March 31, 2017

Posthumous Praise: Chuck Berry

Hello peeps! I hope you're all having a wonderful day. Our guest for today has recently joined this club. I would like to introduce one of the pioneers of Rock n' Roll: Chuck Berry.

Source: Billboard

The great Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri where he was exposed early to music at school and church. He ran into trouble in his teenage years, but he made it through. He began to make music in the '50s. He had numerous hits, such as "Johnny B. Goode" and "My Ding-a-ling". Berry's sound was unique with its blend of different genres in one act. Berry is known as the "father of Rock n' Roll" with his song "Maybellene" being labelled by music  as the first official song of Rock n' Roll. To find out more about Chuck Berry go here. To try and catch any of Berry's songs, tune in here or 91.7FM to listen. Below is Chuck Berry's "Maybellene".  

March 30, 2017

SGA Spring Concert!

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Guess who is coming to campus in May!?
YES, you guessed it, T-Pain!!

T-Pain is an American rapper known for his famous collaboration with Chris Brown, JoJo, and Kanye West. He is a Grammy award winner and had impacted the music industry with revitalizing auto-tune. Student Government Association Spring Concert tickets are now available. Students may pick-up one free ticket with W&J Student ID, weekdays between 2:00 to 5:00 pm in the Student Life Suite, UL, Rossin Campus Center.  Any student unable to come during that time period may email to make arrangements for ticket pick-up.  

Beginning April 17th, students may purchase one additional ticket for a guest with current W&J ID - $20, cash or check made payable to W&J College.

Artist Spotlight: Louis The Child

Louis the Child has been an up and coming name in the electronica genre for quite some time now.  The Chicago duo is made up of members Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett who started performing together in 2013. The duo recently released their first EP titled "Love is Alive" on March 24th.  The album includes some of the singles they had previously released including the songs Fire and Love is Alive. You may have heard a few of the groups singles before including It's Strange featuring artist K. Flay and Weekend featuring the group Icona Pop.  The EP does not disappoint with songs like Slow Down Love and Go. Slow Down Love can be heard in the video below!  The duo masterfully combines the electronica category with chill vibes in all of the songs on the EP! Be sure to tune into WNJR 91.7FM to hear some of Louis the Child's remixes and be sure to check out the EP!

March 27, 2017

Relay For Life at W&J

W&J is going to be holding their first ever Relay For Life! Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event for the American Cancer Society that will be held by the Colleges Against Cancer Club. The Relay For Life is an activity and ceremony filled event that raises money for the fight against cancer, the Relay will be held next month on April 29th so if you want to get involved you can join the Colleges Against Cancer club team or create your own team! For more information go to the CAC club meeting this Tuesday at 6:00pm in Burnett 103 or contact Halie Ankeny (CAC President) at

Drake: More Life

Source: Complex
Hello, guys! Hope you all feel refreshed after a week of Spring Break vacation. Two Saturdays ago, Drake released his More Life album. Thought Views was a hit? More Life was streamed about 300 million times worldwide in its first week on Apple Music. This album surpassed Views by 50 million streams. The album was promoted last year in October when 'Fake Love' became a hit and was number 1 in many Billboard charts. With popular artists being featured like Young Thug, Giggs, Quavo, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, and PartyNextDoor, many have been trying to get their hands on the new album. So what is one thing that sets More Life apart from many of Drake's albums? The diverse genres in one album: hip hop, R&B, dancehall, grime, trap, and Afrobeat. Want to jam out and listen to hip hop and R&B? Tune in to WNJR 91.7FM every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday between 12AM and 5AM.

March 15, 2017

Tribute to: Joni Sledge

Source: Closer Weekly
There are a handful of songs that are so popular that it takes only one person to sing a couple of words, and you have a group singing along. Joni Sledge, along with her sisters, was one of the singers that rose to fame with one hit, 'We Are Family'. Unfortunately, last week she was found dead in her home in Phoenix, Arizona, where she allegedly passed due to natural causes. Although the Sister Sledge group was at its peak in the 70s, three of the four members of the group performed one last time in October so many people's memories of the group will remain fresh in their mind. Rest in peace and may her memory live on forever.
Interested in R&B on the air? Make sure to tune in to WNJR 91.7FM every Friday morning between 12AM-5AM.

March 13, 2017

A Night in India

Looking for something to do to de-stress from all of your midterms? The W&J Indian student association is holding their annual 'Night in India' event this Wednesday the 15th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. It will be a night to remember! The event will be held in the Rossin ballroom and will include an Indian feast, cultural performances, a raffle, and many other activities! This event is being held in order to raise awareness and increase the knowledge of students and faculty of this amazing culture! If you want to hear more about different cultures around the world be sure to tune into WNJR 91.7fm from 6:00-7:00pm to hear the show "Global Perspectives"!

March 10, 2017

Posthumous Praise: Janis Joplin

Hello everyone, we at WNJR hope you're all having a wonderful day! Today I'll be resuming my weekly blogs dedicated to deceased pioneers of music. Today our special guest is Janis Joplin!

Source: TSHA

Janis Joplin was nicknames the "First Lady of Rock 'n' Roll". The talented singer was born in Texas in 1943. She was invested in music, but hadn't been noticed on the scene until she joined the band Big Brother in 1966. The band's 1968 album, Cheap Thrills, garnered plenty of attention, but Joplin left because of issues with the band.  She then reentered the scene with her first solo album that received mixed reviews. Her second album that was released posthumously was a big hit. To learn more about Janis Joplin go here. Tune in here or 91.7FM to catch one of her songs.  Below is one of her hits Mercedes Benz.

