[by Shelby Heinecke ’13]
Yes, it’s true. Believe it or not, MIT has its very own radio station, run by the students for the students (and for the rest of Cambridge/Boston to enjoy!). It’s located in the cozy yet unfamiliar basement of Walker Memorial. It was one of the first places I visited during my CPW, and I encourage you all to visit it as well. Ever since I stepped foot in the station during CPW, I knew that I wanted to get involved with the radio station and have my very own show—and that’s precisely what I did!
My show is called “Peaceful Purgatory” and it airs on Tuesday nights from 11pm – midnight (sounds late, but this is prime psetting hour = more listeners). You’re probably wondering why my show has this name and where the heck it came from. You see, the name of my show conveys the unique combination of music I play; that is, hard rock/metal and classical music.
Here is a sample playlist:
“Quartet No. 1” by Sofia Gubaidulina
“Am I Evil?” by Metallica
“Children of the Grave” by Black Sabbath
“Violin Sonata No. 3” by Brahms
“Ciaconna in D Minor” by Bach
“Pathetic” by Lamb of God
“Achilles Last Stand” by Led Zeppelin
Hopefully you can see how the name of my show is relevant now! Not only do I play eclectic works, but I also give away concert tickets on air and sometimes I invite friends to chat on air or just to hang out in the control room with me. It’s great to be able to have this hour of airtime, an hour of freedom. I can play any songs or pieces I wish, the sky is the limit. My radio show is a highlight of my chaotic week—it’s a time where I’m forced to sit down, relax, and enjoy music. And you too can have a radio show at MIT. It’s as simple as applying for airtime and preferencing your ideal timeslots. There are also perks with having a radio show, such as having full access to the entire record library. That’s right, the ENTIRE library (think about the new music and artists you’ll be exposed to! I’ve discovered quite a few interesting bands since I’ve been a member at the station). Besides the library, you also have access to free concert tickets, definitely one of the coolest benefits. There are literally concerts in Boston/Cambridge everyday of the week, and you can potentially see these great artists for free. Feel free to listen to WMBR streaming live on www.wmbr.org. The shows are also archived, so you can even listen to previously aired shows. Enjoy the great music of WMBR. Rock on!
P.S. Photos coming soon!