Board Meeting Notes 10/6/15

— Great staff meeting – props to Ethan Hill for bringing it to an expeditious end despite the giant open question that was presented.

— Ethan H. will contact Lee Berman about T-shirt and sticker design this week

— Thanks to Bauer for the photo

— Budget updates: in progress. Ethan and Tess will be showing an SBC member around the station this weekend. Should have more answers by next meeting.

— Training – Ethan O. still needs a few more sundays covered…have him send those out to the board, we’ll cover them.

— Record fair: Arianna will reach out to staff and esp. to new trainees about flyering and volunteering in other capacities, too.

— Freakers Ball? Don’t have a band, not in a position to make this happen for Halloween. GOAL: To have a WESU concert/party (open to community members) by the end of the semester.

— Reminder – daily fb posts , plus we have twitter and Instagram

— Pledge drive theme = under the radar. whales + endangered animals + jellyfish + space, oh my! Promos should be done by the board meeting after next (for the competition)

— Think about making a public affairs code of conduct/guidelines? Based off of our mission statement? So as to have programming that is consistent with our mission? Or just do a better job of it? Much debate — to be talked about much more in coming weeks!

WESU Fall Community Record Fair 10/18

sp14October 18th brings the return of the WESU Fall Community record Fair. This popular event is free and open to the public and will be open for business from 11am – 4pm! The show features dozens of vendors from CT, MA, NY, and beyond, selling new and used music in all formats. Plus WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl live all day long!  Have some records to donate for WESU to sell? Call 860-685-7707.  Sorry, vendor space is sold out.




Waxahatchee, the American indie folk music project, is coming to Middletown, CT this Friday, September 25th at 10pm! WESU is hosting a candle light Waxahatchee acoustic set in the Memorial Chapel, located on Wesleyan University’s campus.

Waxahatchee consists of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Over the past four years, she has been listed at the top of numerous “Best Of” lists, and, this past April, Waxahatchee released her third studio album Ivy Tripp to incredible critical praise.

Tickets are free for Wesleyan students and only $15 for non-students. Tickets can be found at the Wesleyan University Box Office or can be bought online here. A portion of the ticket sales will go towards WESU, so support the station by seeing this incredible artist! They are going fast (only about 50 student tickets left!), so get them while you can. If the show is not sold out, additional tickets will be sold at the door. Henry Hall will be opening.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

WESU DJ Training Fall 2015


Are you interested in joining WESU FM 88.1? You could become a DJ, talk show host, interviewer, and more! We are hosting an info session for anyone interested in joining the station for the Fall 2015 DJ Training this Thursday, September 24th, at 7:15pm in the Public Affairs Center (Room 002) on Wesleyan University’s campus.

All are welcome! If you want to get involved in community radio, come down and join us for this incredible opportunity.

Kicking Off WESU’s Fall Season!

Hi everyone!

WESU is back and better than ever for its Fall 2015 season! The station welcomed back 100+ students last Monday, September 7th to kick the season off. Due to our incredible Spring Pledge Drive (thank you!), the station will be getting upgraded over the next few months, which includes a new touchscreen for station sign-ups, new chairs, and a complete overhaul of Studio B. These upgrades are incredibly exciting, will make WESU even better, and are all thanks to you: our staff, listeners, and community. Thank you!

We have a ton of great new shows and fantastic returning ones! Check out just a few of our new additions and old favorites below:

– Beyond Broadway, with DJ Nina G: Not your grandma’s showtunes. The hits, the misses, and everything in between. Airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday from 6:30-7:30pm.
– Think Twice Radio, with DJ Al: The undertaking of “Think Twice Radio” is to reassert the watchdog role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan way. Airs every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6:00-6:30pm.
– Word on the Hill, with DJ Breej: Provides a platform for silenced minorities on campus to discuss a specific struggle and how it relates to them at Wesleyan and beyond it. Airs every Monday night from 1:00-2:00am.
– #blackmusicmatters, with DJ Frau Miau: Dedicated to playing music for black people, by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, the show serves as yet another reminder to why black lives matter. Airs every Wednesday night from 11:00pm-12:00am.


Keep an eye out for some other updates as the season goes on. Our bi-annual Record Fair will be October 18th in Beckham Hall, Middletown CT from 11am-4pm, so mark your calendars. Additionally, WESU is hosting Waxahatchee on September 25th at 10:00pm in Memorial Chapel in Middletown, CT; the tickets are only $15, so buy them here now while they’re still available!

Thank you for all your support, and here’s to a tremendously free-form and renegade fall season.

Ben Goldberg
Public Relations Director


WESU transmitter shut-down for one hour today, for roofers to complete job at Wesleyan Science Tower (8/20).

WESU RF tower 1

WESU will again be off air, temporarily, on Monday August 10th, starting at 6:30 am through the end of the work day (5:30 pm).  The rooftop at Wesleyan’s science center, where our antenna is located. The WESU antenna will be shut down to ensure  worker safety.  We are hopeful that this will be the final disruption of service during this project.

While our FM broadcast is down, listeners can still find all of our regularly scheduled programming broadcast live through our website, At our website,  you can also find audio archives of any program for up to two weeks after its original broadcast!

We appreciate your patience during this outage!

Spring is here, and the Spring Pledge Drive is also here

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It’s that time of year again — the Annual WESU Spring Pledge Drive is back in an effort to support another community driven radio season! However, this pledge drive is different than any other that we have conducted over the past 10 years. This pledge drive will close out a capital campaign that started at the beginning of 2014, when we kicked off WESU’s landmark 75th anniversary year. Meeting our pledge goal this spring will enable us to utilize funds raised in this capital campaign towards a few different studio updates — which include: a new audio mixing console in our air studio, technical improvements that will strengthen our infrastructure, and equipment to better accommodate live in-studio performances and group discussions. Additionally, we might be able to purchase equipment that will enable WESU to broadcast from remote locations.

Following our successful and exhilarating 75th anniversary year, we hope we can again count on you to help us keep the momentum going this spring as we bring a close to our capital campaign. We are pleased to offer two awesome new T-shirt designs, as well as some changes to our online giving system that we hope will improve your donation experience. Thanks again for your past support of WESU. You are part of a relatively small but very important group of listeners who collectively ensure WESU remains a resource for all. You can donate here at or by sending your check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd fl, Middletown, CT 06457.