Kinder Gentler Pledge Drive, A Success!

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Thanks to all of the WESU supporters who validate our mission with their donations.

Despite the potential risk of trying a new radio pledge drive model, WESU’s “kinder gentler” approach has led to the most successful WESU pledge drive to date, raising over $15,000.

In addition to getting many donations from listeners right here in Middletown and across CT, WESU received donations from supporters in far off locations such as Japan, Denmark and England as well as from family and friends in over 13 states, here in the US.

WESU’s continued fundraising success is a testament to the value of the service we provide to a diverse range of stake holders.  With an eye on the station’s upcoming 75th anniversary in 2014, WESU has great plans in store.   Stay tuned!




Art for Haiti Opening Reception

555161_550469378309276_466146485_nJoin us at The Art for Haiti opening reception tonight at Wesleyan’s Zilkah gallery, 5-7pm. Curated by Pierre Sylvain, the show features 12 visual artists (including WESU’s own David Bauer) who have come together to help improve lives in Haiti. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and a DJ set featuring a global mix of grooves by our own GM, Ben Michael, aka Big Bent.

Pledge Challenge of the Super Friends!

To close out our pledge drive, an anonymous WESU Super Friend is now matching all donations up to a total of $2,250 in the next 2 weeks!  Why hold out any longer? the impact of your donation to WESU will now be doubled!  All we have to do to reach our goal and balance our budget is take full advantage of this matching gift. We need your help make this happen! Any size donation is appreciated!


Congrats to Wesleyan’s class of 2013!

redcaps  Thanks so much to those of you who shared your time, creativity, and energy with us while you were in Middletown. If you haven’t already done so… what better way to start “helping to shape our culture, so that it will not be shaped by the forces of violence, conformity and elitism.” than by making a donation to WESU?

We’ve been here to helping the Wesleyan and surrounding communities accomplish this for nearly 75 years! With your continued support, our unique community service will continue to thrive and evolve.

Please help keep us engaged!

WESU Print Media Retrospective

For today’s open house, new staffer, Laura Werle created this lovely display of WESU program guides, publications and event flyers from the past 15 years. You can see it outside the WESU studios in the foyer upon entering the station. Much more to come as we approach our 75th anniversary (2014)! WESU print retrospective

WESU 88.1 FM Open House today 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (05-24-13)

LOGO_versions_emailAs Part of Wesleyan University’s Reunion & Commencement 2013 program, WESU parents, families, alumni, students, friends, and staff are all invited to attend an Open House at the WESU studios and offices.

Whether you were involved with WESU 20 years ago or in more recent history, you are invited to stop in to check out the studios, browse the expansive and eclectic music libraries, and meet current staff members and DJs. We’d love to hear your WESU stories and talk about where the station is heading. You can also make a donation in person and pick up some WESU gear!

WESU, 2nd Floor (above Broad Street Books), 45 Broad Street

Documentary Trolls Premiere! – MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

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We hide under the bridges of human relationships…

The first ever WESU Radio Documentary Trolls special will air tonight on WESU Middletown 88.1fm and online. Join us for experiments in audio storytelling! Musical weapons on the subway! Roommate drama in the old folks home! More encounters between people, art, sounds, love, and each other. Don’t miss it!!!


Board Meeting Notes 05-14-13

Welcome, new board!

Somebody download FSRN! Maybe we should put in an alarm to remind us.
Reunion/Commencement Open House – We heard from some alums who are coming, so it’s probably in the agenda. Virgil will check up on food. 2-5 pm, Friday.

Next year, the 75th Anniversary should be an opportunity for a lot of cool archival stuff.

J & R situation – Avery and Ben are working on it.


Music Purchasing budget – definitely money for CMJ passes, and to dole out to other sub-MDs, Jesse and Adam will try to work with new music directors to figure out specifics with Ben, reach out to people in the past who had suggestions.

Summer Program – Adrien still needs to hear from a couple of people but it’s coming into place and will be done this weekend.  Virgil and Ben will talk about the guide, probably a fairly simple one sided thing to mail out.

Training  – people still scrambling to get service hours and testing done. Preference is to insist that trainees get all their requirements done before they take the test. Make sure newly qualified DJs get info about summer apps, so they don’t miss out. Come up with an email to send out to them with summer info, instructions for door code, spinitron.

