Wednesday, December 17, 2008

more tag voices on WNSR drive

Hi class,

I mentioned this in class last week also. On the WNSR drive in the "tags" folder there is a ProTools session of the recordings we did in class a few weeks ago, testing out some of the tags that the Parsons class came up with (the folder is within the "tags" folder, and is labeled with "Parsons tags." In the session are the raw recordings of various people's voices and some ready-made edits that can be played around with. If anyone wants to try their hand at crafting some pieces out of this material, please feel free! I'm going to let Carol know about it as well if she wants to incorporate more voices into what she's made so far.

Thanks! See you Friday,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

WNSR tags available for download

Hello WNSR producers:
In the Resources section to the right, you will find original simple WNSR voice tags for your programs (the ones we've been using), in .WAV format. They are in a zipped folder for your use and import into your sessions. Please make use of them at the head and tail of (and within) your sessions.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sound I.D. Collage


Above link to New School Radio sound I.D. collage.

Above link to inside the process of creating the sound I.D.

News Events: Coverage Needed

WNSR staffers are needed to cover upcoming events:
Friday, Dec 5: 7 pm Media Studies Mixed Messages, the 12 Annual Graduate Student Showcase hosted by poet and founding editor of UbuWeb, Kenneth Goldsmith. Tishman Auditorium 66 West 12th Street.

Monday, Dec 8th: Lawyer Karen Shatzkin on the fundamentals of fair use and copyright laws for filmmakers. 1 - 3:50 pm 2 West 13th Street Room 1204.

Tuesday, Dec 9th: former Senator Paul Sarbanes delivers lecture on Ethics and Government. Sarbanes helped pass major corporate reform bill. Lang 65 W. 11th Street 5th Floor. 7 pm.

Long time commitments are not needed to cover any of the above events. Just bring a recorder, get a soundbite or two and gather the gist of the story. We can use the sound and story on our newscast. Thanks. Jeff Weiser


I like Shota's 6 & 11; and Sonam's colored mic logo 1
Lauren #5 & #7 are quite luminescent: good stuff.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Lehrer in the City Room

Take a moment to read this excellent Q&A from Brian Lehrer, host of the 10am-12pm community/public affairs slot on WNYC. We might also note that it's significant in and of itself that Lehrer goes to lengths to make himself available in other forums like this -- a great promotional tool and a good way to enforce accountability to the listenership. He's an excellent ambassador for his station and his program.

His thoughts on the future of radio and podcasting are notable in particular:

Question:As a listener who catches up with your show by podcast later in the day or the next morning, my question is: Do you feel the future of radio programming such as yours is in podcasting? While your show often works on late breaking news and more immediate issues of the day, it has also proven to be quite valuable in the new forms of media which aren’t live, and therefore potentially lose timeliness. I wouldn’t be listening to your show in the first place if it wasn’t for traditional radio, but if not for podcasting I wouldn’t be able to continue listening, so considering that from a listener — how do you, as a host, reconcile your love of radio with the on-demand nature of the increasingly Internet-driven world?

— Posted by eric620

Answer:Eric, this is a huge question for the future of all radio shows. While old-line radio programmers compete for younger demographics, the real story is that many college students today aren’t choosing which local station to listen to. They simply don’t own radios. Poof, you’re history. Frankly, I don’t consider my program a radio show anymore. I think of it as a radio-based multiplatform interactive news and issue … media thing. If we come up with a short, cogent name for that, I’ll use it. Ideas welcome. But we use Twitter and Facebook and Flickr and YouTube in various ways in addition to the live radio stream and the podcast. Here, for example, is a video snippet of my interview with Felicia Pearson (Snoop from “The Wire”), which has drawn many thousands of hits on YouTube, gradually over time.

Like many shows today, we are improvising our way through the changing balance between real time and time-shifted listening. We seek to serve both real time and time-shifted audiences the best we can. The bottom line, though, is that we are a live show in the middle of business hours, and we never sacrifice live, real-time programming. The podcast is divided into separate files for each segment of the show. So downloaders can choose to ignore the dated ones and listen to the ones that hold up. In the future, we may slice the podcast in different ways and offer podcast streams by topic in addition to date, but so far that has felt too artificial.

A larger issue is that I don’t know where it will all wind up. But I’ll say I think this two-way street (really a three-way street: me-to-you, you-to-me, you-to-you) is very good for democracy — much better than any media model we have had before. I do not pine for any golden days of broadcasting, which, in the context of news and democracy, I don’t think ever existed in the first place.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Attention WNSR News People and Staffers

On The Waterfront: Finding The Balance For Development and Communities. That is being discussed Tuesday, December 2nd in a program sponsored by Milano Management and Urban Policy. Among the panelists will be the Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Christopher Ward.

Can anyone cover this? We can use some soundbites for our upcoming WNSR "News In Review" newscast. This will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm in Wollman Hal at the Eugene Lang Building at 65 west 11th Street on the 5th Floor.


Jeff Weiser

Logo Sketches by D.V.

Monday, November 24, 2008

WNSR Taglines - which tagline and why?

Which tagline bests fit WNSR? If you don't see the tagline and would like to add, comment below.

WNSR / New School Radio: The New School Out Loud
WNSR / New School Radio: The New School United
WNSR / New School Radio: New School Voices United
WNSR / New School Radio: the Uninhibited Voice
WNSR / New School Radio: The Future of Radio
WNSR / New School Radio: Sounds of The New School
WNSR / New School Radio: Shut up and Listen

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Logo Sketches from Parsons

Pick the logo that best fits WNSR:

What makes a good logo?
  1. It must be describable
  2. It must be memorable
  3. It must be effective without colour
  4. It must be scalable i.e. effective when just an inch in size

The Event and WNSR New School Radio welcome your submissions for a school-wide Media Showcase being held this December:

This is an open call for video, interactive, graphic and other media based projects you have produced or are working on at The New School. and WNSR are co-hosting a media screening on the 11th of December at the Theresa Lang Hall at 55 West 13.

You can find more information about submissions and download a copy of the submission form at:

The deadline for submissions is December 5th.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Hello folks --

Sex, Lies and Radiowaves, one of WNSR's marquee shows, needs the help of all of our classmates.

Special request: EVERYONE, PLEASE, BRING A SEX QUESTION TO CLASS THAT ANDREW AND JULIA CAN ANSWER FOR THEIR NEXT EPISODE. So that there is no issue of anonymity, it would be best if you brought the questions on paper, unsigned, and simply submit them in a "stack" (I'll collect them, and I promise I won't look). If everyone does this, they should have an abundance of questions to answer over the course of their next episode or two.


Today we are uploading an entire new selection of programs to the WNSR site, including:

Open Your Mind Episode 1
WNSR Newscast - November 18, 2008
Jingles' Jangles Vol. II
DEAD AIR, Episode 1
DWNTWN Sound Episode 2.

By Friday we'll also post:
Musically F**king the Patriarchy
Mannes Downtown (pending review)

This is a spate of new programming, so please do whatever you can individually to get the word out publicly that the site features an entire new frontpage of programming.

If anyone has any questions, please either comment here or e-mail me directly. See you Friday!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Attention News People and WNSR Staffers

"The Election of Barack Obama"
That is the subject of a "Teach-In" on Tuesday, November 18th at Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street. Among the topics to be discussed: What does this event mean for race relations?
Four New School University professors will take part in this event at 9 A.M. on Tuesday. The professors comments will be followed by student questions.
If anyone is available to cover and get some soundbites, let me know. We can include this story in our next "News In Review" recording. Thanks.

