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 this week’s episode featuring selections by: William.S. Burroughs, Last Poets, Angela Davis, Langston Hughes, Amanda Palmer and much more more!
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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who made the inaugural “75 Years Of…” program in January, “75 Years of Socially Conscious Music”, an electric mix of free-form goodness!
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
For 75 years, WESU has provided a platform for the enjoyment of underground music and under-represented genres generally absent from commercial airwaves.
2014 will mark WESU’s 75th Anniversary, and we’ve got a metric boatload of events and special programming to celebrate!
One of the special programs will be an hourly, weekly show called “75 Years Of…”. Each month “75 Years Of…” will have a singular theme, and we’ll air 75 songs relevant to that theme throughout the month. Rather than air just our selections, we want YOU, our listeners and friends, to contribute to our playlist by helping us pick the songs!
To kick things off in January, we’ll be featuring “75 Years Of Socially Conscious Music”. Socially Conscious Music includes protest music, songs that call attention to injustice and songs that rail against inequality. Socially Conscious Music transcends genre boundaries; the call to action is what defines this music, not the arrangement or the instruments!