23 December 2011

Velvet Xmas

Holiday Weekend Specials: Philosophy Talk and BackStory

Saturday, 24 December, 12:00 noon (re-broadcast Sunday, 6:00 pm): Philosophy Talk: How Relevant is Jesus? Some people think Jesus was the son of God, though many who are skeptical about that still think he was a great moral teacher. But if we really knew what Jesus would think about moral issues that he didn't confront while he lived – abortion, terrorism, euthanasia, gay marriage or the destruction of old-growth redwoods – would it be that helpful? Would his moral vision have any implications for these issues? Ken and John discuss the moral philosophy of Jesus and its contemporary relevance with Andrew Fiala, Director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State University and author of What Would Jesus Really Do? The Power and Limits of Jesus' Moral Teachings.

Saturday, 24 December, 6:00 pm (re-broadcast Sunday, 12:00 noon): BackStory: Naughty and Nice, A History of the Holiday Season. Christmas may be the big kahuna of American holy days, but it wasn’t always so. It used to be a time of drunken rowdiness, when the poor would demand food and money from the rich. The Puritans banned Christmas altogether. It wasn’t until the 1820s that the holiday was re-invented as the peaceful, family-oriented, and consumeristic ritual we celebrate today. In this episode, the History Guys examine the history of the “holiday season” in America. Has Christmas grown more or less religious? How has the holiday evolved and changed here? To what extent was Hanukkah a reaction to Christmas, and how have American Jews shaped and reshaped their own wintertime rituals?

17 December 2011

Winter Break

Finals week at W&J is over and students have headed home for the holidays. WNJR specialty shows resume partly during the January term ("Intersession") and fully once the Spring term commences in February. In the meantime, the WNJR automation robot keeps you company 24/7. Syndicated news and entertainment programs from Pacifica and Public Radio Exchange continue as usual.

11 December 2011

Philosophy Talk

Philosophy Talk has been added to the WNJR broadcast schedule, every Saturday at 12:00 noon and re-played Sunday at 6:00 pm. Join hosts John Perry and Ken Taylor for topics ranging from popular culture to deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways.


Philosophy Talk is recorded and produced at KALW in San Francisco and distributed by Public Radio Exchange.

22 November 2011

Golden Year 1961: Holiday Weekend Special

Join WNJR's Johnny Morgan, host of Oldies Jukebox, for a look back on 1961, the birth year of student radio at Washington & Jefferson College.

Saturday 26 November at 12:00 noon, re-broadcast on Sunday 27 November at 6:00 pm.

Reconsidering the Origins of Thanksgiving

Special Edition of Indigenous Politics, Thursday 24 November at 12:00 noon.

What are the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday in the US? Some Americans commemorate a harvest feast celebrated in 1621 at Plymouth between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims. Then, there is the 1637 proclamation by Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop, who claimed an official “a Day of Thanksgiving” to celebrate the colonists who massacred the Pequots at Mystic, Connecticut. How are these different narratives alternately celebrated and erased? How was the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday a way of solidifying American national identity? This show explores the politics of Thanksgiving with interviews that provide two very different perspectives. Join your host, Dr. J. Kehaulani Kauanui, and guests, Ramona Nosapocket Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), cultural worker and artist, and Moonanum James (Aquinnah Wampanoag), co-leader of the United American Indians of New England, who hosts an annual “National Day of Mourning,” on Cole Hill, MA, as an alternative.

12 October 2011

College Radio Day and 50 Years

An article about WNJR in today's Washington Observer-Reporter: WNJR marks 50 years on air, by Brad Hundt. That's Amparo Alpanes of Vamos Muchachos (Tuesdays at 2:00 pm) in the photo!

04 October 2011

This year marks the 50th anniversary of sudent radio at W&J!

02 October 2011

Reggie Watts, Every Day is Like Sunday

22 September 2011

Pacifica back

Pacifica Radio servers have been repaired. Our morning and afternoon news shows are back on the air.

20 September 2011

Pacifica disruption

Our morning and afternoon news programs (Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, Free Speech Radio News) have been disrupted due to an equipment failure at Pacifica Radio. They will return to air as soon as the Pacifica server is restored.

09 September 2011

New programming

WNJR Fall 2011

Specialty shows hosted by students, alumni, faculty, and community volunteers begin Monday 12 September. We also have a new morning line-up of jazz and news on weekday mornings:

5:00, jazz
7:00, Al Jazeera news
8:00, Democracy Now news
9:00, jazz
11:00, Al Jazeera news (repeat)

If you live in the Washington PA area and have a passion for music not typically heard on commercial radio (blues, classic country, big band, electronica, punk, etc.), we may have a place for you to host a program in the schedule. We are especially looking for knowledgeable enthusiasts to host a weekly slot in the weekday morning jazz schedule, 9:00-11:00. If interested, contact WNJR Faculty Advisor Anthony Fleury.