Jeff Weiser

Friday, November 14, 2008

our flyer for your viewing pleasure

Thought I'd post the Sex, Lies & Radiowaves flyer here in case anyone wants to distribute/ tell their friends to send in questions:

And if you want to download the pdf, right click and save.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Carol Reads the NYT Special Edition



November 12, 2008


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Early this morning, commuters nationwide were delighted to find out
that while they were sleeping, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had
come to an end.

If, that is, they happened to read a “special edition” of today’s New
York Times.

In an elaborate operation six months in the planning, 1.2 million
papers were printed at six different presses and driven to prearranged
pickup locations, where thousands of volunteers stood ready to pass
them out on the street.

Articles in the paper announce dozens of new initiatives including the
establishment of national health care, the abolition of corporate
lobbying, a maximum wage for C.E.O.s, and, of course, the end of the

The paper, an exact replica of The New York Times, includes
International, National, New York, and Business sections, as well as
editorials, corrections, and a number of advertisements, including a
recall notice for all cars that run on gasoline. There is also a
timeline describing the gains brought about by eight months of
progressive support and pressure, culminating in President Obama’s “Yes
we REALLY can” speech. (The paper is post-dated July 4, 2009.)

“It’s all about how at this point, we need to push harder than ever,”
said Bertha Suttner, one of the newspaper’s writers. “We’ve got to make
sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do.
After eight, or maybe twenty-eight years of hell, we need to start
imagining heaven.”

Not all readers reacted favorably. “The thing I disagree with is how
they did it,” said Stuart Carlyle, who received a paper in Grand
Central Station while commuting to his Wall Street brokerage. “I’m all
for freedom of speech, but they should have started their own paper.”

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Simple Yet Elegent Programming Idea

I found this in Ye Olde Weekly Observer. Notice this simplicity of the production. It involves very little technical know-how (The most technically difficult thing would be the recording of the interview... and perhaps the recording of the narration). So if you are not technically adept, and have no interest in being so, then you can focus your energy on something else. In this case it is research: finding archived material. But it could be anything: questions for an interview, a written piece, character development in a monologue, a list of facts ala Harper's Index. Whatever you're into, you can make it into radio. 

Here's the synopsis: 

This past Sunday, November 9, WKCR FM JAZZ PROFILE program highlighted the work of New School Faculty member Andrew Cyrille. The five-hour feature program, WKCR's longest regularly-scheduled show, presents an in-depth look at one specific artist or theme. Their DJs conduct thorough research to offer rare recordings alongside acknowledged masterpieces, presenting listeners with a fully-rounded portrait of the chosen musical subject.

Cyrille’s JAZZ PROFILE featured an in-depth interview conducted earlier with the master drummer. The JAZZ PROFILE program led up to WKCR’s 24-hour Andrew Cyrille Birthday Broadcast, which began Monday, November 10, at midnight and preempted all regular programming for 24 hours. Other preeminent jazz artists that have been honored with 24-hour Birthday Broadcasts include, Max Roach, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Charles Parker, and Thelonious Monk.

Andrew Cyrille is perhaps the preeminent free-jazz percussionist of the 1980s and '90s. Few free-jazz drummers play with Cyrille's grace and authority. His energy is unflagging, his power absolute, tempered only by an ever-present sense of propriety. Cyrille has been a member of New School Jazz faculty since 1989.

Born on November 10,1939 in Brooklyn, New York, Cyrille joined the Cecil Taylorunit in the 1960s for about 10 years and eventually performed drum duos with Milford Graves. In addition to recording as a bandleader, he has recorded and/or performed with musicians like David Murray, IrÃne Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Carla Bley, Butch Morris, and Reggie Workman among others.

I'd like to thank the New School Weekly Observer (November 10-16, 2008) on for the cited text and the inspiration.

Friday, November 7, 2008

WNSR Marketing Strategies

Hi all:
Here is the list of marketing ideas that we compiled in class today.

  • Giveaways/Prizes: WNSR T-shirts, WNSR Totes, WNSR Stickers
  • "Story Corp"-Style WNSR Recording Booth (In The Works)
  • Listening Booths in high-traffic areas
  • Invite students to attend recording sessions of live bands
  • Attend events- like school events/parades- record students and offer them a flyer/takeaway directing them to the site, where they can hear their interview
  • Create a host presence- DJ's and Hosts should appear frequently at various events.
  • Facebook- Donate your status
  • Facebook- Invite your friends to join the WNSR Group
  • "Elevator Guerrilla Marketing"- On-the-spot interviews
  • Branding/Identifiers- Mic flags, etc.
  • Takeaways/Scavenger Items: Stickers, Buttons- to be left in labs and other student destinations for casual pick-up
  • connection (In the Works)
  • Weekly Observer connection
  • NS Free Press connection (In the Works)
  • Inserts in packets for incoming New Students
  • Event: Musician Showcase event featuring both New School student musicians and outside bands. Venue: perhaps a bar/coffee shop/LES, etc. Hosted by WNSR.
  • Large posters advertising our eclecticism, identity, diversity.
  • DJ set in the courtyard
  • Host-driven guerrilla marketing for individual shows
  • Musician's sites- record stores, etc.- reach out to them for in-store promotional opportunities
  • Record promos of individual shows to play on other producer's shows
  • Joint event (In the Works with

For next class, think about the tasks that you might be able and willing to take on.

Please let me know if I've forgotten anything, and feel free to add more items to the list!


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WYBC review

The homepage of WYBC Yale Radio looks very clean, straightforward, serious, almost sterile and boring but friendly. The microsoft-blue color scheme is especially uncreative. However, the website immediately tells you how you can start listening, and the rest is easy to navigate. They have a nice and thorough article on the radio station's history in their "about" section, but their "news" sections seems to be mostly for Yale students interested in working for the station. According to their "schedule" section they are in a "transition period", which makes me curious to know if they are updating their simple design. The rest of the links more or less are empty, only claiming that content is currently "being compiled" or "coming soon". My favorite part was that at the end of their "contact" section, after a long list of credits and contacts, it says "To Talk to a Human - Feel free to email Sean". Talking to humans is pretty important in this day and age.

Overall, an empty and uninteresting website, with no fancy features, but does the job of connecting you to their web-radio perfectly well.

Recording in Audio Suite 3

A basic tutorial for use of the Mackie console and recording in Audio Suite 3.

Virgin Canada WebRadio

The most visited web radio stations on the web worldwide are those belonging to the Virgin group, one tenticle of the giant media (and soda) squid that is Sir Richard Branson's Virgin corperation. With station affiliated in Canada, France, Italy, U.A.E (Dubai), India and Thailand, Virgin plans on buying more stations to make part of its global network. Virgin actally started as a three station conglameration of U.K. stations, which has sinced changed their names to Absolute Radio.

The website has a glossy, but uncluttered interface, that loads a flast, but high-res flash series of rock artist photography. After the brief, yet scintillating, Christina Agularia, Dave Grohl and Beyonce flash dance, an infered global network that harkens interpol pops up with flashing red stations. You can effortlessly listen to the same "alternative"-commercial (read: all songs propbably actually appear in television commercials) radio, repackaged for audiences in distint foriegn outposts. Kinda fun. The most coolest (and one of the few that are extraneous) feature is one that logs listeners joining and where they are listening from.

It was fairly seamless to scroll through programing streams. It was almost as easy as scrolling between stations on satellite radio, to avoid commercials and songs that are particularlly offensive to your tastes. Overall the site's, success and design sophistication shows that there is commercial potentially in online radio. As an uncommercial station, it isn't practically compareable to ours, but as propnents of online radio, we should be ambilently curious about this.

