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Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season – Album Review

Credit: Marguerite Humeau

Lafawndah returns with her new album, The Fifth Season, emulating hymns, classical music, and jazz. Her voice is crisp, cutting through the opaque and enticing instrumentation.  With an emphasis on lone brass instruments, and disparate percussion, the music takes on a hazy veil, leaving the listener wandering through a seemingly foreign landscape. Listening to this album, the depth of Lafawndah’s sharp vocals and hazy composition entices the listener to explore with curiosity.

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Katy Perry Dives Into Smile, The Magic of Womanhood, and Femininity

As a college student, Zoom group calls have taken over my life.  Classes, group hangouts, study dates, virtual parties, movie nights, you name it… it’s on Zoom.  So naturally, what better thing to add to my Zoom expertise than a call with Katy Perry.

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El Shirota Interview with WRSU

Paula Santana, WRSU’s World Music Director, had the chance to talk to Mexican rock band El Shirota about being a musicians in quarantine, the meaning of music, and more! Listen to the full interview for some insightful introspection.

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Gus Dapperton Interview w/ WRSU

By Danielle Ciampaglia

In a bleak, often uninspired, Coronavirus ridden society, Gus Dapperton has come to the rescue. His upcoming sophomore album, Orca, comes out September 18th and already has two singles with over six million Spotify streams combined. 

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WRSU’s “Last Dance” World Series coverage wraps up with Friday’s championship

Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, shown above, will host the Last Dance World Series championship game Friday night. WRSU will have wall-to-wall coverage beginning at 6:30 pm.

The New Jersey Last Dance World Series high school baseball tournament reaches its culmination this Friday, with the championship game in Trenton. WRSU Sports will broadcast the title game live from Arm & Hammer Park in the state capitol.

Chris Tsakonas and Corey Jason will call all the action as the Jackson Jags take on Cougar Baseball, the team from Cranford. Jackson won the South title Wednesday night at First Energy Park in Lakewood, while the Cougars won the North title at Skylands Stadium in Sussex.

First pitch is set for 7 pm, but coverage will begin at 6:30 pm with interviews and analysis leading up to the final game of the Last Dance tournament.

With their sports broadcasting season coming to a premature end in March in the middle of a historic run to the NCAA Tournament for the Rutgers men’s basketball team, members of the WRSU Sports Department got behind the mics at TD Bank Park in Bridgewater for their first live play-by-play in 129 days when the tournament began two weeks ago.

And their coverage has been in demand, with high listenership due to Governor Phil Murphy’s restrictions limiting outdoor gatherings to 500 people.

The brainchild of St. Joe’s Athletic Director Mike Murray, the tournament features over 200 teams from around the state, which closely resemble New Jersey high school teams. But the squads have no affiliation with their high schools. It was seen as an opportunity to replace – in some small way – the season that was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for seniors who lost out on their final year of high school ball.


Kanye West’s “Wash Us In The Blood” – Track Review

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It’s 2020, and we’ve entered a new era in Kanye West’s career that fuses Ye’s faith with signature hard-hitting beats. The prolific rapper and producer released his new song “Wash Us in the Blood” along with an accompanying video uploaded to YouTube (directed by Arthur Jafa). Of course, Mr. West has recently been trending for other reasons, like his last-minute presidential run and subsequent drop-out, along with his bizarre interview with Forbes

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LIVVIA Interview with WRSU

WRSU’s Seyi Aladejobi sat down with pop artist LIVVIA to talk about the creative process for her single “Beautiful Escape,” her love for Harry Potter, and much more! Check out the video above!

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WRSU Sports alum Zubin Mehenti named part of new, national morning show team on ESPN Radio

Zubin Mehenti behind the SportsCenter anchor desk at ESPN in Bristol.

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Zubin Mehenti (RC ’00) has been announced as one of the three members of ESPN Radio’s new morning show team. The former WRSU standout was the beneficiary of a top-to-bottom overhaul of the network’s on air schedule unveiled on July 7th.

Zubin will be joined by basketball analyst Jay Williams – the former NBA and St. Joseph-Metuchen star – and former New York Jet Keyshawn Johnson, currently a host on ESPN’s Los Angeles station. “Keyshawn, Jay and Zubin” will air Monday through Friday mornings from 6 am to 10 pm Eastern.

Mehenti was a four-year member of the WRSU Sports team, calling basketball and soccer games, and often hosting the post-game call-in show “Knightline.”

Upon graduating, Zubin worked at the now-defunct WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, anchoring and reporting sports, then moved on to Des Moines and Denver before joining ESPN and working behind the “SportsCenter” desk in Bristol.

Zubin has been a part of covering major breaking stories on “SportsCenter,” and most recently has been a weekend voice on ESPN Radio. He’ll continue to host select editions of “SportsCenter.”


WRSU’s Bennett Rosner named Music Director of the Month by NACC

The NACC – The North American College & Community Radio Chart, which WRSU reports to each month – has named Bennett Rosner its Music Director of the Month for June.

A rising senior, Rosner is entering his second term as WRSU’s Music Director. He is only the second to hold the position since 2016, following a three-year stint by Mica Finehart, a rarity that has helped bring continuity to the music department.

Bennett also hosts “The Off-Beat” Wednesdays from 4-6 pm – even during the coronavirus pandemic, as he makes music selections and records his program from the safety of his own home.

You can read NACC’s Q&A with Bennett Rosner here.


NJ Gov. Phil Murphy appears on a special edition of “Knightbeat”

As New Jersey has begun loosening some of the regulations enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy appeared on a special edition of WRSU’s “Knightbeat” this past Friday.

Outgoing News Director Joey Bloch spoke to the Governor about how the state is faring and how Rutgers will be affected heading into the Fall semester.

WRSU News Director Caleb Kuberiet hosts, with reaction and a breakdown immediately following the interview with the Governor. You can also hear it below: