December 31, 2013

Assistant Station Manager's 13 favorites of '13

Allyse's 13 favorites of 2013
Future -- Paramore

The Lonely Life  -- City and Colour 

Tap Out --The Strokes

Eden  -- Sara Bareilles

The City --  The 1975

Pieces -- Andrew Belle

I'm Not Your Hero --  Tegan and Sara

On The Way Home  -- John Mayer

I Knew This Would Be Love  -- Imaginary Friend (feat. Kina Grannis)

Burn -- Ellie Goulding

Holding On To You  --  Twenty One Pilots

State of Grace (Acoustic Version)  --  Taylor Swift

Sweater Weather  -- The Neighbourhood

December 20, 2013

2013 Faves, General Manager

Anthony Fleury's Favorite Music of 2013


1. Fat Freddy's Drop, Blackbird

2. James Blake, Overgrown
3. The National, Trouble Will Find Me
4. The Knife, Shaking the Habitual
5. Sigur Ros, Kveikur


Ahmad Jamal, Saturday Morning
B'shnorkestra, Go to Orange
Chelsea Wolfe, Pain is Beauty
Daughn Gibson, Me Moan
Dessa, Parts of Speech
Federico Aubele, 5
F*ck Buttons, Slow Focus
Janelle Monae, The Electric Lady
Jason Isbell, Southeastern
MIA, Matangi
Nashaz, Nashaz
Rokia Traore, Beautiful Africa
Son Volt, Honky Tonk
A Tribe Called Red, Nation II Nation
Wide Hive Players, Turnstyle


1. Dessa, Call Off Your Ghost

2. James Blake, Retrograde
3. Laura Mvula, Green Garden
4. Fat Freddy's Drop, Silver and Gold
5. Remy Shand, Where Are We Going?

More songs:

Atoms for Peace, Before Your Very Eyes
Gauntlet Hair, Spew
How To Destroy Angels, BBB
The Knife, Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Lightning Dust, Diamond
The Mavericks, In Another's Arms

Check back here for more top music lists from WNJR staff and volunteers, coming in the next few weeks. And visit Byronius Punk's blog for his top 10 countdown!

December 11, 2013

Happy Finals Week!

Hello WNJR enthusiasts,

It is currently finals week at good old W&J.  If you happen to see a student, please wish them good luck studying and finishing up the semester, if you see a faculty member, please wish them good luck grading!

The semester is winding down, so most student shows will air for the last time before Winter Break this week.

Please have a lovely Winter Break if you are a member of the college, and no matter who you are, have a wonderful holiday season!

We will hear from you all in 2014!

December 4, 2013

Enjoy Cuban Band Buena Vista on WNJR

The Buena Vista Social Club was a members-only club located in the populous Marianao neighborhood, in Cuba's capital HavanaBuena Vista means "good view" in Spanish. It was a member's club, that held dances and musical activities, which became popular in 1940s. In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity.

December 3, 2013

Jil Aigrot on WNJR

Enjoy the the songs from an album "Words of Love" by french theater actress and singer Jil Aigrot on WNJR 91.7.

Marion Cotillard's OSCAR-winning portrayal of the legendary Edith Piaf in the film "La vie en rose' owes a great deal to the vocal talents of JIL AIGROT. While Cotillard brought Piaf to life with her spot-on performance as  France's grand-dame of song, it is Aigrot's voice that the audience hears. 

This self-produced album "Words of Love" is an homage to the music of France's national diva Edith Piaf.

December 2, 2013

Last Swack Radio Drama Tuesday 5 p.m.

Hello devoted WNJR fans and friends!

Make sure to tune in to the last Swack radio drama hour of the semester!  The show will air on Tuesday, December 3rd.

This is the finale of Swack's (Jessica Zack and Valerie Swick's) Senior Capstone Project for the Theatre and Communication Arts majors.

The final episode of As the Bell Tolls, written and produced by Swack, will air at 5p.m.

Pictured above is some of the cast with Swack! 

Bottom row
From left to right: Morgan Mattingly, Xan Sayers, Kayleigh Verno.

Top row
From left to right: Jake Humes, Jim Campese, Andrew Adams, Valerie Swick, Jessica Zack.

Click HERE to check out their Facebook group.

November 18, 2013

MGMT in Pittsburgh !

 MGMT in Pittsburgh !