The programing isn't exactly cutting edge (it's a MTV like "what-is-hip," western trash-culture exporting machine), but is sometimes innovative. Our closest out post Virgin999, formerly Mix 99.9 in Toronto, has the worlds shortest program, "Plannet Maurie," a punchy one-minute rant. To be fair the stations more popular shows are Perez Hilton and the Canada Top 20 pop hits though, so the programming isn't worth abandoning your favorite station.

Don't expect anything especially innovative musiclly, programming categories are as wide-ranging as Classic Rock, Modern Rock, Pop Rock, Top 40, and Adult Contemporary. In addition to unexciting programing there are commercials included in the stream. For all these crimes against artistry, the interface was pretty slick. I don't know if it is feasibly sustainable while maintaining a chaoticlly diverse and unstreamable selection of studenet shows. The only show that wasn't available just as a stream on Virgin999's website was "Planet Maurie." Appropriatly it looked like the only good show anyway. Emerson College Radio.

The site for WERS is aesthetically cliché with its uses of pastel purples and blues, and its splatter paint banner. But in relation to functionality it is effective. The banner reads "Voted #1 College Radio by the Princeton Review". On the left and right column there is advertising. And on the top right corner of the left column it displays what show is playing right now and the different modes to listen to it: Analog 88.9, realplayer, streaming audio, and iTunes. Under the banner there are links to sections titled: Listen, Membership, Articles, Shows, Playlists, and Info & Contacts. When clicking on Listen it takes you to a page showing the different radio stations in the region that it broadcasts on, including HD, and online it gives you two different streaming and iTunes options. Under shows it displays the hours Monday-Sunday that various shows and DJ sets are played, and shows the various programs when scrolling down. In the Articles page it presents a library of links to pieces written on the radio station. When clicking on Playlists, one can see minute by minute which songs by which artists are coming up. The best part about the WERS webpage is that on the main page the layout is in grid form. This displays various shows, events, prizes, CD release parties, and live concert schedules. I feel like this layout versus the WNSR layout is better for people to see what is being offered by the station. Instead of having to scroll down and browse vertically, all of the shows are presented right in front of you.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

WMUC: University of Maryland Radio

WMUC, one of the oldest college radio stations in the world, made its debut in 1937 as a news and information station after CBS donated equipment to the University of Maryland. Following decades of achievement and national and world acknowledgement, a local NPR affiliate took over WMUC’s 88.1 FM frequency with the permission of the FCC in 2006. This forced WMUC to broadcast exclusively online.

When I first accessed the site, I was immediately drawn into the blog, which is the central element to WMUC’s homepage. I think this is very effective as it features current and upcoming features on the station, with text and images. The top of the page showcases their calls letters over a nicely-colored 1950s-esque image, which gives the feel of old-time, glory-days radio. As I continue to browse the site, Etta James’ “At Last” ironically streams from the station into my iTunes player (okay, a few years off).

The first option on the upper left-hand side of the page is to “Listen Online.” Four options follow: WMUC HQ (96Kbps), WMUC Lo-fi (32kbps), WMUC HQ (96 kbps) and WMUC2 Lo-Fi (64Kbps). Directly below this, WMUC lists what is playing at that exact moment, with the option to Instant Message the DJ or call in. At this point, you can probably tell that they stream live. Below this, there are several easily-navigable options including options like Show Schedules, Calendars, DJ Profiles and a Discussion Board. There are also options to Contact the Staff, look at Station History, and opportunities to Submit Music and PSAs.

WMUC’s station staff is fairly basic, but they certainly have all aspects covered appropriately. Listed positions include the following: General Manager, Operations Manager, Program Director, Business Manager, Promotions Manager, Chief Engineer, Music Director, Live Music/Third Rail Directors (2), and Sports Director.

I found this site to be easily-navigable, attractive, and entertaining. The most appealing aspects of the site, from my perspective, are the central blog, the live streaming and the overall ease of accessing information and entertainment.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The New Campus: a partnership

Hello again!

As mentioned in class on Friday, I recently met with the folks over at The New Campus to talk about cross-promotion possibilities. The first and most exciting news that I have is that they have already established a location on their updated site for a button that links to WNSR! They are planning on launching the update next week, so we should be able to find our link up on their site on or around November 11th (a week from today). We will be reciprocating in kind soon. Karl (Mendonca, the professor and Media Studies alum!) also mentioned the possibility of throwing a playlist generator like up on their site which could link to some of our DJ sets, or perhaps occasionally News, or some topical Features. This may be longer in the works, but is a possibility nonetheless.

Also exciting is the fact that they are planning an event on campus for December 11th and have invited us to participate, making it a kind of double-whammy super-event! I think this would be fantastic, considering we weren't able to pull off something for Election Week. Anyone who would like to be involved in helping to plan this should let me or Dennie know so we can get the ball rolling. Right now we're still looking at venues--they envision a kind of "progressive" event scenario, with different student media diffusing in different spaces.

Karl also mentioned the possibility of some live DJ sets at the event, which I know was something that had been discussed in our initial planning. Anyone who'd like to get involved here, again, let us know.

Finally, we'd like WNSR to produce a short news piece and longer feature piece on The New Campus and the classes based around it. We really need your help on this one! Anyone who would like to help interview, record, edit, narrate, or otherwise be involved, PLEASE let us know ASAP!

Questions? Comments? Let me know. Thanks!


Hello class! Below is a proposal for the series Jim and I would like to do, centered around stories of travel in and around NYC and titled En Route. Please let us know if you'd like to get involved! I'm going to be disseminating calls for submissions around campus for the rest of the week as well.

NAME: Cambra Moniz-Edwards, Jim Briggs


CLASS: WNSR: Radio Lab

TITLE: En Route

HOST(S): TBA (see below)

GENRE: Feature. Because this program will be based on outside submissions, the content itself will incorporate various genres (documentary, sound art, etc.)

LENGTH: 30 minutes (incorporating a handful of submissions into each individual show).

FREQUENCY: TBA, depending on the volume and quality of submissions. We imagine this more as a miniseries than a regularly scheduled program, since, again, it will be based on outside submissions.


PITCH: En Route is an invitation for members of the New School community to share their stories of all kinds of travel and transit in New York City. The show will air semi-regularly and incorporate various submissions, which will encompass myriad radio genres, into half-hour shows. A regular host will introduce the program and provide necessary introductions to and explanations of the content.

THE SHOW (a longer explanation of the show):
ONE-SENTENCE PROMO! "Tell us how you got here."

This will appear on our campus call for submissions:

WNSR is pleased to announce its first themed call for submissions! Our newest series, EN ROUTE, wants to hear your stories of New York travel.
New Yorkers move. Our city thrives on transit—how does it move you? EN ROUTE wants to hear your take on any and all forms of transportation in New York. How do you get from point A to B? Who gets you there? What can transportation in the 5 boroughs teach us about our communities and our city at large?

En Route wants to both explore the diverse and entertaining ways that transit factors into our lives both as New Yorkers and members of the New School community, and to promote creativity in audio work. The program will highlight both the diversity of travel within our communities and city as a whole, as well as emphasizing a variety of New School-ers’ experiences around a common theme. Our emphasis on incorporating as many radio genres as possible both increases the potential for submissions and underscores our identity as a freeform station committed to representing our university as a whole!

TIME CLOCK: The nature of the program and our inability to predict submission lengths makes it hard to lay out any sort of time clock here. We imagine a regular host tying all the pieces together and providing context for any particular show (themes being highlighted or illustrated, for example). In this sense a good analogue to imagining the sound might be This American Life, not in the sense of Ira Glass's hosting style or verbal tics, but the idea of 3 or 4 stand-alone pieces illustrating a single idea or concept, woven together by a single host.