Pledge Drive – $7602! Thanks for everyone who donated! Send your packets if you haven’t. Ben will send out a staff update to remind people that it really is on them to reach out to people they know for donations. Ben has been putting up daily facebook posts, we should all work our social media! Adam put out the Wesleying post. Still a few email campaigns to work. Service hour project: fixing up the alumni email list. Overall, new model has some pros and cons, allows the work to be spread over a couple of weeks which is nice. Ben will rethink this summer to come up with an intermediate model. Maybe start off each season with a slow pledge drive, moving into phone banks a couple of months in. Ben will be putting together a few strategic phone banks in the next couple of weeks.

Avery responded to our fan mail from Tai Pei!

Review! – We had some great events, with our lecture series and our concert series. Maybe let’s scale it back a little next year, cause that was really intense. Fewer events also means more focus ability to promote outside Wesleyan. Meet early to get public access to events. The live show was a fun idea we didn’t get to do, so hopefully next year. Avery has some contacts for lectures potentially. Potential partnership with SHOFCO recording children’s books, possible link in with Middletown Youth Radio, and other community engagement projects.
We did a lot of conferences this year. We have contacts at Barnard and SUNY New Palz. We went to IBS (run a workshop next year), Megapolis, CMJ, keep your eyes peeled for other cool events like that. Mickey and Issy got press passes for SXSW, you could do that in the future! Or we could make our own renegade press passes, says Virgil. Bring stickers.

Show Reviews next year – giving people feedback on their show.
Keep up the monthly DJ spotlight.

75th Anniversary! So much cool stuff we could do. We are still in touch with our founder, he is so old! We could a film project, all kind of stuff.

Need to be better at putting people’s individual skills to work in service hours, encourage people to think of how they personally could help.

Lee is getting started on the new shelving. He is the man.

Student Forum on radio documentaries in the fall. Students might want to take the forum, or otherwise collaborate. Possibly might be open to community volunteers also.

The Administration is interested in ways the station might tie into academics.

Board Meeting Notes 05-07-13

No Pizza. Tragic. Someone will pay.

New Shoes for Ben!! Love, the Board. The most renegade dad shoes.
Reunion/Commencement Open House – Virgil will email later today, then Avery can get back to Rob about food. Possibly it’s too late for us to get on the official list, but we have other ways of getting the message out. Friday 1 – 4.
Music Purchasing – Ben, Jesse, and Adam will figure out what has already been bought and what budget is still left to see what we can buy.

Summer Program – Adrien has adding finished Ben’s edits. Virgil can do a program guide next week.

Training – Adam sent out everyone’s board hours for administering the practical exam. Need to get trainees to sign the contract after they pass. Staple all the papers together, and put it in Adam’s box. Maybe give people 10 mins to prepare if you have the time.

If people need service hours, email Ben.

Middletown Remix festival is Saturday. Mickey can livestream parts of it. Hasn’t yet contacted the DJs on air that day about broadcasting. Andy says we can have advance copy of the remix, could broadcast that instead. They need paid staffers, if anyone is interested.

Interview Opportunities – Anyone who wants to interview some the artists should contact Andy the PR guy. Ben forwarded the email to people he thought might be interested. Volunteers can make a promo tomorrow.

Pledge Drive – $210 dollars from t-shirt sales. Pledge drive total: $5,586. We’re on the RothBlog! Also in the Middletown Patch and the Middletown Eye, also got sent to various other local news sources. Hopefully will go out to the faculty listserv. Ben made a facebook event. We should all promote it, and also keep putting out new totals.
Facebook – We merged the two pages, but WESU the person is still out there. We have more than a 1000 likes!
Put the press release on Wesleying.
Donate Now button on our Tune-In page.
Bunch of new pledge promos, Ben found some old anytime promos. We probably have enough but if you still want to make one, please do.

Email campaigns using volunteers to compile lists. Avery is on it.

Next week the new usurpers are coming.

Adam is going to work on a new test for next year.

J and R – at least 3-4 complaints this year. They are popular, but they keep saying really contentious things that upset people. They need to better preface these things as their own personal alternative views. There is a disclaimer at the beginning of the show, but they need personally to distance themselves from the station, making it clear that those are their individual views.
We also bend the rules for them to broadcast from out of town. Dave spoke to them about concerns about production values. Also relying on work from Ben to assemble their show.
Course of action – Avery and Ben will talk to them and take it from there. Email them if you have a particular concern.

M F is not in the logs, hasn’t responded to Adam’s email. Avery will find him! Let next year’s board know about his lack of standing.


Meeting Adjurned!