Station News

Red Dawson to be featured on WMUL’s Sportsview

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – WMUL-FM 88.1 MHz, Marshall University’s student-run radio station, will feature Red Dawson on Sportsview Wednesday, Nov. 11. Dawson was the only returning coach to the 1971 Marshall football team after the 1970 plane crash, which took the lives of 75 people.

Sportsview is a weekly sports talk show in which the FM88 Sports Team speaks with Marshall Olympic athletes, or other notable people attached to Marshall athletics. This show airs at 7 p.m., as part of WMUL-FM’s Sports Night. Dawson will be on the program from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Also, the program will be streamed live online at www.marshall.edu/wmul.

Discussion will center on Dawson’s observations about the change in Huntington from the time he moved here to coach football, the differences coaching football after the plane crash and where the football program is today. He will also be discussing his book, A Coach in Progress, scheduled to be released today.

The host for this edition of Sportsview will be Adam Rogers, executive director of WMUL-FM, who said he is grateful for this unique opportunity to share Dawson’s message with the community.

“It’s important for people my age to appreciate why this episode in Marshall’s history is important to our campus and to understand how the institution has grown from it,” Rogers said. “This is about more than just football.”

James Collier, sports director of WMUL-FM, said having Dawson on the program should be a learning experience for both him and his sports staff, as well as the radio station’s listening audience.

“We are honored to have him join us to share his remembrances and accounts of the 1970 team,” Collier said, “as well as his ground-floor role in assembling the Young Thundering Herd.”

Sportsview will be preceded by FC88.1 at 6 p.m., which begins WMUL-FM’s Sports Night. After Dawson’s segment, there will be a second half of Sportsview featuring Marshall Olympic athletes, followed by Sportsbuzz and The Racer’s Edge, concluding at 10 p.m.

WMUL-FM Covers President Obama’s Visit to Charleston

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Photo courtesy of Lexi Browning for WMUL-FM.

HUNTINGTON, WV Students from WMUL-FM were in Charleston on October 21, 2015 to cover President Obama’s visit.

The President was in Charleston Wednesday to discuss the growing drug epidemic in West Virginia, as well as across the United States.

“More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do from automobile accidents,” President Obama said. “This is an illness. We have to treat it as such and we have to change our mindset.”

The students representing WMUL-FM were Lexi Browning, Braxton Crisp, Aundrea Horsley, and Adam Rogers.

The event was held at the East End Family Resource Center in Charleston Wednesday afternoon. WMUL-FM aired the event live, included clips in the Wednesday evening news broadcast, and will be making a news package about the event.

Photos from President Obama’s visit can be viewed here or by clicking the photo above.

WMUL-FM to Air Special Jazz Program Oct. 23

HUNTINGTON, WV Jazz composer, arranger, pianist and educator Earl MacDonald performed with Marshall University School of Music and Theatre students and faculty with his own compositions and arrangements at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

WMUL-FM will be airing this show as a special program on Friday, October 23 at 4 p.m.

Currently associate professor and director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut, MacDonald earned a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz performance at McGill University and a Master of Music degree at Rutgers, where he apprenticed with Kenny Barron. MacDonald is an active clinician, guest conductor and teacher at summer camps. The UConn Chapter of the American Association of University Professors honored MacDonald with its 2006 Excellence Award for Teaching Innovation and 2003 Teaching Promise awards. Additionally, he received the 2013 School of Fine Arts Outstanding Faculty Award at UConn.

For more information about MacDonald or the music program at Marshall, call 304-696-3117.

WMUL-FM at the Health and Wellness Fair

HUNTINGTON, W.V. WMUL-FM was out on the plaza for the first Marshall University Community Health Fair Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Staff members were playing music for those in attendance at the fair.

Staff members were also present to make announcements and keep students informed about all the events planned by various organizations with Marshall Health in the next week.

WMUL-FM Celebrates News Engagement Day

HUNTINGTON, WV – Tuesday, October 6, 2015 was News Engagement Day across the nation.

WMUL-FM’s Newscenter 88 celebrated by having news on the plaza. Anchors Nichole Henderson and Alex James provided news for the listeners outside of the studio and became visible to Marshall University outside of the Memorial Student Center.

The newscast was produced by Akira Uchida and Gabi Warwick was in with the FM 88 sports report.

Prepping for Car Bash 2015

Marshall University Car Bash 2014

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA –This year’s Car Bash will take place on Thursday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Buskirk Field.

WMUL-FM has secured a Buick Park Avenue for the 14th annual Car Bash. For this year’s Homecoming celebration, the Buick will be painted in North Texas’ school colors.

Students can pay $1 to ravage the Buick with a sledgehammer for 2 minutes.

Due to the Marshall University Homecoming Parade being moved to Thursday evening, the event has been shortened 1 hour from the originally advertised end time of 3 p.m. This is to allow WMUL-FM time to prepare the car to be featured in the parade.

5th Annual College Radio Day – 10/02/15

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA – In celebration of all things college radio and local music, in partnership with The V Club, I put together an eclectic bill of local music to represent the wide array of genres heard on WMUL. From a pop punk band, to a very retro sounding British invasion-esque four piece, to a band that’s very hard to pin down, a good time was had by all.

