Saturday, February 28, 2009

Field Trip to the Movies???????????????????

SO who's in?

Hello friends,
You're getting this email because you signed up to receive information about This American Life—Live!, our stage show that will be sent live via satellite to movie theatres on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. (Or you signed up to hear about it last year, and we figure your interests haven't changed that much).
We think the event is going to be pretty great: an actual episode of the radio show, performed onstage by some of our favorite contributors, beamed onto a movie screen near you. Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, David Rakoff, Mike Birbiglia and Dave Hill will join Ira Glass onstage. Plus visuals by Arthur Jones, and other exciting things that we're still devising.
Here's the deal. Tickets go on sale starting Friday March 6th. That's next Friday. You'll be able to buy them here.
Last year, several movie theatres sold out really quickly. Also, tickets at some theatres may not be on sale until the weekend, or maybe Monday the 9th, so check back if your favorite theater is listed but isn't selling yet.
We'll send another reminder when tickets are actually on sale, but wanted to give you this advance heads up. And please forward this email on to any of your friends who might be interested!
Take care,Your friends at TAL

Friday, February 27, 2009

Morning News Programs: Listening Assessment

I've been following, per the assignment, The Takeaway and Morning Edition for a little while now. The Takeaway is a morning-drive news program. I find this format to be somewhat alienating as I, personally, don't have anything like a morning drive during which I can listen to the program. I suppose that I could download the program regularly to my ipod but I haven't yet made that part of my morning commute-ritual (I prefer, rather, to read). The Takeaway is hosted by Adaora Udoji and John Hockenberry but Jerome Vaughn has guest hosted for Hockenberry recently. The conversational format of the show makes it seem more like commercial radio programs or AM political talk radio than public radio. It seems to encourage more punditry than the highly produced news magazine, Morning Edition. Morning Edition is, by far, my preferred format for a radio news magazine. The Takeaway's conversation tone is fine in small doses but I need my news shows to be mediated by a host and doled out in 3-8 minute segments - otherwise I risk falling into a coma.

-Nick Heling

Thursday, February 26, 2009

helpful link for recording phone calls

over at!

(some lower-tech, less costly out-of-pocket options are towards the end.)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Dear classes:

This Friday 2/27, we will be meeting in our regular locations in Operations groups, instead of at WNYC as originally planned.  Some major functions are being held down at WNYC this Friday and it would be a better experience if we were able to do it over the next two weeks, split into two groups.

In the meantime, please come prepared with your group work, and please come prepared to share progress and a list of your needs as we move forward.

We also ask for the programming types to bring in discussion points on the morning show listening assigned to you, as well as your own work, as we hold an open workshop to listen and critique your own works in progress.


Dear classes:
We're offering an opportunity for you to work on scriptwriting and delivery tonight in a brief workshop.  

The session will be in room 821, our usual meeting place, at 7pm. 

Please bring paper and/or laptop copies, double spaced is great, and we'll be ready to help.  It would be most helpful for us to assist you with works-in-progress, but some examples will also be provided.

Look forward to seeing you there!
Jim & Sarah

Monday, February 23, 2009


Hi guys,

I intended to be present at this and cover it as a story myself, but now have to do a program meeting. The occupation, the struggle to remove Kerrey et. al, and all te events surrounding it is one of the most important audience draws for WNSR so far. Our most listened-to programs have all be about the occupation (with the exception of Sex, Lies & Radiowaves for obvious reasons.)

New School in Exile is holding a teach-in at the courtyard tomorrow - we MUST get newscast audio not only from NSIE, but from the students who attend, how hey feel about the occupation, their interactions with NSIE, etc. Maybe someone who has no classes on Tuesday can cover both of these stories?

New School In Exile - Occupation Teach-In

First of a series of student teach-ins on the occupation, Kerrey and the April 1 shutdown
Event Info
Time and Place
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
3:30pm - 8:00pm
12 St. Courtyard
12th St.
East New York, NY

Contact Info


Come and join the New School In Exile for our first of many planned public teach-ins on campus. The first teach-in will focus on the December occupation, the ongoing struggle to remove Kerrey and Murtha, as well as plans for the April 1 Day of Action.

News Story-Call For Coverage

WNSR News people and staff--
This would be good for our next newscast.
"In The Battlefield: Reporting on the War in Iraq"
Tuesday, February 24th 6 to 8 pm.
Lang Student Center 55 W 13th St, 2nd Flr.
Filmmaker, reporters, critics will be on hand.

Get some soundbites. We can use them in our news.

Jeff Weiser/WNSR News

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Hi all:

First, my sincerest, most profuse apologies for missing you guys yesterday. I've been being worked half to death on another project outside The New School and that caused some fallout yesterday which prevented me from joining you guys.

I'm very happy with the crop of new proposals we've received in the last week, and here is a list of the new programs approved for launch & return this semester thus far:

TITLE (Producer) / Frequency / Stream

Mercury Theatre Revisited (Johnny Betz) / Bi-weekly / Features
[Untitled OSDA/Student Activities Show] (George Saad & Jenna Duncan*] / TBD / TBD
Free Food Report (Joseph Baruch Warren) / Weekly / News
Three F**kin Minutes (Joseph Baruch Warren) / Bi-weekly / Features
Root Radio (Jeremy Syrop) / Bi-weekly / NewTalk
I Get Around (Nat Brower) / Bi-weekly / DJSets
Roger Moore at 50 (Martin Lynch) / Bi-weekly / DJSets
7 Continents with Heathre Contant (Heathre Contant) / Monthly / DJSets
["Team of Mavericks" - working title] (Terik King) / Bi-weekly / NewTalk
We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together (Jack Daves) / TBD / Features
Pop Walks (Richard Boggs) / TBD / Features

Club 192
(Eloy Fisher) / Monthly / News (Specials)
Brooklyn Beat (Erin Sheehy) / Bi-weekly / DJSets
Ear Bleeding Country (Jim Freeman) / Bi-weekly / Features
Mannes Downtown (Eric Hanser) / Bi-weekly / NewSounds
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Carolanne Marcantonio) / TBD / DJSets

