WESU TOP 30 for the week of June 7, 2013

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1 RUTH MOODY These Wilder Things
2 ROBYN HITCHCOCK Love From London
3 PETER HOLMES Nice Try, The Devil
4 PUTNAM SMITH kitchen, love
5 STEEL WHEELS No More Rain

 

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6 BIG STAR Nothing Can Hurt Me
7 ALEXANDER STARR No Hype Just Hope
8 TOMMY KEENE & R. WALT VINCENT Nowhere’s Near [single]
9 BOXCAR LILIES Sugar Shack
10 MOORS & MCCUMBER Against the Grain

 

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11 THE BEVIS FROND White Numbers
12 DELLA MAE This World Oft Can Be Rounder
13 WOODY GUTHRIE AT 100! LIVE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER Various Artists
14 PHARIS AND JASON ROMERO Long Gone Out West Blues
15 TOI She’s My heart

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16 MILK CARTON KIDS The Ash & Clay
17 CHRIS VALLILLO The Last Day Of Winter
18 BUDDY MONDLOCK The Memory Wall Sparking Gap
19 GUY VILLARI Unchained Meldoy
20 SPACE MOUNTAIN Ferry Lane

 

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21 NOAMI GREENWALD Composite
22 GENE ESS Fractal Attraction
23 TODD RUNDGREN State
24 DAVID FORD Charge
25 RENEE’ YOXON & MARK FERGUSON HERE WE GO AGAIN

 

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26 DEERHUNTER Monomania
27 THOM CHACON Thom Chacon
28 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
29 QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Like Clockwork
30 UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA II

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!

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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!

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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 wesufm.org 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.
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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.