WESU is celebrating its 77th season providing alternative radio to the greater Connecticut area! WESU, one of the oldest college radio stations in the country, kicked off its new spring season this past week with exciting new and old shows, hosted and produced by over 100 dedicated community members and Wesleyan University students. This season, we are thrilled to host exciting events for the community, including the annual Spring Record Fair on the Wesleyan University campus in April!
We are also celebrating many exciting birthdays this year: “Caffe Italia,” which plays Italian music, news, and culture, is turning 10 this year, airing every Saturday from 7am-8am. Also, “The Vault,” featuring techno music with DJ Anton Banks, is turning 20 this year and is airing every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday night from 9:30-11pm. WESU is also featuring exciting talk and public affair shows for its spring season, welcoming new programming like “All About” with Isabel and Emily, which features a new guest every week discussing something they are passionate about, and saying goodbye to long-running shows like “Romancipation” with Dr. Love and DJ Smooth, who give advice on dating and love. We currently have more homemade shows than we have had in years, and they are getting more and more national recognition; WESU’s “For Women Over 40” with Cyma Shapiro, a contemporary lifestyle talk show, has recently been picked up for syndication across the country by Pacifica!
The spring season can be heard over the airwaves at 88.1FM or streamed online at http://wesufm.org/. You can also keep up to date on the station and our shows via Facebook (@WESUMiddletown) and Twitter (@WESUtunein). The entire WESU spring schedule can also be found online on our website and a print program guide will be distributed at select locations around the area and mailed to station donors in the coming weeks.
Thanks for listening and keeping the WESU community alive!
Have you been listening to WESU fanatically? Have you been looking for ways to get involved with a community radio station? Look no further! Join WESU this season! We are hosting an interest meeting on Wesleyan University’s campus (PAC 002) this Thursday at 7pm where members of the WESU board can answer all of your burning questions (such as “When does training start?” and “Do you think radio can be used as a force for good as well as evil??”) Attendance at this meeting is not mandatory for completing training but if you are interested in getting involved with the station this semester try to make it!
If you can’t make it to this meeting, but are interested in training this season, shoot our Personnel Director an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WESU’s Fall Pledge Drive is back again just in time for the leaves to begin changing color. We need your help to keep community radio on the airwaves. This season, we have continued our incredible programming with old favorites like The Moondog Matinee and new additions like Think Twice Radio. To keep this programming alive, though, we need your support.
Following last spring’s successful pledge drive, we hope to continue providing excellent programming through listener support. With this continued support, we also hope to continue our upgrades and improvements to our studio, which could include an exciting revamping of our studio space! During this pledge drive, we are excited to announce a new T-shirt design for WESU listeners, too! Thank you all for your important part in helping keep WESU on the dial. Your generous donations are vital for WESU, and we greatly appreciate your support.
You can donate online here at www.wesufm.org/pledge or by sending your check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd Fl, Middletown, CT 06457.
October 18th brings the return of the WESU Fall Community record Fair. This popular event is free and open to the public and will be open for business from 11am – 4pm! The show features dozens of vendors from CT, MA, NY, and beyond, selling new and used music in all formats. Plus WESU DJs will be spinning vinyl live all day long! Have some records to donate for WESU to sell? Call 860-685-7707. Vendor space is sold out.
This event will take place at Wesleyan University (Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue Middletown, CT).
Become a DJ this fall by joining WESU’s training program! DJ Training begins this coming Thursday, October 8th at the radio station, 45 Broad Street in Middletown, Connecticut. You can come down and become a part of this great radio community!
If you’re interested in joining, please email the Personnel Director, Ethan Oberman, at email@example.com.
Waxahatchee, the American indie folk music project, is coming to Middletown, CT this Friday, September 25th at 10pm! WESU is hosting a candle light Waxahatchee acoustic set in the Memorial Chapel, located on Wesleyan University’s campus.
Waxahatchee consists of singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. Over the past four years, she has been listed at the top of numerous “Best Of” lists, and, this past April, Waxahatchee released her third studio album Ivy Tripp to incredible critical praise.
Tickets are free for Wesleyan students and only $15 for non-students. Tickets can be found at the Wesleyan University Box Office or can be bought online here. A portion of the ticket sales will go towards WESU, so support the station by seeing this incredible artist! They are going fast (only about 50 student tickets left!), so get them while you can. If the show is not sold out, additional tickets will be sold at the door. Henry Hall will be opening.
Can’t wait to see you all there!
Are you interested in joining WESU FM 88.1? You could become a DJ, talk show host, interviewer, and more! We are hosting an info session for anyone interested in joining the station for the Fall 2015 DJ Training this Thursday, September 24th, at 7:15pm in the Public Affairs Center (Room 002) on Wesleyan University’s campus.
All are welcome! If you want to get involved in community radio, come down and join us for this incredible opportunity.
WESU is back and better than ever for its Fall 2015 season! The station welcomed back 100+ students last Monday, September 7th to kick the season off. Due to our incredible Spring Pledge Drive (thank you!), the station will be getting upgraded over the next few months, which includes a new touchscreen for station sign-ups, new chairs, and a complete overhaul of Studio B. These upgrades are incredibly exciting, will make WESU even better, and are all thanks to you: our staff, listeners, and community. Thank you!
We have a ton of great new shows and fantastic returning ones! Check out just a few of our new additions and old favorites below:
– Beyond Broadway, with DJ Nina G: Not your grandma’s showtunes. The hits, the misses, and everything in between. Airs every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday from 6:30-7:30pm.
– Think Twice Radio, with DJ Al: The undertaking of “Think Twice Radio” is to reassert the watchdog role of the media by ramping up coverage of Connecticut issues in a nonpartisan way. Airs every 2nd and 4th Monday from 6:00-6:30pm.
– Word on the Hill, with DJ Breej: Provides a platform for silenced minorities on campus to discuss a specific struggle and how it relates to them at Wesleyan and beyond it. Airs every Monday night from 1:00-2:00am.
– #blackmusicmatters, with DJ Frau Miau: Dedicated to playing music for black people, by black people. Ranging from slave songs to Kendrick Lamar, the show serves as yet another reminder to why black lives matter. Airs every Wednesday night from 11:00pm-12:00am.
Keep an eye out for some other updates as the season goes on. Our bi-annual Record Fair will be October 18th in Beckham Hall, Middletown CT from 11am-4pm, so mark your calendars. Additionally, WESU is hosting Waxahatchee on September 25th at 10:00pm in Memorial Chapel in Middletown, CT; the tickets are only $15, so buy them here now while they’re still available!
Thank you for all your support, and here’s to a tremendously free-form and renegade fall season.
Public Relations Director