Hey friends of WMFO!
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 2014 WMFO Donations Drive and made it such a smashing success. We made our goal of $5000 and we couldn’t have done it without your help!
Last Sunday, 1/25, the students of WMFO elected their next Executive Board, the members of which will be active in their new positions starting in summer 2015. Here are the new board members and their respective positions:
General Manager: Ben Stern**
Assistant General Managers: Joe Palandrani** & Shreenath Bhanden
Programming Directors: Jane Acker** & Hunter Howard**
Music Director: Alex Golin*
Publicity Directors: Deena Alexander* & Haley Short
Ops Director: Daniel Meyer
Volunteer Coordinators: Ceili Hale** & Mollie Beek
Training Director: Jon Garcia
Facilities Director: Ben Tanen
Archivist: Madeline Doctor
Ticketing Coordinator: Daniel Komanoff
Booking Coordinator: Hannah Levin
Events Coordinators: Daniela Torres* & Alex Spring
New Media Officer: Helen Sibila
Sandbox Director: Jamie Juviler
*Continuing 2014-2015 Exec Board position; **On 2014-2015 Exec Board, but in a different position than listed for 2015-2016
Looking forward to another great year of freeform!
Or you could pretend to be dead – your call! I was searching through some videos on youtube the other day looking for Nina Gordon’s (Veruca Salt) cover of NWA’s Straight Outta Compton – Please see my website for the actual youtube link – NSFW. Anyway, looking to the right side for additional videos I came across L7. I was a fan of their music but over the years they kinda fell off the radar and it makes sense because they went into their hiatus 14 years ago. That was then, this is now. Apparently there has been a groundswell of activity calling for the band to do another tour. L7 have spoken among themselves and have decided, Yes! They would like to tour, however they are going to need a lot of people to help spread the word. Where do you fit in? Join their mailing list and help spread the word. If you’ve never heard them before you can also listen to their stuff which is streamed off of their website. They are a fun, energetic band and if they pull off a tour, you can thank me later!
Ok, maybe not the raydio listed above but the radio of which a lot of us grew up listening to. Why I love college radio stations. Let’s face it folks, this is really the last bastion of music in general. Commercial radio is unlistenable and that is not new. Real djs have essentially gone away. This has been going on for over 40 years. I used to produce a radio show in N.H. growing up and all I did was plug in carts which had the djs voice pre recorded. Today you can tune it to WZLX and hear Alice Cooper during the evenings. I don’t hate Alice but it robs listeners of a local feel. Younger generations will never know what it was like to have great radio stations such as WCOZ 94.5 and their block party weekends (they were the first from what I remember to do this). There was also a time where WBCN 104.1 were the forerunners of the punk scene and of course the now defunct WFNX which has been relegated to the web only. However I digress, there was an article in the Chicago Reader about bands which are now trying to make small limited copies of their releases and one band refuses to post their music online. I’m not going to get into the holy war of whether or not this is a good thing or bad thing. My stance is clear, if you want to adapt to the future of music, you are going to have to embrace the web as your new form of promotion. This is where radio used to play a significant part of the music industry. Most major labels have since forgotten what had made them rich in the first place. I believe that radio can still play a major part of the music business but the partnerships will have to change from labels to dealing directly with the artists themselves. This is where college radio comes in. This resource is certainly used but I feel like most free things are very seldom used to their greatest potential. WMFO offers quite a bit, from community service announcements, offering a wide variety of music and talk shows to recording singles for local acts. We have a studio that should always be busy but it takes people too. Which brings us to another benefit of college radio, bringing the community together. Every DJ brings something special to the radio station and everyone I’ve met have been really nice people. This is also what makes you want to listen to their shows. After all, would you really listen to anyone who was a jerk? Probably not. To skew a famous quote “Ask not what WMFO can do for you, ask what you can do for WMFO!