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/
Training – any needs / updates?
-15 people showed up Sunday (12 or so students and 3 community volunteers) – they were into it!
-KC will bring materials back to the station
-In total will probably be 20-25 people; more people expected Thursday
Program –program guide updated?
-HR 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?
Clean up outdated shows on stream rewind?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?
-HR and NB did this; should be all set
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….
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.
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 (email@example.com) if you want to rent a table to sell your merchandise.
Hope to see you there!
On the inaugural episode of our new 75th Anniversary program, “Welcome Back”, Ben Michael interviews Arch Doty, who literally brought college radio to Wesleyan University in 1939.
“Welcome Back” airs on WESU on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 1-1:30.
Click here to listen to this episode for up to 2 weeks following the original broadcast.
Now that we’re in February, we’ve got a new theme, a new curator and a new night. Beginning tonight at 11:00 PM, Uncle John of WESU’s Dead Air will be bringing you “75 Years of Lyrics Beyond the English Language” – an exploration of 75 years of music from around the globe.
Our programming will continue throughout the year with new themes, and we’re still looking for your song suggestions for each month!
- March will be 75 Years of Female Artists in honor of Women’s History Month.
Please submit your song suggestions here: http://tinyurl.com/mhj5p4o
- April will be 75 Years of Poetry, Spoken Word and Lyrically Dense Music in honor of National Poetry Month
Please submit your poetry and song suggestions here: http://tinyurl.com/ozl654u
- May will be 75 Years of WESU and Wesleyan Related Artists
Please submit your song suggestions here: http://tinyurl.com/oydst76
- June will be 75 Years of African-American Musicians in honor of African-American Music Appreciation Month
Please submit your song suggestions here: http://tinyurl.com/o8zvf39
Thanks again for sharing in the celebration!
The polls are now open but close on Feb 5th. Please take a few minutes to sign up and vote for WESU as “The Best College Radio Station” in the “Media and Education” category. If you keep scrolling down you can also vote for Best Radio Show, Best Radio Personality, and Best Radio station. There are some WESU shows up there already but you can also write in your own candidates!
You can also find lots of other WESU friends and Family including, Wesleyan University, Wesleyan CFA, The Buttonwood Tree and more in other categories. You have to enter 10 categories to validate your ballot, so please time to look around and make your vote count!
“75 Years of Socially Conscious Music”
Broadcast weekly throughout January, this program features listener and staff suggestions that reflect both socially conscious music and WESU’s 75 year old commitment to free form radio!
But the “75 Years of…” project will continue throughout 2014, and WESU wants your input! Each month, we’ll have a new theme, and we want your suggestions on songs to include!
February will feature “75 Years of Lyrics Beyond the English Language”
We are looking for your favorite recordings whose lyrics are in a language other than English, regardless of genre.
March will feature “75 Years of Female Artists” in honor of Women’s History Month.
We want your suggestions for songs by your favorite female artists!