Archives for March 2015

Mason Noise Record Label – Music and Interviews

Mason Noise

Mason Noise is a new record label started and operated by students and faculty from the Music Technology program at George Mason University. The label’s first release is a compilation of works created by student who were enrolled in the program’s Electronic Music Composition course taught by Dr. Jesse Guessford from 2009 to 2013. On Tuesday, March 17th a special broadcast was held at WGMU where selected tracks from the album were played and interviews with some of the contributing artists were conducted by WGMU DJ and Production Director Reid May.

LISTEN TO A RECORDING OF THE BROADCAST

You can download tracks from the album HERE:

If you would like to make a donation to the record label for a CD or if you have any other questions about the label contact Dr. Guessford: jguessfo@gmu.edu

Frank Iero Interview

Frank Iero

Frank Iero is widely known as the rhythm guitarist for 2000s rock band My Chemical Romance. Since their break up in 2013, he has released a solo album titled “Stomachaches”, under artist name frnkiero andthe cellabration. In fall of 2014, Frank and his band went on their first tour supporting Taking Back Sunday and The Used. At the beginning of 2015, they began their first headlining tour. They are playing a show Monday, March 30th, at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, VA.

 

Matt Dotson, host of WGMU’s “Up To Eleven”, got the chance to interview Frank Iero on his new album, the supporting tour, and other things such as his kids, positivity and Home Alone. You can listen to “Up To Eleven” every Thursday at 2 PM, and hear all sorts of rock music, as well as get a chance to be a featured listener. Follow the show at @UpTo11_GMU.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE

 

WGMU Is Hiring

WGMU is filling positions for the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 academic year and is now accepting applications. See position descriptions below.

To apply submit  a completed WGMU Employment Application and your current resume with a cover letter (references are preferred)  to WGMU Program Director Jesse Robinson by email: jrobin28@masonlive.gmu.edu with the position title in the subject line.

The deadline to apply is April 3rd.

Download the application here: WGMU EMPLOYMENT APP

Available Positions

Program Director:  Direct oversight of our on-air studio with 45+ DJ’s on-air, along with being responsible for the programming of over 65 hours of live and original programming on every week. Executes and has authority over the rules and regulations set forth by the WGMU Staff and General Manager for DJ Policy’s. Also assists with the training and organization of volunteers and new students. Responsible for overseeing the overall operations of the WGMU Production Studio including: overseeing equipment, scheduling of the studio, training people on production studio equipment along with maintain the integrity of the studio.

Production Director: Focuses on producing written and recorded audio promotions and public service announcements for DJ’s to read or play during their shifts. Assists the Program Director with training DJ’s in the Production Studio and Practice Studio and manages the Production Studio schedule. Also assists with the management of the station’s website and its content.

Media Relations Director: WGMU’s main point of contact with musicians and their management, venues, and promoters. Primary roles include arranging interviews for the station’s on-air personalities in addition to working with venues and promoters to run ticket promotions.

Music Director: Works directly with record labels and  distributors. Reviews music submissions  and helps shape the sound of the station by adding music into rotation. Manages and tracks the song charting for the station.

Local Music Director: Assist Music Director in reviewing local music submissions for quality and conformity to WGMU airplay regulations. Interest and knowledge of local scene is a plus. Interview opportunities are possible.

Deputy Promotions Director: Assists Promotions Director in promoting WGMU through various outlets of social media as well as in person appearances to spread information for the station and about ticket giveaways through JC kiosks.

 

Interview With John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants

TMBGJohn Flansburgh of New York-based band They Might Be Giants kindly agreed to take time out of his busy schedule to call in for an interview with WGMU DJs John Barnes (All the Wrong Notes) and Jesse Robinson (Program Director, Improv for Mason​). We ask him about the newly revived Dial-A-Song project (www.dialasong.com), television, children’s music, and the upcoming tour. Be sure to catch them at the 9:30 Club in DC on April 24th!

 

Check out the latest episode of The First Pick!

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Be sure to catch every episode of The First Pick on WGMUradio.com Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm

Click the segments below to download and listen!

Segment 1-Intro and Headlines

Segment 2-Mistakenly sent texts and is Bryce Harper overrated?

Segment 3-Special Guest Ian Holleran talking March Madness

Segment 4-Ben won’t see the Redskins ever, the rise of DC Sports, and wacky hockey fans

Segment 5-Ben vs. Mike’s Dad, What Grinds my Gears

Segment 6-Over/Under Nationals Spring Training Edition

 

Steve Aoki Interview

steve_akoiGrammy-nominated international producer and DJ Steve Aoki has been building on the success of his 2014 hit single “Delirious (Boneless).” Capitalizing on the success of his hit album Neon Future I, Aoki has transformed Neon Future into a way of life. Not only a way of thinking about the future, but about trying to prepare and sustain our future. At the same time, Aoki is doing something a lot of artists do not do anymore as he is releasing a sequel to his hit album titled Neon Future II out in May featuring hit single “I Love It When You Cry” featuring Moxie. Aoki is currently on his international Neon Future Experience Tour and will stop in Washington DC at Echostage on Saturday, March 21st.

WGMU’s Bro Patrol host Andrew Hood aka “Hoody” had the chance to interview Steve Aoki on his recent experiences on tour, his new album, and even some Star Wars. Tune into the Bro Patrol every Friday from 11am to 1pm for weird stories, interesting tidbits and of course the most fun to celebrate the weekend. Follow us @BroPatrolWGMU to stay in the info and see awesome insight into music, entertainment, and of course GMU.

Interview-Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report

A week ago Ben Simpson (The First Pick-Tuesday Nights from 7-9pm) had the opportunity to talk NBA Hoops with Grant Hughes, a featured NBA Columnist from Bleacher Report.

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You can check out and download the interview here———-> Click Me

If you want to read some of Grant’s work click here———-> Click Me

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