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    Wednesday, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A Brief Chat with HARLOE

HARLOE is a singer/songwriter hailing from Queens, NY (based in LA now). She has written music for Kelly Clarkson, JoJo, Charlie XCX, Britney Spears, among many others. She recently signed to Roc Nation and released her own EP, Rivers Run Dry. HARLOE took some time to answer questions from WRSU Music Director Bennett Rosner last week. The two touched on Quarantine, music in the age of Tik Tok, and Big Time Rush.

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Pop Smoke – Meet the Woo 2 Album Review

The Brooklyn-bred Pop Smoke returns with his second project Meet the Woo 2. The original Meet the Woo tape was a solid introduction to the bubbling grime/drill rapper with 2 of his biggest singles to this date in “Dior” and “Welcome to the Party”.

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Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats – UNLOCKED Album Review

Kenny Beats only recently jumped to the forefront of Hip-Hop as a formidable beat-maker, but he’s making his time in the limelight one for the books. Releasing a string of joint albums with big artists has only helped validate his position at the top of the rap production game. After wrapping up projects with Rico Nasty and 03 Greedo, Kenny has set his sights on South Florida rapper Denzel Curry (fresh off his latest album, ZUU) for their new project, UNLOCKED.

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Concert Review: Tipling Rock

In the back of Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg, Tipling Rock put on a fun-filled show that gave memories that will last a lifetime. Tipling Rock is a surf rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that brings a fun atmosphere wherever they perform. 

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WRSU looks back at RU Basketball season with “Dancing In The Dark”

Rutgers basketball fans storm the court after defeating #9 Maryland 78-67 on Senior night at the RAC in Piscataway on March 3, 2020. Hear that game and a host of others on WRSU’s season retrospective, “Dancing In The Dark,” now through May 7.

While the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s 2019-20 season was cut short due to the coronavirus – with the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments being cancelled in early March, Scarlet Knight fans and WRSU listeners can go back and relive the amazing season from now through April.

WRSU Sports presents “Dancing In The Dark,” a Rutgers basketball retrospective. Now through May 7, every Monday through Thursday at 6 pm, we’ll recap a key game from the 2019-20 season. The show will air during the normal “WRSU Crew” time slot, with the station on indefinite hiatus due to the university’s coronavirus-related status. An encore of one of the week’s episodes will air during the Friday 4-6 “WRSU Crew” time slot.

One full week after their airing, each episode will be available on the “WRSU Crew” page on Spotify, which you can find here.

Here’s the schedule for first-run episodes of the “Dancing In The Dark” series:

  • Week of April 6: Seton Hall, at Nebraska, Penn State, at Illinois
  • Week of April 13: Indiana, Minnesota, at Iowa, Nebraska
  • Week of April 20: Purdue, Michigan (at MSG), at Maryland, Northwestern
  • Week of April 27: at Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan at Wisconsin
  • Week of May 4: at Penn State, Maryland, at Purdue, Big Ten Tournament Pregame and season recap

Look out for soon-to-be-announced dates of other special rebroadcasts of WRSU Sports events from the past during April and May, including:

  • Men’s Basketball vs SW Louisiana in the 1983 NCAA Tournament, RU’s last NCAA Tournament win
  • Women’s Basketball vs Georgia in the 2000 NCAA Tournament West Regional, clinching RU’s first-ever berth in the Final Four (20th anniversary)
  • Baseball vs Seton Hall in the 2000 Big East Tournament Championship Game at Somerset Ballpark (20th anniversary)

Knightbeat continues on Wednesday nights at 10 pm during COVID-19 outbreak; listen to archived shows here

WRSU News remains dedicated to getting information to the masses during the coronavirus outbreak, and will continue to produce its weekly public affairs program, “Knightbeat,” every Wednesday night at 10 pm with host Joey Bloch. Our team of reporters – Caleb Kuberiet, Chris Tsakonas and Hannah Varkey – will join Joey each week with insightful interviews and commentary.

If you miss an episode, don’t worry – you can catch up on prior episodes by clicking the links below:

May 20 Show: Fox News State Department Correspondent and WRSU alum Rich Edson, report Matthew Arco, WRSU Reporter Hannah Varkey, outgoing WRSU General Manager Justin Sontupe.

May 13 Show: NBC Nightly News Anchor and Rutgers virtual commencement speaker Lester Holt, Rutgers/Eagleton Poll Director Ashley Koening, Rutgers COVID-19 Center Director Dr. Jay Tischfield, Tampa Bay Rays Pre- and Postgame radio host and WRSU alum Neil Solondz, Tribute to outgoing WRSU News Director Joey Bloch.

May 6 Show: Rutgers Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Salvador Mena, Rutgers engineering professor Dr. Hoang Pham, WRSU Sportscaster and Ernest Mario School of Pharamacy student Raj Shah.

April 29 Show: KISS-FM Seattle morning show host and WRSU alum Carla Marie, NJ Dept. of Health Medical Director of Communicable Disease Services Dr. Edward Lifshitz, Rutgers AAUP-AFT President Todd Wolfson.

April 22 Show: NJ Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride, Dean of Rutgers School of Public Health Dr. Perry Halkitis, Director of Rutgers OIT Brian Luper

April 15 Show: RUCDR Director Dr. Jay Tischfield, Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics Director John F. Farmer, Center of American Women and Politics Director Debbie Walsh, Rutgers Director of Career Communities and Transitions David Bills.

