday, March 30th from 11am-4pm in Beckham Hall, at 45 Wyllys Ave. on the Wesleyan University Campus Middletown, CT 06459.  

 Cleaning out your shelves but can’t make it to the event? Please consider donating your records for WESU to sell to aid in our fundraising efforts.

Come support the station and invite your friends! Why? You can’t scratch an MP3.

75 Years of Community Service: WESU Honors the Red Cross in CT

As WESU celebrates our 75th year serving the community through the airwaves, we want to give back to the region we care so much about by highlighting and bringing attention to other organizations who offer important community services.

WESU says thank you to the American Red Cross in Connecticut.

WESU says thank you to the American Red Cross in Connecticut.

This month we honor the work of the Red Cross in Connecticut.  The Red Cross has been serving Connecticut for 116 years, 41 more than WESU! They help organize blood drives, disaster relief, lifesaving training, and many other important services.

For more information on the important work that the Red Cross does in our region or to learn how to volunteer and give back, feel free to visit http://www.redcross.org/ct/

Top Five New Albums of the Week: March 4th

1    THE MEN    Tomorrow’s Hits    Sacred Bones

This ramshackle Brooklyn group has come quite a long way since their 2010 debut Immaculada, a gut-punch of fast, hard-hitting hardcore punk. In the past four years, they’ve experimented with Crazy Horse -esque fuzz rock, acoustic jangle pop, and even twangy pedal steel. Their latest, Tomorrow’s Hits, experiments with explosive, grandiose rock n roll akin to Bruce Springsteen, even featuring some killer sax licks. This album is massive and downright triumphant, a fitting release for the ever-evolving Men.


 

2    REAL ESTATE    Atlas    Domino

Real Estate’s sombre follow-up to 2011′s Days is an absolute treat, a relaxing and contemplative exploration of reminiscence. Their previous releases, though equally reverb-coated, found the band at a decidedly more “chill” moment, a place of joyful and summery presence. Atlas, however, seems to be a reflection of what comes after, the teary-eyed but necessary reflection of those perfect days that came and went.

3    ST. VINCENT    St. Vincent    Loma Vista

St. Vincent has always been noodly and always will be noodly. The Berklee-educated guitar virtuoso has a serious knack for licks and riffs that seems to take over a song and become a long lasting ear worm. Her latest self-titled record, however, finds her experimenting like never before, transferring that spirit of riffage to vastly new instruments and forms. It’s a fascinating exploration of unlimited pop possibilities of the synth, opening St. Vincent up to a whole new plane of musical experimentation.

4    AXXA/ABRAXAS    Axxa/Abraxas    Captured Tracks

Psychedelic pop is never just what it seems. Axxa/Abraxas, the solo-project of North Carolina’s Ben Asbury, proves this right off the bat on his debut album’s kick-off song, a rather vast and meandering musical field that begins with a spacey, asymmetric tonal atmosphere, only to evolve into the album’s catchiest tune. These spacey and distorted songs are sure to get stuck in your head, but it’ll be an absolute treat.

 

5    BLACK LIPS    Underneath The Rainbow    Vice

The Black Lips’ latest record, a follow-up to 2011′s Arabia Mountain, seems to have come right  out of nowhere. Though these Atlanta weirdos certainly aren’t at their catchiest, a plane reached back in 2007 with Good Bad Not Evil, they’re still got it, whatever it may be. Underneath The Rainbow‘s second track “Smiling” is a poppy head-nodder if I’ve ever heard one, and from the Black Lips alone, I feel I’ve heard many. Don’t let their seemingly never-ending career put you off; The Black Lips latest is exactly what it should be, which is rather great.

- Ethan Hill

 

Board Meeting 3/4

Training  - any needs / updates?

-15 people showed up Sunday (12 or so students and 3 community volunteers) – they were into it!

-Katherine will bring materials back to the station

-In total will probably be 20-25 people; more people expected Thursday

 

Program –program guide updated?

-Hannah sent updated version

-Create a template for next semester?

-Process should be faster next semester

 
Spring Break… – anything here?

-Protocol for coverage à how to structure service hours? Pre-record show for an extra service hour

-Check sign up sheets at station

-Two service hours completed before middle of season starting next season

 

 
Recent (Fri night) changes need to be updated in spinitron and stream rewind calendars (BEFORE BREAK PLEASE)

-Will update by end of week (Nate)

 

Pledge drive : Following Spring break we need to get into pledge mode ASAP. Can folks try to write up some pledge scripts over break so we can get right into recording them…?

Should be getting press release ready for this too, as it will need to go out as soon as Break is over.

-Pledge promos: need to get on these to get into pledge drive mode quickly

 

Staff resource page (WESUFM.org/STAFF)  any updates on this or staff resource page?

-In progress

 

Clean up outdated shows on stream rewind? There are many shows listed that are no longer on air. Can Hanna cross reference? Ben can then double check list and then maybe Nate can delete?

-Hanna and Nate did this; should be all set

 

Events:
Record fair: Flyer???
  Have we gotten them downtown? This should be done before break.
-Let’s get posters on both sides of the all of the door to/from the station to ensure staff is aware.
-We should also produce a new Promo – just so we have more than one in rotation.
- Any word on Argus advertising? Need to be poised to blitz wesleying, Middletown eye, and more upon the end of break.