TARGET AUDIENCE: We would love to use this series as a way to introduce a kind of microcosm of the varying genres we feature on the station. Ideally we would be able to attract listeners who enjoy more straightforward, NPR-style news and documentary, as well as those who want to hear more abstract or artistically-motivated work. The fact that we are encouraging the New School population to participate also ups our chances of increased university listenership.

STAFFING REQUIREMENTS: Jim and I are happy to get the ball rolling once we put out our call for submissions (which, again, will go out this week), but we'd LOVE help from the class! In the long term, roles to be filled are:

1. A regular host. We can't give an idea of time commitment just yet, but I imagine the show wouldn't air more frequently than every other week, 30 minutes a show. There is time before our first production gets underway to allow for people to submit their work.

2. Producers/script writer(s). This can fall under the host's purview as well, if interests dovetail; if not, division of labor it is! This would entail listening to submissions, grouping them into appropriate "themes" and arranging them in a way to accomodate a half-hour (give or take) framework, and writing appropriate introductions to and commentary on the pieces themselves, as well as general episode intros and outros.

3. Editors. Again, people are welcome to participate on all fronts, but this is another aspect of production that will need attending to--stitching together the above pieces of the show-puzzle, bouncing to disk and submitting appropriate file formats to our submission address and/or ensuring their safe transference to the class hard drive.

And, as always, any thoughts or feedback are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day!

ATTN WNSR Staffers:
An election night event is being held starting at 8 o'clock tonight on the 2nd floor of Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street. There will be an open mic for students who'd like to share a poem or a song, prizes, snacks and refreshments and of course large screens with news coverage.
Any interested WNSR staffers are encouraged to grab a recorder and get some tape. We will include it in our WNSR "News In Review" weekly newscast. Thanks, News Director Jeff Weiser

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Debate Team

I would like to do story about the debate team. However, I do not want to do it alone. Debate teams are great for radio because they are primarily oral (they also frequently talk very very VERY fast) see this. Also the Debate team teacher/director went to high school with me!

So here are the skills that you can work on if you help me with this:
1) Field Recording!
2) Interviews!
3) Editing! 
4) Script Writing!
5) Bouncing to CD!

Updated Proposal for The Soap Box

First of all I changed the name to "The Soap Box" as it's mostly me talking. I have taken Sarah's advice and included clips from interviews - weaving them in with the topic of the week. It's biweekly on Fridays (evenings, preferably) and 30 minutes long.

Kaitlin: just looking around...

*** All sites are easy to find: type in the name of the school and radio in your toolbar if you want to take a look.

The UCLA Radio site is awesome. They are terrestrial, but the site's still gorgeous and they've taken on podcasting (though I wasn't "allowed" to access them from my computer... which is silly. There's a lot of music on there schedule, not much news, they have a sports division, and you can't really tell too much from the show titles that aren't obviously under these categories. I haven't decided between whether that makes me wonder or sort of just not care. The site and content is really geared towards the younger people in the community - it's brightly accented (black and yellow and neons) and grungy and very pop-inspired. Overall, this is a site to admire. They have videos and pictures throughout, it's easy to navigate, the blog is part of the webspot, and they have giveaways... very cool. Obviously, they're safe to spend - but these are some cool things to look into doing as we are able.

KUSC is different. The site is more zen - with moving images of older men and women happily listening to their classical music, trees and sunsets... the word "Relaxation" coming in and fading out periodically. They also have podcasts available, and they are easy to access. I liked how simple they made it look - geared towards people who are not as technologically knowldegable. I would say this site is more geared towards families, and they have information on activities that are going on for kids in the community. I would say the website isn't as fancy as UCLA's because their terrestrial listeners are not mainly college students who are constantly online and expect that - it's really supplemental. The site is clean, well organized, easy to navigate, there's not too much stuff to click on (which can be confusing) - it's tasteful.

WKCR has cool site - the colors are appealing and the layout isn't too linear. It's very clear - you know where you need to go to get the information you want. Again, this is a supplement to a terrestrial station, but it's somewhere between UCLA's site and USC's because there's a broader listenership, or at least it seems that way. Music is the main component, and the word "PLEDGE" is in bright red on the blue background. That may help. They tell you what's playing now, you have the option of whether to listen to it now on your computer or visit the archives later - it's all there. They have news, arts, sports, many different types of music programs and something called "In All Languages." I didn't see a lot of multicultralism represented on the other sites, but Columbia seems to have a specific place for it... I don't know whether that's helpful (in conjunction with the easy navigation of the site - everybody knows where to go to get what they are looking for) or too contained (example of their philosophy: "Many stations offer world music, yet few offer the authentic, traditional music from rich heritages throughout the world that you will hear on WKCR. No matter which of our programs you tune into, you will appreciate the fact that the music is presented to you in an honest and straight-forward fashion, and is not subject to the throws of political correctness and current trend." Once again, don't know how honest it is, but it's a nice idea) . Anyway, the site is great, and great to draw from for ideas.

The newighbors at NYU have an awesome site, too. It's boxy with strange gloomy colors, but there's movement and like the Columbia site I can see how it would be appealing for many different age groups, etc. within the school community. They keep it simple with their "About the radio" in a small section on the main page, all the updates are there and their playlist and archives links are on the top of the page in a well organized and clear manner. Basically what I'm saying with that is that you know where you're going when you click on something. It's very direct and well categorized.

Overall, what I think WNSR can take from these sites is the sense of movement that they present: images are moving, they have video content, lots of color and pictures, the text is really easy to read, when you click on something you know where you're going and what's going to be there without having to click around wondering (and that's a big accomplishment, b/c it's hard to know the best way to go with it depending on the content). Those are really the main things that we could try to apply for now to the site. The site looks nice right now, but there's not doubt we need to make it come alive, and so these are somethings that might help with that (and for the things are already are changing, it's just motivation to keep tweaking things in a good direction).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WSOU Seton Hall Pirate Radio - A. Veliky

On Seton Hall University's "WSOU Pirate Radio" site, ( the home page is fairly structured. The different home categories are Station News & Events, Photos, Artist of the Week, RSS Subscription sign up box, top phone requests, their top ten playlist hits, an ad for "Why wait! Apply now" with a link to the admissions page of the University, etc.

From the home page you are given the following links: News & Events, Programming, Sports, About WSOU.

In "News & Events", there are a variety of news articles and blurbs, however they are just text, there are no audio clips to accompany anything. In this same section they have something called Pirate Advance, which lists special record premieres and the chance to win the featured artists CD (this program occurs every Friday night) When you click on the "featured record" it takes you to the artists website. The same type of linking is done in the Artist of the week portion of this section.

The station programming link consists of a letter from their programming director and a concrete day by day schedule of programing. If you click on a show title a drop down appears stating once again day and time of the program, in addition to a description, a more details tab and an add to my calendar tab.

The sports section has write ups of past and upcoming games in addition to a sports calendar.

The About WSOU section contains a variety of sub sections. First is Contact WSOU, this part lists phone numbers for the request line, general phone, fax, etc., info on how unsigned bands can send in their demos to be played on the station, assistance for those having problems tuning in due to interference, a list of station staff with titles, phone numbers and e-mail's and a list of assistant station staff with titles only. The next section in "About" is on the history of the station. The third section is on Frequently Asked Questions, which is categorized by Listener; Programming; Band Demos, Airplay, Interviews & New Music; Staff & Membership. The next section is about Program Underwriting, WSOU claims to be the number one college radio station in the tri-state area and because of that, they feel they are a good vehicle for getting your name out there if you are a local business. They encourage those who are interested to contact them and request a media kit (link's to PDF of kit). The last section in "About" is for those interested in purchasing merchandise.