Sex, Lies & Radiowaves (Shane Manieri & Vanessa Anton) / Bi-weekly / NewTalk
Open Your Mind (Terik King) / Weekly / NewTalk
DWNTWN Sound (Reed Van Noort) / TBD / Features
Jingles' Jangles (Joe Plourde) / TBD / NewSounds
Beyond the Print (Erick Varillas) / Bi-weekly / News
Soul of New York (Chinisha Scott) / Monthly / DJSets
The Rappin' Lounge (Davon Paul) / Bi-Weekly / NewTalk

Producers of all of the abovementioned shows will receive an e-mail from me today requesting that they schedule a program meeting with me during the upcoming (2/23-3/1) week where we will (a) hash out the details of your first 1-2 episodes, (2) review the process of securing the production facilities & equipment needed to produce the show, (3) sign the program contract, (4) ascertain what additional production support (engineers/editors, producers/researchers, etc.) is required to produce the shows as planned, and (5) review the specific process for submission to WNSR once the episodes are produced. This will be the time to get all of you NON-TECHNICAL (procedural, etc.) questions answered. In advance of this meeting, I encourage everyone to think through the first show (at least) in as great detail as possible. Very little in media happens "unprogrammed," and while we always want to leave room for spontanaeity, PLANNING prevents you from running into nightmares when creating these shows. Trust me, I've learned from painful personal experience...


You will. We're aware of you...

There is still time to submit a proposal for any ideas you make have kicking around in your head. If I haven't received any new show proposals from class members, you will be approached to join the production team of one of the existing shows, new shows, or possibly one of the following shows which have NO PRODUCTION TEAMS ATTACHED yet:

NewPoets Spotlight
This show is exactly what it sounds like - a program featuring poets at The New School reading their works. There is already a pilot episode on the site. The poets read their work in our studios and we add the "audience" sonically afterward.

NewJazz Profiles
Another obvious show concept -- a program in the spirit of NPR's Jazz Profiles (
that features New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music students playing their music and interviews about their lives, their approach to music, goals, etc.

The NSSR Philosophy Project [working title]
There is a vast array of existing audio recordings lectures on Philosophy that Cambra is taking the lead on digitizing and creating a program around. The format is under development -- we're looking for wars to create radio programs out of archival materials with this one.

The Booth [working title]
Ideally this will be a weekly show where a traveling booth containing a portable digital recorder visits various locations around the New School campus (including Drama, Mannes, and other "off-site" New School locations) with a "question of the week" that we ask students to answer, and the show will feature the most interesting, entertaining, unique and fun-to-hear responses. This show will require a lead producer, 1-3 additional producers and someone with ProTools editing expertise. (Oh yeah, if you know how to BUILD a booth that's easily assembled and disassembled, you'd rock our world!)

If you are specifically interested in working on one of these, please let me know at

Any questions, let me know!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Hey Y'all,

Kind of late notice, but I've been having blog troubles. Tonight! There is the Carribean Carnival Coffeehouse Cabaret 2/19/2009 6:30 p.m.Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th St. 5th Fl. Here is a short description of the event:

"Come join us for a Carnival ride at Lang! This Thursday after a shorter than normal Coffeehouse Cabaret roster of Lang performers we will have the traditional Haitian band DJARARA perform, and invite students to participate in a traditional carnival “Rara” procession. Rara comes out of both the vodou and social protest traditions and was used during the original slave revolt that won Haitian independence in 1804. DJARARA is a group of young and cultural activists keeping the tradition of rara alive in the diaspora. DJARARA will perform some traditional rara songs themselves, and explain the basic rhythms and ‘spirit’ of rara. Then, in keeping with rara’s improvised and participatory roots, they will teach a song and invite students to grab a percussion instrument and join in a spontaneous procession around the hall – bringing the visceral experience of carnival to life! Come to watch, participate, play, and jam!

Free performances, food and band.Performers in the Caribbean Coffeehouse Cabaret include: Jeffrei Londono, Nadia Mathys, Yuki Fukui, Grace Sanford, Emily Skillings, Jill Hervey, Briana Lopes, Julia Sedlis, Kandace Syer, Robert Sanabria and DJARARA!
Please join us with friends, the entire New School Community is welcome."

- Eric Jackson Bradley

** Does anyone want to cover the event? I might be able to after work, but I'm also supposed to be at the NS Free Press closing tonight, editing the paper. You would have to rent in-house equipment out, but I was thinking that recording the performances & spoken word, mixed with short interviews, would provide for a nice feature. If you can... Go for it! Call or email if you need any info.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pro Tools session tonight cancelled

Dear class and WNSR personnel:
I have to cancel tonight's Pro Tools session due to an occasion of great joy: the birth of my daughter, Annea Rose Berggren-Briggs, this past Saturday night! Please keep a lookout on the blog for updates from me and engineering regarding forthcoming opportunities for Pro Tools and other audio/tech workshops.

Also, we are in the process of instituting regular WNSR engineer availability in the open labs, where you will be able to seek help from one of our engineers at regular times on the eighth floor. Again, this will be posted to the blog shortly.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Coachella Music Festival 2009

Hello all!

For this week we had the assignment of coming up with an interview and a proposal of a show/feature etc. so I'd like to share with you all my proposal which is basically centered on the Coachella Music Festival.
As many of you may already know, Coachella takes place every year in Indio California (which makes it an even more en enjoyable experience due to the great weather) and many leading bands/singers perform within three days.
So having said that, the following is a VERY rough copy/sketch of what we could do with it. If anyone is interested let me know and we can team up.

The initial idea was to include it in features or news, but we could also make a special edition programme.
So here it is...

