For our 75th Birthday we want you to play hide and seek with us tomorrow (Sunday, May 3rd). If you listen closely you might just find one of the 20 portable radios scattered across campus tuned in to 88.1FM WESU! Finders keepers…
During April, C.C. Arshagra, our “Spoken Mind Poet” and host of “The I Do Not Know Show”, is curating our “75 years of….” spotlighting poetry, spoken word, and lyrically dense music.
Check out the most recent episode:
Last week’s episode:
By exploring monthly themes, “75 years of…” provides a free-form cross section of programing genres that would likely have been absent fro the airwaves for the past 75 years without stations like WESU. Currently, the program broadcasts each Wednesday at 11pm.
The “I Do not Know Show” broadcasts live on Saturday nights / Sunday at 1:30am. In the mean time you can find recent show archives and more by clicking here.
The spring cleaning season is upon us, which means all of the hip kids and old skool adults are going through their record collections; their loss could be your gain. Get excited for WESU’s annual Spring Record Fair! You’ll find dozens of vendors from across the Northeast, selling tons of vinyl, CDs, posters, T-shirts and more. There will be live WESU DJs and plenty of WESU gear and records, on sale to support WESU. Plus, the Whey Station food truck will (once again) be selling their signature gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on site.
The record fair will take place on Sunday, March 30th from 11am-4pm in Beckham Hall, at 45 Wyllys Ave. on the Wesleyan University Campus Middletown, CT 06459.
Cleaning out your shelves but can’t make it to the event? Please consider donating your records for WESU to sell to aid in our fundraising efforts.
Come support the station and invite your friends! Why? You can’t scratch an MP3.
Thanks to Leith Johnson, of Wesleyan University’s Special Collections and Archives for his thoughtful and thorough glimpse of the earliest days of radio at Wesleyan in his recent Wesleyan Magazine column, Historical Row. Leith is also host of “The Light Fandango” radio show on WESU.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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!