February 28, 2017

Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani and Victor Puebla

Last Friday, in Global Perspectives with Joseph Jorjoliani, an international student from Spain, Victor Puebla discussed his experience in the United States and promoted his home town of Burgos. You can see the summary of the show below.
Victor Puebla is an international exchange student from a beautiful country of Spain. He is spending his second semester here at W&J College. He has highly improved his English language skills and hopes to go back to Spain and educate others on his experience at W&J. Mr. Puebla comes from a distinguished town of Burgos in the north of Spain, he suggests that everyone visit Burgos as it is one of the oldest European cities. Interestingly, Burgos is the hometown of the first born European as Mr. Puebla claims. Besides archeological sites, Burgos is full of other historic buildings and gothic architecture. Victor cannot imagine being away from home for a long time, therefore he traveled back to Burgos during the winter break.
Victor’s academic career is a very diverse one as he is pursuing a degree in Engineering back in Spain but at W&J he takes business classes. He thinks that classes here are not as hard as back in Spain. “I do not think that courses that I take here are challenging, perhaps they are easier than the ones in Spain”. Victor’s university  
Mr. Puebla is deeply attracted by American social life, he enjoys hanging out in fraternity buildings on weekend and loves to taste free Milkshake at Monti's, " Monticello is a nice place, I love to play table tennis there and enjoy a good company of my American as well as foreign friends."
Victor visited many distinct places in the US including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh. His favorite city is Washington DC as he thinks there is a mixture of both busy and relaxing lifestyles.

February 27, 2017

La La Land's Oscar Wins

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After getting nominated for 14 different awards, the movie-musical "La La Land" left the Oscars having won six, not seven as many who turned off the TV early might have thought, being that announcer Warren Beatty announced that "La La Land" had won "Best Picture"and only after they had started their "thank-you" speech did Jordan Horowitz, a producer of "La La Land", correct the misinformation and announce that the movie "Moonlight" had actually won. Despite that, "La La Land" still left with quite a few golden statues, including "Best production design", "Best cinematography", "Best original score", "Best original song", "Best directing", and "Best lead actress". The "Best original song" went to the song "City of Stars", however both that and the song "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)" were nominated from "La La Land" so instead of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone each preforming their songs, another star of the film, John Legend sang a beautiful mash-up of the two. Congratulations to "La La Land", "Moonlight", and every other winner from last night!

February 23, 2017

The Come Back: Jo Jo

The Come Back: JoJo
We all know JoJo as the teen idol that stole our hearts with "Too Little Too Late"and "Leave" in 2004. Then she hit us with her remix of "Marvin's Room"by Drake that took over YouTube with over 44 millions views. Now she has graced with her latest album "Mad Love" including features such as Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalfa, Alessia Cara and Remy Ma. This album is very powerful with many anthem songs like "FAB" and "Apologies". My personal favorite track on this album is "Mad Love" it gives an R&B with rifts and runs of classic hits! I enjoyed the journey through this art and I hope that listeners take the time to experience this album as the hand crafted, thoughtful art that it is. JoJo's voice is powerful and soulful she is bound to making music for a long time. 

Artist Spotlight: Big Wild

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Source: Twitter

Big Wild is a relatively new name to the electronica genre.  A native of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Jackson Stell first began DJing, producing, and composing music as a teenager.  When Stell moved to California, he was inspired by the surrounding landscape and began producing rather atmospheric and chill tracks.  In 2015, Big Wild caught the attention of music duo ODESZA, and they signed him to their Foreign Family Collective name.  Big Wild released the song Aftergold under the name, and he just recently released a new EP titled "Invincible." The EP features tracks with catchy beats and chill vibes including songs like I Just Wanna, When I Get There, and Invincible.  Be sure to tune into WNJR to hear some of these songs and more artists similar to Big Wild!

February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday, Rihanna!

On February 20th, 29 years ago, a wonderful and influential soul was born in this world. I am speaking about the one and only, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, also known as her stage name, Rihanna. This pop star began her music career in 2003 when Evan Rogers had her sing a couple of demos, which landed her a contract with Syndicated Rhythm Productions. After that, Def Jam Records signed her, and in 2014, she signed with Roc Nation Records. Her talent has earned her 8 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 12 American Music Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, and others. Not only does she influence others through her music, but she is also a trend-setter. From showcasing her own fashion line, to modeling for designer brands, she can be considered a powerful person in the music and fashion industry. Once again, happy birthday, Rihanna!