Coachella Music Festival 2009

I would like to either do a feature, news or program (or all?) on the Coachella Music festival which takes place the 17, 18 and 19th of April and where major bands perform every year. It would be a special on the Festival itself, divided in two main parts: its history and this years’ performers. Maybe this could turn into a special edition program where some (or all) of the bands who perform this year would be played and talked about. It would be a classic format that would more or less look like this:

a. Hosts present show, introduction etc. In the background we would always hear music by 2009 Coachella’s performers.
b. Presentation of 3 songs and bands (again, all 2009 Coachella’s performers) with some facts about them
c. 3 songs play
d. Presentation of another 3 songs and bands with some facts on them.

And so on…

This is just a first thought that should obviously be discussed with the team in further detail.

I will be going myself so I could get pictures and interviews from fans. It is also a great opportunity to promote WNSR Nationwide! I was thinking on distributing promotional material about WNSR although I think we have to get some kind of permission first. If proposal accepted, I’ll get into it!

That’s it for now!

Mariana G

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Hey guys! Sorry it took so long to get on here but here's a little bit about myself. I am a second-semester senior at Lang in Media Studies and a first-year GS student in Media Studies. I am very interested in viral marketing and how it relates to music. I am also and actor and write my own comedy and would be very interested in getting my work on a WNSR feature at some point. You can find me in the promotions/branding group!

So the two programs I tuned into were a WNYC feature called "Appetite for Self-Destruction" focusing on the decline of the record industry. The other feature was Sarah Montague's True Blood feature. Both used music and sound interspersed with talk to make the experience more engaging. I would like to work on a piece like that as well.

That's all for now!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sorry about missing today...

I would love to be filled in on anything from the training this evening. I had a bit of a crisis at work and stayed late.

How'd it go?


New Program proposals

WNSR students:
If your production efforts are going to center on a regular program, we ask that you fill out the following form and email it to newschoolradio at

The form resides here.  It's a MS-Word document.

Not only is it helpful for our programming department, but it's also a really good exercise for you as you forge your plans and try to set some production goals.

Good luck!

- JB

Lower Manhattan Project Interview

I heard back from this Lower Manhattan Project, which is a new organization within the New School. I'm not really sure what it does. It's supposed to have something to do w/ environmentalism and security. Well, I wanted to interview them to get a better idea of what they were doing. I'm going to do a short piece for the news; however, the person that I talked to suggested doing a more long term project... of interviewing environmental people... he didn't go into much detail. Anyway, if there is someone out there who is interested in environmentalism and/or needs a project to work on... 


Hi. My name is Kaija, I'm a senior at Lang and will graduate with a really great and practical degree in Cultural Studies and Theater that will make me lots of money. I've done commercial voice over work in the past and am excited to be work with radio in a more creative sphere. I love Jonny's pitch for the Mercury Theater Revisited. It's a lost art that I would love to be involved with the resurrection of. I am also very excited to learn about the production end of things and would offer help where needed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Hi all,

This was in the Weekly Observer this week and could be great for either a short form news or longer feature-type piece:

We'd really like to get the Drama division more involved this semester. (So close! So much talent!) They'd like the coverage, too -- we've just had some trouble getting on the same page thus far. I encourage anyone who'd like to get their feet wet in production to grab some gear and cover this festival!

Mercury Theatre Revisited

NAME: Jonny Betz




HOST(S): Someone experienced

GENRE: Feature

LENGTH: 1 hour




MERCURY THEATRE REVISITED is a weekly feature that celebrates the tradition of on-air storytelling.  Members within the New School community will have their stories presented by a small cast and be followed by an interview of the author.  Amidst the popularity of television, this program would promote the potential of radio as being a source of non-music based entertainment. 


In the span of 1 hour, MERCURY THEATRE REVISITED will present one stories, written and edited by New School students and faculty.  Inspired by Orson Welle’s MERCURY THEATRE, we are dedicated to enthralling and capturing the minds of our listener through the medium of radio.  The program will bring drama, mystery, suspense, comedy, and science fiction/fantasy specifically written for the radio or student adaptations of classic stories, restructured as radio-ready narrative. A small and consistent cast of six actors plus a host will present the stories.  This simple casting arrangement allows the listener to get to become familiar with the recurrent cast and at the same time give breadth for the listener’s own imagination of the characters and their interactions within the story.  With the accompaniment of music and live sound effects, MERCURY THEATRE REVISITED will offer an authentic audio-sensory experience.  Following the story the author will be interviewed, elaborating on the writing-process and inspirations of the story, as well as further insight on the author their self.

NEW MERCURY THEATRE will invite you to the subtler worlds outside the visual realm and the deeper galaxies of the imagination.


:00 Opening theme (written by NS student)

:30 Introduction of story and author

2:00 Story

27:00 Intermission/Introduce cast

30:00 Story

45:00 Author Interview

55:00 Closing and upcoming features

59:30 Closing theme


NEW MERCURY THEATRE is a program aimed for students and faculty within the New School Community.  Though we hope to reach a broader fan base by affiliating with public radio programs not only to promote the program but the works of the author’s.


·      One or two Engineers to record show and prerecord music track

·      6 voice actors (three male and three female) to perform stories weekly

·      A host to introduce stories and interview author

·      A music composer to write short pieces for each show (this roster is rotational)

·      One “props” master to perform live sound effects on the set

Greetings fellow Earthlings

Hi, it's Jenna. I'm a first-year Media Studies MA student. The reason I added WNSR Radio Lab is because I had such a great time doing student radio as an undergrad (At Univ. of Arizona, check out KAMP Student Radio --

I have tons of ideas for producing short features segments, running around to concerts and getting rock stars to give us station IDs, as well as ideas on how to get the word out about WNSR.

Also, I used to be a Music Director, so I know all about reporting charts and calling up college promotions people at radio stations to send us music and giveaway items(oh boy, I sure wish we were streaming -- so much can happen in real-time, it really gets my adrenaline pumping! Maybe that's something we can work on putting together this semester?).

