By Thomas Gillen
Assistant A&E Editor
WCWP has several events planned for the spring semester. The campus radio station will hold its biannual rooftop party in April, although the exact date has not been set.
The radio station will also broadcast three concerts through WCWP’s FM public radio station, “Spero Plays Nyro, The music of Laura Nyro” by the Christine Spero Group, playing on March 26 at 8 p.m. The group, THE BAND, presents a tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band on April 3 at 8 p.m. and ‘Imagine’: John Lennon Celebrating 1971, the ‘Imagine’ LP, and other Beatles and Solo Classics,” on May 19 at 8 p.m. They are all set in the Hillwood Commons Recital Hall.
The radio station has three services broadcasting shows throughout the semester. According to Dan Cox, WCWP’s director of broadcasting, those services are “88.1 FM – the public radio station of LIU Post that can be heard at 88.1 FM and worldwide at www.WCWP.org, myWCWP; the student radio station of LIU Post that can be heard on the PA system in the Hillwood Commons on channel 95 campus cable TV, 89.7 FM on campus and worldwide at www.mywcwp. org, and WCWPTalk, an internet only station of student and community volunteer produced talks and sports talk shows.”
To broadcast these shows, “WCWP uses the best equipment available in the industry for the people working there,” said Station Production Director, Chris Maffei, who graduated in 2013 with a degree in broadcasting.
Maffei has been with the radio station for five years. “We have developed talk shows on our FM station, which didn’t exist when I started and we also have nine shows running in the morning.”
As for the future of the station, Maffei thinks the equipment at the station will become more modern as the industry advances forward and the state of WCWP will be “determined by the next five years of kids walking through the doors.”
According to Cox, the most popular events for the radio station are the rooftop parties held during the fall and spring semesters. “Last semester we held two and they included live music with Nick Tangorra in September and our scavenger hunt was celebrated at out Halloween rooftop party in October.” The parties have been held for the past two years on the roof of Hillwood Commons with 75 to 100 students in attendance at each. Cox stated the purpose of the parties is for students to “have a good time and to promote the station.”
Though new shows have not premiered since last fall, Cox said new members of all majors are always welcome to join the station and create a new radio show. Cox attributes the lack of new shows this semester because new members join the current shows at the station as opposed to creating new ones, and just want to be connected to the station in some way.
WCWP meetings are held in Humanities Room 020 on Feb. 27, March 24 and April 26 at 12:30 p.m.