WGMU Hiring For 2017-18 Academic Year

WGMU Radio is hiring paid and volunteer executive/general staff positions for the upcoming Fall 2017-Spring 2018 academic year. The station will be seeking to fill the following positions:

Marketing Director:

  • Produce creative ideas to promote/market the station to the George Mason University student body, community and at times to the greater Fairfax/D.C. area.
  • Work with local venues, artists, and promoters to promote and giveaway tickets for concerts, festivals, performances, etc.
  • Facilitate WGMU’s social media, including ticket giveaways.
  • Participating in WGMU information kiosks around campus (passing out flyers, WGMU merchandise, business cards, word-of-mouth information). Potential classroom visits as scheduled.
  • Be able to fulfill tasks related to promoting WGMU and/or matters related to the station that are assigned to them by the Office of the Program Director/General Manager.
  • Work with on-air broadcasters in developing/promoting their programs.
  • Work with those in the university community by pairing up with other student organizations to co-sponsor events, bring them on board with events we’re doing and at times working to obtain sponsorship for events that WGMU is related to.
  • Be available to assist at WGMU and/or Student Media related events in which the station is participating in/sponsoring.
  • All aforementioned duties are also as per the Office of the General Manager and have the ability to be amended. The Marketing Director is contracted with 10 to 12 hours of work per week during the semester.

The Marketing Director is an Executive Staff Level stipend paid position, or held by an individual for academic internship credit approved by the holder’s respective academic major department. The individual shall serve as the head of the Marketing Department, an independent departmental office within WGMU, overseen directly by the Office of the General Manager. The station Marketing Director will work 10-12 hours per week.

Music Director:

  • Charged with overseeing all music operations within WGMU Radio.
  • Charting all songs played on WGMU weekly for submission to record companies.
  • Coordinating the addition of all music into our automated OTS system.
  • Reviewing all music sent to the station digitally and by mail.
  • Organizing and maintaining the physical CD collection of WGMU.
  • Holding a Music department/Music Review Committee meeting every week, serving as head.
  • Communicating with music promoters about airplay and song information.

The position of Music Director is a stipend paid Executive staff level position. The individual will serve as head of the music department and Music Review Committee, directly overseen by the office of the General Manager. The station Music Director will work 10-12 hours per week. 

Production Director:

* Overseeing the management of PSA creation and production.

* Overseeing the management of the production studio. This includes updating the production studio scheduling and being responsible for permanent slot scheduling request.

* Maintaining the upkeep and cleanliness of the production studio.

* Maintaining the upkeep of the production studio computer and managing audio files, sign-in logs and equipment.

* Be available to assist at WGMU and/or Student Media related events in which the station is participating in/sponsoring.

* Assisting within the production and music departments of WGMU as seen fit by the Music or Program Directors, with direct oversight by General Manager.

Production Director is a Senior General Staff Level stipend-paid position, or held by an individual for academic internship credit approved by the holder’s respective academic major department. The individual shall be overseen by the General Manager of WGMU Radio. The production director will work 7.5 hours a week.

Sports Director:

  • Responsible for overseeing, and the coordination of, all on-air sports programming with the Program Director and General Manager.
  • Serve as WGMU Radio’s main liaison to the GMU Department of Athletics and it’s administrators.
  • Create new sports programming and sports content for the station.
  • Responsible for updating the sports sections of the website and creating new and updated sports content on WGMU’s site. (Serving as editor/head of the WGMU Sports Bloggers group)
  • Working with other Student Media entities to create shared sports content.
  • Hosting a weekly sports program on WGMU Radio.

Sports Director is a Senior Staff Level position, held by an individual for academic internship credit approved by the holder’s respective academic major department, or on volunteer basis. The individual shall be overseen by the General Manager of WGMU Radio. The sports director will work 5 hours per week.

Local Music Director:

  • Charged with overseeing all local music operations within WGMU Radio.
  • Responsible for the local music section of our automated system along with the local music physical CD collection in the WGMU offices.
  • Staying in close communication with the Music and Program directors about local music and OTS system updates.
  • Reviewing new local music submitted to us each week. (Listening to local music submissions and either approving/denying their airplay on WGMU).
  • Holding a Local Music department meeting every week with Music Director.
  • Sending out a list of local DC, Maryland, and Virginia area shows for DJ’s to attend, as well as reaching out to local bands for submission requests each month.