Well, those are my hopes & aspirations for working with you at WNSR. I also hope to become a ProTools master. If anyone has tips on how to record with the Media Studies audio recording kits, please send them my way -- I am very green when it comes to production.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Hello Blog,

My name is Hethre Contant. This is my first semester as a grad in the Media Studies program, but I went to Lang from 2003 to 2007. I am officially Sarah's Teacher Assistant. So, if you are a Lang student and need something, anything, talk to me. 

I want to make radio now, and get a job in radio when I grow up. I like features and non-dj-sets more than anything. However, i did come up with a DJ set that I will be producing soon for the station called, "Seven Continents with Hethre Contant: It's not world music, It's music ... from the world." 

My expertise is in field-recording and mixing things up on protools. I'm not as good at studio recording, but I plan to remedy that this semester. Thanks Joe! I'd also like to conduct a "Sound Walk," which is something that John Cage invented, so that those who are not field-recorders can become field recorders. Then we can do an intro-to-protools to make a feature out of it.

Also, I would love to be your extra set of ears on whatever you are working on. However, I require this one caveat: that you must also be an extra set of ears on whatever I'm working on. 

This is my favorite radio show, but they've been unnaturally silent for a while now. Good thing it's a Podcast!

To the Features People: I have about a ton of old features from Sarah's classes, which I will begin to post to the station. Expect maybe 2 every week. 



 Hi I'm Jonny Betz,

I joined WNSR to learn about sound production, something of great interest to me.  Though a Lang student I am also a musician, studying bass and playing in my country the Whiskey Crusaders (show at National Underground, Valentine's Day!), so learning engineering would be something not only of interest, but a practical learning experience.  My parents listen exclusively to NPR so, If I am able to survive the creepy drawl of Jonathan Schwartz I find myself enjoying programs such as David Garland's Evening Music, American Roots, and Prairie Home Companion.  I think something like Prairie Home Companion or on-air storytelling like the Mercury Theatre on WNSR.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Obama's Informal Appearance

Cambra aka camdiggidy,

In the radio lab you seemed eager to criticize President Obama for not wearing a suit jacket in the Oval office. I wanted to send you pictures of former presidents who were photographed in the Oval Office without the formal attire that you mentioned. Even Ronald Reagan, that lionized saint of the Republican pantheon, was photographed without suit jacket OR tie. These pictures are not just on Arianna's (a name you repeated with derision) Huffington Post... they are everywhere on the Internet.

An interesting question is, why are the mainstream media repeating this story everywhere, to the point where people like you are parroting it without any knowledge of what was actually done in the past by both Republicans and Democrats alike? Are we to blindly accept the intimation that somehow President Obama doesn't have class or respect for the Oval Office by not wearing a suit jacket? If so, then other Presidents are guilty of the same thing.

It's ridiculous and petty, especially considering the very real issues the country is facing. Criticism of President Obama for legitimate reasons is a duty of the media, (his policies, issues with the war and health care etc.) but if we're talking about what he's wearing, and suggesting that it breaks from tradition or is without proper respect when past examples of the same thing exist, one has to question the motives behind it. Those of us in the media should be able to spend a few minutes investigating with a quick Google search before repeating these things. The reason I'm writing this letter to you is because after leaving the group I became more dismayed by the exchange we had, considering journalistic integrity is the tradition that seems to be truly in danger in the United States, not some dress code.

I hope you don't mind my forwarding this to the rest of the group, in the interest of keeping things straight. People should know the whole truth.



Hello fellow radio people, my name is Martin Lynch. I am a second-semester junior at Eugene Lang, studying film making and fiction writing. Before returning to Lang (I began here in 2006) I attended UMass Amherst and NYU, where I became involved at both school's radio stations, WMUA and WNYU respectively. Most recently, I DJ'd a show at WNYU called "A Sunflower the Color of his Hair", exploring Latin American psychedelic, folk and prog rock from the '70's. If you are interested in hearing some of the stuff I played, archives of my shows are up, along with playlists, on (search under archives ---> "A Sunflower the Color of his Hair", etc.).

In training at the radio stations, I discovered I was really interested in mixing medias while programming, i.e. sampling found sounds over and beneath and alongside music I was playing. Since I began this about a year ago at WMUA, I have picked up making mixes and experimenting with this "collage-type" sampling. I am going to start posting some of my more recent mixes on my blog - - sometime soon - these mixes range from '70's and '80's r'n'b, funk and quiet storm, to psychedelic, folk and electronic from latin america and europe, and beyond. I think my interest in radio, and in DJ'ing, has been been inspired much in the same way my interest in filmmaking was originally inspired - the opportunity to edit one's presentation, whether audio programming or video or film programming, is really fascinating to me, to be equipped with the tools to affect a listener or a viewer in a profound way - a total stranger, yet, it is possible to make something that affects them emotionally, that moves them, that they have themselves, possibly, been trying to articulate.

I would like to continue with my DJ'ing at WNSR and host a program. Also, I would like to organize a live event "sponsored" by our station, not a "coffeehouse" or "cabaret" but probably not a "battle of the bands" either. I think it would be interesting to host an event, one hopefully that we could maniacally advertise and promote weeks in advance, where we could showcase some of the work, whether audio, video, or any other medium of media, I guess, by some of the people at our station. I think this would be a good way to get word out about the station - a blog, flyers, and word of mouth is good - but a creative, maybe even an unusual event, with audio and video installations, maybe we could cook food, etc. - this might be the kind of thing, if we could drag enough people there from the university, would really grab their attention and help to spread the word. I'd love to brainstorm about doing something like this with others who might be interested. And maybe it would be possible to host it outside of the new school, at someone's apartment if one of us was willing to lend our space for a few hours to host it - I don't mean to get ahead of myself but wanted to share these ideas with you. Besides programming and getting involved in planning WNSR-related events, I am also interested in working as a Music Director or Programming Director at the station, or assistant MD or assistant PD, etc.

