This week’s Mind Matters guest is Stewart Pearce, author of “The Alchemy of Voice,” who shares his experience and wisdom using breath, voice, and vibrational energies as healing modalities. Learn more about him here: http://www.thealchemyofvoice.com/ Tune in at 6 p.m tonight!
WESU is back for its fall season and taking Michael Roth with it!
Wesleyan’s president talked to Maria Johnson in a series of interviews to be posted on her show “Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith.”
The FIRST interview, to air on TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, will explore the atheism and continuing relevance of Sigmund Freud, who died 75 years ago this month. In 1998, President Roth curated a Library of Congress exhibit entitled “Freud: Conflict and Culture” and edited an accompanying book of essays by noted Freud experts. President Roth also teaches a Wesleyan film course which makes use of Freud’s theories.
In the SECOND interview, to air TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, we explore President Roth’s latest book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters, specifically where it touches on the interior life.
Can’t listen live? All episodes of RC:KF are archived for two weeks at www.wesufm.org and forever at www.reasonablycatholic.com.
Stay posted for more exciting things to come!
Public Relations Director
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of our Doo Wop Extravaganza!The Super Girls Group rocked the house, showing that the 70+ year old Divas still had their moves and amazing voices!
Jay Siegel’s Tokens entertained the crowd with their classic tunes, funny stories, and some great renditions and tributes to the music of yesteryear!
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
(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.”
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.
WESU Board of Directors
(and host of This Southbound Train)
During 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.
Thanks to Leith Johnson, of Wesleyan University’s Special Collections and Archives for his thoughtful and thorough glimpse of the earliest days of radio at Wesleyan in his recent Wesleyan Magazine column, Historical Row. Leith is also host of “The Light Fandango” radio show on WESU.
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.
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/