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Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Salvador Mena talks to Joey Bloch about how his life experiences guide his work at Rutgers during COVID-19

Having worked at other universities during 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy, and persevering through other challenges in his personal life, Dr. Salvador Mena is no stranger to overcoming obstacles.

Rutgers’ Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs has only been “On the Banks” since 2014, and in his current post for only a couple of years, but he’s been working harder than ever over the past couple of months as the novel coronavirus outbreak took hold in New Jersey. He’s been working to lessen the brunt of the impact on students in a number of ways.

He spoke with WRSU’s outgoing News Director Joey Bloch this week for Wednesday’s “Knightbeat.” You can hear the full interview below:


Outgoing WRSU GM Sontupe honored with “Spirit of Rutgers” award

Outgoing WRSU General Manager Justin Sontupe (’20) on the field before broadcasting a Rutgers football game vs. Wisconsin at Camp-Randall Stadium in Madison, WI on November 3, 2018.

At Wednesday night’s 5th annual Chancellor’s Student Leadership Gala, outgoing WRSU General Manager and Justin Sontupe (SAS ’20) was honored with the Spirit of Rutgers Award.

The first WRSU Staff member to be honored at the leadership Gala, Sontupe was nominated by Broadcast Administrator Mike Pavlichko (RC ’00).

The Spirit of Rutgers Award “recognizes an individual or student organization that represents the values, traditions, and mission of Rutgers through their outstanding engagement, enthusiasm, spirit, and commitment to the campus community.”

That person demonstrates “evidence in having made significant contributions to the community as a positive ambassador to the university while working to increase pride among their peers.”

Sontupe is a three-year member of WRSU, serving as Sports Director for the 2018-19 school year, and General Manager for the school year about to come to a close.

As one of the top members of the sports department, Sontupe called Scarlet Knights football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and baseball. He covered home and road games, and was instrumental in bringing the Sports department to new heights.

What earned him the award, however, was his infectious enthusiasm for everything Rutgers. To know Justin is to know he bleeds Scarlet, and makes everyone around him feel the same way.

Sontupe also was highlighted by “Rutgers Today” in a feature on outstanding grads in the class of 2020. You can read the story here.


Chattin’ with Soleima: An Interview With A Dutch Pop Sensation

Soleima and Hip Hop Director Seyi Aladejobi chatted it up last week about the positives of Quarantine, what’s shaped her as an artist, and how the idea of self-control and power influenced her newest album, “Powerslide”.

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WRSU alums young and – well, less young – wish WRSU a Happy 72nd Birthday!

On WRSU’s 72nd Birthday – Sunday, April 26, 2020 – alumni from the 1960s to the present day took to the airwaves – safely from quarantine, of course – to mark the occasion.

Some of them sang, some shared memories, some pretended they were still on the air. We loved hearing from all of them!

Missed it? Check it out right here!!!

Special thanks to WRSU Production Director Nala Pena for putting together this montage!


WRSU presents a “From The Archives” marathon to mark its 72nd Birthday

You want treasures from the archives of WRSU? We’ve got em!

More than 15 hours of past broadcasts ranging from music to history and sports to world figures will hit the airwaves Sunday, April 26th, the day WRSU first signed on in 1948.

Check out the promo below for a full audio schedule!


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)