MONTCLAIR, N.J. April 20th, 2023 – Montclair State University’s WMSC 90.3 FM is celebrating Vinylthon and Record Store Day with a 48-hour weekend long, vinyl-only music live broadcast.
The special event will start Saturday, April 22 at midnight and it will showcase the best WMSC shows – with some old, some new, but all vinyl.
General Manager Anabella Poland who has been the professional advisor to the station since 2015 reflects on the importance of students learning how to play music from a physical album.
“In a digital world, with touchscreens and smart assistants that can find a songs in seconds, Montclair students who participate in Vinylthon will have the old-school, tactile DJ experience with actual records, finding the groove where the song starts, and they may even get to do some record scrubbing,” said Poland. “It is all part of their journey as DJs.”
Student station manager Ben Petruk led the team of students in preparation for the big celebration. “There is nothing more infectious than everybody coming together to share their music. I always believe that somebody discovers a new band or song through this event. The community, comradery, and overall experience brings the spring semester to a climax.”
The live programming event begins with the Kickoff Spectacular hosted by Music Director Jared Tauber and Phil Oshinsky.
Show highlights include:
Dr. K’s Vinyl Fantasy Funhouse MSU’s funkiest funklord, Dr. K, who holds a PhD in Funkology and his sidekick DJ Doctor DJ return to WMSC featuring the most dance-like-no-one-is-watching tunes ever. Dr. K is university president Jonathan Koppell’s alter ego who has a passion for all things funk and paisley prints.
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Battle of the Vinyl: All-Star Edition is a head-to-head competition where DJs compete with a panel of judges who vote on their favorite song.
A weekend edition of The Morning Buzz, where hosts report on music and entertainment news and play music on vinyl.
Senior Spins is an annual, on-air tradition where seniors reflect on their time at WMSC and take their final spin on the college radio turntables as students.
Trial by Senior is a game show hosted by George Kalosieh where seniors compete in order to pick the next song to spin.
Back to the Future Vinyl Edition will gather in-studio all four hosts, Montclair alumni Tom Kaminski, Mary Capella, Gene Sower and Mike Mitsch. They may be alumni from decades past, but they are back to share stories and spin their favorite records.
Music Directors Jared Tauber and Emol McCormack end our 48-hour broadcast with The Websic Vinylthon Spectacular. Joining them will be the whole WMSC music team in spinning the best tunes to close out our 48-hour broadcast.
Tune in via the iHeartRadio app or wmscradio.com and follow WMSC on social media to keep up with the anniversary and Vinylthon festivities.
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