World College Radio Day 2020

Written by on September 30, 2020

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WMSC Sponsors and Participates in Hybrid 2020 World College Radio Day

WMSC organizes 30-Hour Hybrid WCRD Marathon

MONTCLAIR, NJ, September 30th, 2020 – WMSC will be joining nearly 600 stations within 38 countries for the 10th annual World College Radio Day this Friday, October 2nd. WMSC is an official sponsor of the worldwide event alongside RCS Sound Software, Spinitron, SoundExchange, and many others. The station will host a 30-hour special programming hybrid marathon featuring some of the best shows and on-air talent, exclusive interviews, music performances, intercollegiate collaborations and much more. The shows have been  strategically stacked to allow for social distancing and sanitation of the studio between key live shows. 

This year’s theme is Global Solidarity Rocks highlighting the kind of solidarity that exists within the medium of college radio worldwide on this day, but also a call for global solidarity in the midst of global health crisis and civic unrest in the face of systematic injustice. 

Disc-jockey and on-air personality Tara Cicchetti will officially kick off the festivities on October 1st at 7pm to celebrate the launch of the 24-hour World College Radio Day broadcast in New Zealand. She’ll be in good company with WCRD 2020 official ambassador, multi-platinum music icon, Bret Michaels and fellow broadcaster,  American professional wrestler Brimstone, for an exclusive interview.  

Highlights from the marathon include a live launch at midnight to celebrate the start of WCRD in the USA; a special two-hour edition of The Morning Buzz; Rocky’s (Virtual) Dance Party; two hours of special interviews and music performances by artists such as Shape of Water, Declan McKenna, Steeven Chouinard of Le Couleur, Michael McCartney, Starwolf, and Milo Gore;, a simulcast en Espanol produced by WMSC;  a special edition of Tom Kaminski’s Back to the Future featuring Bob Williams; the premiere of a documentary telling the story of the ten years of World College Radio Day; and a one-hour special featuring WMSC’s interview with Bret Michaels, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God and David Ellefson of Megadeth.  

 

Never to let any obstacle deter them from their mission of making the most of college radio, WMSC’s student management team at Montclair State produced a DIY video greeting to spread hope and cheer to their peers around the world during these interesting times.  Produced and Directed by Joshua Noel Tirado and edited by Celine Da Silva.

WMSC’s World College Radio Day Video Greeting

 

“College radio students have demonstrated impressive adaptability and resilience during these difficult times,” says Anabella Poland, general manager of WMSC-FM and president of College Radio Day. “It is this determination to carry on and not let the virus define their time in college radio that has played a significant role in boosting their confidence, versatility and creativity.”

The station was also selected to partake in the 24-hour World College Radio Day Marathon broadcast featuring 24 stations from 5 continents that will be airing on Live365. See schedule below for more information: 

The Student Management Team have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to outdo last year’s event even though there are a number of restrictions due to the pandemic. World College Radio Day is cherished by the students and is a huge part of their legacy at WMSC. 

“College Radio Day for WMSC has always been the most lauded day of the year. Every group of students that have been involved over the past decade fondly remember their experiences during our day long marathons,” said WMSC’s station manager AJ Melillo. “This year College Radio Day will not be celebrated by big in-person gatherings as we have done in the past, instead we will be  cramming into a Zoom conference call and across all social media. That is what makes college radio so special though. This year is about bringing the world together in solidarity and we hope to bring joy through music, laughter and love to all those listening from New Zealand to New Jersey.”

A select number of WMSC members gained the opportunity to work alongside The College Radio Foundation’s taskforce for this year’s event, and found it to be an insightful experience. 

“At a time where I feared that the pandemic would limit college radio in my college career, our mentor Anabella Poland encouraged me to work alongside professionals in the college radio industry. I’ve been able to learn more about the inner-workings of how stations operate than ever before,” said Kaya Maciak, Office Manager for WMSC and taskforce member of World College Radio Day. “WMSC has been my anchor since the stay-at-home orders began in March, as we continued to virtually broadcast throughout the pandemic. We are continuing to find the best ways to work in hybrid mode, and these inspiring efforts have increased my motivation, confidence and creativity as a young professional”

Follow WMSC on Instagram @wmscradio and Twitter @WMSC to interact with WMSC members and stay on top of all World College Day activities. Follow the hashtag #WCRD2020 #collegeradioday and #globalsolidarity rocks to be inspired by this worldwide collaboration. 

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About WMSC:

WMSC is a non-commercial, alternative rock and talk college radio station located in New Jersey and owned by Montclair State University. WMSC broadcasts at 90.3 MHz, online at www.wmscradio.com and is also available on the iHeartRadio App & Platforms. It is the mission of WMSC to provide an educational and pre-professional experience in a co-curricular activity for the student body of Montclair State University fostering student learning, professional advancement and civic engagement.

About World College Radio Day:

The mission of World College Radio Day is to harness the combined listenership of hundreds of thousands of college radio listeners throughout the world and celebrate the important contribution of college radio by uniting for one day. The College Radio Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit based in New Jersey, organizes the yearly event. For more information about College Radio Day and the College Radio Foundation, please visit: www.collegeradio.org. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Anabella Poland gm@wmscradio.com


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