The position of Independent and Local Music Director is a volunteer/internship Senior Staff position  held by an individual for academic internship credit approved by the holder’s respective academic major department. The individual shall be overseen by the General Manager of WGMU Radio. The individual will work 5 hours per week.

TO APPLY: All interested job applicants should submit a completed WGMU Employment Application and your current resume with a cover letter (references are preferred)  to WGMU General Manager Matt Dotson by email: mdotson@masonlive.gmu.edu with your name and the position title in the subject line.

Download the job application here: WGMU-EMPLOYMENT-APP

The deadline for submissions will be two weeks from this initial post, on April 3rd at 4 PM EST.

All applicants should be current George Mason University students taking 9 or more credit hours during employment.

WGMU Radio is an employer of equal opportunity. All genders, races and orientations are encouraged to apply.

The Nice Guys: Spring Break Woes

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Cory has a bone to pick with Spring Break. Of course it’s bizarre and doesn’t make much sense. Plus, it’s weird how much adults LOVE Disney World.

 

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Special guest and WGMU alum Brian Gianelos joins in on our discussion.

 

You can hear The Nice Guys every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30. Tune in for hosts Cory Morgan and Matt Dotson, as they provide a look into their daily lives and neurotic ticks. Self deprecation, unwarranted hostility, and overall hilarity ensues each and every week.

 

 

After The Trade Deadline, The Capitals Postseason Looks Promising

Nick Colletti

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Thursday March 2, 2017

skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on February 28, 2017 in New York City. The Capitals defeated the Rangers 4-1.

The acquisition of defenseman Kevin Shatterkirk from the St. Louis Blues has given many Capitals’ faithful genuine excitement heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A blue liner that can assist on the power play and provide even more depth to what was already a deep defensive roster. Goaltender Phoenix Copley was also a part of the transaction as well, returning to the organization that drafted him.

Multiple high draft picks were sold to buy these players but these are picks the Capitals can afford to lose. Once again a favorite to win the Cup, the Caps had no business selling and GM Brian MacLellan demonstrated his confidence in this squad by locking and loading  for April, and hopefully May and June. His team is playing the best hockey this franchise has ever witnessed, even more so than the Presidents Trophy squad the season before.

The Capitals who currently possess the best record in the league, also have multiple injuries that can hopefully be resolved before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Andre Burakovsky is nursing a broken wrist and may not return for a couple of weeks. Both Brooks Orpik and T.J Oshie have been bruised up but both are expected to hit the ice in the not-so-distant future.

A major complaint of last year’s Caps team was the theory that the team had peaked to soon and weren’t in postseason shape when the playoffs began. This year as the playoffs become less distant it seems the Capitals are starting to peak at the perfect time, such as the Pittsburgh Penguins did last year. Emulating the 2015-2016 Penguins isn’t a bad idea at all and the Caps should do all they can to play copycat. If they do, few teams pose a threat in their quest for Lord Stanley this spring.

The Nice Guys: The Goose Problem

nice guys 3Matt brings to our attention a rather concerning issue with some new campus residents.

You can hear The Nice Guys every Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30. Tune in for hosts Cory Morgan and Matt Dotson, as they provide a look into their daily lives and neurotic ticks. Self deprecation, unwarranted hostility, and overall hilarity ensues each and every week.

 

 

 

Kaine & Mason Student Elyazgi on Travel Ban and Community Effect

 

Photo Credit: Dea McCollum

tim kaineOn Friday February 10th, former Vice President nominee and current Senator of Virginia Tim Kaine returned to George Mason. He came in the fall, accompanied by Joe Biden, to promote the Clinton-Kaine ticket. Now, after the conclusion of the election, he came not for self-promotion, but to speak about the new administration’s recent ban on seven Muslim majority countries.

Prior to the entrance of Tim Kaine, the room was quiet. Hushed conversations peppered the space as Angel Cabrera; President of George Mason peered into the room every few minutes, allowing the audience a glimpse of his festive yellow shirt and green tie.