Brace yourselves ! Widely known psychedelic rock band MGMT will be performing at the Stage AE at 400 North Shore Drive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 2 , 2013. The capacity of venue is only 2400, so hurry up. 

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Matt!!
 Matt, host of OK Radio and one of our staff members, turned 21 today! You know how he's celebrating? By coming into his office hours from 2:30-4:30, and hosting OK Radio from 8-9 tonight. Stop by the station and wish him a Happy Birthday, and listen in tonight!

November 14, 2013

Briar Rabbit

It's a fact: a lot of people choose a book by its cover.  Librarians may not like it, but it happens. In this case though, Briar Rabbit's latest EP From Your Bones not only features some awesome tunes, but some pretty great, simple cover art. Or maybe it's just the suspenders?

Either way, this album is definitely worth the listen.  Although his performing name is Briar Rabbit, Phillip-Michael Scales provides a refreshing sound amidst the current indie craze.  He classifies his work as being in his own "thought-pop" genre that is based off of creating pop music with intellectual lyrics that captivates listeners.  He says that his main goal in creating these types of songs is to be seen as a storyteller, relating experiences and emotions in a way that is easily processed by the audience.  

Overall, the style of the album relies on the combination of classic folk and pop rhythms.  Who knew it was possible? 

We at WNJR can only agree with a Facebook review of the band that states, "It's smart, catchy, and something we didn't even know we needed."

You can listen to "So Long" and "Bothered No More" here on the band's Facebook page as well as check out pictures and videos from performances.

Checking up on the WNJR blog from afar or in the mood for a roadtrip? Go check out his next performance:
     Friday, November 22, 2013   
           8:00 PM; $5 cover            
         Redamte Coffee House         
   449 State St. I/J, Madison, WI  

Want more? Go check out his twitter or home page where you can access tour dates, videos, and merch!

And just in case you wanted to know, that typewriter isn't just a prop used during photographing, but he actively uses it to write up his lyrics. That's classy. (Another nifty tidbit: our station adviser owns and uses the same machine! Connection!)

 Happy listening (and typing)!

November 11, 2013


                         OK RADIO 

                       Monday 8:00pm

Tune in your radios to FM 91.7 to experience great humor with  Matt Egelman. OK Radio is one hour comedy show hosted by senior of W&J Matt Egelman.

Expected to hear: different comic topics by Bill Cosby, Lewis Black, Jimmy Pardo and other famous comedians.

The intention of OK Radio is to cheer up the listeners and share high quality humor.

November 4, 2013

Vamos Muchachos is the first Spanish speaking show on WNJR. Every Tuesday we offer one hour of Spanish music while we comment on Spanish news and events, all in Spanish of course.

Vamos Muchachos

Make sure to tune in every Tuesday at 3p.m. to experience Spanish music from Latin America and Spain!

Vamos Muchachos is the first Spanish speaking show on WNJR, hosted by Amparo Alpañés (Spanish faculty). Every Tuesday at 3 p.m., tune in for one hour of Spanish music while we comment on Spanish news and events, all in Spanish of course.

Expect to hearRicky Martin, Shakira, Juanes, Maná, El Canto del Loco, Julio Iglesias, Alejandro Sanz along with interviews with members from the W&J community: students who have been abroad, students from Spain or Latin America who are visiting students, members of the Washington, PA community, and students from SPN309 present their opinion on a book or movie that has had a great impact on their lives.

 The intention of Vamos Muchachos is to bring the Spanish speaking community and the students of Spanish at W&J together by promoting the Hispanic cultures and musics and creating awareness of how enriching all Hispanic cultures are.

November 3, 2013

C-side Jazz, Wednesday 9:00 am

C-side Jazz hosted by Cynthia Brennan is a blend of new contemporary jazz music with a strong undercurrent of soulful selections featuring brand new artists as well as those we’ve loved for decades. A 25-year veteran of on camera and voice work throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond, Cynthia has had music in her soul since birth. The daughter of oldies DJ Bob Livorio, her father spent 50 years in radio at WKPA in New Kensington, making his niche spinning the soul sounds of the sixties.

Join Cynthia Wednesdays from 9 to 11 am on WNJR 91.7 fm and on the web at 

“It has always been my career dream to host a jazz show.
Thanks to everyone at Washington & Jefferson College
and the WNJR family for making my dream come true.”

