75 Years of Community Service: WESU Honors the Red Cross in CT

As WESU celebrates our 75th year serving the community through the airwaves, we want to give back to the region we care so much about by highlighting and bringing attention to other organizations who offer important community services.

WESU says thank you to the American Red Cross in Connecticut.

WESU says thank you to the American Red Cross in Connecticut.

This month we honor the work of the Red Cross in Connecticut.  The Red Cross has been serving Connecticut for 116 years, 41 more than WESU! They help organize blood drives, disaster relief, lifesaving training, and many other important services.

For more information on the important work that the Red Cross does in our region or to learn how to volunteer and give back, feel free to visit http://www.redcross.org/ct/

Welcome Back, Laurenellen McCann!

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Photo by John Ulasek

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.

Spring Record Fair!

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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 (lberman@wesleyan.edu) if you want to rent a table to sell your merchandise.

Hope to see you there!

75th Anniversary Programming Updates – February Already?!!

PrintThanks 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
  • May will be 75 Years of WESU and Wesleyan Related Artists
    Please submit your song suggestions here: http://tinyurl.com/oydst76
  • 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!

Time for The Hartford Reader’s Poll

best-of-voting-page-graphicIn 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!

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75th Anniversary Celebration Programming Updates

“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 and Happy New Year!

happy radioThanks 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!

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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