Many feel that the diverse and international student body is what enriches the student experience here. 87 students at George Mason are from the seven countries targeted by the ban. Hadeel Al-Tashi, a Yemeni graduate student, speaks about the hardship her family members in Yemen are experiencing due to the war and resulting displacement. She speaks of scattered families seeking refuge prior to the executive order, and how this ban has impacted human lives. She emphasizes the human aspect of the issue. She stressed that policies are not simply on paper, but are causing people to suffer. Here is her speech:

 

 

Sitting in the front row was Najwa Elyazgi, a Libyan George Mason student who had only recently been able to return to the U.S. She spoke prior to the Senator, detailing her experience. She conveys the harrowing feeling of not knowing whether she would be able to return to her studies. As she waited for information about whether she could return and communicated with her lawyer, she spent her time sequestered in a hotel, applying for other universities. She sent applications out of the fear and real possibility that she would be unable to ever return to George Mason. After a week of uncertainty, her brother called her in the middle of the night with the news that a federal judge had put a hold on the ban. She immediately booked a plane ticket to the U.S. A stark contrast to the executive order that kept her away, she recalls a CVPA official in the U.S. on her arrival saying “welcome back, we missed you”. Here is her speech:

 

 

Senator Kaine begins his speech by noting the inherent American value; talent from around the world is what energizes our country. When the ban went into effect, Senator Kaine was in Blacksburg. Even in an area not assumed to be a home of immigrants, the community there is connected to families affected by President’s Trump’s executive order. Senator Kaine learned of a Syrian family that had become important and loved members of the community. This family spoke of another Syrian family coming to live with them that had been in a “refugee camp in Jordan for four years being vetted”. Despite having successfully completed the lengthy vetting process, they could no longer enter the country. The small Virginia community ready to welcome this family would have to wait, as the family was detained due to the ban. In Many other areas of Virginia Senator Kaine visited, there was a great deal of uncertainty about how members of the community from the targeted countries would be affected. Here is his speech:

 

 

Tim Kaine remarks that while the administration denies accusations that this executive order is a Muslims ban, the ban affects Muslim majority countries, but has provisions for religious minorities – meaning provisions for non-Muslims.

He recognizes the issue with the ban turning away green card holders, or permanent legal residents. It should cause one to question whether those who follow the legal entrance process into the US should be punished. He takes issue with discriminations based on religion and country this ban appears to promote. He criticizes the fact that the ban applied too broadly, restricting those who were already legal residents.

The Senator spoke fondly of those he saw protesting in airports, standing with welcoming signs trying to convey their message so that it would be received by those who felt anything but welcome.

He notes specifically the affect of this ban on universities, who house many international students and faculty. The wildly diverse audience nodded at this, feeling his point to be incredibly relevant to their experience, no matter their background.

So what happens now? Or, more specifically, what will the administration do? According to Tim Kaine, the administration might try to repeal to the Supreme Court, fighting to prove the constitutionality of the executive order. It’s worth noting that the Supreme Court has a vacancy, making it possible for a ruling to be tied. If the case is repealed to the Supreme Court and tied, the 9th Circuit Court ruling would stand, continuing the freeze on President Trump’s Immigration order.

The second possibility is that the administration could try to make their case and present evidence in a lower court, fighting the decision. Another possibility, however unlikely, is that the administration could choose to retract the order and admit fault. As events continue to unfold, the administration’s choice will become clear.

The Senator closes by reminding us to have pride in the immigrant nation that we are, and to celebrate the strength of our diversity. In the diverse and international community that composes George Mason University, this event provided a venue for students to voice their fears, concerns, and their staunch dedication to working towards a more welcoming and inclusive community.

Lit&Local: A Live Set With L.A. Trip

IMG_7984On February 12th, WGMU’s Jackie Reed (Jammin’ with Jackie) interviewed L.A. Trip in WGMU’s live on-air studio, to talk about their upcoming album, Intervals I (2017). From Fredericksburg, Virginia, the rock band came together to put on a live performance showcasing the best of their music. Bobby Barber, guitarist and vocalist, and Sean O’Neill, drummer and percussionist, came by the studio to talk about their band’s background, to reflect on their first album L.A. Trip (2016), and to expand on their future productions as a rock duo. You can listen to their new album, complete with a fresh tracklist and innovative cover songs, next week.

