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!
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!
I can’t believe this festival is almost 20 years old already. If you’ve never been its a great time to be around your favorite metal bands. It’s three days of madness. No doubt from the initial schedule the big day of course is saturday. I’m surprised that Testament is the headliner, I think Exodus is the bigger draw here. After all, the last album they released that I enjoyed was Practice What You Preach and that was released back in the stone age. No need to split hairs here, I enjoy them both but Exodus a little more. If you’ll notice just under them is the final New England appearance of Nuclear Assault. I was a huge fan of theirs out of the gate, with such albums as – Game Over, Survive and Handle With Care I’ve owned the album, cassette and finally(?) cd of these albums and they are just as good today as yesterday. The story on their retirement can be found on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. I will certainly miss these guys. There are still some holes in the schedule but you can be sure the Sunday band will be HUGE! Yeah the show is still a ways off BUT tickets go fast. The last couple of years the tickets have gone within two to three weeks of the event. As for my show on WMFO (WMFO Regular Show), I play a metal themed show every once in a while and its a blast. Of course if you’re looking for a steady metal show don’t forget Matt’s show on Saturday mornings called The Grave Yard Shift. Check it out.
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80s fans take note: The Pop Group has reissued their 1980 release, We Are Time, and are planning on a studio reunion release, Citizen Zombie, in early 2015. A compilation of live and unreleased material, We Are Time has been digitally remastered and now available as a CD on the Freaks R Us label.
Originally formed in Bristol in 1977 by Mark Stewart (vocals), John Waddington (guitar), Gareth Sager (guitar), Simon Underwood (bass) and Bruce Smith (drums), their multi-genre influenced style of punk soon had them on the cover NME magazine. Nick Catsis, who joined later, is also credited on the album. Before disbanding in 1981 they released three studio albums: 1979’s Y (Radar Records), For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (1980, Rough Trade/Y Records), and We Are Time (1980, Rough Trade/Y Records). Drummer Bruce Smith went on to join New Age Steppers where he met Neneh Cherry who was also with New Age Steppers. The two married and put together Rig Rig + Panic with the help of Pop Group guitarist Gareth Sager in 1981. The sound of Gang of Four comes to mind but judge for yourself with “Colour Blind” (link below). Other notable tracks: Track #3, “Genius or Lunatic” recorded live in 1978 in Brussels, and Track #9, “Sense of Purpose.” DJs will want to avoid Track #8, “Springer” for FCC reasons.