November 30, 2016

America in Transition: The Conversation Continues...


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If you attended last Monday’s panel on the 2016 presidential election, you know that it was a thoughtful and spirited discussion.   This Thursday, December 1 from 8 to 9 pm on WNJR 91.7 FM, we will continue this conversation on-air.  In light of the new political reality facing America, we continue to ask how a Trump presidency came to be and what it might mean for our collective future.  Drs. Ryan Bunting (Education), Nichole Fifer (Political Science), and David Kieran (History) will address these and other relevant matters in an on-air panel discussion.  Joining them will be students Ty Greenwood and Keira Frazier.  Patrick Montague, a trained mediator and peace builder from Ireland, rounds out the panel.

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating and well-informed colloquy on WNJR, 91.7 FM, from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday December 1. 

November 18, 2016

Production of "Split" ..."A must see"

Split runs Nov. 17-19 at Olin
Photo Credit: Lauryn Halahurich

 “Split,” consisting of two one-act plays, is a bittersweet comedy about contemporary relationships.
The first play, “At Home,” finds Paul and Carol, the perfect couple, squabbling as they prepare dinner for themselves and another couple. “Abroad” is about the after-effects of the happy couple’s decision to split.
"Between the two acts, 'Split' becomes a 'La Ronde’ for today, a flourishing harvest of insights about the quest for continuity in relationships.” — New York Times
Communication Arts Theatre Department productions are free and open to the public. Olin Fine Arts Center is located at 285 E. Wheeling St. in Washington, Pa.

November 17, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Purity Ring

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Source: Go Indeep Music
Purity Ring is a Canadian electronic duo that formed in 2010.  The duo consists of members Megan James who does the vocals, and Corin Roddick who does the instrumentals.  The band's sound has been described as witch house and ambient, which fall within the electronica category.  The group's first album "Shrines" was released in 2012 and their most recent album "Another Eternity" was released in 2015.  With songs like "Fineshrine," "Begin Again," and "Bodyache" the band is able to encompass the electronica genre.  The band has played in many festivals in the past so be sure to keep an eye out for their name! Don't forget to tune into 91.7FM to hear more songs by Purity Ring and other artists like them!

Gypsy Lumberjacks on WNJR


A new Album of Gypsy Lumberjacks, "Giants of America" is now available. You can listen to some of the band's new hits such as Raise your dram, Chasing the sun, and Bad Boy on WNJR 91.7FM.

Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band. They perform with a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass.  Known for never performing with a planned set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes.  The Lumberjacks rarely play a song the exact same way twice or in the same order.  Even after six years of touring, the older songs are still finding new life every time they are performed. Tune in and enjoy, Gypsy Lumberjacks on WNJR 91.7FM.

Tune Thursday: A Taste of Reggae

As we head towards the final days of this week, there's no better way to wrap it up than by listening to some reggae music. From Notch to Tanto metro and Devonte, the sounds of this music genre will get you pumped for the weekend and in good spirtits for the next week to come. Whether you want to dance the night away or just hear a diverse collaboration with lyrics and beats then you're at the right place. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy the amazing songs "Nuttin No Go So" and "Everyone Falls in Love Sometimes."

November 14, 2016

Posthumous Praise: Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Happy Monday everyone, I hope your day is going beautifully. For today's praise we have the beautiful and multifaceted Lisa "Left Eye"Lopes.
Source: PaperMag

Lisa Lopes was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1971, TLC forming in 1991 with Lisa contributing her rap skills to the group. The trio's first album had three Top 10 hit singles. Their second album, Crazysexycool, won two Grammy's and produced some of the trio's most notable songs: Waterfalls, Red Light Special, and Creep. You can catch some of these jams here or on 91.7FM. For more information about Lopes go here. Below is a video of the trio's famous song No Scrubs.