October 26, 2013

Halloween Week

Stay tuned to WNJR this week for holiday specials and spooky tunes.

Sunday 27 October 9:00-11:00 pm: L.A. Theatre Works, "Dracula"
Wednesday 30 October 5:00-6:00 pm: Big Picture Science, "Skeptic Check: War of the Worlds"
Thursday 31 October  8:00-9:00 am: The New Jazz Archive, "Halloween Jazz"
Thursday 31 October 5:00-6:00 pm: Philosophy Talk, "The Dark Side of Science"
Thursday 31 October 10:00 pm-12:00 am: L.A. Theatre Works, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

In high rotation, mood music by Bauhaus, The Cure, Dead Can Dance, P.J. Harvey, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Marilyn Manson, Ministry, Tom Waits, Xu Xu Fang, and more.

October 25, 2013

The Chris Teagarden Show

Elevator Music… Not This Show…
For the best in Classic Rock, tune into The Chris Teagarden Show, Wednesdays from 1-2pm on 91.7 FM WNJR, Washington.

Hosted by W&J’s own Chris Teagarden the show features music from The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and many more! There is just too much awesome music to list it all!

Chris has been spinning tunes since his undergrad days. Over the years he has developed quite the following, attracting listeners from all over America, and even Australia, The Czech Republic, The United Kingdom, and New Zealand!

October 21, 2013

Swack Radio Drama Hour

Swack Radio Drama Hour

Tuesdays from 5:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Tune in tomorrow night at 5:00p.m. to hear Jessica Zack and Valerie Swick's original radio drama series and talk show.  

The Swack Radio Drama Hour is a part of the duo's Communication Arts and Theatre Capstone and will feature their original Soap Opera, As the Bell Tolls

Swack (Zack and Swick) will play two episodes of As the Bell Tolls tomorrow night, and then discuss the production process. 

If you are a part of the Facebook community, you are welcome to join their group here!

October 16, 2013

WNJR t-shirts

Hello radio supporters!

WNJR is now in the process of pre-ordering t-shirts!  This order will include black crew-neck shirts with the 'WNJR listen' logo printed on the front center in white ink. 

If you're interested in purchasing a shirt for $10, please submit a shirt order as soon as possible.  Shirt order forms are available on the lobby table at the station.  You may also submit a t-shirt order or ask any questions by emailing Allyse at 

October 3, 2013

College Radio Day Success

WNJR would like to thank all of the students, community members, faculty, and radio show hosts that made College Radio Day a success! We hope you enjoyed the celebration. We appreciate your ongoing support!

September 24, 2013

Get ready to celebrate! Stop by the station on Tuesday and check out for more information about this special day.

September 7, 2013

Sunday Evening Radio Drama

New program! L.A. Theatre Works.  Radio dramas on WNJR, Sundays from 9:00 to 11:00 pm.

L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. In their 10-play live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings, world class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays.

Other nationally syndicated programs that can be heard only on WNJR in Southwestern Pennsylvania:

Sunday 9:00 am, Jazzin' Around
Monday 8:00 am, 12th Street Jump
Friday 8:00 am, The New Jazz Archive

Monday 5:00 pm, This Way Out (LGBTQ news and features)
Wednesday 5:00 pm, Big Picture Science
Thursday 5:00 pm, Philosophy Talk
Friday 5:00 pm, A Way With Words
Click the "Listen" tab to hear WNJR now. Student shows resume next week. Broadcast will return in a couple of weeks--thanks for your patience during broadcast maintenance.

July 31, 2013

Off Air for Maintenance

The WNJR broadcast has ceased until late August or early September for scheduled equipment overhauls.  The webstream is still available.

Democracy Now, Saturday Light Brigade, This Way Out, Allegheny Front, and Jazzin' Around will continue during this period.

12th Street Jump, The New Jazz Archive, Big Picture Science, Philosophy Talk, and A Way With Words will resume when the broadcast returns. Exciting news about an additional syndicated program will be announced soon.

Some of our community shows hosts will be taking a much deserved break from their shows during this period.

Student shows return in September!

July 12, 2013

WNJR on Your Phone!

We've been on your radio and your computer for years.  Now WNJR can be heard on your tablet and your phone too. Thanks to the W&J ITS staff, especially Jason Pergola and Justin Krehel, for setting up our new web stream service.  It has been tested on a variety of platforms and browsers, so chances are good you'll be able to listen in just about anywhere at anytime.  Click on the "Listen" tab to check it out.

