With just a few frigid days remaining in 2017, WESU is looking forward to warming things up in 2018. So far, we’ve raised 2/3rd of our pledge drive goal directly though community support. Our brand new FM transmitter was delivered yesterday and Wesleyan’s Office of Academic Affairs has generously offered a matching donation of $5,000 to help us close out this drive!
With your help, this energizing gift brings the end of our current pledge drive well into focus. All donations received by January 1 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000, enabling WESU to raise $10,000!!
Your donation, today, will help us take full advantage of this matching gift and enable WESU to make a sizable down payment on our new state-of-the-art solid-state digital FM transmitter and help cover our operating costs for the season.
My sincere gratitude to those of you who have helped to get us this far. Thanks in advance to those of you who will help us close out this drive and begin 2018 on strong footing!
Please donate today! www.wesufm.org/pledge
The wind is harsh, the leaves have turned, and everyone is dreaming of cozying up by the closest fire and tuning into WESU, it must be time for the the annual WESU Fall Pledge Drive.
As a community radio station, WESU offers a unique mix of talk and free form music programming that listeners are hard pressed to find elsewhere. The station depends on the community support to keep it this way. The service WESU provides is made possible by over 150 student and community volunteer broadcasters, two very part-time employees, and one full-time General Manager. The station’s lean budget is funded through financial support from Wesleyan University as well as listener and community support.
Due to a failing 30 year old FM transmitter, WESU has had intermittent broadcast problems this fall. “Our old faithful transmitter has made it clear that it is ready to retire” says WESU General Manager, Ben Michael. “We’ve been putting too much money and time into keeping the old transmitter up and running and it’s time to move on.” says Michael. “After negotiating with several vendors for the best possible deal, a transmitter purchase is imminent.” This purchase will pose a significant financial burden to the listener supported community radio station, that also relies on listener support to fund smaller items like reliable chairs.
During this season of giving, WESU needs to hear from new donors and is asking past supporters to consider increasing their contribution to help offset the cost of a new transmitter. With that said, to sweeten the deal, the station is excited to offer new limited edition long and short sleeve t-shirt designs as thank you gifts for donors. In addition, all donors get a free WESU bumper sticker!
The WESU Annual Fall pledge drive is slowly building momentum but there is a long way to go! To reach the goal of paying this season’s bills and making a large down payment on a new transmitter, WESU is depending on listeners to donate as soon as possible to help make the goal a reality before the end of this calendar year.
If you value WESU’s offerings of independent media that encourages listeners and broadcasters to dig deep, ask critical questions, and appreciate diversity, support The Annual Fall Pledge Drive, today!
Secure donations can be made online at www.wesufm.org/pledge or by sending a check or money order directly to WESU Radio, 45 Broad Street, 2nd Fl, Middletown, CT 06457 ℅ pledge drive.
This Sunday at 2pm at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there will be a memorial service to Remember, Honor, and Celebrate the life of Viso Ngozi Ãz-Ibo, Poet, family man, and host of Classik Ãz which he broadcast late-night on Saturdays on WESU for nearly a decade. You are invited to remember Viso Ngozi Ãz-Ibo and find meaning in his early exit from our lives. We will resurrect his voice through some of the most significant and powerful recordings he left behind from his WESU radio show and poetry performances. Calling all poets, especially those who knew Viso, please bring a poem or two to share. There will be opportunity for family, friends and acquaintances to share how much Viso meant to all of us and express ourselves in his honor through the spoken word he so dearly loved. For those who are not able to physically join us, the gathering will be live streaming on Facebook! more at www.wesufm.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/1934977020074566/
Meet the performers for our first Annual Free Form Feast and Festival, on 11/18 featuring more than one dozen acts and a buffet meal. Click here to purchase tickets online!
Joe Flood – Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, storyteller, translator, historian…
“WESU is part of a dying breed–quality, free form, local radio.”
Joe Flood has performed, written, and recorded with many of the great names in American roots music, among them The Band, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Bottle Rockets, Laura Cantrell, Eric Andersen, Happy and Artie Traum, Jim Weider, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Jono Manson, and the list goes on! www.joefloodmusic.com
music sample http://joeflood.bandcamp.com/track/wake-nicodemus more at https://joeflood.bandcamp.com
Noah Baerman – MWM, jazz pianist, composer, educator and author, seeks musical fulfillment, personal growth and a good recipe for saag paneer. “Having an eclectic and high quality radio station is one of the things that makes me brag to my out of town friends about how cool it is to live in Middletown, CT. The health of WESU is essential to maintaining the cherished vitality of our hip little city!”