-Flyer will be on website soon

-Flyers will go up in town later this week

-Another promo should get out since there is still a month left

 

 

75th anniversary  “Community radio that matters” ????

-New slogan? New branding

-Should we have a brand? Or just put out a couple things that work

-We like the looser idea; maybe have a design around new slogan?

 

75th logo(s) thoughts on no “75” reference… ?
- merch ideas – we need to get these lined up so that we can kick pledge drive off first week of april.

-Consensus is to not add 75; we like the idea to add the years

 

75 years of” radio show still needs our input.   Homework – All Board members need to submit at least 2 titles each for April (poetry), and May (Wes connected) before leaving town for break.

-Our homework before break!

Oldies concert update: GRRR got word today that Headliner, Fred Parris and The Five Satins can’t do 4/19. Ben M is waiting to hear back from venue about other dates. 5/17 was suggested by Band Management

-See if we can get a later date; this would allow more time to promote

-Ben will keep us posted; goal to have it before everybody leaves

 

Death in concert? Ben M doesn’t think we can do this without departmental or student group support
The numbers just won’t work unless  we can get a little heklp offsetting the overhgead. Does anyone have any connections or ideas?

 

Any word on alumni update/email feeling out interest support for “gala” and wes seminar?

            -Question and survey

-Community health center as venue? Rooftop garden

-O’Rourke’s expressed interest in doing a fundraising event for us this spring

-Event at Psi U?

 

Board Promo contest listen to all. Vote on first round and shame on all others….

 

 

March ’14 Meeting

Opening remarks from Ben

GREAT ATTENDANCE and GREAT NEW PROGRAMS

When playing digitals music files, high quality vs low quality. compression on the archive can mess with low quality sound, ask for help—even ben needs it sometimes

Don’t step on automated shows toes! Please refer to the clock for end and start times
Do not start early or go late  – or you may face disciplinary action.

Dig deep!  Review mission -Talk about the importance of playing music not heard elsewhere. Big chart tunes are not encouraged unless they are over 40 years old and thus absent from commercial airwaves. Be careful when playing household name artists.

“WESU supports a wide variety of music genres and styles of programming and is dedicated to exposing the listening audience to material generally absent from the airwaves. Our mission is to provide listeners with educational entertainment, coverage of local affairs and an eclectic mix of commercial-free music from within the community and around the globe.”

(Mary) Spring Pledge drive will start in April – $15 K goal

-Spring Dive will be similar to recent efforts
-on air pitches,  old school pledge forms, and social networking as main force.
-Working new 75 year premiums and promotional material.
-We really need everyone to participate.
-More  to come at April Meeting

(Becca) Personnel staff contact sheet ok by staff to share?

email personnel@wesufm.org with question

(Hannah)  Program
Spring break programming
 (schedule stays the same except for student shows)
-Posting a signup sheet – if you can’t do your show please check with adjacent DJs for coverage.
-Service hours given to those who prerecord a show to play in case of no coverage.

-Email personnel@wesufm.org or program@wesufm.org  for contact help

-REMINDER  Please keep Program Director in the loop for all substitution arrangements or changes in program big or small. program@wesufm.org

(Izzy ) EVENTS:

Record Fair – Sunday March 30th  – volunteers needed – before during and after.

- Looking for people to DJ during day of event too. Contact.  IZZY events@wesufm.org
- Vendor space still available – contact Lee Berman lberman@wesufm.org

- More to come re 75th anniversary

(Hanna) Production – We need new show promos in general plus we need 75th anniversary and spring pledge promos.  Service hours given! Holler at Production@wesufm.org

Celebrating 75 years of alternative music, public affairs and community service

(Becca) Training – need help? Training leaders? Trainees will be seeking shows to intern on – armed with new check lists….!

(Katherine) Public Affairs – New Show Synopsis google form for public file, email publicaffairs@wesufm.org so katherine can build a list, so the FCC can check up on us!

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(Ben) 75th anniversary updates

“75 years of” radio show really needs your input.  Otherwise it will not work.

-Just looking for submissions! and we need your contributions

-April (poetry),  May (Wes related), June (African American Artists) lists are as diverse as can be.  Links at www.wesufm.org

Welcome Back  - 2 episodes so far… Arch Doty and Laurenellen McCann links at WESUfm.org and Facebook.

(Mary)  “We really need some 75th anniversary promos.”
- Service hours given.

-Board has just created a batch too inspire y’all
-Please include brand “75 years of alternative music and public affairs”.

-Virgil is working on smart graphics for new merchandise

gramaphone

(Ben) Oldies concert – April 19th. Details on this coming soon.

Other events in the works, we are trying to bring Death, Roots of Hip Hop Summit, a Reggae Festival,  and Gorilla Radio to WESU.

Still lots of other events we are working on. Thanks to those who have provided input so far.

Cocktail event at CHC, Fall BBQ pig and veggie roast bash with bands as well as some other music and food events.

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Community Announcements:  before we go over the Fall/winter pledge drive incentive report

From Christopher Pollack - the Wesleyan/Middletown Relations committee meets Sundays at 5pm at Wesleyan’s Community House. Is there a board member of staff person who’d like to attend.

Contact:  Christopher Polack topher@thediversion.com

Other announcements?

(Ben) goes over the pledge incentive report before we break then regroup for 75th anniversary meeting