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

Monday, September 15, 2008


My name is amelie ray and I've been a dj for the past couple of years out in the Northwest. I just transfered from Evergreen in Olympia, WA to parsons and lang as a jr. status ba/fa student. I've mostly done live shows for different radio stations, but i did work in new orleans on converting radio algiers to webcasting similar to what were doing with WNSR. I'm really excited about working on this project and let me know if anyone is interested in working on my womyn's music political show.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

This is Hethre. I am currently not in school, but I was a Lit concentrator at Lang before they graduated me out of school. The plan is to return to school w/ the media studies program this spring.  I love radio, especially terrestrial, but I am coming around to fully embracing internet radio with all it has to offer too. I've worked at WBAI for a few years and I hope that WNSR never ends up with problems like that station has. It is important to keep radio fun and playful. Since graduation I have made sound art and even "shown" it at a gallery! That was fun. 

Here is my list of suggested listening: 

Love and Radio The episode entitled "Bloody Fingers" really demonstrates the visual capabilities of the audio medium.

The third coast festival Re:sound Podcast Listen to episode #98 and welcome the return of radio drama in "More Than a Game" 

Club Awesome! Despite the stupid name, it's not terrible.

If you type "Gene Simmons" + "Terry Gross" into google and click the first result, then you will find an interesting interview from Fresh Air. It sounds like it was recorded in a can because it is bootleg. 

Also I'm writing a paper about this feature Bells in Europe by Peter Leonhard Braun to which you should also listen. 

Friday, September 12, 2008


Hi all,

My name is Andrew Tatreau. I am originally from Omaha, NE and am currently a junior at Lang with a media studies concentration. My primary area of work is in digital media, and documentary film. In high school I was the producer of our cable television show which aired every three weeks on the local public access channel. Right now I am in the middle of editing a fund raising video through the New School for the I Have A Dream Program, and my own freelance documentary on a 22 year old friend of mine who just opened up an art gallery in the LES.

When it comes to radio I am practically a novice. Since I work heavily in visual media, I thought I would challenge myself by working solely with sound for once. I listened to the "New Jobs, Old Professions" feature on the NSR website. Aside from the poor sound quality, I feel that the piece lacked depth. There were a variety of women who discussed their experiences, risks, etc. But what I wanted to know was how being a dominatrix affects social and familial relationships. Are these people open with siblings, parents, grandparents about this profession? Is it possible to date while working this job/have any of the women had boyfriends or girlfriends while working? I also would have liked more specific recollections, from those being interviewed, about their strangest encounters, when and how they felt in danger, etc. A lot of what the women said were vague statements.

Júlía says hi

My name is Júlía Hermannsdóttir and I am a junior year student of illustration at Parsons. I am from Iceland but moved here for school 2 years ago. If you are interested I have a personal blog titled Stories from Icemerica.

I grew up listening to Icelandic public radio but moved on to American public radio when I came here. I did need much convincing though, as I did not believe that a non-american person could enjoy a radio show with a title like "This American Life". I was wrong, ofcourse.

These days I listen to New York Public Radio almost every morning as I get up and every night as I go to sleep. When I am not getting up or going to sleep I listen to podcast radio. It is especially helpful to listen to radio programs while doing the time consuming manual labour of illustration work. It is very calming to listen to public radio while drawing and I know that many artists do this.

Some of my favorite (and recommended) podcasts are: This American Life, Radio Lab, the Savage Love Podcast, To the Best of Our Knowledge, Selected Shorts and the Classic Tales Podcast.

The WNSR Feature I listened to was New Jobs in Old Profession: Andy Folk.

The feature was fairly interesting and well done in my opinion, although it did not tell me anything I have not heard before. I am pretty sure that anyone who has lived in New York for a couple of years has been exposed to the facts about young people in sex work. If however I didn't live here, I probably wouldn't even know what "Craigslist" is. It was slightly irritating that the volume of Andy folk's voice was lower than the volume of the women he interviewed, and strange that they bleeped out just one word out of many similar ones. But overall, a good effort.

I look forward to working with all of you in this class, and learning more about how a radio station is created.

Timely food for thought for broadcasters (especially news!)

Read this commentary from Dale Hobson at North Country Public Radio. NCPR serves the capital district, the Adirondacks, and some of VT and western Massachusetts.

