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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.
Get ready for our Spring Community Record fair and sale, where you’ll find dozens of vendors selling tons of vinyl and CDs from all musical genres.
The event happens on Sunday, March 30th from 11am – 4pm and will be returning to Beckham Hall, located at 45 Wyllys Ave. on the Wesleyan University Campus, Middletown, CT 06459
WESU DJs will be spinning the wax live all day and there will be WESU merchandise for sale. Plus, the Whey Station food truck will be in the house selling their signature gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and other vittles.
Limited vendor space is still available. Email Lee Berman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to rent a table to sell your merchandise.
Hope to see you there!
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!
In 2013 our dedicated listeners voted WESU the Best College Radio Station in CT. We are counting on your support to do this again during our 75th anniversary year, 2014!
The polls are now open but close on Feb 5th. Please take a few minutes to sign up and vote for WESU as “The Best College Radio Station” in the “Media and Education” category. If you keep scrolling down you can also vote for Best Radio Show, Best Radio Personality, and Best Radio station. There are some WESU shows up there already but you can also write in your own candidates!
You can also find lots of other WESU friends and Family including, Wesleyan University, Wesleyan CFA, The Buttonwood Tree and more in other categories. You have to enter 10 categories to validate your ballot, so please time to look around and make your vote count!
Click the image above to go to the ballot!
“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!
Thanks to the many listeners, donors, and volunteers who came together to make our 9th Annual Winter Holiday Pledge Drive a Success! Your support continues to illustrate the importance of maintaining and safe guarding community radio that matters!
Employing our “Kinder Gentler” approach to develop community support in a world ruled by professional public radio fundraising has proved challenging. Ultimately, it worked – thanks to our amazing audience and supporters.
2014 will be a busy and fun year at WESU as we celebrate our 75 year legacy as one of the original student owned an operated radio stations in the country. Highlights include special music and public affairs programming to physical and virtual exhibits of WESU artifacts and audio.
We are also launching a capital campaign fueled by a series of live fundraising concerts and events reaching out to our various listening communities. This capital campaign aims to fund some necessary station upgrades from installing a back-up power system to keep us on air during power outages to replacing our 25 year old mixing boards.We are also hoping to use this opportunity to kick off a film project to document the history and significance of WESU.
2014 Will bring many opportunities for us to engage with our listening audience and stay in touch with our various stakeholders around the world as we explore the rich legacy that is WESU.
Again, many thanks to all of the good people who came together to make this year’s drive a success.
Here’s hoping that 2014 brings more peace, more health, more prosperity, and more community radio that matters, to all in need!
Happy New Year from WESU!
The end of 2013 brought the end of our annual winter pledge drive but we could still use a few more donations to sure things up and hit our mark. Please feel free to get started on your 2014 tax deduction with a donation at www.wesufm.org/pledge
Many thanks to the 15 donors who brought us $1,300 closer to our goal yesterday!
With less than $2,500 to go, every dollar counts! Only 2 days left to do this.
Please commit to community radio! www.wesufm.org/pledge
In the nearly 10 years since WESU became a truly listener supported community radio station, we have never had to ask for donations this late into the calendar year. Sadly, donations for our annual winter pledge drive are down by roughly 25% from last year. We have seen less than 10 donations in the past 10 days and it is looking like we may not meet our goal.
On the other hand, 2013 was an amazing year for WESU, bringing our service to a larger audience than ever. We could easily exceed our fundraising goal if everyone reading this contributed as much as they could spare.
Our 9th Annual Winter pledge drive got hit by a perfect storm of sorts. First, the unusual alignment of the early winter holidays squeezed a critical week out of our student calendar. Luckily for us, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will not converge for 70,000 years! It also appears that the rest of the public radio pledge drives (including our own partner, WSHU) were also in alignment, making support for WESU this late in the season a tough sell in today’s economy.
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!