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Posing in front of the marquee in one of my favorite t-shirts. Second time I’ve seen a show that I planned come to fruition in the form of a marquee sign, and it feels just as good the second time around. Photo by Kelsie Tyson.

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Robb Coleman of Letters, the opening act of our three band bill. Photo by Autumn Vallandingham.

 

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Cody Hatton of Of The Dell ain’t scared of college radio. They have their debut EP of original songs coming out either late-2015 or early-2016. Photo by Kelsie Tyson.

 

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Christopher ‘Qiet’ Vincent of Qiet, one of the impossible not to watch showmen of the West Virginia music scene. Photo by Kelsie Tyson.

WMUL-FM Prepares for First Football Broadcast of 2015

 

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA – As the Marshall Football team readies itself to welcome the Purdue Boilermakers into Joan C. Edwards Stadium for Sunday afternoon’s home opener, WMUL-FM is hard at work as well preparing for its first football broadcast of 2015.

Sports Director James Collier said broadcasting football games is something the station and the sports staff takes immense pride in.

“We understand that not many Division I college student stations get the opportunity to broadcast football live, so we really stick a feather in our cap about being able to call these games,” Collier said. “When a big-name team comes to town, we ratchet up the intensity on the broadcast and doubly make sure we are as prepared as possible for whatever could happen.”

The game broadcast will feature Collier as the play-by-play commentator and Adam Rogers as the color commentator, along with Andrew Harrison and Braxton Crisp patrolling the sidelines.

Prior to game kickoff at 3:00 p.m. eastern, the broadcast day will begin at noon with an edition of Aircheck, WMUL’s public affairs program. This edition of Aircheck discusses the in’s and out’s of banking with Lee Powell, President of DESCO Federal Credit Union and Geoff Sheils, President of First Sentry Bank. The Conference USA Report: Stranded Edition airs at 12:30 and will take a look at all the games involving C-USA teams this week. Then at 1:00 is the Marshall Football Season in Review, recapping last season from the season opener at Miami (OH) all the way to the final whistle of the Boca Raton Bowl. At 1:45, the FM 88 Sports team previews the 2015 Thundering Herd football season. Finally at 2:00, the WMUL Pregame Show begins and will take you all the way up to kickoff against the first Big Ten team to play in Huntington.

After the game, stick around for the WMUL Postgame Show, where we’ll have postgame analysis and an interview with head coach Doc Holliday.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

12:00 p.m – Aircheck

12:30 – Conference USA Report: Stranded Edition

1:00 – Marshall Football 2014 Season in Review

1:45 – Marshall Football 2015 Season Preview

2:00 – WMUL Pregame Show

3:00 – Kickoff, Marshall vs. Purdue

After the game – WMUL Postgame Show

WMUL-FM Launches New Website

 

WMUL-FM launched its new website on Monday afternoon, after several months of development. The change, which makes the station’s site part of Marshall University’s WordPress system, has given the site a fresh look after having roughly the same layout since 2008. In addition to the new look on the outside, moving to a WordPress-based website has streamlined the process of updating the site.

Immediate-past Online Director Braxton Crisp, who tackled the project of migrating content from the previous design over to WordPress, said the move accomplishes more than just giving a new look to the station’s online presence.

“When considering moving to WordPress, the discussions I had with Executive Director Adam Rogers and Faculty Manager Dr. Charles Bailey were about improving aesthetics of the site, without sacrificing content prominence,” Crisp said. “We obviously wanted to keep it easy for our visitors to get the latest news and sports coverage, plus be able to listen to our 24/7 live stream right from the home page. I feel comfortable in saying that we’ve retained all the functionality we wanted to while gaining the clean look of the university’s WordPress layout.”

Rogers said he was not entirely sold on changing over to WordPress, but after seeing how everything looks and using the improved back-end functionality, he is glad the change was made.

“We have won multiple awards in the last couple of years for our website, so I wasn’t sure that scrapping that was the best idea, but now I’m fully convinced that the new site will keep visitors coming back,” Rogers said. “Plus, it allows for staff members at WMUL-FM with just novice web development experience to be valuable in maintaining the site with fresh content, whereas before you had to know how to write multiple programming languages. Overall, it’s a great change for the station and we’re definitely starting off the new semester with a bang.”

WMUL-FM can still be found on the Worldwide Web at the same address, www.marshall.edu/wmul, however, any bookmarks you may have for streaming pages or your favorite podcast programs will no longer work.

Car Bash 2015 on the Horizon

 

Homecoming week 2015 may be over 2 months away, but WMUL-FM is already making preparations for this year’s Car Bash, which will take place on Thursday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Buskirk Field.

The 14th annual Car Bash is WMUL-FM’s celebration of Homecoming, where an old car is painted in the colors of the opposing team and people can pay $1 to ravage the car with a sledgehammer for 2 minutes. This year’s homecoming football game opponent is North Texas.

The car will later be featured in the Marshall University Homecoming Parade.

More details, including the make and model of this year’s vehicle, will be available at a later time.