Hobson rightly notes that good information is what we trade in, and is what builds good reputations. Conversely, the spread of bad information makes it that much harder for the important material to make an impact.

Hi All

Hey Everybody-
My name is Dennie and I'm a third semester grad student in Media Studies. I'm also pursuing the Media Management certificate. Although I am very interested in the creative production aspect of radio-making, I am going to try to focus on managerial issues that might appear before us as we go on (I take that back...that will CERTAINLY appear before us.) Organization and planning are imperative since we're literally working in time. I am also very interested in promotions for our radio station. It seems that awareness of this station is fairly low, so it would be a nice goal to get as many people involved as possible (or tuning in).

While perusing NewSchoolRadio, I ended up listening to New Jobs in Old Profession by Andy Folk, the piece about contemporary sex workers in the "Features" section of the site. I found it to be very interesting. It also made me realize how creative and inventive we can get in terms of topics and themes.

I listened to NPR to get my public radio fix; it was a piece about some form of managerial boot camp being held at a horse camp (the Business Section). Apparently, manager's can learn about how to solve problems by being given challenges involving horses. It was a straightforward piece that was put together well; mixing narrative, interviews and ambient sound.

I hope to continue to listen to a wide variety of radio shows...from sex wherever the wind may take me.

See you in class!


WSJU Campus Radio, by Jeff Weiser / WNSR

WSJU radio is the campus radio voice of St. Johns University in Queens,New York. The radio station has been operating as the official radio station of St. John's University since 1974. The student run station is broadcast to the Marillac Cafeteria and to the campus dorms on Channel 36 of the residence village televisions. Right now, there is a considerable effort to get the station on the internet. Students are having to cut through some bureacracy in their attempt to broadcast on the internet. There is some concern by the administration at the University which is affiliated with the Catholic Church. On air students may have to sign a "decency" pledge so that the University is not embarrassed by questionable or remarks deemed obscene.

The station is student run with a General Manager, Program Director, Production and IT Director, Sports/News Director, Promotions Director, Music Director, Alternative Music Director, Urban (music) Director and Loud Rock Director. The University has granted the station an operating budget of roughly $20-thousand dollars per year (for Fall and Spring semesters) Six of the top managers at the station receive stipends of about $600 to 800 dollars per semester. The rest of the budget is spent on promotional items, giveaways, field trips and station equipment. Major expenditures must be approved by the faculty moderator/advisor.

On a recent day, programming included these shows: (interspersed with student produced news)

Morning Mix 9 am to 11:05
The Blend 11:15 to 2:20
Urban Rhythms 2:30 to 4:30
Underground Sounds 4:40 to 6:40
Some speciality shows included:
Black Eyed Soul with Elona Monday 8 to 9 pm
The Electric Marmalade Fluff Hour with Danny & Joe Tuesday 4:40 to 6 pm
Tom and Tom's Tuesday Night Air Guitar Party Tuesday 8 to 10 PM
The Mix-Master DJ Academy w/ DJ Derf Thursday 8 - 10 PM

Jeff Weiser Intro

Hi WNSR classmates. I am Jeff Weiser and am more than halfway done with my Media Studies Masters program. Hopefully I will graduate this spring. I am teaching broadcast journalism part time now at St. John's University.
I have a broadcast background and have worked in radio and tv. I started in a very small market making $100-dollars a week and worked my way to New York City. I mention the small paycheck because I heard Barack Obama last night say he started making something like $20-thousand a year as a community organizer.
I have worked on the local and network level in television and radio. My resume is varied with stops at CNN, Bloomberg TV and Radio, WINS, WPIX and Fox Five TV. My experience certainly does not mean I know all there is to know. Quite the contrary. I am not a "techie" and some of the up to date techniques and equipment may prove a bit of a challenge to me. But I am not afraid to tackle new ways to create quality content and hope I can contribute to that end this semester for WNSR.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Just saying hello

Hi, Trevor Hagstrom here, 3rd term Media Studies student. This I listened to my normal weekly dose of Morning Editions and All Things Considered. To prepare for class I also caught the "Indie Imports," Dj set, as i found the concept charming. I liked their choice of music and casual style, but expected more than 24 minutes, considering there wasn't much talking or many bells and whistles.

