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.”

 

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)

 

75 years of… Poetry!

75 yrs poetryDuring April, C.C. Arshagra, our “Spoken Mind Poet” and host of “The I Do Not Know Show”, is curating our “75 years of….” spotlighting poetry, spoken word, and lyrically dense music.
Check out the most recent episode:

Last week’s episode:

By exploring monthly themes, “75 years of…” provides a free-form cross section of programing genres that would likely have been absent fro the airwaves for the past 75 years without stations like WESU.  Currently, the program broadcasts each Wednesday at 11pm.

The “I Do not Know Show” broadcasts live on Saturday nights / Sunday at 1:30am. In the mean time you can find recent show archives and more by clicking here.

 

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/

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….

 

 

Welcome Back, Laurenellen McCann!

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Photo by John Ulasek

On this week’s episode of “Welcome Back” we talk with Laurenellen McCann ’09.   Some of us remember Laurenellen as Hailey Bop, host of Dimension X, the 1950’s radio drama  revival show Laurenellen produced at WESU during her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan.

These days, Laurenellen is the executive producer of  The Good Fight with Ben Wikler, a podcast she describes as “a little bit This American Life, a little bit Colbert.” She’s also been a champion for open data and transparency-related policies during her time as the National Policy Manager at the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that champions increasing government transparency.

Recently Times Magazine included Laurenellen in their  article on the 30 People Under 30 Changing the World.

Click here for a 30 minute conversation feature don this week;s episode of Welcome back with Ben Michael.

Spring Record Fair!

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Get ready for our Spring Community Record fair and sale, where you’ll find dozens of vendors selling tons of vinyl and CDs from all musical genres.

The event happens on Sunday, March 30th from 11am – 4pm and will be returning to Beckham Hall, located at 45 Wyllys Ave. on the Wesleyan University Campus, Middletown, CT 06459

WESU DJs will be spinning the wax live all day and there will be WESU merchandise for sale. Plus, the Whey Station food truck will be in the house selling their signature gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and other vittles.

Limited vendor space is still available. Email Lee Berman (lberman@wesleyan.edu) if you want to rent a table to sell your merchandise.

Hope to see you there!