It's V-Week!

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Today until Friday is V-week, there will be a week long radio show discussing different issues that women deal with. The show will be panels made up of different students, and faculty talking about their experiences and what they have learned throughout their lives about the topics. On Friday and Saturday there will be the performances of the Vagina Monologues to finish off the week. The Vagina Monologues are individual monologues written by different women talking about the sometimes humorous, sometimes taboo parts of being a woman in the world today.

The schedule for the V-week panels:
Tuesday 4:00pm-5:00pm - Beauty standards and body image
Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm - Intersectional feminism through identities (race/ethnicity, ableism, sexual orientation, etc.)
Friday 6:00pm-7:00pm - Media representation (film, TV, music, etc)
All of them will be on WNJR 91.7 fm!

February 17, 2017

FlashBack Friday: Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

Happy Friday! As the week ends and the weekend begins, it's time for a flashback song that many of you may know. Singing sensations Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat partnered together for one of the most memorable love songs known as "Lucky." Reaching over 100 million views on YouTube, the hit single also won the pair a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The king of love songs and queen of vocals made a successful and meaningful song that will be around for many generations to come so without further ado, here is the hit single "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. Enjoy, have a great weekend, and tune into WNJR Radio 91.7FM! 


February 16, 2017

Blessings: Chance The Rapper

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Chance the Rapper
  It seems like for this rapper blessings keep falling in his lap. This year for the Grammy's Chance the rapper took home 3 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. The rapper won for his album, "Coloring Book," beating out performers, including Drake and Kanye West. Another fun fact for this sensational artist is he became the first black hip-hop artist to win the award since Lauryn Hill in 1999. There are some big things happening for Chance. He continues to push the envelope for music by incorporating gospel and raising the performance aspect of his musical talent. Below is his acclaimed video performance "Problem"


Artist Spotlight: BANKS


Jillian Rose Banks, more commonly know as BANKS, is an American singer and songwriter from Orange County, California.  BANKS has been described as have an alternative hip-hop or electro-pop sound.  The singer has unique vocals that blend perfectly with the electronica genre.  Her amazing voice can be heard in songs like Goddess, Beggin For Thread, and Trainwreck.  BANKS is known for her debut album, Goddess, released in 2014, and for her most recent album The Altar which was released September 30th of 2016.  If you are a fan of The Weeknd then you may have heard of BANKS before because she toured internationally with him in 2013!  Her song Waiting Game was also featured in Victoria's Secret holiday commercial that same year. Be sure to listen to WNJR to hear songs by BANKS and more artists like her!

February 13, 2017

David Bowie's Grammy Wins

Source:  Esquire
David Bowie was posthumously nominated for awards in five different categories at the 59th annual Grammy's, and last night he won in all five categories, best alternative music album, best rock song, best rock performance, best recording package and best engineered non-classical album. In life Bowie was nominated for 12 Grammy's but only won in 1985 for best short-form video, so the five awards he won at the Grammy's are the first he won in the musical category. The album that won, Blackstar, was released in 2016 on Bowie's birthday, January 8th, just two days before he died on January 10th. The album was planned as a "swan song" because, although he hadn't made the information public, he had been diagnosed with liver cancer eighteen months beforehand. The lyrics reflect that Bowie was dealing with his own mortality and his impending death. David Bowie was one of the world's best selling music artists after selling an estimated 140 million records worldwide, and was one of the most influential musicians of this century.

Grammy Awards: Adele

Did anyone tune into the Grammy Awards last night? A lot of interesting things occurred, but one person who really stood out to me was, the one and only, Adele. Besides the fact that she won the Album of the Year award against other world renowned artists like Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, and Drake, Song of the Year Award, Record of the Year Award, and others, what she said and did on stage was something to remember. To start off, she was very honest with herself and the crowd. Adele admitted that her new album was a "comeback" because she had not released one since 2011. Her biggest inspiration, according to her speech, is Beyoncé. "I adore you and I want you to be my mommy." She later broke her Grammy award in two so she can share her award with Beyoncé. We all have a dream and someone that inspires us to follow it. Who is your Beyoncé?