I decided as a first step to becoming a more radio-centric media consumer, to listen to an episode of what some my friends consider their favorite radio show: This American Life. I hope to repeat this feat at least once a week. In addition, I took Cambra's recommendation and checked out the "Making the Hippo Dance" podcast. I think that was a good one to start with. It resonated with me. I definately need a heaping spoonfull of sugar with my science news.

My main work experience lies in newsradio, hence it is what I usually listen to. I hope to help start a WNSR news program, perhaps acting as a newsreporter, article writer and/or producer. I want to get with some of the NSFP peopole and see if they would be willing to read their articles, or allow some of us do it for them.

I personally want to proform in and produce a radio comedy show of my own design. It will be a fake radio, variety, sort of like a radio Colbert Report. I will be looking for funny folks to do some voice acting and commentary. I already found a columnist from the NSFP that I want to snag.

See y'all tomorrow.

Digitial Handshake

Evening Classmates!

My name is Richard Boggs. Let me explain a little about myself. I'm a third semester Media Studies grad student, with a focus on documentary film. The term 'film' is fairly misleading, as the majority of what I study and practice has never touched celluloid. That is both a consequence to how the New School functions, but also due in part to the mixed media approach most news rooms utlize.

I've worked in print, at a couple of newspapers, in radio, at KTRM - a student run radio station, and television news, TRUnews. It is through these experiences I've discovered that these medium have much more in common than any differences I can cite here. The method is the same, as is the purpose - to diseminate information. They are but channels. It is the final product that fluxuates.

I am reluctant to start a new blog on this thing, as I already have one I attempt to maintain, which can be found here. Enjoy it at your liesure. There you will find a few of the audio pieces I've constructed over the summer in the Radio Narratives Class that Cambra also TA'd. Tell me what you think!

Sitting in the first class they other day, I was first overwhelmed by the task before us. It is daunting in some repsect. But we need to understand what kind of opportunity we have in our hands. We have the skills and the energy, and if not the know how, we soon will. We can create something that not only we are proud us, but the New School community as a whole. Not to mention the generations of students behind us.

We can lay the foundation for something great.

I know it.

hey y'all

Hi guys! My name's Cambra, and I'm the TA for the Media Studies class (for all of you I didn't get a chance to talk to last week). This is my third (and final--knock wood) year in the MA program. I've spent the last 4 semesters focusing pretty specifically on sound production and radio art especially. This year I'll be working on my thesis, which is on mediating the female body through radio (I won't bore you here, but I'm happy to practice my cocktail-party spiel if anyone is interested). I'm very excited to be involved in our new(ish) campus station!

I listen to a lot of radio (mostly online, but the old-fashioned way too, when I'm cooking), a lot of podcasts, and a lot of more obscure stuff from various sites and blogs. Since we're starting with the NPR model, though, and since not everyone may be as equally familar with the medium as a whole, I thought I'd start by linking to two of my favorite WNYC shows:

RadioLab is one of the more popular shows on the station, and (in my humble opinion) a fantastic example of how to fully utilize the medium in this context. Good nerdy, science-y fun for all ages, creeds, shapes and sizes.

On The Media is pretty much what it sounds like--a radio-magazine-style look at our mediated society. Some months ago they did a fantastic segment called "Pulling Back the Curtain," which demonstrates the process of cutting and editing a radio show together (for that smooth, polished, oh-so-NPR sound).

For our WNSR assignment this week, I listened to Andy Folk's "New Jobs in Old Profession"--did anyone else listen to this? (It's the first piece under "Features.") I had some comments about some technical aspects, as well as his choice of music beds (particularly a certain Peaches song), but I'm interested to see if anyone else had similar reactions, so I'll wait for Friday's class.

Looking forward to working with all of you this semester!

yours truly

dalia here...
to introduce myself, i direct you to the following:



Hello - my name is Kaitlin. I don't know very much about audio/radio language or equipment. The mid-week workshop was helpful. Does anybody know of any books that would be good for an introduction (other than the one we have for class)?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Podcasting in Plain English

A short video if you fancy yourself a novice...

And, some reading:
These are the origins. To your mind, where is podcasting now? Take a look at the ITunes podcast charts and you see the usual (terrestrial) subjects up at the top. Is there a market for online-only radio, and what might online-only radio do -- and where can it go -- that broadcast can't?


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