July 2, 2013

Legends of Song

Our jazz Hi-Rotation list on WNJR for July is dedicated to the supreme singers of the past. This group had great popular success while still exercising their ability to swing with the great musicians  in jazz. These singers also had vast catalogs of recorded music that spanned decades. Phrasing melodies so that the lyrics communicated their story was their highest art. Enjoy these treasures.

We salute and remember..........The First Lady of Song-ELLA FITZGERALD






June 30, 2013

Program change: The Needle Drop

The internet's busiest music nerd is taking a break from radio for a while.  In this video, an exhausted Anthony Fantano eats raisins and explains that The Needle Drop continues on the web site and youtube.  If a radio show resumes--possibly in September 2013--it will be a talk show. 

June 19, 2013

Final Show: Sundry Lunch, 12:00 pm Today

Ben Sievers (center), host of Sundry Lunch, pictured with jazz hosts Patrick Arena (left) and Jonathan Miles.
Today's will be the last episode of Sundry Lunch, a long-running favorite here at WNJR. Community volunteer Ben Sievers has led listeners on a great journey of "new music discovery" for the past several years.  We will miss his steady presence and discerning taste in music!

Tune in at noon today to catch Sundry Lunch, then stay tuned for The Chris Teagarden Show at 1:00--Chris' show today will be a tribute to Ben.

June 13, 2013

Country Memories

Tune in this Saturday 2:00 to 6:00 pm for the debut of a new show on WNJR.  Country Memories, hosted by veteran area DJ Randy Allum, is a showcase for classic country of the 1950s to early 90s.

June 10, 2013

Good News: Johnny Morgan

Check out this great press about John Friedmann '02 in yesterday's Washington Observer-Reporter: DA by Day, DJ by Night. John was the station manager while he was a student at W&J and now hosts The Johnny Morgan Show, Thursday nights at 6:00 pm as a WNJR community volunteer. The article is by O-R Editorial Page Editor Brad Hundt, who is also a community volunteer.  Brad Hundt's Mixtape can be heard on Friday nights at 6:00 pm.

Bad News: Al Jazeera

The Pacifica Radio Network will cease distribution of Al Jazeera English in August 2013.  It is part of a reorganization of Al Jazeera in anticipation of their debut on U.S. television as Al Jazeera America.  This may lead to a reorganization of the news schedule here at WNJR too--more on that soon.

May 29, 2013

Summer 2013 Updates

Campus is mostly quiet again after W&J's 214th Commencement, but many of the WNJR community volunteer hosted programs continue throughout the summer.  Check the Broadcast Schedule (tab above) for details.

There are some changes to the schedule for summer.  Morning jazz will continue until noon on weekdays--the 11:00 am re-broadcast of Al Jazeera English news will resume in September.  12th Street Jump, The New Jazz Archive, A Way With Words, Big Picture Science, and Philosophy Talk will take a break for the summer but will return to the schedule in September.

WNJR will be off air for a few weeks beginning in late June for some equipment maintenance.  Between now and then you may notice some occasional hiss and/or static in our broadcast signal--the source of this problem is the equipment that will be overhauled in June and July.  Until the repairs are completed, disruptions in our signal will probably be more frequent as temperatures rise.

Our streaming server stopped working this morning.  A new webstreaming service will be operational by mid to late June.

May 19, 2013

"I'll have another 'Mancini' please."

The music of Mr. Henry Mancini is the focus of our Mid-May JAZZ Hi Rotation list. Pittsburgh claims Henry Mancini as a hometown musician, having grown up in West Aliquippa. After his stint at Juilliard and the U. S. Army during WW II, during which he helped liberate a concentration camp, H.R began his composing and arranging career in television. His work on the shows Peter Gunn and Mr.Lucky are represented on our list by jazz pianists Dave Grusin and Harold Maybern. Another tune from Peter Gunn is 'Dreamsville' sung here by his daughter Monica Mancini and Kenny Rankin. Mr. M was nominated for an unprecedented 72 GRAMMY Awards during his lifetime, winning 20 of those. His 18 ACADEMY AWARD Nominations included 4 wins:  Moon River-best song, Breakfast at Tiffany's-best score, The Days of Wine and Roses-best song and Victor,Victoria-best score. One of his most joyous works was the Theme from The Pink Panther heard by Jazz great James Moody on WNJR. Filling out our 'Hank' tribute is vocalist Tiana Hall with Two for the Road. The music of Henry Mancini will survive the test of centuries and we have it all right here now on WNJR FM. Thanks for the tunes Man! WE DO JAZZ!