February 10, 2017

WNJR V-Week Series

Hello beautiful fans of WNJR, I hope you're all having a wonderful day. The staff here at WNJR has some exciting news: there will be a week-long radio show discussing various women's issues for V-Week!

V-Week or Vagina Monologue Week, is a week consisting of events and programs focusing on various women's' issues and their obstacles and achievements, capped off by performances Friday and Saturday of monologues written for and by women about humorous situations to topics seen as taboo. The WNJR Series is meant to focus on similar topics that we feel are important and integral to the development and furthering of the community, for both female and male audiences.

The schedule consists of a different topic and discussion panel each day. Each show will run 45-60 minutes and will be available on Soundcloud. The below schedule is the running times:

Mon. 2/20-(8pm-9pm) Domestic Violence and Assault/ Harassment (sexual and verbal, e.g. cat-calling)
Tues. 2/21-(4pm-5pm) Beauty Standards/ Body Image
Wed. 2/22- (6pm-7pm) Workplace Experiences and Discrimination (wage gap, competing in a man's world, etc)
Thurs. 2/23- (4pm-5pm) Intersectional Feminism through identities (race/ethnicity, ableism, sexual orientation)
Fri. 2/24-(6pm-7pm) Media Representation (film, tv, music, etc)

If you're interested in participating in any way (as a student or staff member) email amina@wnjr.org. Thank you and I hope you all are able to tune in here or 91.7FM.

February 8, 2017

Indie Music Director

Hello, y'all! Last semester I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad in Chile, which, of course, meant I was not working here at WNJR. Last year I used to work on syndication and also had my country music show every Friday afternoon. I am proud to announce that I will be the new Indie music director and I cannot wait to listen to a genre I began exploring recently during my time abroad. If you guys have any questions or recommendations, feel free to email me. My contact information is located under the "About WNJR" tab. Have a great week!

What's Up Wednesday: No Doubt


What's up everyone! I hope you're all enjoying the first official week of spring semester and that you had a great weekend. Today, I've chosen to throw the charts back to one of the greatest American rock bands of all time which is No Doubt. This group originated in Anaheim, California in 1986 with the lead vocalist being none other than the infamous, Gwen Stefani. The six man (and woman) band broke the records with their hit single Don't Speak on the Billboards at number one for sixteen weeks! Despite the success of the group, in 2004 they decided to work on solo albums which introduced America to the rare and unique sound of Gwen Stefani. Releasing two successful solo albums such as Love. Angle. Music. Baby in 2004 and The Sweet Escape in 2006, Gwen reached number one on the Billboards while recently releasing her first solo number-one album in 2016 as well. As the group continues to tour together occasionally throughout the years, they remain as one of the most iconic groups in America still to this day.             

February 6, 2017

Artist Spotlight: Jain 

Her birthday is tomorrow so I thought it would be best to show some love to one very interesting and little-known artist:
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Jain, Jeanne Galice, was born in and spent the first nine years of her life in Toulouse, France. However, as a child Jain also lived in India and the Republic of the Congo because her father's job, which moved them around. It was in Dubai that Jain's interest in Percussion became a love, and it was in the Congo where she met a producer who taught her how to program and how to record herself. Using this new knowledge, Jain began writing songs and making music. While her music is put in the genre of pop, it is definitely unique, she has been inspired by the different types of music she heard around her throughout her childhood, namely, Arabic percussion, African rhythms, electro, reggae, soul and hip hop. Her bright and inspiring lyrics just bring her songs together and make you want to listen to them over and over again. Her album, Zanaka, which means "childhood" in Malagasy (her mother's native tongue) is a diary that documents her life from ages 16-23 years old, and is worth listening to.

February 2, 2017

First Week of Spring Semester

Good day beautiful listeners of WNJR! It's the first week of classes and the staff here at WNJR would like to wish you a wonderful semester and great grades! We have new shows, new faces, hopefully new fans and we couldn't be more excited.

To help remind you all of what's going on, here's an updated staff list, positions, and emails in which you guys can reach us.