Noah Baerman’s tenacity and his cutting edge yet soulful music have made him an inspiring figure to a growing legion of admirers. Over ten years after nearly walking away from the piano due to his struggles with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), an incurable connective tissue disorder with which he was born, Noah is playing and composing with more authority than ever. These challenges and his experiences as a foster parent have deepened his already fierce commitment to “message music.” http://www.noahjazz.com/
music sample https://soundcloud.com/resonant-motion/noah-baerman-time-is-now
More at: http://www.noahjazz.com/music.html
Frank Critelli – Frank Critelli writes songs. He dabbles in haiku and other short poetry. He also writes other things. Like postcards.
Sometimes he performs solo, sometimes he is accompanied by one or more musical co-conspirators or in conjunction with other songwriters. Over the years he’s played in streets and subways, barrooms and classrooms, coffeehouses and colleges, theaters, festivals, and (most recently) in his kitchen. http://www.frankcritelli.net
Old Lonesome Dave
“It is important to support WESU. Because all politics are local. All music is local. All art is local. Local’s all we got. WESU is local. I’m grateful to WESU, and I know lots of others who ought to be.”
In 2014, Mayor Dan Drew appointed Old Lonesome Dave, aka O.L.D., The Inaugural Musical Ambassador to the City of Middletown, CT. A veteran educator and entertainer with more than fifty years performance experience, Old Lonesome Dave brings fun and laughter to hundreds of groups around New England performing in over 150 towns since 2010. http://www.jackandjillmusicfestival.com/
The Basukes – The World’s only Ukulele Bassoon duo!
Together, Shona Kerr (bassoon) and Bill Rose (Uke/Vocals) offer a unique blend of an unlikely pairing of musical instruments to interpret and perform cover songs from various decades of top-40 music.
Music video for Eleanor Rigby (cover) https://youtu.be/E7v_gN8HDUA
Dana Merritt Songwriter, Performer, Fingerstyle Guitarist.
“College radio is one of the ways musicians like myself can broadcast their art and reach more people.”
Acoustic guitarist and composer Dana Merritt is not your typical guitarist. She prides herself on being able to transcend what people typically think a guitar is used for. Her solo compositions paint vast soundscapes, most often utilizing obscure alternate tunings and unorthodox hand techniques. Dana is a truly unique performer who needs to be heard in order to be properly understood. https://www.facebook.com/DanaMerrittMusic/
Kelvin Young: Sound Practitioner and Holistic Stress Management Instructor.
Kelvin has studied sound healing with Master Sound Healers, Paul Hubbert of the Holographic Sound and Inner Balance and Satya Brat Jaiswal of the International Academy of Sound Healing. Kelvin has presented around the country in diverse settings including Yoga retreats, studios, and festivals Festival, Alex Grey’s Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, colleges, prisons, addiction treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units and mental health agencies.
Robert Nasta composer, improviser, and performer and educator
“I think it is important to support WESU Because it is truly a community radio station.”
Robert Nasta’s music has been featured on radio broadcasts, in dance performances, and he has performed his compositions as soloist at numerous venues. He has received grants from Meet the Composer, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and Arts In Education. He has taught music at the middle school, high school and college levels, and has been a Lecturer in Music at Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT. since 1999. Robert also serves as the musical director for Artists for World Peace.
Art Farm’s Allison McDermott & Rob Grimm
ARTFARM is a non-profit, professional theater organization, based in Middletown that promotes simple living, performance arts, and activism through its signature summer event, Shakespeare in the Grove as well as touring shows, teaching residencies, and a circus arts training program. Tonight’s Art Farm’s performance features circus artists Allison McDermott and Rob Grimm.