And before you go, enjoy this -

Look forward to working with you guys,


Friday, February 6, 2009

Hello all

Hi. I'm Josh. I am in my second semester of my junior year at Lang and I am majoring in psychology. I have very limited experience in radio (read none), but am becoming very interested in sound production. I would like to contribute to WNSR as an engineer. I am currently in a band with Joe Plourde. We've done some recording in the New School studio and it sparked a bit of an interest. I would like to produce live music for radio, but I am also interested in talk radio. Basically, I want to learn how to make sound, any sound, sound good. So, if anyone needs help with producing a project this semester, please let me know if I might be some assistance. It might take a little while for me to get a hang of things, but I'm willing to give it my all.

-Josh Rosenberg

What's Up, it's Davon "Epidemk" Paul

Hey Wassup,

How are you doing on this fine day of continuing to achieve your obligations? I am a confident and motivate entrepreneur with an decent background of design and web programming skills. I have been coding since the 5th grade, and have an extensive knowledge of on and offline marketing. I am a design and technology student at Parsons, and out side of school I run an corporation named Rappin Lounge, Inc. Recently we have added media group to it. I have a show along with Barbara and Payton called Rappin Lounge, to keep a consistent promo going for my company and the artist that I manage. Rappin Lounge founded by me provides film, audio production, marketing, management, and we also act as a label. With all the services provided I have a certain knowledge within each area to accomplish them efficiently. My goal this term in the class is build a website that is maintainable and sufficient site.

Type of music I listen to, well that is a wide variety of music. I listen to anything that sounds good. favorite type of genre if I had to choose would be between reggae and rap. When I turn on the radio you can find me listening to Hot97, Power 105.1, or Z100.

Any questions feel free to ask them.

Hey it's Z~

Hey guys I'm Zeynep but a lot of people prefer to call me Z since it's pretty much impossible to pronounce my name correctly. Anyway I'm a Sophomore in CD department and I'm trying to focus on a field where I can combine Sound and visual. I guess I'm going to end up working for the film industry or the music industry. Hmm, other than that I have a company with my brother back in my hometown. We are specializing in 3D technology and outer lighting for companies. So if anyone needs help about stuff like that I'll be happy to help. And one last thing, I'm not really experienced with the Radio, in technical means, so I'll appreciate if you guys help me out. :) Nice meeting you all..

~ Z

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Student Activities Radio Show

I've had a good time reading everyone's intros, browsing the WNSR website, and getting an idea of what this is all about. I guess it's time to let you all know who I am and talk about the news program that I want to get going.

I'm George. I work for The New School in the OSDA (Office of Student Development & Activities). Our office is responsible for coordinating and financing the functions of student organizations, setting up volunteer events and trips, recruiting orientation leaders, distributing free or discounted products and services to students, and much more. Up until this semester, our office was also responsible for setting up free recreation classes (like yoga, salsa, and capoiera), intramural sports (soccer this semester) and recreation trips (like the free Chelsea Piers trip on February 13th or the $50 per person ski/snowboarding trip on February 28th). Starting this semester, however, those duties have been handed to the newly created Office of Recreation and Intramural sports, whom we are working with closely during the transition.

My role at the OSDA includes managing the office's e-mail account ( and preparing and distributing a newsletter that outlines upcoming activities (both within the University and in NYC as a whole) for the 2,500+ students that are subscribed to our mailing list. My goal at WNSR involves creating a News Program that would basically discuss the upcoming events, build interest in them, and hopefully increase student involvement. For example, one event that our office is pushing hard is the upcoming Vagina Monologues event. I think it would be cool to interview someone performing in the event and have them explain what Vagina Monologues is all about. I think this could be way more effective at getting people to come than anything I could include in the emailed newsletter.

In last week's Stu Dev, I included a section about getting free tickets to being in the test audience for Jimmy Fallon's new late night show. This is an example of a non-university event that our office pushes. I've talked to Jimmy Fallon's audience coordinator about trying to get Jimmy for an interview on WNSR. I know it's a long shot but I figured it was worth trying. The audience coordinator was nice about it and put me in touch with some muckety-mucks that could make it happen (the question is will they?) I'm not terribly optimistic but I'm trying!

Anyway, if you are interested in talking about this project and possibly getting involved with it, email me at . If you want to subscribe to Stu Dev and get the weekly emails, send an email to me at with "add me" in the subject. I look forward to working with the news team on this project, and other projects, and I hope to hear from some of you guys soon!

Bonjour! I am Andrea!

Hello! My name is Andrea Fischbach and I am currently a junior at Lang...I think. I transferred to Lang to be an Arts in Context major with a focus in Visual Arts from Parsons, where I was formerly a Fashion Design major. I hope to work in the journalism industry when I graduate and really want to be able to understand all areas of journalism, whether it is print, television or radio to be as well rounded in the field as possible. In addition, I love music and love everything associated with it so helping out in the music department would be no problem with me. I have no previous experience with radio (I'm a fast learner, trust me) but I hope to learn all about it this semester to help me with any future endeavor that might pop up associated with the radio. See everyone tomorrow!

Introuction Part II and Help

Hi again,
I forgot to post some of the links. I like mostly listening to music so some of the programs I enjoyed the most were DJ sets like Maschinen 2 and Maschinen 1

By the way, has anyone had any problems downloading the reading for tomorrow? I don't seem to able to download the pdf. If anyone has I'd really appreciate it if they could sent it to !


Mariana G

Marcus Gealy says hello

Marcus Gealy here. I'm a second-semester freshman at Lang who majors in writing. I hoping to be involved in a talk program concerned with geek culture, specifically comic books. Some podcasts I enjoy are Jordan Jesse Go!, You Look Nice Today, iFanboy, Comic Geek Speak, Never Not Funny, The Sound of Young America and Stop Podcasting Yourself.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"Passport radio almost mine, coming to you live..."

Hi everyone!

I'm Erin Sullivan and I'm in my second semester of the Media Studies M.A. program. I'm originally from Rochester, NY and I went to school at the University of Vermont where I received a double major in English and Film & Television Studies. 