 

Interview:

Studio Tracks “Crime” & “Hey Now”:

Live Set:

 

Intervals I

L.A. Trip’s Intervals I is available for listen February 21st.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/latripband/

Bandcamp: https://latrip.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/latrip/

Instagram: @latripband

 

All photos courtesy of Jennifer Shaskan of Office of Student Media. Special thanks to Jennifer Shaskan and Lottye Lockhart for their involvement and for representing OSM during the interview and performance.

 

Giant Food Reopens in University Mall

Matt and JamieeditWGMU General Manager Matt Dotson (The Nice Guys, Up to Eleven) had the opportunity to tour the brand new Giant Food Grocery Store in University Mall on February 7th, two days before the grand opening on the 9th. You can hear the report featuring exclusive audio of the store managers below. With ID, all Mason students receive a five percent discount at the store through the end of February 2017. Thank you to Giant for the tour, and supporting the Mason community!

 

Pictured: Matt Dotson and Community & Public Relations Manager Jamie Miller. Photo by Lottye Lockheart.

 

Four Players to Watch in Super Bowl LI

Kaleel Weatherly

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Sunday February 5, 2017

super bowlThe New England Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. This will be an exciting game to watch because both offenses can score points with ease. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady are two of the best signal-callers in the league.
Indeed, they will play huge roles in this matchup, but there are four other players who you should keep an eye on.
Mohamed Sanu (WR):
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick likes to take away what an offense does best. Atlanta likes to throw the ball to receiver Julio Jones. It’s no secret that Jones is quarterback Matt Ryan’s go-to target, especially in the red zone. The 28-year-old receiver will most likely face double coverage in this game, so Mohamed Sanu has to step up.
In 2016, Sanu caught 59 passes for 653 yards and four touchdowns. If Sanu can consistently make plays in this game, he gives Atlanta a chance of winning its first Super Bowl.
Chris Hogan (WR):
Many of you may not know who Chris Hogan is, but he has been a playmaker all season for the Patriots. His nickname is “7-11” because he is always open. In the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 28-year-old finished with 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Hogan is a solid route-runner who can make difficult catches. Atlanta’s defensive backfield will focus on containing receiver Julian Edelman, who is Tom Brady’s go-to target. Hogan may not be the best receiver in the league, but he can wreak havoc on the field.
Vic Beasley Jr. (LB):
Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. had a stellar season in 2016. The 24-year-old led the NFL with 15.5 sacks. New England will try its best to make sure Beasley doesn’t get pressure on Brady.
The young linebacker is a relentless pass rusher who can make game-changing plays. Even though Atlanta’s defense struggled in 2016, Beasley was one of the few bright spots. Brady, watch out for Beasley.
LeGarrette Blount (RB):
Indeed, New England has one of the best passing offenses in the NFL. But running back LeGarrette Blount has been phenomenal on the ground in 2016. The 30-year-old ran for 1,161 yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns.
The Patriots will test Atlanta’s front seven early and often. They want to see how stout the Falcons are on defense. In 2016, Atlanta had the 17th-ranked rushing defense, so New England will probably run the ball at least 25 times in this matchup.
Blount can wear down a defense because of his physical running style.

Whoever Gets the Ball Last Will Win Super Bowl LI

Kaleel Weatherly

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Monday January 30, 2017

super bowl 51Super Bowl LI is now set. The Atlanta Falcons will face the New England Patriots to battle for the NFL’s richest prize, a Super Bowl victory. While both teams have high-octane offenses, this game will come down to which team gets the ball last.

Atlanta’s offense, led by quarterback Matt Ryan, has been lethal throughout the entire regular season and postseason. For example, the Falcons had the third-ranked pass offense and the fifth-ranked rushing offense in the regular season. This team can light up the scoreboard with ease.

The 31-year-old quarterback is the favorite to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player of the Year Award. He threw for 4,944 yards to go along with 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions in the regular season.

