With just a few frigid days remaining in 2017, WESU is looking forward to warming things up in 2018. So far, we’ve raised 2/3rd of our pledge drive goal directly though community support. Our brand new FM transmitter was delivered yesterday and Wesleyan’s Office of Academic Affairs has generously offered a matching donation of $5,000 to help us close out this drive!
With your help, this energizing gift brings the end of our current pledge drive well into focus. All donations received by January 1 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $5,000, enabling WESU to raise $10,000!!
Your donation, today, will help us take full advantage of this matching gift and enable WESU to make a sizable down payment on our new state-of-the-art solid-state digital FM transmitter and help cover our operating costs for the season.
My sincere gratitude to those of you who have helped to get us this far. Thanks in advance to those of you who will help us close out this drive and begin 2018 on strong footing!
Please donate today! www.wesufm.org/pledge
The wind is harsh, the leaves have turned, and everyone is dreaming of cozying up by the closest fire and tuning into WESU, it must be time for the the annual WESU Fall Pledge Drive.
As a community radio station, WESU offers a unique mix of talk and free form music programming that listeners are hard pressed to find elsewhere. The station depends on the community support to keep it this way. The service WESU provides is made possible by over 150 student and community volunteer broadcasters, two very part-time employees, and one full-time General Manager. The station’s lean budget is funded through financial support from Wesleyan University as well as listener and community support.
Due to a failing 30 year old FM transmitter, WESU has had intermittent broadcast problems this fall. “Our old faithful transmitter has made it clear that it is ready to retire” says WESU General Manager, Ben Michael. “We’ve been putting too much money and time into keeping the old transmitter up and running and it’s time to move on.” says Michael. “After negotiating with several vendors for the best possible deal, a transmitter purchase is imminent.” This purchase will pose a significant financial burden to the listener supported community radio station, that also relies on listener support to fund smaller items like reliable chairs.
During this season of giving, WESU needs to hear from new donors and is asking past supporters to consider increasing their contribution to help offset the cost of a new transmitter. With that said, to sweeten the deal, the station is excited to offer new limited edition long and short sleeve t-shirt designs as thank you gifts for donors. In addition, all donors get a free WESU bumper sticker!
The WESU Annual Fall pledge drive is slowly building momentum but there is a long way to go! To reach the goal of paying this season’s bills and making a large down payment on a new transmitter, WESU is depending on listeners to donate as soon as possible to help make the goal a reality before the end of this calendar year.
If you value WESU’s offerings of independent media that encourages listeners and broadcasters to dig deep, ask critical questions, and appreciate diversity, support The Annual Fall Pledge Drive, today!
Secure donations can be made online at www.wesufm.org/pledge or by sending a check or money order directly to WESU Radio, 45 Broad Street, 2nd Fl, Middletown, CT 06457 ℅ pledge drive.
This Sunday at 2pm at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, there will be a memorial service to Remember, Honor, and Celebrate the life of Viso Ngozi Ãz-Ibo, Poet, family man, and host of Classik Ãz which he broadcast late-night on Saturdays on WESU for nearly a decade. You are invited to remember Viso Ngozi Ãz-Ibo and find meaning in his early exit from our lives. We will resurrect his voice through some of the most significant and powerful recordings he left behind from his WESU radio show and poetry performances. Calling all poets, especially those who knew Viso, please bring a poem or two to share. There will be opportunity for family, friends and acquaintances to share how much Viso meant to all of us and express ourselves in his honor through the spoken word he so dearly loved. For those who are not able to physically join us, the gathering will be live streaming on Facebook! more at www.wesufm.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/1934977020074566/
WESU Fall Community Record Fair 2017 – Sunday, October 8th – 11am – 4pm
Fayerweather-Beckham Hall Wesleyan
55 Wyllys Ave Middletown CT 06457
Free!! and open to the public. (early birds $5 from 10-11am)
Dozens of vendors, Tens of thousands of new & used records CDs, cassettes, memorabilia & more! WESU gear for sale!
WESU DJs, spinning vinyl sets, all day long and WESU Merchandise for sale!
The City of Middletown, AT&T, J&J Productions, WESU Radio and The Mezzo Grille are happy to invite you to the 3rd Annual Jack n’ Jill Music Festival and Fund Raiser for New Horizons, on Sunday September 17th, 2017, beginning at noon, hosted on the beautiful back patio of The Mezzo Grille in Downtown Middletown, CT.
Jack n’ Jill is an all-day and into-the-night celebration of music, generosity and fun, benefiting New Horizons Domestic Violence Services. Included in this year’s Jack n Jill Roster are Mexican Folk Guitar Vituoso, Dave Giardina and Friend; New England’s Premiere Traditional Blues Band, Easy Baby, featuring Peruvian torch singer, Kelly RAgo; singer/songwriter, guitarist, fiddle-player extraordinaire, Rani Arbo and friend, and many more.
For a complete listing of performing artists and speakers visit www.facebook.com/jackandjillmusicfestival, or just come to the Festival. There’ll be raffle prizes, a silent auction, music trivia and lots of surprises. Don’t miss The 3rd Annual Jack n’ Jill Music Festival and Fund Raiser for New Horizons. For more info go to www.jacknjillmusicfestival.com, or www.newhorizonsdv.com/donate Or call 860-344-8297.
With a Road Race in Middletown this Sunday, that will constrict and block access to much of Wesleyan Campus and the surrounding area, WESU 88.1FM has decided to cancel the Annual WESU Spring Community Record Fair, scheduled to occur this Sunday from 10am-4pm. The Road Race, which brings thousands to the streets of Middletown, weaves its way through the Wesleyan University campus and surrounding neighborhoods down to Main Street. “I’ve been working to develop an access plan for patrons to get to our venue but in the last 24 hrs I have learned that the only viable plan will create undue burden for vendors and patrons.” laments Ben Michael, WESU General Manager. “This is an important event for our community and our fundraising efforts. We feel awful about this decision but we feel it is prudent to reschedule and are working on a date in the near future.” Michael says.
The popular annual event features dozens of vendors from across the North East who sell Records, CDs, cassettes, and music memorabilia and is enjoyed by students and a wide range of record crate digging patrons from across the region. For ten years WESU has been organizing these events in the fall and spring. The Funds raised roughly 10% of the station’s annual fundraising needs. “The WESU Community Record Fairs have developed a great reputation among patrons and vendors alike. It pains us to cancel this weekend’s event, but ultimately we feel it is in the best interest of our community to do so.” Michael claims. Due to the race route, both roads (High St and Washington Terrace) that access the fair venue on Wyllys Ave will be closed for much of the duration of our event and the closest parking options for patrons would be several blocks away, making the event inaccessible for anyone with a physical disability or mobility issues. Beyond that, patrons would have to navigate the race route, barriers, and police escorts to cross intersections to get to our event. Stay tuned for information about a new date for the Record Fair in the coming week.
Presented as a dramatic musical work with a cast of 8 actors/musicians, Bone Hill: The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary theater work inspired by Martha Redbone’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. An epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coal mines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries.
Martha Redbone will be interviewed on Tuesday, March 14th at 2:30 PM on WESU’s own For Women Over 40/Conversations with Cyma!
You can win a pair of tickets via the raffle below! No purchase is required to enter the giveaway, but while you’re here, consider donating to one of the nation’s oldest continually broadcasting, non-commercial radio stations!
If you don’t win the tickets, tickets are still available for purchase through this link.