I’m grateful for Bluetooth headphones so I don’t have to strangle myself while blocking out the loudmouth douche next to me on my commute. What are YOU grateful for?
It’s me, Chris T.: host of Aerial View, WFMU’s first regularly scheduled talk show. Back in 1989 when the show first went on the air, we broadcast from the depths of now defunct Upsala College’s Froeburg Hall. Believe me, the place was a dump. With a perpetually musty odor and ceilings so low it’s a wonder we’re not all permanently stoop-shouldered, the Froeburg Hall basement became a bad memory when we eventually took over Avatar House on the Upsala periphery. Then the college went under and we found ourselves on a ghost campus. Relocating east to Jersey City, we purchased a nice five story building in the Paulus Hook area and turned it into our studios and offices.
Until now, all of WFMU’s homes have been missing a major feature: a place for the public to gather and join in. That’s why I’m so happy about the next era of WFMU’s growth: our new Ground Floor Performance Studio! The space we salivated over since we moved in, the one we rented for the income while saying “Someday…” became a reality and the most thrilling thing to happen to WFMU since we got our broadcast license.
My show is all about inviting the public in, via the phone and online, and now we’ll be able to welcome the physical public. In the not-too-distant future you’ll join us in our new ground floor space and watch a band perform live on the air; heckle a comedy show; attend a panel discussion; dance to a DJ battle; see a film and so much more the mind boggles. I’m already mulling over several Aerial View events. But we have a major hurdle to overcome: to get a certificate of occupancy we need to build ADA-compliant bathrooms. We also have to purchase a PA, some other sound gear and lighting. And because of Superstorm Sandy, we’re also taking the opportunity to move essential equipment to the third floor. Even though we didn’t get water in our basement, who knows how lucky we’ll be next time?
Throughout the month of October we’re holding a “silent fundraiser” so we can make the Studio of Tomorrow a reality. Please “get in on the ground floor” and look for a pledge brochure in the mail or go to wfmu.org or aerialview.me and find the pledge widget. As a thank you for helping, we’ll send you a newly designed WFMU T-shirt for a pledge of $50 and a WFMU knit hat (and the T-shirt) for $100. To make this even more fun we’re holding listener meet-ups all month and Oct. 21 – 27 it’s the return of “Singles Going Steady” week. AND on Oct. 27 the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia will take over Harsimus Cemetery in Jersey City for a Roxy Music tribute. I’ll be singing with the band so make sure to join us there.
Pioneer RT-707 Reel-to-Reel deck, as seen today at the Meadowlands Flea Market, your home for vintage electronics.