WESU 75th Anniversary Doo Wop Extravaganza with Jay Siegel’s Tokens and The Super Girl Group

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Mark your calendars for The WESU 75th Anniversary Doo Wop Extravaganza
Saturday July 12th at 8pm at the Middletown High School Performing Arts Center for a celebration of 75 years of community Radio  & 35 years of the Moondog Matinee with a fundraising concert featuring:  Jay Siegel’s Tokens, The Legendary group that recorded the mega hit song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”!!. Plus “The Super Girls Group” featuring original members of some of the greatest female groups of Rock and Roll including:  Louise Murray of The Hearts & Jaynetts- “Lonely Nights” & “Sally Go Round The Roses”,  Lillian Walker of The Exciters- “Tell Him” & “Doo Wah Diddy”, Margaret Ross of The Cookies- “Chains” & “Dont Say Nothing Bad About My Baby, Beverly Warren of The Raindrops- “The Kind of Boy You Cant Forget” & “What a Guy”, & Nanette Licari of Reparata & The Del Rons - “Whenever A Teenager Cries” & “Tommy”

Tickets are $30
Click here to buy tickets online or call the Wesleyan Box office 860-685-3355

Discount available for groups of 10 or more

 

 

Welcome Back, Howard Williams ’48!!

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(Howard Williams, pictured on left)

On this episode of Welcome Back,Howard Williams of Weselyan’s class of 1948 talks about his experience with WES AM, the predecessor to WESU.

He talks about inheriting the station by chance, developing student interest and a management structure, popular programming of the day, and a surprising relationship to broadcast pioneer and CT native Franklin Malcolm Doolittle. And you won’t want to miss his epilogue, which I think is particularly poignant and moving.

There’s even a bonus track wherein Howard shares some hilarious insight on Middletown origins of  “Russia’s inferiority complex with the US”.

 

Last Board Notes (Plus the previous week notes)

Board agenda May 6, 2014

Welcome new board – Introductions old / new

Outgoing board summaries for incoming board members/ set up meetings to plot transition…

Final business:

Service Hour opportunities/priorities:  Unload record donation this Saturday early afternoon, make room for record donation, clear crap from front hall (to go to long lane for recycling).

Testing: Progress? Support? Need to transition new staff to official WESU staff lists and email list.

We need a summer Music Director:
Any volunteers here? If not we need to seek a volunteer or few.

Pledge drive:
Strategy for getting student participation in pledge. Need an all staff email pep talk…
Send Mary’s letter to email lists, followed by Bens’ letter appeal via email and direct mail.
Need Danielle’s Press release to go out this week
Few more straight forward pledge promos would alsobe helpful.

Open house: Staffing, food? New Banner?

WeSeminar: If around please come (10am, Sat of commencement weekend)

Fall early housing requests: does anyone need this?

Possible to Meet with new board next week? To talk about goals and structure for next year. is happening!

 

LAST WEEK NOTES CONTINUE…

 

-David Bauer photo

• We took it

 

-Where’s our food???? IT LOOKS AMAZING

• there are cupcakes and chips and ethan brought a bagel with cheese

 

-Event

-updates on why it might not work –> date was 5/3; baseball game and conflicting memorial event in chapel; could start at 4; 8 people have signed up to DJ; concerns about sun and vinyl

-organizing logistics; hannah ryan will help set up; mary will bring turntables up; promotion (danielle will post on wesleying and website) and hanna will make promo; decals will be on radio

-SBC – we got $200 (also $370 for new security camera)

 

-Summer program dates

• may 9th due date for applications!

 

-Staff meeting

            -ice cream man is coming! yay!! he is coming at 7

-what should we talk about?

Elections – need ballot and someone to conduct election at meeting – any tech director prospects? Highlight this need in all staff email (about meeting, elections, ice cream, pledge drive info)

• A separate email about elections?

-recognition of anniversaries: 5 year students; 10 year staff members –> certificates

 

-Training

• practical tests starting after this weekend (next week) –> trainees can’t yet vote in elections

• reminder email from becca forthcoming

• monday 5th-sat the 10th  –> need people to sign up; if you are on the board

-Service hours 

-Record Donation anyone available next weekend to help unload?

• pretty much going through; waiting to bring up in next week or so

-Pledge drive – pretty much have all the resources Ben needs to get them implemented and ready to go for Sunday

-$1000 grant from Middletown Commission on the arts towards oldies concert

• wahoo!

-Win 7  upgrade in process. Anyone still need the mac in the board room?

• windows is phasing out support for windows XP

• get your misc files from desktops

 

 

Time to Support WESU!

Dear friends, family, listeners, and supporters of WESU,

Hello and happy spring! In the coming weeks, as I wrap up my elected term as the student president of WESU, I will pass the baton to our next eager volunteer and I will be graduating (yikes) from Wesleyan. While I’m more than a little sad to leave the station, I can gladly say that my last year was a successful and exciting one as we kicked off our 75th anniversary. WESU hosted two concerts this spring that were free and open to public, and our Annual Spring Record Fair was our most successful to date. Plus, we have been working hard to lay the ground work for an exciting year of celebrations!

Speaking of records, in the coming weeks, we are poised to receive one of the coolest birthday presents ever! A family who loves WESU very much is about to bestow their beautiful collection of over 13,000 records to WESU. For those who’ve never seen it, our amazing record library is a rare treasure and in some ways, represents the heart and soul of WESU. This incredibly generous gift will enable us to replace many of the beat-up albums and fill in gaps in our collection.

We have been celebrating our landmark birthday, on air, since January with our oral history radio show “Welcome Back” as well as “75 Years Of…,” a program highlighting radio content that wouldn’t likely be heard without stations like WESU. And if you haven’t yet read it, check out the Wesleyan magazine Historical Row column, “WESLEYAN’S UNDERGROUND RADIO STATION,” chronicling the earliest days of radio at WESU.  You can a find links to that article and special 75th anniversary programming and events on our website.

We need your support to keep our unique free form music and public affairs programming on the airwaves. This spring’s pledge drive is especially exciting because it is the first of our 75th anniversary year. As such, we are asking you to consider giving us an extra-special birthday present to help raise additional capital funds to install a backup power system and update our studio equipment. If we raise enough funds by the end of 2014, we hope to also be able to kick off a film documentary project about the history of WESU.

Your support for WESU will honor a landmark anniversary and legacy of one of the first student owned and operated college radio stations.  You can donate by e-check, debit, or credit card online at www.wesufm.org or complete the enclosed pledge form!

I’ve had an amazing time in my years at the station and it would mean a lot if you offered your support so that student and community volunteer DJs like me can continue to broadcast alternative programming for years to come.

Sincerely,

Mary Barrett
President
WESU Board of Directors
(and host of This Southbound Train)