April 8 Show: Rutgers political science professor Joe-Leo Carney-Waterton, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Assistant Professor Joseph Hanna, Rutgers religious lecturer Louis Benjamin Rolky, Rutgers alumna and children’s singer Laurie Berkner.

April 1 Show: Guests include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Physician Dr. Sheraz U. Siddiqui, Rustgers student and RA Jesse Osafo, RBHS Seniro Vice-Chancellor Dr. Bishir Omary of the new Rutgers COVID-19 Center, and Rutgers School of Public Health Professor Mitchell Rosen.

March 25 Show: Guests include Rutgers Director of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships and director of the Rutgers Food Pantry Kerrie Wilson; Rutgers Professor Richard Miller, teacher of “Writing After the End of the World” English class, Rutgers junior off-campus student Jasmine Davis.

March 19 Show: Guests include New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill, Rutgers Public Health Professor Elissa Kozlov, and Nursing Professor Suzanne Willard.

March 16 Show: reporter Bob Makin, Sacramento Kings broadcaster Noah Eagle, Dr. Mark Merlin, and Rutgers Professor of Cinema Studies Albert Nigrin.

Rutgers cancels all in-person instruction for remainder of Spring Semester; Rutgers Day and Commencements cancelled due to coronavirus

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi sent the following email to the entire university community just before 3 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Dear Members of the Rutgers Community,

Like all of you, I have been closely monitoring the public health crisis created by COVID-19. This weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance recommending that for the next eight weeks events of more than 50 people be canceled or postponed. Directives urging that even smaller gatherings be canceled or postponed have flowed from both the White House and the State House.

With this guidance in mind, and with a heavy heart, today I am announcing that Rutgers University is suspending all in-person instruction, with the exception of clinical instruction, for the remainder of the spring semester.

All events scheduled at the University through the month of May are suspended. This will include some of our most wonderful celebrations, including Rutgers Day and commencements at all campuses. A final determination on whether or not commencements can be rescheduled to a later date will be made in the coming weeks. Canceling or postponing commencements will have no effect on our ability to confer degrees on our graduates.

These are the right actions to take for the health of our community. But I know I speak for all faculty and staff when I say how deeply we will miss the vibrancy that students bring to our campuses each spring, and how incomplete this year will feel without our commencement ceremonies. To our seniors, I offer our community’s heartfelt appreciation for all you have contributed and my sincere regret that the global situation has required this unfortunate decision.

Residential students will receive a notification over the coming days with guidance about next steps and timing for moving out of residence halls on their respective campuses. Students who received a waiver to continue residing on campus will be permitted to stay. We will be issuing prorated refunds for room and board. Information on this topic will also be forthcoming. I ask everyone for their patience during this process, as our hardworking staff balance this important task against the numerous competing personal and professional challenges we are all facing. 

To our faculty and staff, we are working aggressively to support academic continuity, research continuity, telecommuting, and leave flexibility for issues related to COVID-19. Further guidance in all these areas will be provided over the course of this week as we prepare a sustained effort to protect our community while remaining committed to our mission as a public university.

I want to thank every member of our community for the grace and flexibility with which you have responded to this historic crisis. You have shown resolve, toughness, and an incredible determination to make it work. Together, I know our community will overcome the obstacles ahead.


Robert Barchi

WRSU Suspends Live DJs; Special Editions of “Knightbeat” will air

To Our Listeners:

While the entire world is working to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, Rutgers University is doing its part as well.  As many of you know, students have been sent home, and after Spring Break – which is this week – they will be taking part in remote learning through at least April 3rd.

To that end, effective with our programming on Monday, March 16, we are suspending all live DJ programming.  We know you’ll miss our student programs, and some of your favorite alumni and community DJs. 

However, we will have some special programming during this time.

The WRSU News Department is working on special, prime-time editions of “Knightbeat,” our award-winning news and public affairs show.  They will bring you the latest on the coronavirus and its effect on Rutgers, the greater New Brunswick area, and the world beyond.

WRSU Sports is working on some special broadcasts as well, featuring classic and “recent” classic broadcasts and retrospectives.

And the Music Department will still spin some of the best new music from local and national indie artists, continuing to support this amazing artistic community.

Thanks for listening, and we hope you “stay tuned!”

Mike Pavlichko

Broadcast Administrator

Brent Faiyaz – F*ck The World Album Review

Throughout his five year music career, two studio albums and myriad sultry singles/EPs, Christopher Brent Woods, better known as Brent Faiyaz, has asserted himself as a pillar within the R&B genre and beyond. In the beginning of his career, the Maryland born artist exclusively released his music on Soundcloud, where his current manager Ty Baisden discovered him in 2014. Faiayz released his debut single “Allure” in 2015 and earned people’s attention as the hookman on Goldlink’s platinum single “Crew” and frontman for the band Sonder in years following.

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The Happy Fits Holiday Show at House of Independents – Live Review

Just a few days before Christmas, The Happy Fits, supported by Jersey natives Shoobies and Deal Casino, rocked the House of Independents in Asbury Park in the first of two sold-out shows.

I shed my jacket and left it in the car despite the cold, but fortunately I was warmed by the sounds of Shoobie’s last-minute soundcheck; eventually I made it into the venue.

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