Members of 90.3 WMSC, the Montclair State University radio station, all came together to celebrate World University Radio Day.
This 34-hour event spanning three separate days covered all manner of events, each with a love for all things radio and, of course, music.
According to assistant program director Ben Petruk, a junior journalism student, many students run with less than three hours of sleep. Some students even slept on the floor of the WMSC office.
Special guests included Paterson Mayor AndrÃ© Sayegh, members of the PIX11 News team and two star performers from growing groups.
“The Morning Buzz”, WMSC’s news and talk show, began at 7 a.m. and was broadcast from both the recording studio and a table outside the Communication School. and media (SCM) in near freezing weather. It was led by the show’s producer, Kenny Horn, a senior television and digital media specialist, and assistant producer, Kyle Pepitone, a senior animation specialist. Horn and Pepitone both had purple fingertips by the time the show ended at 9 a.m.
During âThe Morning Buzz,â Anabella Poland, CEO of the WMSC, told the students that the PIX11 News helicopter was about to fly over the SCM to greet them. Everyone waved, danced and applauded as the helicopter flew over the university.
Shortly before 9 a.m., Horn was surprised by Sayegh, who starred in the show. Horn was awarded a Special Certificate of Proclamation, which officially recognized World University Radio Day as a special day of celebration for the Town of Paterson.
After âThe Morning Buzz,â the team’s makeshift karaoke golf cart was ready to hit campus. Members of the station sang songs by MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e, Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan with other students and faculty on campus.
At around 11 a.m., the WMSC invited two special stars to perform live music: Miles Dellaha of group See Plus and John Anthony Rodriguez of group 54 Ultra.
With the time that remained, the members of the WMSC performed some of their original songs, as well as covers of songs such as “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day. Tara Cicchetti, a sociology major, Jake Goetz, a television and digital media student, as well as Petruk and Pepitone, all performed live on air.
Other events also took place throughout the day. Most notable included Battle of the Vinyls, a broadcast of the original pre-recorded musical, “The Nightmare Before World College Radio Day,” hosted by the students of the WMSC, a Dungeons & Dragons tournament and a dodgeball tournament held in the Student Recreation. Center. .
The students at the station worked tirelessly on the preparation and execution of the event, but despite their exhaustion, almost every face was accompanied by a smile throughout the day. For most of the people there, radio and music are their passion, and this undoubtedly shone on World University Radio Day.