19 August 2011

Cliff!



It's been a blast having Cliff Bryson, audio engineer extraordinaire, in the air studio this past week. Completion of the renovation is in sight!

27 May 2011

STUDIO RENOVATION

WNJR is off-air until early July August for equipment upgrades. Thanks for your patience as we improve our facilities.

14 May 2011

2011-12 WNJR Staff

Station Manager: Jason Lee
Program Director: Position available
Music Directors: Kelly Miller and James Ransaw
Local Music and Electronica: John Frazier
Production Manager: Bob McMahon
Sponsorship Manager: Liz Pace
Publicity Director: Allyse Corbin

05 May 2011

Sign-Off and Fundraiser, Thursday and Friday

WNJR's annual 48 hour year-end event! Thursday and Friday, 5 and 6 May. Final exams start next week, so we are signing off for the academic year. We're also raising money to support our subscriptions to the Pacifica network (our source for Al Jazeera and other news programs), Public Radio Exchange (Radiolab and Live Wire!), and College Music Journal (for new music!). Call in to support alternative radio for Washington County. 724.223.6039 ext 3.

Service disruption, Thursday 5 May

Update: 10:15 am: Internet service has been restored and the WNJR webstream is functioning.

Internet service is down at Washington & Jefferson College, which affects WNJR's webstream and news programs from the Pacifica network. No Al Jazeera at 6 am today, and broadcast of Democracy Now at 8 am is uncertain.

03 May 2011

John Mark Scott's Farewell Lecture "A Child of the College: One Boy's Story"

In the inaugural "last lecture" at Washington and Jefferson College, John Mark Scott delivered "A Child of the College: One Boy's Story" to a packed house that included students, faculty, and friends of W&J.

Opening Remarks: President Haring-Smith and Vice President Jay White
Introduction of JMS: Dr. Robert Dodge, Professor of History
Keynote: John Mark Scott, Jr.
Closing Comments: Dr. Tori Haring-Smith

John Mark Scott Farewell Lecture "A Child of the College: One Boy's Story" by WNJR

John Mark Scott Tonight @ 7pm

WNJR is proud to be the official media coverage of Dr. John Mark Scott's farewell lecture entitled,
"A Child of the College: One Boy's Story" Coverage will begin at 7pm and last until the end of the lecture with the audio being post on this page shortly there after.

28 April 2011

WNJR Positions for 2011-2012

Applications are now being accepted for positions on the 2011-2012 WNJR Staff.

Application Form

Submit application and attachments electronically to Anthony Fleury by 12:00 noon Wednesday 4 May 2011. Interviews will begin immediately and may continue through finals week. No position will be filled before the application deadline.

19 April 2011

World Journey Special

John Mark Scott and special guest Robert H. Dodge interview Andrew Tabler and Joshua Stacher both W&J alums who have spent significant amounts of time in the Near East.

World Journey w/ John Mark Scott by WNJR

03 April 2011

WNJR Sports for April

Sat 9 Apr, 1:00, Softball v. Chatham
Sun 10 Apr, 1:00, Baseball v. Bethany
Sat 16 Apr, 1:00, Baseball v. Grove City
Sat 30 Apr, 1:00, Softball v. Bethany (Senior day)

6:00 am broadcast of Al Jazeera added


WNJR is now airing Al Jazeera English at 6:00 am, repeated at 11:00 am, Monday through Friday. The radio program is a one-hour digest of Al Jazeera's 24 hour news cycle, in an exclusive arrangement between the Pacifica Radio Network and Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera English is the first English language world news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Launched in November 2006, Al Jazeera English seeks to present every side and every angle to its stories and act as a bridge between cultures. With unique access, making it the channel of reference for Middle East events, and 65 bureaus strategically placed around the world, Al Jazeera English provides independent and impartial news for a global audience, giving voice to different perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.

30 March 2011

WNJR Weekly Top 10

1 RADIOHEAD The King Of Limbs TBD
2 R.E.M. Collapse Into Now Warner Bros.
3 DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead Capitol
4 STROKES Angles RCA
5 KEREN ANN 101 Blue Note
6 SMITH WESTERNS Dye It Blond Fat Possum
7 LYKKE LI Wounded Rhymes Atlantic/LL
8 MOTHER MOTHER Eureka Last Gang
9 AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD Tao Of The Dead Superball
10 COLD WAR KIDS Mine Is Yours Downtown (ok, so this song isn't from Mine Is Yours- but it's a good'n)

Brad Yoder on AcousticSongsLive

24 March 2011

College Radio Conference in NYC

Twelve students traveled with Professor Anthony Fleury to the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System College Radio Conference in New York City, 11-13 March 2011. They attended sessions on a range of topics, including fundraising, world music, sportscasting, digital archiving of music libraries, broadcasting careers, hip hop, and more. Funding for the trip was provided by National Endowment for the Humanities and W&J's Division of Student Life.