While in college, I was involved with my school's radio station, WRUV, for about 3 years. I was a DJ and had a weekly radio show that was a mix of indie rock and electronic music. I was also Music Director at the station and I was responsible for maintaining contact with record labels and promoters, submitting station play charts, and reviewing new music. I can safely say that it was the best job I've had, with perks that included free merchandise from bands, concert tickets, and trips to both CMJ and SXSW. Sadly, I've left that behind for now. 

I'm excited for this class because I miss being involved in a radio station so much and I hope that I can use my previous experience to help with the operations of WNSR. I would absolutely love to pursue a career in radio or somewhere in the music industry, but for now I have sold my soul to work in advertising. Well, it is radio advertising, so it's kind of related I suppose. Or that is what I'm telling myself anyway.

Hi all~

Hello. My name is Grace Park, first year graduate student in the Design and Technology department at Parsons. My field of focus is in animation and web design. I worked as a editorial graphic designer for 4 years before coming to school, so I have some exposure to the media. I love typography and good visual layout which brought me to join the web design team for New School Radio. I'm excited about the great works we'll be making this semester. Let's get it rollin~.

hay, its me!

HI! I'm Lauren Pishna, a last semester senior at Lang. I am a Cultural and Media studies major with a concentration in Media Histories and Popular Culture. I've never taken a class centered around the radio. I took this class because I have always loved music, and would love to immerse myself in it. I currently intern at a small record label, and hope to use the things I have learned from there during class somehow.  Also, throughout my time at school, I have studied and took interest in a number of types of media sources and would love to incorporate my certain interests in the cultural world onto the radio. 
Once I graduate from Lang, I hope to find a job- any job, really. Look forward to the class!

Getting to know Will Bradford...

Hello Everyone,

My name is Will Bradford and I'm originally from Detroit, Michigan. My first experience away from home was service in the United States Army, where I was stationed in Kosovo as a radio and telephone specialist. The experience was transformative in that it allowed me to travel around the world and become exposed to various cultures. After completing my military service, I enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College where I studied Sociology and the Media. My undergraduate education at Marymount led to several rewarding internship opportunities such as with The Bronx Defenders, AOL Music, and Save the Children in Uganda.

Increasingly nurturing an interest in media, I decided to apply to the Media Management program at the New School where I have continued learning about how the Internet is revolutionizing the way media companies do business. The program has also allowed me to continue building technical skills in photography and other forms of multimedia such as audio and video.

I'm interested in progressive news and talk radio and some of my favorite programs are:

1. Amy Goodman: The War and Peace Report

2. Thom Hartmann Program

3. The Rachel Maddow Show

4. GRIT TV with Laura Flanders

5. The Stephanie Miller Show

6. Mike Malloy: Speaking Truth to Power

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Hi everyone!

My name is Elise and I'm a 2nd semester senior at Eugene Lang. I was in the WNSR class in spring 2008 when we launched the website and after a scheduling conflict last semester am back, if only for my final semester at Lang. I pretty much listen to the radio 24/7 when I'm in my dorm room, mostly KROCK, which is why I am interning there this semester. It's mostly answering phones and making lists, but its a foot in the door and a good one at that (its CBS!). Anyway, spring 2008 I had a show that never made it on the air called "Introducing..." in which I played music from bands people may not have heard of and gave them a little introduction. In retrospect, it wasn't that good and I am not sure I really want to do that again unless a better format can be given to it. I would like to work on a live music show or the one that is already on the air because I love live music, it is the reason I am writing my senior work paper on it. Really, I love music in general and want to do something in that field; radio, writing or playing. I realize that my tastes might be a bit on the commercial side even though I do listen to bands no one has heard of and am always looking for something new. For the class, I would like to do music programming and have a hand in what makes it on the air. I look forward to working with everyone this semester!

Here are a few radio programs that I have listened to in the past week:
All Songs Considered: 2/2/2009 and 11/2/2006
-I wanted to listen to a music show that had something that I would be interested in and the show seems pretty eclectic. I chose to listen to the second show because Weird Al is hilarious.
Jingles Jangles on WNSR: Killer Bob
- Actually, I think I've listened to all of them or most of them at some point. This one had good music, many sound like noise bands, still a good show. As I said, I would like to potentially work on a live show if possible.
The updates on the occupation at the GF: Day 2
- It really doesn't matter which day I put up. This is how I got my information about the occupation. I just needed to say again that I was ecstatic to see WNSR working so fast to get information out.


Jeff Weiser's post

Hello again;
I am Jeff Weiser and I say hello again because I was privileged to be able to contribute to WNSR last semester as News Director. I hope to provide news broadcasts and reports again this semester. I will also be happy to guide some newer members of the station in working on and completing news stories.
As Jim Briggs mentioned, last semester I was able to land an on-mic interview with New School President Bob Kerrey as controversy swirled around him. I also took advantage of the election fervor and produced reports on campus reaction to the presidential debates between Senators Obama and McCain.
As CBS's Charles Osgood says: "I'll see you on the radio!"

Ryan's Introduction

Salúdos. I am Ryan. BA/BFA student at Lang and Jazz in my 1st Senior year (babfa students have 2 senior years). I am a performer, pianist, singer/songwriter with a working knowledge in audio technologies like ProTools, Reason and Ableton Live. My background is in Graphic Arts. I have some voice over experience. Would love to create my own show that shares a range of music as a gateway into learning about history, human identity and culture. Look forward to sharing, supporting and learning with all of you.

Contribute to an Audio Art and Documentary Festival

"The Megapolis Festival is a weekend-long celebration of the craft of DIY audio creation. Artists, documentarians, musicians, and fans come together to share secrets on producing and presenting challenging audio works online, on-air, and on the stage.

When: Apr 24-26, 2009
Where: Cambridge, Somerville & Boston, MA, USA
How much: $45 (regular), $30 (students)

The word Megapolis (more commonly Megalopolis) was first used to describe the Boston-Washington corridor as a single giant urban organism. For many living in the BosWash Megapolis today, Chinatown buses are like public transportation and the brief stretches of forest between cities are simply large parks. The massive infrastructural integration and enormous size means there’s an unparalleled potential for collaboration and creative exploration.