Overall, I like the look of the site. It has a lot of information and you can tell that it's a well established station with a following to a certain extent. I think the design is straightforward and serves its purpose and is easy to navigate.

WSJU Radio, by Jeff Weiser

WSJU Radio at is the website for the St. John's University student radio station. The website front page features a large, color, blinking title banner with the station letters superimposed over photos of the present and past on-air and managing staff. There are six categories for users including Listen Live!, About Us, Departments, Staff, Contact Us and Promo. This website is a work in progress because the listen live function is not yet working. WSJU radio is in the process of working out the administrative and technical details before it will be available live, online. So if you click on the Listen Live! category you are directed to a message saying "stay updated on --our internet broadcasting link will be posted soon!"
The other categories provide a description of the radio station and what sorts of programming is offered, a roster of key staff member, and a page listing email addresses, station phone numbers and link addresses to MySpace and Facebook.
As of now, the WSJU website is being maintained by the student Production and IT director and it changes infrequently. As is, it is well constructed, attractive looking and easy to maneuver. There is no present programming available, but I am told that will change when and if the station gets the go ahead to broadcast live on the internet.
While not presently available online, WSJU radio is broadcast to campus buildings and dormitories on the Queens, NY campus.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Northeastern's WRBB

I think this might be a terrestrial station as Northeastern University in Boston has heavy funding and is a huge presence in the local area, but the website is still run by a group of college students. The site is really simple, but clean and well organized.

The front page reads almost like a blog, as each entry has it's own separate frame and it reads as 'posted by Alix' or 'posted by Tiny Sam'. It's fun, so it caught my attention. It's not the typical boring 'THIS IS WRBB AND WE BELIEVE IN...blah blah blah." I think that the website being light hearted, they write as if they are writing to a friend in an email, is what would make me want to come back. I don't want to be fed an agenda, there's no commentary on politics or any of's just music and news and events.

In fact, the whole website reads like a blog, which is probably easy for students to go on and update the site. If our site was a blog and was easy to edit we could constantly update our content. Northeastern is a huge school so it would seem like they had tons of content, but looking at the schedule it seems like they really only run on air for a few hours each day.

They don't have a ton of links to other pages, just a schedule, a contact page, an event and a sports page (go Huskies?), and then a link to listen in on the station.

(Not sure if this is where I was supposed to post this..)

Writing department guest speaker for broadcast?

Hi all,

Phillip Lopate will be a guest speaker at the Writing department's Fiction Forum on December 9. The talk/reading will be webcast, so anyone wanting to record this can plug directly into the board and can also bypass the release process. This would be a great first show for anyone interested in creating a reading/writing/fiction/etc. series! Here's the link to get the full info.

Let me or Pam Tillis at Public Programming know if you are interested or have questions!


Friday, October 17, 2008

Please take this WNSR web survey from the Parsons class

Our friends at Parsons have created an online survey for the station to gauge interest, to determine outreach needs, and to help us understand how people listen to us -- and how they might listen to us, if they don't already. They've asked us to ask you to take it, and please ask your friends to, too!

Here's the link:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Looking for Engineers?

We've begun a roster of people interested and capable of helping engineer your productions, whether you need someone to run a recording session for you, or some help with your Pro Tools editing and mixing. You can find it here as a public google spreadsheet, and also in the WNSR resources sidebar on this blog. Joe and I will be updating this as more interested parties surface, and we'll also be publicizing tech submission guidelines to clarify what we're aiming for in terms of levels, formats, and editing conventions.

If you need the help, go out and seek some people interested both in practicing their skills and in helping WNSR get more content on the site!

In addition to Joe and Andrea from our On Air course, I'd like to throw out a special recommendation for an exceptionally skilled student in my Audio Production class, Mark Breedlove. He is very interested in helping us out!

We're looking forward to seeing more work submitted by this Wednesday!


Saturday, October 11, 2008


I don't remember who I talked to about this..but I mentioned it to a few people, my friend is a DJ at CSUMB (California State University at Monterey Bay) and they have an online radio station. You can go to the media section of the school's website and literally watch the DJ sit at this little computer desk and hear the music that way. It's almost like a TV/Radio show instead of online radio.

It's really fun because you can call in to request songs and watch the DJ answer your call, or watch the DJ dance around the room to whatever music they are playing.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


hi this is erica from parsons,^^

Monday, October 6, 2008

message for MUSIC STAFF

Hello there,

According to a list I have that Heathre compiled early on, people in the "music" group are: Sarah Jane, Amilee, Dahlia, DV, and Angela. (I apologize if I've misspelled or otherwise mangled your name!) As I mentioned a few classes ago, I've been working in establishing solid contacts in various departments and divisions so that staff on our end will always have relevant contact information to work towards soliciting or recording content for the station. I'd like to draft some announcements/calls for submissions of student work that are specifically targeted towards Jazz and Mannes students. If any or all of you are interested in helping out with this, it would be greatly appreciated! Please call or email me to work out further details if this is something you would like to work on. (My info is listed in the roster spreadsheet, which you can link to on the blog's main page.)

Have a great week! See you all on Friday,

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Attention WNSR News Staff!

Hello news people;
As News Director, I have been asked to contact you to find out which stories you are working on and the status of the work. Can you please send me a couple of sentences with that information? Please get it to me so I have time to present this information at a WNSR management meeting slated for this Wednesday, October 8th. You can forward the information to me at my email address:

Jeff Weiser

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Friday class

On Air and Radio Lab Classes will meet this Friday, October 3, at 3:15 at WNYC, 160 Varick Street, at the 8th Floor reception area.

Here are directions:

Take the number 1 train to Houston; get on at the southern end of the train, or walk south after you reach the stop, and exit and King and Varick. Walk down two blocks to Charlton. The station is the corner building at Varick and Charlton, but the entrance is on Varick—a big set of glassed-in doors. Note: the address on the floor of the foyer says 10 Hudson Square—do not be confused; this is just a real estate address, you are in the right building.

Building security may ask for ID, then you take the right side elevators to the 8th Floor and we will meet you in reception and take you in as a group.

Punctuality is important because once the tour starts, it will be hard to reach us in the building, but in case of emergencies Sarah’s number is 646-829-4137, and Jim’s mobile, which he will carry on the tour, is 917-620-6999. If you arrive late and don’t see anyone in reception, dial Jim and someone will come out to meet you.

We know you are all models of civility, but be especially aware that you are entering a working broadcast facility with people on air all the time, and a steady stream of guests and frantic reporters and producers, so please be as quiet as you can in reception and all the public areas.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Resource: Public Programming

I met with Pam Tillis, the Director of Public Programming at NSGS, who is also on the station's advisory board, to talk about establishing a more regular protocol for soliciting and accessing content. She highly recommends use of the NSGS Public Programming Events Calendar to seek out in advance (the version up now runs through December) content you might be interested in recording and sharing with listeners. The two that are coming up Thursday and Friday sound especially interesting and she encourages anyone who might be interested in taping those to contact her.

She also provided me with a release form given to all public programming guests, which ensures them that their likeness will be used in an educational and not-for-profit context. I will link it up to the site soon. If the program is already being webcast, as many of them are, you do not need to worry about securing a release form. If you want to tape something that's not otherwise being recorded, then you can print and give the release forms to the guests. The form is university-wide and so can be used for any public event on campus.