November 11, 2016

Unity in America and on our Campus

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Today at 7:00 pm in the Media Room
At this point, everyone knows the results from our local, state, and national elections.  Some will be excited for what the changes in office will bring, and others may be worried about the implications of our newly elected officials. The Black Student Union, Latino Cultural Association, and Gay-Straight Alliance would like to provide you with an opportunity to share your opinions in an open forum.  The event will take place on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Media Room.  The hope is that we will be able to discuss our feelings about the recent elections to help us reflect on the results and move forward together.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union, Gay-Straight Alliance and Latino Cultural Association

November 10, 2016

Artist of the Week: Lady Leshurr

Happy Thursday World! I hope everyone had a great week by listening to great tunes, discovering new artist, and tuning into 91.7FM. The artist of the week will be no other than the one and only Lady Leshurr. The Queen Speech Series developed by Mrs. Leshurr put her into the mainstream spotlight and has allowed her to take her throne. Through her incredible voice, lyrical domination, and new style, she brings fresh air to the music industry and for the rest of the world to see. My favorite from her series would have to be Part Four due to her incredible introduction and attention that she captures. From the first moment the world discovered Lady Leshurr, it was clear to see that this is only the beginning and there is far more amazing work to come from such a talented artist. If you enjoy this original song by Lady Leshurr then check out her YouTube page linked below. Have a great week and tune in again next week to!

Interview with Kyle Simpson and Tom Kurlander & Ticket Giveaway

Happy Thursday everyone! We're so close to the weekend. On Tuesday we had guests filmmaker Tom Kurlander and W&J's own Kyle Simpson  in the station.
                                                   L to R: Kyle S., Amina B., Tom K.

Although the topics varied from voting to music, the duo were here to promote their extraordinary event A Rock Symphony and the organization they're a part of, 21Voices. The website is full of information about the event, Alzheimer's, and the vision the group has and their goal. The funding of their documentary comes from the concerts they've held so if you're not busy the wonderful event is this Saturday, November 12th, at 7PM in Cranberry Township. The duo and organization have also been kind enough to give us 8 FREE TICKETS to the event. If you're interested in a ticket be sure to email before they're all gone! If you would like to listen to the interview click here.

November 5, 2016

Alex Aiono and William Singe : Mash Up

Happy Friday! 
The artist spotlight for this week is Alex Aiono and William Singe for their mash up cover song to Confessions by Usher, Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd, and No Problem by Chance the Rapper. The dynamic duo wait was far overdue and fans couldn't be more excited. I hope you enjoy this creative and talented group of young men. To hear more visit their YouTube pages.

November 2, 2016

Watch Out Artist: Chloe and Halle

Watch Out: Chloe and Halle 
These two phenomenal sister have struck a heart in the R&B world with their crazy vocals and amazing spunk and style. They got their start on YouTube covering songs. In 2013, after their cover for "Pretty Hurts" went viral with nearly 12 million views, Beyoncé then signed them to her management Parkwood Entertainment. After that, they have appeared on numerous Award Shows and in the famous film "Lemonade." If you haven't gotten into the "gag"that is Chloe and Halle I recommend you listen to a cover song by them. You instantly become a fan!

Artist Spotlight: Woodes

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Woodes is an upcoming Melbourne based singer, song-writer, and producer in the electronica genre.  She has a background in classical music and began singing and writing songs with the accompaniment of the piano in high school.  Woodes, now 24 years old, has recently released her first self-titled EP "Woodes." Woodes has a very whimsical, airy, and folksy feel to her voice and lyrics, while keeping with the electronica genre.  This style can be found throughout the EP, but can especially be seen in the songs "Daggers & Knives," "The Thaw," and "Poison." If you have not heard of Woodes then she is definitely an artist to look out for.  You can hear more by Woodes and other artists like her by tuning in to 91.7 FM!

November 1, 2016

Posthumous Praise: David Bowie

Hello listeners of WNJR, today our praise goes to David Bowie.

Courtesy of: Roger Ebert

David Bowie was born in South London and was exposed to music by his older half-brother, who later committed suicide, becoming the focal point of Bowie's later song Jump They Say.  Bowie gained recognition overseas and in America in 1969 with the single Space Oddity. Bowie was a musical genius, but his love was not limited to music. With the sales of his albums going through the roof, Bowie appeared in The Man Who Fell To Earth in 1970.  To learn more about Bowie and his later years go here. To try and catch some tunes by Bowie, tune into 91.7FM or go here. Below is Bowie's hit Space Oddity.