The 2009 Megapolis Festival examines the sonic landscape of this sprawling urban environment, showcasing artists and documentarians from all over the region, and focusing performances, workshops, and presentations around one particular mega-neighborhood: the Greater Boston Area. Events are scattered throughout in small galleries, outdoor spaces, and even friends’ living rooms, so you’re not just a passive audience, you’re actively adding context to what’s coming into your ears.

What can you expect to hear? Some stuff in the works includes an audio tour through an abandoned insane asylum, sonically innovative documentaries, field recording field trips, poetry embedded in sound waves and made visible through the magic of Windows 95, and noisy guitar rock transmitted over dozens of radios. We’ll have the full schedule posted a couple months before the festival. If you want to get involved by presenting your own work or leading a workshop, please visit the submissions page."

The submissions deadline is 2/11 for proposals. You can get in touch with Nick van der Kolk and Justin G. if you have any questions:

Angela's Introduction

Hey everyone! I'm Angela and this is my second semester with WNSR. Last semester I co-hosted our weekly newscasts and took part in the remarkably entertaining and twisted Dead Air, which to my joy, will be recording more episodes this semester. Outside of the New School I consider myself to be pretty involved in the media community. My background is in radio and television broadcast and production in along with marketing, advertising and public relations. So first and foremost, I am a big participant in voice overs and would have to say that's my forte at this time. I've done books on tape, promotional pieces, comedy/satire and more. In addition, I do a lot of work with government access television in my town of Clifton, NJ. Aside from being in the studio recording, I work with Dynamic Media as event moderator, host and talent. Dynamic Media raises awareness of media literacy among NYC school children from the Bronx and Brooklyn. We host media workshops, events and work with top tier media companies to get our messages across. I am looking forward to another great semester here at WNSR and am looking forward to working with you all!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hello! this is my intro assignment.

My name is Pablo Zequeira, I am a second year student at Eugene Lang College. I am currently undecided as to what I want to concentrate on as far as my major is concerned. My interest on the newschoolradio is due to the fact that I have been exposed to the radio station environment from a young age. my grandfather had been amongst the first radio personalities in post revolution Cuba, he brought music to the Cuban people through the radio for the first time after the Cuban revolution triumphs. Even so I have no experience in working with anything that has to do with a radio station, but it is something that interest me, mainly music and satirical voice acting, as I like to entertain. I can make most people with a sense of humor laugh a good percent of the time. In prior writing classes some of my professors have complimented  my writing as well as myself by letting me know I can make people laugh, not just in class but in my personal life as well, that does not mean I am a class clown. I try not to make a joke of serious things but I also do not like taking life too seriously as I believe there is enough violence in life and for the most part it is filled with sorrow and way too serious issues. I like creating, and I enjoy what I can conjure up with my imagination. As far as music is concerned I am open to almost all music including country and classical. The one type of music I cannot tolerate is gangster rap or even the more recent rap music, the older hip hop and rap music are the only kind I can listen to without making jokes. I can work in groups although I would rather concentrate on my own work for the most part in order to avoid any confusion, plus this helps me concentrate and create my own material. I am pretty original and I am open to criticism as long as it is helpful. Above all I hope to have a good time even if this is a college course. I look forward in meeting everyone that is partaking in such a fun, and entertaining  radio course.

Pablo Zequeira

feel free to add me on
or on the facebook.

I'm Joseph Baruch Warren - have you heard of me?

I have started using a capital W when I write about my Work. I'm not actually THAT pretentious - yet... but I like to pretend. I like to make movies though I have only made a few little tiny ones, mostly for school. Over the last, eh, eight years, I have created or participated in the creation of several sound projects - sometimes tiptoeing around narrative, sometimes just funny, sometimes unapologetic radio theatre.
I want to be Ira Glass, Dean Olsher, and Jean Shepard, but I also want to be David Lynch. Over the years, my favorite radio programs have included the following:
The Next Big Thing
The Shadow
This American Life
Fair Game with Faith Salie
Radio Lab
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Wait, wait don't tell me
Whaddya Know with Michael Feldman
and Rachel Maddow's show on Air America.
I don't like Le Show or Prairie Home Companion all that much, but I listen every few weeks because I have a certain respect, even awe for the stubborn genius Harry Shearer and Garrison Keilor have shown, week after week, year after year, decade after decade.
I can't imagine that anyone will be interested in following the following links, but examples of my (W)ork (alongside endless crap) can be found at:

I'll try to consolidate some of the best stuff sometime soon and post it here.


My attempt at brevity has failed.


oh, did I mention Wiretap? Jonathan Goldstein is amazing. If anyone can introduce me to him, or to Faith Salie, I would get all fanboy nerdy about it.

They sing "I'm in love, what's that song?"

Mad props if you know the song that my title was swiped from without the assistance of Google.


My name is Jim Freeman. I'm a transfer student from various institutions that I attended during my whole "I want to figure out what I want to do before shelling out ridiculous amounts of money for Lang College" phase of my life. My current major is Social Inquiry and I plan on going to grad school (which is the obvious thing to do with a degree in Social Inquiry if you want to make more than minimum wage) for either Sociology or Political Science. I am originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, which I assure you really does exist even though it sounds like Dr. Seuss made it up. It's actually not that far from Hell.

My prior experience in broadcast media stems from my involvement with the local public access station back home. I took a TV Broadcasting and Production class my Junior year, mainly because it interested me, but also a good excuse to get off my hickish High School campus. I became involved with a Friday Night Call-in Show, and did everything: tech director, talent, camera, sound, and CG. After graduating from High School, I helped produce a sketch comedy show that featured band performances in a studio on the station.