Olivia Backal-Balik – Classical pianist
“WESU provides a legitimate avenue for community members and students of the University to communicate with others about what’s important to them. The second is that is provides an opportunity for students work with community members to work with each other. While college campuses tend to dominate cities or towns and drive out the local community, WESU is an honest example of how much good can come out of working alongside different communities.” Olivia Backal-Balik started piano at age 15, and her interest in and love for music has grown enormously ever since. She has been active in orchestra and chamber music groups in both high school and at Wesleyan, and has also enjoyed attending the annual Apple Hill Chamber Music Workshop. Olivia is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music with a Piano Performance concentration here at Wesleyan. Olivia is most proud of her WESU 88.1 program ‘Roll Over Beethoven,’ an hour long set, aired every other Saturday, dedicated to appreciating classical minority composers and their works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzR4zY_8Whc
Gag Reflex – Wesleyan’s oldest Improv Comedy group.
active in the Wesleyan Community, Gag Reflex is a comedy troupe that celebrates the long-form improvisational style of the Armando. The group is active on campus and has represented Wesleyan at the Big Apple Regional improv tournament.
Slavei is a group of vocalists devoted to bringing the beautiful and inspiring music of Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Caucasus Georgia to Wesleyan.
Check out this short video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2OowBc12Mc
Babe and Beth – Vice president and President of the WESU Board of Directors, in performance together! Both musicians in their own right, Babe and Beth will join forces for an intimate acoustic set.
Join WESU for dinner and a Show on November 18 and help support community radio. WESU’s Free Form Feast and Festival features a buffet meal plus a variety show. More than ten acts, featuring internationally acclaimed artists alongside student and community artists, will be donating their performances. The full artist lineup is listed on the station’s website where you can also find a link to purchase tickets . The event will also feature a home-cooked Italian family style buffet generously donated by Zandri’s Stillwood Inn of Wallingford.
WESU’s Free Form Feast and Festival will take place at Wesleyan University’s Fayerweather – Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06457. Doors will open at 5pm for a social hour with appetizers and a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6pm, Showtime starts at 7:00pm.
Tickets are $25 for the public and $10 for Students. Dinner, soft drinks, and a hot and cold beverage service are included along with the show. All tickets sales directly support the station’s fall fundraising campaign and shorten the annual fall WESU on air pledge drive to sustain community radio.
WESU Fall Community Record Fair 2017 – Sunday, October 8th – 11am – 4pm
Fayerweather-Beckham Hall Wesleyan
55 Wyllys Ave Middletown CT 06457
Free!! and open to the public. (early birds $5 from 10-11am)
Dozens of vendors, Tens of thousands of new & used records CDs, cassettes, memorabilia & more! WESU gear for sale!
WESU DJs, spinning vinyl sets, all day long and WESU Merchandise for sale!
The City of Middletown, AT&T, J&J Productions, WESU Radio and The Mezzo Grille are happy to invite you to the 3rd Annual Jack n’ Jill Music Festival and Fund Raiser for New Horizons, on Sunday September 17th, 2017, beginning at noon, hosted on the beautiful back patio of The Mezzo Grille in Downtown Middletown, CT.
Jack n’ Jill is an all-day and into-the-night celebration of music, generosity and fun, benefiting New Horizons Domestic Violence Services. Included in this year’s Jack n Jill Roster are Mexican Folk Guitar Vituoso, Dave Giardina and Friend; New England’s Premiere Traditional Blues Band, Easy Baby, featuring Peruvian torch singer, Kelly RAgo; singer/songwriter, guitarist, fiddle-player extraordinaire, Rani Arbo and friend, and many more.
For a complete listing of performing artists and speakers visit www.facebook.com/jackandjillmusicfestival, or just come to the Festival. There’ll be raffle prizes, a silent auction, music trivia and lots of surprises. Don’t miss The 3rd Annual Jack n’ Jill Music Festival and Fund Raiser for New Horizons. For more info go to www.jacknjillmusicfestival.com, or www.newhorizonsdv.com/donate Or call 860-344-8297.
WE DID IT!! Thanks to the generous support of 223 WESU listeners, friends, and family, we met our pledge goal of $20,000 in the nick of time to wrap up our fiscal year.
On behalf of all WESU listeners, thanks those of you who help us pay the bills and keep the wheels turning. Your financial contributions along with the volunteer work of our DJs is what keeps community radio alive at WESU!
WESU needs you to help pay the way! We depend on listener support to cover nearly one third of our operating expenses. That means we need to raise $20,000 to support our unique mix of public affairs and free form community programming, this spring.
Help ensure the programs you value have a home on the radio! We’ve got your back and hope you have ours!