In the longer run I'd like to create a space for all contact information in various divisions and departments that students can use consistently. For now, Pam can be reached at 212-229-5353 / Please note that she is the person to contact for New School for General Studies programming only. Other contact information will hopefully be available soon!


getting drama students involved in your programming

Hi all,

I know some of you had/have expressed interest in creating some radio fiction, which we'll get to later in the semester. I've been in some initial contact with the Drama division to talk about organizing auditions for acting students who may be interested in performing in the fiction pieces you plan to create. If people are still interested in doing this, I'd like to draft an announcement that we can disseminate around the New School for Drama letting students know that there are opportunities to perform "on the air" in the long term. If anyone is already thinking about or working on specific productions, we can announce this as well.

Students from that division are of course, like all of us, very busy, but I think it would be nice to also to let students working "behind-the-scenes" (writing, directing) know that we are happy to air readings, snippets of ongoing productions, or anything else they might be interested in sharing with the New School community.

If anyone interested in generating fiction content would like to get together and help move these ideas forward, that would be great! I can be reached at, or before or after class on Fridays.

See you all soon!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Email me if you need me...

I know my way around ProTools..I've even got it set up on my laptop as well,which isn't IDEAL,but I can easily put a minibox in my bag and get a mic..yeah.

Or,if you need another set of ears..
whatever,really :)


My Show Outline.

Hosts: Dalia Vann, D.V. Caputo

Contact Information:, (respectively)

Class: WNSR Radio Lab

Title: We're not sure yet(potential title: "D.V.D.V.?").

Duration: O2 Weekly, O1 Hour

Synopsis: An electronic and experimental music DJ set and advice column(and/or monologue set), this
show will focus on both the old and the new; the analog and the digital of electronic music. We will play everything from early Futurist noisemaker recordings to the latest in Minimal Techno and French House. Another major element of this show will be a feature on sexuality, in addition to a weekly column answering questions e-mailed by New School students from all walks of life. This may be changed into a monologue intertwined with the DJ set itself.

Jeff Weiser on WNYC Morning Programs

"Morning Edition" is a straight ahead, standard radio news program with a traditional approach. There are many NPR stories, reported by correspondents from around the world. This morning the top stories focused on the news of the day including the Wall Street crisis, United Nations developments and a story about a Chinese space shot. The production style is traditional with little conversation or chit chat. It is pretty much "just the facts." The shows hosts appear to be following the footsteps of long time "Morning Edition" anchor Bob Edwards, who delivered the news with a deep, resonant voice in a traditional style.

"The Takeaway" is a snappy, more casual news program with rock music bumper sounds and segues. The hosts and hostesses are conversational and try to sprinkle the show with humorous, pithy comments. The program on WNYC is interspersed with local news inserts featuring local stories such as the recent NYPD stun gun police controversy and a story about the Tappan Zee bridge. On the days I listened, there appears to be a liberal editorial news bias. Host John Hockenberry took a listener call poking fun at Sarah Palin, there was an indepth interview with a scientist suggesting the recent hurricanes are being caused by the burning of fossil fuels and today political director Andrea Bernstein featured interviews in a lower income area of Maryland where she said all voters are in favor of Barack Obama. Two days ago, a lengthy segment appeared critical of John McCain's decision to withdraw from the debate. The show host and most callers discussed "multi-tasking" and said McCain ought to be better at handling multiple tasks at once. I did not detect any bias in the reporting I heard on "Morning Edition."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hello - Proposal for "Soap Box"

I've always liked that term - I have heard the words "Oh! So you're on your soap box now, are you?" many, many times in the context of my grandparents bickering... and I'd like to put the phrase in a more positive light :)

Name - Kaitlin Sansoucie
Contact -
Class - On Air: New School Radio
Show Title - "On Soap Box"
Host - Kaitlin
Genre - Talk show
Length - 45 minutes to 1 hour
Frequency - Weekly
# of shows - I'd like to go through summer

Pitch: Each week I'll look over submissions and get a topic and interviewees ready for a discussion. That's the basic format. The topics can vary greatly, but I will generally have people of diverse backgrounds talking about subjects closely related to them, or their area of interest/study. Example - A couple of members from the Feminist group MOXIE, who are not from the US, talking about the difference between various displays of female sexuality here in the US and in their countries - how it affects them (and the many, many layers that can be uncovered within that topic). If the response was overwhelming for that show, I might manipulate the topic, give it a new spin, by having some guys talk about the same things on the next show, and in response to that show I would twist the responses of the 3rd show to fit another area of the topic and go from there on. That is the basic idea of how I plan on building my show, and I feel as though it's a necessary approach to take in this case, because I want to really bring out opinions, and actually give people a chance to explore them, and so everything should branch off as a long, long discussion in a class room might if there were ever time (and... all the long sentences show I'm capable of this). If people are interested in the twists and turns, they'll be back, and it'll be fun.

Staffing requirements - I need people: technically minded people who can work Pro Tools and any necessary equipment, or at least feel as though they can figure it out. If you've got the time, there's no steady commitment at this point, but if I had some people you could work on the stuff biweekly as you're able.

* Creative designer Ninze is working on a poster that will be sent out in a mass email advertising a need for submissions for interested guests/listeners with ideas. That is just to get things in line for upcoming weeks, the interview for next week should be done by the end of this week. More to come...

Transmission Arts and Radical Radio: Film Series and Workshop

The Change You Want To See Gallery is pleased to host a film series and workshop on transmission arts, sound performance, and radical radio. Join us this Thursday for a screening of "Work Slowly - Radio Alice", an account of an Italian pirate radio station run by the so-called "Mao-Dadaist" wing of the Autonomia movement. Then on Saturday we'll host free103point9's Radio Lab: Art Activism Seminar, with a screening of "A Little Bit of So Much Truth", a film that documents the 2006 popular uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the people's takeover of 14 radio stations and 1 television station to coordinate organizing efforts. A hands-on workshop on transmitter-building will follow. Presenters include freeradio103point9, Prometheus Radio Project, and Germantown Community Farm.

84 Havemeyer Street, at Metropolitan Ave
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211
L to Bedford, G to Metropolitan, J/M/Z to Marcy

Thursday, September 25

7:30pm - 9:30pm: Screening of "Work Slowly - Radio Alice" (Lavorare con Lentezza). Discussion to follow.

Saturday, September 27
Radio Lab: Art/Activism Seminar

12pm - 3pm: Screening of "A Little Bit of So Much Truth" (Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad). Discussion to follow, snacks provided.

3pm - 6pm: Presentation and transmitter-building workshop with freeradio103point9, Prometheus Radio Project, and Germantown Community Farm.

free103point9 Radio Labs provide students with technical skills and contextual background to consider and utilize the transmission spectrum for creative expression. Workshops address four main topics: the history of broadcasting; how transmitters work; online transmission tools; and transmission arts as a creative medium.

Join Tianna Kennedy (free103point9 and Lang alumna); and Maka Kotto (Prometheus Radio Project), and Kaya Weisman (Germantown Community Farm) for a screening of "Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad" (Corrugated Films), discussion, and transmitter building workshop.

About "Work Slowly - Radio Alice"
11 March 1977, Bologna. During the violent clashes between police and youths that end up with the intervention of armored vehicles, a Carabiniere kills the student Francesco Lo Russo. 12 March 1977. The brief history of Radio Alice, accused of having directed the battle by radio, ends with the Carabinieri breaking in. It is the first time in the history of the Italian republic that a radio station was closed down by military hands.
Radio Alice, run by the "creative wing" (the so-called Mao-Dadaists") of the radical Autonomia movement, was one of the most singular and original experiments on language and communication that ever took hold in Italy. Lacking a proper newsroom and even less a program schedule, the Bologna broadcaster made spontaneity and linguistic contamination something more than just a flag to wave. It was a project where political, artistic and existential petitions blended in the common denominator of radio space. Today, after more than a quarter of a century, maybe we can start to talk about Alice again, to try to understand if there was something in that voice that could be used again today.