However, Ryan has an outstanding supporting cast. Julio Jones is considered one of the best receivers in the NFL. He possesses a combination of superb route-running skills, size, and speed. In 2016, he hauled in 83 passes for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns.

For the most part, Ryan always looked in Jones’ direction when the team needed a big play. It’s clear that Jones is Ryan’s go-to receiver. Atlanta’s rushing attack, led by running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, is dangerous as well.

Freeman and Coleman combined for 1,581 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns in 2016. They both have a rare blend of power, speed, and agility.

Indeed, New England’s defense has done a great job of limiting big plays and creating turnovers. But there are too many weapons on the Falcons’ offense to take account for. The Patriots are only surrendering 16.5 points per game in the postseason. But they haven’t played a team who has an offense like Atlanta.

New England defeated the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers to reach Super Bowl LI. Houston’s defense is what got that team to the postseason. Pittsburgh has a great offense, but it does not have as many game-changers like the Falcons.

The Patriots will have a tough time containing Atlanta’s offense. But the Falcons’ defense will also struggle against New England’s offense. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets better as the years go on.

After serving a four-game suspension due to his involvement in DeflateGate, the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback returned to the field and dominated. New England went 11-1 with Brady under center this season.

This year, Brady has thrived with receivers like Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell. When tight end Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending ruptured disk injury, many thought New England’s offense would suffer.

Well, it didn’t. New England had a top-five offense in 2016, and Brady threw for 3,554 yards, 28, touchdowns, and two interceptions. Along with Brady’s strong play, running back LeGarrette Blount ran for 1,161 yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns.

Atlanta had the 25th-ranked defense in 2016, but this unit has been playing well in the postseason. However, the Falcons’ secondary is inexperienced, and Brady will look to take advantage of that.

Both teams are great on offense, and Super Bowl LI will be a shootout and a close game. Neither defense will be able to stop the opposing offense from scoring. This means that whichever team gets the ball last in the fourth quarter will win the game.

 

The Capitals – The NHL’s Most Complete Team

Nick Colletti

WGMU, Sports Blogger

Tuesday January 24, 2017

capsThe Washington Capitals have been the league’s hottest team for nearly a month. A potent offense, strong special teams, and the impenetrable Braden Holtby between the two posts have made the Caps on top of many league analysts’ power rankings. Last night against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Capitals would score six goals and only allow one on a power play.   The goal scoring has been distributed by every line and even with defenseman John Carlson out the defense has remained to stand tall.

Before the season started, the Capitals were stronger on paper and even deeper than the previous season and it’s starting to show. With the addition of former Montreal Canadien Lars Eller, the third line center position was filled by a player that would easily be a first/second liner on most squads around the league. Eller has also shown his value for the Capitals for his penalty-killing ability and sacrifice.

Philip Grubauer, the Caps backup goaltender to Braden Holtby, has fulfilled his role magnificently. Grubauer has gone 9-0-2 this season and has given his team confidence when Holtby needs the night off. With a dynamic duo in the net it is much harder for a team to steal two points away from Washington.

Both special teams have been impressively efficient as well. The penalty killing has been strong, consistent, and clutch in crucial segments of a game. The power play has found its mojo with clean tape-to-tape passes and rocketing shots from everywhere on the ice. As of now, it is very hard to see the power play start to recede when the chemistry between all the players is this synchronized.

Last year’s Vezina winner Braden Holtby has been close to perfect ever since he was chased out of the net weeks earlier. Rebound control, flexible leg pad saves and watching the puck through screens have been executed tremendously by Holtby, getting in his opponent’s heads and frustrating them endlessly. Holtby will be a Vezina candidate again and most likely the favorite to win it if he keeps this performance going.

Last year’s Presidents Trophy winning team ended in yet another disappointing postseason for this snake-bitten D.C franchise. Will this year be different or will it be another premature exit with the Stanley Cup just out of reach? I am a strong believer in this year’s team to go all the way judging by their play over the last month. If they can bring this consistency and momentum into the spring it’s hard to see any team beating them, even those birds from Pennsylvania.