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WRSU kicks off week-long celebration of 70th Anniversary!

WRSU’s first Technical Director, Matthew Zuck, at the controls getting set to sign on, April 26, 1948

WRSU is kicking off a week of celebration marking its 70th Anniversary this month!

More than 100 alumni and current staff members will begin with an invitation-only 70th Anniversary Banquet Saturday night.  Alums ranging from the ’50s to the 2010s will be on hand to share stories of their times on WRSU, complete with memorabilia including one of our first “FM” consoles installed in the late ’60s.

WRSU’s 1960s logo, at 680 on your AM dial.

All during the week of April 23rd, there will be various alumni programs on the air, including DJs from the ’60s onward, sports alums, news staff and more.  A special guest will join us on the air Thursday, April 26th, 70 years to the day that WRSU first signed on the airwaves at 630 AM.

It wraps up with more alumni DJs on Saturday, April 28th – Rutgers Day – including our annual live concert from Bishop Beach on College Avenue from 11 am to 4 pm featuring Double Negatives, Cold Weather Company, 81 Rich, Deal Casino and Offkey Lifestyle.


The Governors Ball Music Festival – Ticket Giveaway – WRSU 88.7FM

Hey Rutgers students! WRSU is giving away six sets of tickets to The Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City, for June 1-3, 2018! Winners will receive one pair of 1-day passes. Find out how you can enter to win: Continue reading »

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WRSU’S Bri Born Interviews Echosmith

Last week, we had the chance to interview Sydney Sierota of Echosmith to discuss the band’s current tour, the family band dynamic, and the upcoming album.

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“Rob’s Rumble” benefit to honor WRSU Alum Robert Sunga on April 13th

WRSU alum Rob Sunga and fellow station members broadcast from Rutgers University’s Dance Marathon in the College Avenue Gym.

St. Peter’s Prep High School in Jersey City will host a charity concert called “Rob’s Rumble” on April 13th, in honor of WRSU alum Robert Sunga (’05).  The event will be a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, which exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients.  It will also benefit the music program at St. Peter’s Prep, Rob’s high school alma mater.  Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ari Hest will headline the show, which will also feature local bands like P@atomic and the Bomb, Rated R, and Sea of Otters.

In the mid-2000s, Sunga was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt’s lymphoma.  Though he overcame it, Rob passed away in December 2016 after ten years of neurological degeneration, a side-effect of the intense chemotherapy he had received.  The fundraiser reflects Rob’s unsurpassed passion for music and unequaled generosity of spirit.

Click here for more on Rob’s Rumble.

Below, listen to Jeff Wertz’s interview with Rob’s friends and fundraiser organizers Julie Cornell (WRSU ’04), Alex Lamon, and Rob’s brother, Michael:


WRSU’S Bri Born Interviews The Wrecks

 

On March 23rd, 2018, two members of the LA based indie rock band, The Wrecks, sat down for an interview with WRSU Rutgers Radio. The band was playing the Theatre of Living Arts in Philly that night. We discussed their new EP, Panic Vertigo, “Lost in Translation Tour” antics, and their favorite fast food joint.
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MGMT’s Newest Album will Make You “Eat Your Heart Out!”

Album Review: MGMT – Little Dark Age

In 2007, bandmates Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser released their debut MGMT album Oracular Spectacular to critical and commercial success. It spawned numerous synthpop hits such as “Kids” and “Electric Feel”, which dominated the radio waves for months. Years of extensive touring and two moderately received albums after, the band is back with their newest effort, the fittingly titled Little Dark Age. Does it compare to Oracular Spectacular, or is it another disappointment like their previously self-titled record? Continue reading »

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Wyndup Kid Interview with Bri Born

On March 9th, I had the chance to interview NJ’s own Joey J. Walsh, of Wyndup Kid. The newly formed band performed their first show that night, as a three piece. Walsh was joined by Zach Shectman on bass and Matty Kahn on drums.
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The Importance of Music Videos

At 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, MTV launched their empire, kicking off their programming with (ironically enough) “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. While here at WRSU we don’t particularly subscribe to that narrative, it’s clear that MTV made music videos one of the most important promotional tactics in the industry. Initially music videos were seen as good PR more than anything, but artists quickly saw them as another way to express their creativity.

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Chase Atlantic Live Show Recap & Interview

Artist: Marine Eltalkhawi

As the crowd built up outside the Theatre of Living Arts in Philly on Sunday, February 25th, 2018, fans of different backgrounds, ages, and attitudes, joined the line. However, the Chase Atlantic fans seemed to gravitate towards one another, adorned with vivid hair, darkened eyes, and seemingly unfit, yet inviting, smiles. Laughter & singsong of the band’s music lingered down the line, as the vigor of the crowd strengthened, and time ticked on. Continue reading »

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The Money War’s Eponymous Album: Nostalgic, Misty, And Intrepid

“Stars” is like a revival of The Beatles and “Give it Time” is a brighter shade of Enya. “Recall” feels like a fresh batch of music, kicked up somewhere between the harmonies of Beach Boys and the distorted guitar of The Kinks. It’s a lot like what I grew up listening to, almost too familiar, and it triggers memories.

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