Radio Alice has won several awards and prizes at movie festivals all over Europe, including the Marcello Mastroianni Award for the Best Young Actors at the 2004 Venice Film Festival and the First Prize at the 2005 Festival de Cinema Politic in Barcelona, Spain.

Bolgna-based Wu Ming, a collective of anonymous authors, are credited as co-writers for the Italian film, along with writer/director Guido Chiesa, a film director and rock critic who has directed with Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, and Michael Cimino. During the 1990's, the main subject of Chiesa's works was the hertitage and memory of anti-fascist Resistance. Sonic Youth named a song after him ("Guido", from the "Dirty" album, Deluxe edition, cd 2, track #10).

About "Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad"
In the summer of 2006, a broad-based, non-violent, popular uprising exploded in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Some compared it to the Paris Commune, while others called it the first Latin American revolution of the 21st century. But it was the people’s use of the media that truly made history in Oaxaca.

A 90-minute documentary, "A Little Bit of So Much Truth" captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students in Oaxaca, Mexico took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice.

Filmmaker, Jill Freidberg, had already spent two years in Oaxaca, producing her previous film, Granito de Arena. She returned to Oaxaca, in 2006, and joined forces with Oaxacan media collective, Mal de Ojo TV, to tell the story of the people who put their lives on the line to give a voice to their struggle. Narrated almost entirely with recordings from the occupied media outlets, A Little Bit of So Much Truth delivers a breathtaking, intimate account of the revolution that WAS televised.

About the Presenters
free103point9 is a New York State-based nonprofit arts organization establishing and cultivating the genre Transmission Arts by promoting artists who explore the idea of transmission or the physical properties of the electromagnetic spectrum for creative expression. free103point9 programs include public performances and exhibitions, an experimental music series, an online radio station and distribution label, an education initiative, and an artist residency program and study center.

The Prometheus Radio Project is a non-profit organization founded by a small group of radio activists in 1998. We believe that a free, diverse, and democratic media is critical to the political and cultural health of our nation, yet we see unprecedented levels of consolidation, homogenization, and restriction in the media landscape. We work toward a future characterized by easy access to media outlets and a broad, exciting selection of cultural and informative media resources.

Germantown Community Farm is a small farm and homestead stewarded by a collective in New York's Hudson Valley. GCF is the response of local food activists, artists, and farmers to global systems of exploitation and oppression. We work to build and support a just regenerative local economy and create vital community.

Photo Credit: Araceli Herrera

yo radio class

i wont be able to attend either of the protools tools sessions this week.  i was wondering if anyone would have a few moments to explain the program to me. my # is 5043436634 so just gimme a class if you got a minute this week as i wanna start putting together my show. 
thanks much

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jeff Weiser/ News

The bulk of my professional radio experience has been as an on-air reporter and anchor. However I will be happy to serve as News Director of WNSR this semester as suggested by Terik King of the management team. I do have experience in this area, as adjunct faculty advisor of the WSJU radio station at St. John's University. And if I take one more graduate level course in media management next semester, I will be eligible for the New School MMP certificate! I will be willing to pass on what I know about radio news to my fellow classmates.

PRO TOOLS session TODAY 2-8pm

Dear class:
Just a small reminder that I am available to introduce you to and help you with Pro Tools today. Sessions will be at the 55 West 13th St. building, 8th floor.

The workshop times are as follows: 2-4pm in Audio Suite 3 (room 821). 4-8pm in Audio Suite 1 (807).

It'd be especially helpful if you would bring any already-collected material, so that we can do some actual work together! Looking forward to seeing some of you there!


Friday, September 19, 2008

Interview subject/questions

I would like to interview Arien Mack the Alfred J. and Monette C. Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research. The interview would be one that used Dr. Mack for her expertise rather than one about her career. Before I interview her I will read one of her articles: "Is the World a Grand Illusion," published in The Journal of Consciousness studies. To familarize myself with some of her work. I chose Dr. Mack because she seemed to be the resident expert on matters of visual perception and experimental psychology, probably the most likely to talk frankly on the complex and somewhat controversial subject of the aligmighty "freak out." I think it would be entertaining and informative for an audience of psychedelic music to learn about what causes the "freak out" from an expert.

Here are some preliminary questions I am considering before I email the Doctor. I am sure reading some of her work will provoke some better ones.

1. Why would the same external conditions cause two different subjects under the same psychoactive influences to react in opposite ways? (Paranoia vs. Euphoria etc...)

2. What would be a certain way to avoid the "freak out," especially for novices.

3. If we can't be certain about our external reality, then how can we cultivate a state of "awareness."

4. Is there such a thing as to much or not enough "reality?" What would be an example of this.

5. Please explain the concept of "Inattentional Blindness."

6. What happens when we lose our attention? Where does our mind go? Why do we lose focus? etc...


One of my favorite college stations from back in my west coast days: KDVS

They have been around since the sixties, and have been one of the best uni stations since I started listening like 10 years ago. I haven't thought about them since like freshman year of college and decided to revisit the site to give some contrast to what we're doing here. They have a full schedule of programing that lends itself to a steady audio stream rather than individual show streams like us. For your listening convenience, they also offer any show individually streamed.

Being that they have such a well-established infrastructure, they have a library and charts (charts are necessary if you want promo CDs to build a library and to get involved with organizations like CMJ). They're last fundraiser reportedly raised over 60K! They also seem to have an affinity for WFMU (this I don't recall from my listening days). Not only do they call themselves "freeform" (I think a misuse of the term), they also have charted the newest WFMU compilation as the most played album at the station. Great infrastructure, but so much for original programing....

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Inspiration I was Talking About

Researching other radio station assignment

I took a look at WRSU – Rutgers University radio station. The station has been in existence for 60 years, originally operated by students. The station is non-commercial and is funded by RU and underwritten by area business. Their radio team is made up of seven people, both current students and Rutgers alum. As far as content, the show presents a variety of content ranging from ethnic shows such as “Glimpses of India” and “The Voice of Greece”, to “The WRSU Oldies Jukebox” and “Rock from Classic to Today”

I would have to say that the Rutgers radio set up is nothing like the New School’s. I did not notice any place on their site where you could listen to news clips or segments. The only thing they had was a streaming audio component to listen live.

For more on WRSU, visit:

Some modest proposals

Thanks to Richard and Terik for the great template for my proposals!

NAME: Trevor Hagstrom



TITLE: The Electric Easy Chair

HOST(S): Dj Dilly Dally

GENRE: Music and Talk

LENGTH: 1 hour

FREQUENCY: Bi-weekly



The Electric Easy Chair is tongue-in-cheek Dj set that explores "psychedelic" music, specifically rare or hard to find B-sides from 60's and 70's psychedelic rock gods ( King Crimson, 13th Floor Elevators, The Move, etc). The fictional host will provide background on the artists with an informed, but chilled-out perspective. Buddy Love, a Baba Booey esque co-host will provide occasional commentary. Every set will have a guest who will chose a song and be interviewed. Every set will have a different theme. The first two (to be recorded next week) will be a pilot show and an election special. Further shows will explore topics such as Regaee, Junk Food, Cops, Music Festivals or Lucid Dreams.