L to R: Dylan Pishney, Sara Bugajski, Dina Matta, James Ransaw, Coni Salinas, Anthony Fleury, Liz Pace, Dana Ringer, Erikka Loper, Khyati Thakore, Jason Lee, Allyse Corbin, Bob McMahon

Photo credit: Lauren Panton

Al Jazeera English on WNJR


WNJR is now airing Al Jazeera English at 11:00 am Monday through Friday. The radio program is a one-hour digest of Al Jazeera's 24 hour news cycle, in an exclusive arrangement between the Pacifica Radio Network and Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera English is the first English language world news channel to be headquartered in the Middle East. Launched in November 2006, Al Jazeera English seeks to present every side and every angle to its stories and act as a bridge between cultures. With unique access, making it the channel of reference for Middle East events, and 65 bureaus strategically placed around the world, Al Jazeera English provides independent and impartial news for a global audience, giving voice to different perspectives from under-reported regions around the world.

19 March 2011

Spring Break

It is Spring Break at W&J. Classes, and WNJR-produced programs, resume on Monday 28 March. We'll be doing some upgrades at the station during break, so there may be disruptions to the automated music and syndicated programs during the week of 21 March.

16 March 2011

WNJR Weekly Top 10

1 RADIOHEAD The King Of Limbs TBD
2 DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead Capitol
3 SMITH WESTERNS Dye It Blond Fat Possum
4 LYKKE LI Wounded Rhymes Atlantic/LL (8.3 from Pitchfork)
5 MOTHER MOTHER Eureka Last Gang
6 R.E.M. Collapse Into Now Warner Bros.
7 COLD WAR KIDS Mine Is Yours Downtown
8 PARTS AND LABOR Constant Future Jagjaguwar
9 SAID THE WHALE Islands Disappear Hidden Pony (SXSW Showcase Artist!)
10 SIMS Bad Time Zoo Doomtree

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. W&J Faculty and Staff

Tonight at 8:00 pm the WNJR sports department broadcasts a basketball game between W&J faculty/staff and members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WNJR coverage is free, but we encourage you to attend to help support two causes. All proceeds will be donated to NFL Play 60 and Washington County Special Olympics. Tickets are on sale for $7 at the Office of Residence Life. (724-229-5120 or email) Henry Memorial Gymnasium doors open at 7:00 and the game begins at 8:00. Bring your Steelers memorabilia for the halftime autograph session!

09 March 2011

WNJR Weekly Top 10

1 RADIOHEAD The King Of Limbs (TBD)
2 DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead (Capitol)
3 MOTHER MOTHER Eureka (Last Gang)
4 COLD WAR KIDS Mine Is Yours (Downtown)
5 R.E.M. Collapse Into Now (Warner Bros.)
6 SIMS Bad Time Zoo (Doomtree)
7 SMITH WESTERNS Dye It Blond ( Fat Possum)
8 HAFDIS HULD Synchronised Swimmers (Ok! Good)
9 IRON AND WINE Kiss Each Other Clean (Warner Bros.)
10 MOGWAI Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (SUB POP)

06 March 2011

New Music Board


Check the marker board in the air studio for recommendations from Music Directors. New music CDs are shelved behind the broadcast console.

01 March 2011

Careers in Sports, Monday 7 March, 5:30 pm

Monday (7 March) at 5:30 pm in Yost Auditorium (Burnett building) W&J's Office of Career Services is presenting a session on Careers in the Sports Industry.

One of the panelists is our own Mike Reddy (W&J 2008) who now works for ESPN. He was a sportscaster for WNJR and a Communication minor. Show up to support Mike, and learn about his interesting career path.

W&J Men's Basketball v. Grove City, 28 February 2008

W&J Women's Lacrosse v. Adrian (inaugural game), 8 March 2008

Presidents Beat, 27 February 2008

Contact Roberta Cross in Career Services for more information.

28 February 2011

WNJR Weekly Top 10

1 DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead-Capitol
2 SMITH WESTERNS Dye It Blond-Fat Possum
3 MOGWAI Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will-SUB POP
4 COLD WAR KIDS Mine Is Yours-Downtown
5 MOTHER MOTHER Eureka-Last Gang
6 LIZ JANES Say Goodbye-Asthmatic Kitty
7 DESTROYER Kaputt-Merge
8 STEREOFLOWER It's Alright, It's OK, Satellite Commander-Walking Horse
9 SETH GLIER Next Right Thing-MPress
10 IRON AND WINE Kiss Each Other Clean-Warner Bros.

EXTRA SPECIAL ADD: RADIOHEAD King of Limbs