March 9, 2017

It's Music Festival Season

Music Festival
Source: Yellow Sparrow
Hey everybody, it's about that time of the year to get ready for all of the upcoming music festivals!! There are lots of great artists performing this summer, many in the electronic music category.  Some festivals to keep an eye out for are Ultra, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Firefly which are all coming up in a few months!  A few of the festivals already have their lineups and they do not disappoint.  Ultra is coming up later in March and is known for being an electronica music festival.  The lineup features many DJs and electronic artists including Major Lazer, Galantis, Adventure Club, and ZHU.  Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Firefly all also feature many electronic artists, but also have a variety of other indie and alternative artists preforming.  Be sure to check out the festival websites if you want to learn more about artists preforming, and be sure to tune into WNJR to hear from some of the artists that will be there!

March 8, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: Rockabye
Studying as undergraduates, the band Clean Bandit met in 2008 and formed a band that would change the UK forever. Releasing their new album in 2012, the band peaked at number 100 on the UK Singles Chart, but in only two years later they finally reached number one with “Rather Be.” Releasing their first international hit allowed Clean Bandit to produce their second number one hit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie while also having the departure of their lead vocalist Neil Amin-Smith. The standing three members are now Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson, and Luke Patterson that still continue to thrive in the music industry around the world and sooner or later, a number one single will climb to the top of the United States charts as well. 


March 6, 2017

Indie Artist Spotlight: Philip Cohen

Source: PhilipCohenMusic
Philip Cohen, now being played in college radio stations across the country, is an Indie musician with a diverse and unique history that allows him to stand out like no other has. As a kid he learned to play the clarinet, violin, kazoo, and guitar. At a very young age he left home and headed north to Vermont, where he attended boarding school. Along with that he played full-time hockey in the Mid-West and Canada. He then attended the US Air Force Academy and graduated from the Sloan School in MIT. In an article posted by 'The Tech,' Philip mentioned that he is "trudging along the path to success in many areas," but he does not want "safety nets." Based on everything he has been able to do, I have high hopes that whether he remains as a musician, continues his business plans, or opens a couple more non-profit organizations, he will influence people, especially college students, nationwide. 

Caladh Nua coming to W&J

Can't think of a good way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day? Why not listen to some traditional Irish music! The band Caladh Nua is coming to W&J to perform music that has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music while being balanced out with an innovative contemporary flair. Calahd Nua is a band made up of five versatile musicians and singers, their music is deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. They have performed all over the world at festivals and through international tours, including cities like Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai, and Vancouver. Their performances have been broadcast on TV and radio, including on American Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE. They perform a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes. Caladh Nua is a young ensemble on the rise. They are going to be performing on Sunday, the 12th, at 7:30pm in the Olin Theatre. Tickets are available via the Olin Box Office: 724-223-6546 Hours: Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. W&J students, faculty, and staff may request two complimentary tickets.

March 5, 2017

Attention Students!!

Courtesy of W&J weekly
There are times in life when you are faced with a situation in which you can intervene and help stop a potentially dangerous situation - preventing a sexual assault or sexual harassment from occurring. As a friend, partner, classmate, family member, etc. you are in a unique position to do something about abuses you see. Learn how to be an effective bystander and how to confront abuses when they occur.

Active Bystander Training ~ Three sessions coming up soon!
This Sunday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, March 8 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 29 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

(Seats are limited; if sessions are filled, we will save your info for future sessions)
Sponsored by Advocates for Sexual Assault Prevention

March 3, 2017

Winter Tales XV @7:30 in Olin

Hello peeps, I hope you're all having a splendid day! I wanted to let you guys know about a special event this weekend: Winter Tales!

Source: Temp. Tat.

Winter Tales is an event showcasing the talents of student playwrights and actors. The 10-minute plays are a staged reading that offer a personal touch to the theatre. This is the fifteenth year for Winter Tales. This year's Winter Tales is today and Saturday at 7:30 in Olin Theatre. Below are the list of playwrights, including some of WNJRs own:

Abigail Adams
Jaqualynn Anderson
Alex Benner (WNJR show host)
Sonnieboy Blanco (WNJR show host)
Amina Brown (WNJR staff member)
Rachel Doty
Ty Greenwood
E.F. Jones
Emily Riazzi
Amiti Sharma (WNJR show host)

So please, come out and support your fellow peers, classmates, WNJR, and the theatre!

Simple Plan: Untitled   
As the week comes to an end and the fun begins, drunk driving is at an all time high. Statically, 31% of fatal drunk-driving accidents occur over the weekend generally between midnight and 3a.m, 28 people are killed each day by drunk drivers, and drunk driving costs each American $500 a year. While drunk driving is a crime that 100% preventable, watching a video like Untitled by Simple Plan can open eyes to an issue that doesn’t only affect the people killed, but also the ones that they love.  The video provides a personal look on the aftermath when a tragedy hits close to home and by telling the story of innocent victims caused by drinking and driving, it could save a life.  Stay alive, don’t drink and drive.


March 1, 2017

Happy Rodeo Month!

Houston Rodeo 2017 Line Up
Happy March, guys! Besides exciting events like Spring Break, I would like to point out one of my favorites, The Houston Rodeo. In March, over 2 million people gather during a 20 month period to attend this event. Being from Houston I can undoubtedly say it is a lot of fun. From learning about breeding and marketing farm products to amazing music and a carnival, it is one event not worth missing. Some featured artists this year are Aaron Watson, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band, and other pop singers. If you find yourself in Houston, I highly recommend you stop by for one of these events. Would you like to listen to country music on WNJR? Tune in every Monday morning from 12am-5am and every Saturday from 2pm-5pm for Country Memories.