00: Intro (Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf) with intro music

1:00 Breif show overview and some goofing off

2:00 Introduce first artist and play first song

7:00 DjDD (Dj Dilly Dally) and Buddy Love discuss the spirit of psychedlia and the descrepancy between dictionary definitions and public understanding of the word "psychedelic."

10:00: Next song introduced and played

15:00 DjDD discusses Cheech N Chong reuion, poses question how old is to old to be a burnout. DjDD(Dj Dilly Dally) and BL (Buddy Love) discuss.

20:00 Next Song played and introduced

27:00 DjDD's weekly Audio Collage introduces weekly feature/interview.

30:00 NSSR pychology professor helps us understand what causes a freak out or bad trip.

40:00 Guest Choice of Song

44:00 DjDD and BL discuss feature, apply it to recent experiences.

47:00 Song introduced and played.

52: Goofing off

53: Song introduced and played.

58: Outro song played under final thoughts.

Who is the audience for the show?

Ideally the show will be funny enough to entertain those not interested in psychedelic music, but for those who are... it's an our of escapism into a better time with talk relevant to today.

STAFFING REQUIREMENTS: I got this one covered.

NAME: Trevor Hagstrom



TITLE: New School Weekly News

HOST(S): Jeffery??? I dunno.


LENGTH: 1 hour

FREQUENCY: Weekly (maybe bi-weekly)



A weekly news show that broadcasts reports of events that effect New School Students. Our reporters will cover events at the school (shake-ups, construction, new staff, guest lecturers etc) and report on larger scale events that effect students (financial aid legislation, local arts and entertainment, oppourtunties to showcase work). We will work with The New School Free Press to make our lives easier and to breathe new life into their stories, giving them a wider audience as journalists.


Can't do this until we have our stories assigned next week, will repost.

Who is the audience for the show?

New School students, staff and alumni, who want fresh news without having to read anything.

STAFFING REQUIREMENTS: We could use some more help guys, so if you have any spare time, don't have a show idea, or just want to help email one of us and get on the thread, or jump on one of the leads I post onto the blog.

WNSR News Breifs 9/19- 9/27

I will post some news stories every week here, on this blog that the fledgling news team (Jeffery, Anthony, Angela and myself) have dug up and might ad to our program. Feel free to comment if you want to cover them, amend this, or just comment.

Next week we are going to try to cover....

1. A story on John Turturro, who has just been designated as The New School for drama's resident artist.
2. Goings on at the jazz school

3. The satirical group "the yes men" are planning something new. In case you have never heard of the Yes Men, they were the subject of a documentary. The group impersonates spokesmen for major corporations and government departments, but poke fun at these instiutions. They have appeared on national television several times posing as representatives from Dow chemical, McDonalds, the Housing and Urban Development Department and so on. I think it would be interesting to cover their latest scheme while it happens.

4. Election news. I think we can do a man on the street type of feature talking to New School Students.

5. New School U expects to present six honorary degrees at the May 2009 commencement in areas such as arts, design, journalism, public life and government. We can do a story polling students on this. Do students have any ideas on this? Who are some of the past recipients?

6. On Thursday, Sept 25th the New School Center of New York City Affairs will host a panel discussing the immigrant vote. There will be various speakers. We can cover.

7. The newly elected Maoist leader of Nepal will be speaking at The Newschool, should be the top story it's not until the 26th, but we have to make sure one of us are there. I have contacted promotions about recording it and they said, they'd get back to me. Who ever does it will have to cut out of class a bit early.

8. Also our President will be speaking with the reporter for the Supreme Court next Tuesday, Linda Greenhouse should be a good one. Already got a go ahead from promotions to record this.

9. We still have to pin down this situation with 2 new deans and a new provost. Either try to get interviews with some of them, or some student perspectives (or both).

10. Media Studies Video show coming up on Friday the 26th as well. Perhaps interview a filmmaker before hand and then be present for some more reporting.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sample Proposals for Shows - Due Friday

This is a skeleton of a proposal as constructed by Terkik King and myself. This should allow you to not stress about the assignment, as well as flesh out your ideas.

NAME: Richard Boggs



TITLE: Deep Cuts

HOST(S): Richard Boggs

GENRE: Music (As opposed to News and Features)

LENGTH: 1 hour

FREQUENCY: Weekly (As opposed to Daily, Bi-weekly, or once a Semester)

TOTAL NUMBER OF SHOWS: 12 (As opposed to 30 for a full year.)

PITCH: (A short two to three sentence explanation of your show)

As a rotating weekly theme show, DEEP CUTS focuses on a new classic band each show, educating and entertaining listeners with the essential studio tracks, live recordings, rare demos, and b-sides of popular and important modern musical groups and artists. Join host Richard Boggs for a weekly musical journey though the history of THE BEETLES, NIRVANA, RADIOHEAD, and others!

THE SHOW: (A longer Explanation of the show)

DEEP CUTS is an hour long journey the history of your favorite bands. Intercutting essential tracks, news clips, interviews, facts and little known trivia, it is a show for both the less informed as well as the die-hard listeners. Each week will feature a new band, each important in their own way to modern musical history. Host Richard Boggs invites record store owners for interviews regarding their favorite band, if they happen to be the topic of the show. These guests will provide additional facts, figures, and trivia as well as entertaining anecdotes about the band, and their reception with the musical community. Dispersed throughout the hour length will be classic interviews recorded throughout time, revealing the character of band members, as well as important stopping points in history for the bands. Rare live recordings will be played as well as unique and less known cuts.

DEEP CUTS is a journey through the known and unknown; will educate and entertain; will have you listening every week.

TIME CLOCK: (Lay out in some detail, how time will be spent in the normal show with the allotted time you have described)

:00 DEEP CUTS intro

:30 Band introduction

1:00 Musical Set

7:00 Band origins

10:00 Interview

15:00 Live Musical Set

25:00 Guest Interview

35:00 Musical Set

45:00 Facts, Figures, and Impact

50:00 Musical Set

57:00 Final Words, Next Week’s Band

58:00 Last Song


Who is the audience for the show? (Describe either in terms of “type of listener” or demographic group)

*Obviously the intended audience for the whole station is The New School, all it’s colleges and their attendant students, faculty and staff, and while every show is intended to appeal to as wide an audience (beyond The New School) as possible, it’s not a bad idea to get the show producer thinking about target audience since that seems to be a relevant question to whatever project in whatever medium we’re dealing with.


Can you produce the show entirely on your own, or do you need outside help to either engineer, host, or edit the show?

Some questions to ponder while preparing your show proposal:

1. Do you have any pertinent background/experience in (a) radio broadcasting and/or (b) public speaking/performing or (c) an area of experience or expertise that you can draw upon to enhance the show?

2. What are the priorities, purposes, and goals of this program?

3. What type(s) of music would you like to play?

4. What resources will you draw on to help you prepare for your program (artist info, interviews, music research)?

In the case of interview- or talk-driven shows:

5. What topic(s) are you intending to explore?

6. Talk radio shows require variety to be interesting. This means that you will need to include voices other than your own. How will you accomplish this with: (be specific)


Differing Opinions?

Guests and Interviews?

7. A quality radio program can require a lot of preparation time. How much time per week will you be able to spend preparing for your show?

8. From the point of view of someone in the audience you have described, please explain what they will like about your show and why they will tune in regularly?

9. When considering the time clock, consider how will you provide variety in the flow and pacing of your show?

26. If your show is modeled on, or inspired by another radio show, please describe that show and explain what you like about it.

27. For promotional purposes, describe your program in one imaginative sentence.

I hope this helps you prepare your proposal, as well as flesh out ideas you may have had or are heading toward.

tk and rb