May 8, 2013


Johnny Morgan is in the house for Oldies [RAW]! 
The thermometer is growing! Tune in to Adam for the rest of the hour (until 10:00pm) If you'd like to be a part of our RADIORAGER, call 724-223-6039 ext 9! There are also directions on this website on donating under the "Support Us" tab.


Sophomore Adam Kmett ends his semester-long musical journey around the world in Detroit! 


Senior John Zustra hosts "Hour of Power". 


After a semester long hiatus, Country with Cowboy Curt returns to WNJR's airwaves! 

Indie Cup 2013

WNJR has put our in-house hipsters against each other in a battle of epic proportions. 
This year, our new music shows, Sundry Lunch and Patton Procured are competing to see who will receive the most call-in donations. 

At the end of the day, the host with the most donations will receive the "Indie Cup" and bragging rights for the following year.

Call (724) 223-6039, extension 9 to make your pledge! 

As of 5:00PM, Patton Procured is in the lead by 5 cents. That's right, the Indie Cup has come down to one nickel. 

Of course, Chris Teagarden believes we all are winners at 91.7 WNJR. 

Good luck Ashley and Ben! May the calls be ever in your favor. 

2:00 PM

Chris Teagarden and Ashley Patton are excited about radioRAGER! 


radioRAGER 3:00 am

Pictured is staff member Allyse Corbin, awaiting your calls! 

radioRAGER 2:00 AM

radioRAGER has started! TUNE IN NOW!


radioRAGER 2013 Schedule

Tune in to our 24-hour sign-off today and enjoy an eclectic mix of programming! 

April 30, 2013

Nighten-M A L E S

May is Male jazz singer month! I just declared it so.

Time to give the guys their due. Our Hi-Rotation jazz list for May is all Men.

So, Here they are Ladies and Gents!

                                                          'The Testoster-Tones.'

THEO BLECKMAN- His encomparable recording called 'Duet for One.' He seems to be singing in 2 separate voices at times. No tricks, no overdubs...just the human instrument.

TONY DEPAOLIS- Hidden away among the many great instrumentals on his release 'The Contemporary Dynamic'  bassist Tony DP turns in a lovely, tender vocal on this old undiscovered gem. 'East Side of Heaven.' Take that Bing Crosby.

BOBBY MCFERRIN- A masterly 'Round Midnight' from the film of the same name. 

What time is it, Sir?

The other men highly rotating are:

                               IAN SHAW       KURT ELLING     FRANK SINATRA     TONY BENNETT

So, tune in during jazz hours and get a special treat of the....the music...the joy....the men of jazz singing!

April 17, 2013


Read the W&J press release about Erikka's PAB award.  Erikka is pictured above on the left, during a performance in Professor Cameron's Intersession 2013 Radio Dramas course.


The students in this semester's COM 360 Community Radio have all passed the written portion of Level 3 testing.  Air studio demonstration exams start soon, and this level includes how to use the turntables.  Vinyl records are making a big comeback--learn about how they are made by watching this video that AcousticSongs Live host Mitch Bell brought to our attention.

April 7, 2013

BIGDADDYJAZZ Get some Spring on your JAZZ!

Ah what's that outside? Spring has sprung and the jazz has rizz! I wonder what the new jazz hi-rotation is!

An oldie but goody has June Christy with Stan Kenton alumni singing "Give Me  the Simple Life"-

                           Clare Fisher Latin Jazz Big Band showing us 'San Franciso PM'

          New release by young pianist Aaron Diehl from his CD 'The Bespoke Man's Narrative'

                                                Wayne Shorter's wild new 'Without a Net!'

From the Pittsburgh jazz scene we have Sean Jones from his CD Gemini and Brazilian singer  Kenia singing the lovely 'Your Face' from 'Simply Kenia.'

Vocalist Mark Winkler turning in a lightly swinging CD 'The Laura Nyro Project'  Can u surry?
'Stoned Soul Picnic'

Soren Gemmer-At First

Renee Yoxon- Sao Paulo

Lisa Hilton-Slow Down

Get some sun on your jazz!