WMSC’s 50th Anniversary – 100 Hour Marathon

Written by on April 13, 2017


Contact: Anabella Poland
WMSC Radio-General Manager
School of Communication and Media
Email: polanda@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973-655-3135

For Immediate Release:



MONTCLAIR, NJ (April, 7, 2017) — In celebration of its 50th anniversary, 90.3 WMSC- FM “The Voice of Montclair State,” will be broadcasting 100 hours of live event programming beginning at 7 PM on April 16 and ending on April 21.


Montclair State alumnus Tom Kaminski (Class of 1984), WCBS Chopper 880 reporter, will kick off the festivities at 7pm on Sunday April 16 with a special edition of its regularly scheduled “The Back to the Future Show.”


“Montclair State University and WMSC provided the foundation for my 30-year radio career, and I’m honored to kick off our 100-hour marathon to celebrate 50 years of this amazing radio station,” said Kaminski.


During the opening program, WMSC founder Ed Helvey will join Kaminski to discuss the beginning of the station, then known as WVMS (The Voice of Montclair State), and how his dream to connect commuter students has grown ever since.


 “It’s humbling to know my dream has ultimately impacted millions of people, including students, listeners and especially those who went on to careers in broadcasting,” said Helvey, who founded the station.  “I was only the spark that ignited the fuse. Credit must go to the more than one-thousand students over the past half century who were inspired by my dream and carried it forward to what WMSC has become 50 years later.”


The marathon celebration will showcase 47 unique programs hosted by over 60 current students and alumni DJs, special interviews and performances, old favorites and new favorite shows, in hopes of bringing greater awareness to the original content produced by students at Montclair State University.


“I wanted to put together 100 hours of live programming featuring the best we can offer because our staff enjoys rallying up for events such as this and what bigger occasion than our 50th Anniversary,” said Juan Contla, the current student station manager for WMSC. “The diverse program selection mirrors the big melting pot of DJs that have come through the station and those who are here now learning this great profession.”


WMSC’s program lineup this academic year has been a yearlong celebration, beginning with a fall semester kick off concert featuring local bands during “Welcome Week” and interviews with on campus organizations, faculty and administration. The 50th anniversary was also a campus highlight of College Radio Day programming highlighted by an exclusive interview with Helvey, a documentary about the past, present and future of WMSC, a series of concerts and roundtables featuring the various departments that make WMSC and DJ swaps with other college stations in our state.


As part of this milestone celebration, WMSC will be hosting studio open houses in Schmitt Hall Room 386 from Monday April 17 through Thursday, April 20, between 10AM to 3PM.  Tours of the station will be given, and visitors will have the opportunity to go live on air. Additionally, students will be able to enter contests to win station merchandise and concert tickets. Listeners are invited to participate and join the celebration by calling the studio hotline at 973-655-4256 and join the conversations on the station’s social media platforms, using the hashtag #WMSC50th.


WMSC broadcasts on the iHeartRadio App, online at wmscradio.com and on the dial at 90.3 FM.


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Full 100 Hour Program Schedule


Sunday – April 16th
7 PM – 10 PM: The Back to the Future Show w/ Tom Kaminski (Class of 1984)
10 PM – 1 AM: Mind the Gap – Del Gaudio


Monday – April 17th
1 AM – 3 AM: Mario’s Monday Mojo – Mario Papa
3 AM – 5 AM: The Catalyst – Mike Grippa
5 AM – 8 AM: Keeping Up with Kate – Kate Braunstein
8 AM – 10 AM: The Morning Buzz
10 AM – 1 PM: The Rush  – Amanda Vieira
1 PM – 3 PM:  The Critic’s Corner with Julia Siegel & Anabella Poland
3 PM – 5 PM:  The Emo Show – Trevor Cardone
5 PM – 8 PM: Indie Nation – Austin Resnick (Live In Studio Session)
8 PM – 10 PM: Through The Decades with Heather Rivera
10 PM – 12 AM: The Silent Planet – Filipe Costa

Tuesday – April 18th
12 AM – 2 AM: ProgPower Station – Anthony Roldan (Class of 2015)
2 AM – 6 AM: Stomp N Stroll Radio – Tara Morgan
6 AM – 8 AM: Timeout – Kevin Rabanal
8 AM – 10 AM: The Morning Buzz
10 AM – 12 PM: Rad Indie Vibes – Leslie Arrobo and Heather Rivera
12 PM – 2 PM: Chick Rock – Caroline Kamowski (Class of 2003)
2 PM – 4 PM: This Week In History – Christian Curatola
4 PM – 6 PM: Seiss The Day – Amanda Seiss
6 PM – 8 PM: Punk Rage – Laila Abuelhawa
8 PM – 10 PM: Nuestra Voz – Elena Medina, Jose Cortez, Juan Contla (Class of 2016)
10 PM – 12 AM: On Broadway – Francesca LaBianco (Class of 2016)


Wednesday – April 19th
12 AM – 2 AM: Metal Teddy Bear Experience – Chris Annunziata (Class of 2014)
2 AM – 4 AM: Up All Night – Dani Romanow
4 AM – 6 AM: Electric Trance – Peter Zezas
6 AM – 8 AM: The Catalyst – Mike Grippa
8 AM – 10 AM: The Morning Buzz
10 AM – 12:30 PM: The Love Buzz – Natasha Vega
12:30 PM – 2 PM: Talk with Lataya –  Lataya Rothmiller
2 PM – 4 PM: Double F Sports – Nick Flaherty & Sam Flesher
4 PM – 6 PM: Lil Bil’s Takeover – Heather Murphy
6 PM – 8 PM: FM Party Time w/ Ant & Stoppay – Anthony Mennuti & Michael Stoppay (Class of 2006)
8 PM – 10 PM: AJ Wash – Pop Punk Pizza Party (Class of 2016)
10 PM – 12 AM: Oddball Frequency – Daniel Connors


Thursday – April 20th
12 AM – 2 AM: Japan Nick’s Rock & Metal Pandemonium – Nick Perkel (Class of 2011)
2 AM – 4 AM: – Sports Are Dumb – Sean McChesney and Sam Flesher
4 AM – 6 AM: Basement Files – Pamela Burrows
6 AM – 8 AM: Keeping Up with Kate – Kate Braunstein
8 AM – 10 AM: The Morning Buzz
10 AM – 12 PM: Los Dos Golpes – Joey Valdez & Ariel Sanchez
12 PM – 2 PM – Invigorating Indie – Brian Lanigan
2 PM – 4 PM: The MSU Newsroom
4 PM – 6 PM: Out of Sound Out of Mind – Melissa Cheeseman & Dominique Jackson
6 PM – 8 PM: The Mike & Matt Show – Matt Isler (Class of 2005) & Mike Smagula (Class of 2004)
8 PM – 10 PM Tech-N-Tunes – Nick Franciosa
10 PM – 12 AM: Sounds of the Night – Juan Contla







About 90.3 WMSC-FM
WMSC, The Voice of Montclair State, is a college radio station located at and owned by Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, United States. WMSC broadcasts at 90.3 MHz and online at www.wmscradio.com featuring independent and alternative music genres with a great mix of news, talk, sports and entertainment shows. WMSC is available worldwide online at www.wmscradio.com and it is also available on the iHeartRadio app.


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