Join 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.
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!
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!
As 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
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!!!
Just 10 years ago WESU was in disrepair. The institutional memory was shot and the studios, music libraries, and business records were in shambles. The station’s license was nearly lost. Fortunately a dedicated group of student and community volunteers worked hard with the Wesleyan University administration to develop a plan to get the station back on its feet.
Currently, WESU operates 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week, and is supported by a volunteer staff of over 150 student and community volunteers, 2 part-time paid staffers, and one full-time General Manager. WESU is supported by a partnership between Wesleyan University and listeners, organizations, and businesses throughout the CT River Valley. As evidence of WESU’s transformation over the last decade, for the first time, WESU was crowned “The Best College Radio Station” in the 2013 Hartford Advocate’s Annual Readers’ Poll!
WESU receives no federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or any other grant or foundation sources. WESU depends on listener support to cover roughly one third of their lean $120,000 annual budget. When other public radio stations around the country, including right here in CT, have budgets so huge they can afford to pay their General Managers more than twice WESU’s entire annual budget, WESU continues to grow and develop as a community service. With Public affairs programming from NPR, Pacifica, local and independent sources in addition to a plethora of free-form music and community programming, WESU offers more perspectives than any other radio station in the region.
In addition to bringing listeners hard to access news, music, public affairs, art, and perspectives from across the world, WESU enables our local communities to inform, share, organize, educate, celebrate life, and connect with the world around them. Thanks to the growth in internet broadcasting, WESU now also serves thousands of listeners from around the globe each month. WESU has come a long way since a young student named Arch Doty built that first one-watt radio station in his Wesleyan University Clark Hall dorm room back in 1939.
As an innovative listener-supported community radio station, WESU is constantly exploring new ground. This spring, WESU is taking another risk by exploring a kinder, gentler approach to fundraising in an effort to avoid disrupting the airwaves with another traditional on-air public radio pledge drive.
You can help prevent an over-the-top pledge drive from taking over the WESU airwaves by donating online at www.wesufm.org or by sending a check to WESU Radio, 45 Broad St, 2nd fl, Middletown, CT 06457 . WESU is also asking supporters to help spread the word throughout their communities and social networks that reaching new donors is critical to sustaining WESU. Past donors will be receiving letters of appeal in the mail as well.
Community support during this drive specifically supports locally produced free-form radio created by student and community volunteers. WESU offers a truly unique mix of public affairs and cultural programming that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. With your support, WESU can further distinguish itself from the radio pack and avoid resorting to interrupting regular programming in order to continue doing what it does best!
“They have a program for everyone. They’re very diversified, I love it!”
“Still free form after all these years and some of the best music and alternative community affairs programs available.”
“WESU is a great resource for Connecticut as it plays unique music and hosts thoughtful talk shows. Homegrown! Rob DeRosa!”
DJ Quandry, aka Eriq Robinson, is a sophomore at Wesleyan University. We’ve decided to profile him somewhat arbitrarily, but also because he’s a rad dude. This is our first of what we hope will be a monthly feature, “On the Spot,” where we spring on unsuspecting WESU DJs and interview them.
I caught up with DJ Quandry at our a cappella rehearsal.
WESU: Surprise! You’ve just been put ON THE SPOT. So, what’s your show called?
DJ Quandry: Okay. My show’s called “Shelf Life.”
W: What’s the format?
Q: It’s an electronic music show. I find random albums off the shelf and play ‘em. [See his Spinitron playlist for this month here.]
W: Groovy. When is your show?
Q: Every second and fourth Wednesday, 11pm – 12:30am.
W: When did you join WESU?
Q: I joined freshman year – first semester I went through training, second semester I had my first show: “Flight 881 with Captain Q.” It was a world music show, where I went to a different country every week. You know: “Flight 881. Buckle up!”
Then I moved to “Shelf Life,” and that’s probably going to be the format I stick with for the rest of my time at WESU.
W: What music have you recently come across doing “Shelf Life?”
Q: Peace Orchestra, which is pretty trippy. One of my friends told me about Four Tet – and KH, who is also Four Tet – and a track called something like “Play that song that you always play… that I like…” – or something – it’s really cool.
W: Do you get calls on your show?
Q: This one time, I was playing Purity Ring, and this dude called in, and he just kept going on and on about how he loves the show, and how he loves WESU – he wouldn’t let me get a word in edgewise – and he was so into Purity Ring, and he said, “That was so deep, and I was so into it, and I’m just at the gas station getting some s***, and that song was so deep, and I love you guys.” And I said “thanks,” and then he said, “Alright, I gotta go.” I was like, “Whoa.” Continue reading