One sunny Tuesday afternoon I sat down with the illustrious Daniel Pope (of The Turpentines fame) to talk about all of the public affairs programming that WESU Middletown has to offer. Daniel Pope is this year’s Public Affairs Director and has a lot to say about the shows that he oversees.
DJ Ritz and DJ SkullKid live on Middletown Youth Radio Project
WESU: How are you today Daniel?
DP: I am wonderful. I just ate a giant cookie.
WESU: Sounds delicious. I wish I were eating one right now. So tell me, what’s your favorite public affairs show on WESU?
DP: Well, as far as the nationally syndicated public affairs shows go, I’m a big fan of Alternative Radio and Democracy Now. Alternative Radio allows you to get perspectives you don’t get from most of the media. Democracy Now gives solid news. I know it sounds boring, but it’s true! They are a very clear, good source of information. As far as local programming goes, I enjoy Middletown Youth Radio Project (MYRP).
WESU: I heard you listening to that the other day. It’s so funny!
DP: I think it’s great that we’re getting local kids involved in radio and it’s especially good in that we foster connections between Wesleyan University and the Middletown community. I also love listening to kids. They say the darndest things!
WESU: Why do you think public affairs programming is important?
DP: It is a good source of information for what’s going on in the world and your community. WESU especially is a good source for public affairs broadcasting because they have local, national, and international public affairs information. Listening to public affairs programming can connect you to your community and can tell you something about where you fit in the world.
WESU: Sounds groovy. I know I will be tuning in.
To Pacifica Network listeners,
Thank you listening to Pacifca’s exclusive broadcasts of Al Jazeera English and for supporting your local community radio station. It is with great regret that we must report that Al Jazeera English is no longer available for distribution in the USA.
This happened because Current TV was sold to Al Jazeera and with this broadcast network here in the USA, they are creating “Al Jazeera America.” This is an entirely different organization, being currently built from former Current TV staff and new hires. All broadcasts of Al Jazeera English will cease in the USA on August 20th.
Pcifica has approached Al Jazeera America about being able to distribute their content for radio, the way we did with Al Jazeera English. However, they are not prepared at this time to discuss this possibility, partly because they are not fully organized and partly because they are working with stricter distribution procedures and are not sure if they will be able to make it available.
The afternoon Al Jazeera edited by Pacifica Radio ceased last month and as of August 20th the morning program will not be available.
As does your local community radio station, Pacifica is ceaselessly looking for ways to bring you excellent news and information. Thank you for listening.
Pacifica Radio Network
THE WESU TOP 30 PLAYLIST FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 28, 2013
1 DAVID FORD Charge
2 COPPER PONIES Ring Them Bells
3 ADAM STEFFEY New Primitive
4 DARDEN SMITH Love Calling
5 BETSE ELLIS High Moon Order
6 GOLD TOP Uh Oh [Single]
7 THE MANCHURIANS Big Rhythm
8 DEADLY GENTLEMEN Roll Me, Tumble Me
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS Woody at 100
10 SCHOOLBOY & JAMES EGBERT The Silver Lining [Single]
11 PROTOHYPE Jelly Roll
12 GENTICORUM EnregistrÃ© Live
13 STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (& DUCHESSES) The Lost Highway
14 PROTOHYPE & PRIMA VOLTA Bigger Than You and Me
15 STOLEN TIME Time Is Possibility
16 JOHN BARTDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY All Wood And Stones II
17 SINGULARITY Horizon
18 DOCTOR P The Champagne
19 KARYN OLIVER Magdalene
20 ROY BOOKBINDER The Good Book
21 HOLLAN HOLMES Phase Shift
22 PATTY GRIFFIN American Kid
23 AOIFE O’DONOVAN Fossils
24 FEMI KUTI No Place For My Dream
25 BASS DRUM OF DEATH Bass Drum Of Death
26 JAPANESE GIRLS The Shark Week EP
27 SIGUR ROS Kveikur
28 STRANGLERS Giants
29 ROSE WINDOWS The Sun Dogs
30 DAFT PUNK Random Access Memories
1. DEAD CAN DANCE In Concert
2. BEN FOLDS FIVE Live
3. GUIDED BY VOICES English Little League
4. LONELY ISLAND The Wack Album
5. VARIOUS ARTISTS Let Us In – Americana
6. ARI AND MIA Land On Shore
7. CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN La Costa Perdida
8. ROBERT WALTER’S 20TH CONGRESS Get Thy Bearings
9. KERBSIDE COLLECTION Mind the Curb
10. DAVID FORD Charge
11. BEATA PATER Red
12. DELBERT AND GLEN Blind, Crippled, And Crazy
13. DEERHUNTER Monomania
14. ANAMANAGUCHI Endless Fantasy
15. JAZZINVADERS FEATURING DR. LONNIE SMITH That’s What You Say!
16. THE NOMADS Loaded Deluxe – EP
17. GENE DUDLEY GROUP The Fawcett Negotiation – Single
18. BASEMENT FREAKS Funk From The Trunk
19. FEAST OF FIDDLES Rise Above it
20. HARD PROOF Dragon – Tere – Single
21. ROGUE’S GALLERY Son Of Rogue’s Gallery
22. BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY Pressed For Time
23. MURDER BY DEATH As You Wish: Kickstarter Covers
24. JOHN BATDORF & JAMES LEE STANLEY All Wood and Stones II
25. JOSEPH ARTHUR The Ballad Of Boogie Christ
26. ANNIE KOZUCH Mostly Jobim
27. BETSE ELLIS High Moon Order
28. PUTNAM SMITH Kitchen, Love…
29. URSULA GEORGE One Steady Roll
30. BOSQ OF WHISKEY BARONS Movin’ On / Keep Movin’ – Single