Mainly, my interest in New School Radio comes from a couple of things. First and foremost, I've been told that my musical tastes "suck", but I take these statements with a grain of salt because two different people who have said this have a HIM tattoo. I also realized that the majority of the musical acts that I prefer rarely get radio play. It's not that I just listen to obscure artists, even Neil freakin' Young, who is Rock and Roll's Lord and Savior, gets only "Heart of Gold" and "Rockin' in the Free World" airplay on the radio when he has a body of work that spans five decades. With my prior experience in television and my inherent interest in getting my horrible abrasive music out for the general public to hear, I figured the next logical step would be to get involved with radio. While a Freshman at Northern Michigan, I went into the Radio Station almost weekly to grab an application, which they never had in stock. My hopes and dreams were only crushed for a short while, as I discovered that the New School is all up on the radio. My interests will be both in doing talent for a music show as well as the engineering aspect of the radio station.

I don't know if I missed anything, but here's a really sweet Kalamazoo band. They're so obscure that they made a demo, played one show, and decided that they all hate each other. With no further adieu, Apres Cote (warning: they drop the F bomb in this track). I personally find them to be incredibly awesome for being together only a month.
Hello all,

As you can see, I'm Mariana and this is my second term at the Media Studies MA. My previous academic background is a BA on Marketing and Advertising in London and year and a half of a communications degree in Mexico.
Before coming to NY I was living in Mexico City where i worked for three years in political communication for the Mexican President as Production Director and Federal Government advertising sub director.
What I have the most experience with is with managing and putting together projects, writing advertising and marketing the produced messages. In case it helps, I have experience recording as I recorded all women's voices for dummys and sometimes when the things got hectic I would not have time to wait for actors to record radios so I'd do it (although very few occasions!)
At WNSR I would like to contribute by tailoring a marketing plan and executing it to expand awareness within our target audience (the school!), try writing some short contributions for the news segment and would love to record so if you need a woman's voice count me in for try outs!
Although I still have many questions about the course, I hope they all clear up next class.
I think that's it for now. 
See you friday!

Collaborate on a Radio Drama!

My name is Nick Heling. I'm a graduate student in Media Studies with a BA in Literature. I relocated to NYC from Asheville, NC in the Appalachian Mountains. I have some experience in radio production (WNYC internship, college radio) but, like you, I'm here for more.

I am interested in producing a radio play for a manuscript entitled “Hors D'oeuvres In Bed: The Hagiography of John Hartford”. The story involves a priest in crisis and the music of John Hartford. Fans of radio drama, A Prairie Home Companion, southern weirdness, folk, country and bluegrass music may be interested in this project. Please contact me if you wish to collaborate as I will need the help. The project calls for 5 speaking roles, some music performance and lots of other production.

Contact me at and I will pass on a copy of the manuscript. I would like to meet with interested individuals soon to discuss the possible future of this project.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Some Introductory, Pragmatic Info

Hello class! I'm Cambra, the Media Studies/Radio Lab TA. I worked with last semester's class as well, and I'm looking forward to helping the station grow and evolve even more this semester! I think we have a really great group this time around.

Briefly on me: I'm in my last semester in the Media Studies MA program, working on my thesis, which is about radio art and the female body. I can elaborate if anyone is interested, but I'll spare you here.

I want to point out a few things on the site and some general information to get us off and running this semester! First, you will notice a link on the right-hand side of the blog home page labeled "Campus Contacts." This is an ongoing list of various people to contact if you are interested in covering/are assigned to cover campus events. As most of you probably know, The New School's various divisions disseminate event calendars monthly. If you or your production team want to cover events on this calendar, you can contact the appropriate party in the spreadsheet directly to facilitate the process. I will be adding to this list as the semester goes on, and I encourage anyone with links to various divisions/departments to let the class know!

Also, a few of you mentioned wanting to work in "radio drama" in some respect during the semester. Some Drama faculty were kind enough to draft a list of Drama students who expressed interest in being involved in WNSR productions. This list appears as a link called "Drama Student Pool." I encourage anyone looking for acting/voice over talent to contact these students!

Finally, I thought I would link to some interesting listening to inspire us ! Benjamen Walker is one of my favorites the last few years. He has worked in public and freeform radio used to have a regular podcast until he stopped updating it in favor of, I'm sure, more important things. I think it's a lot of fun and a nice "fact/fiction" blend, to give you an idea of what's possible on the air. There are also lots of great listening/informational radio links on the blog home page; I encourage everyone to poke around.

Enjoy. I look forward to working with all of you this semester!

Let's try this again.

Hello class.

Let me introduce myself, albeit digitally. I am Richard Boggs, a media studies graduate student in my third full semester at this university. I'm a professionally trained journalist, with three years of on-air broadcast experience. I found my voice during that time, co-hosting a weekly revolving theme show entitled, "Love Smorgasbord." Since then, I have worked for a number of different media outlets, including print, and television broadcast.

Through it all, I have discovered that radio is my true love. At least when it comes to things that refuse to hug back.

This semester, my hope is to further the progress of WNSR, and usher it into a new era of consistency. Audience interest is prevalent among the student population, but that interest much be linked to accessibility and basic student utility. We need to make this station as much a part of basic student life at the new school as the seemingly endless building construction.

Well, enough of that.

For now, I have a proposition of sorts. I've recently had an interesting idea for a weekly radio concept which infuses a traditional radio set with traditional radio theater.

I call it Pop Walks.

The premise is simple. One hour, or 30 minutes, of music. However, instead of DJ's introducing or leading into music, the show focuses on recurring characters whose stories are told through the music being played.

The goal of the show is to have a dynamic interplay between the 1) Characters, 2) The Music, 3) The Audience.

I will explain further and in more detail if prompted and if met with equal interest by anyone who would like to participate. I'm thinking anyone in class who said they wanted to work in 'radio fiction,' 'drama,' 'voice acting,' or liked "Prairie Home Companion" should contact me.

For an example, listen to these:

Savior Spin
Swamp Gas

These are longer form radio pieces I've worked on this past couple of months. Pop Walks would be somewhat like this, but infused with a heavy dose of pop music. Duh.

My email:

Take care, contact me, and may good work be produced.

Richard Boggs
(573) 795 2315