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.
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.
Click here for a 30 minute conversation feature don this week;s episode of Welcome back with Ben Michael.
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.
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
- 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!
“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.
Click here to submit your favorite non-English recordings!
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!
Click here to submit your favorite songs by female artists!
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!
Again, we want your suggestions! You can submit them through our handy-dandy form by clicking this here link!