My College radio station u92 turns 25 this year, and this past weekend was the birthday party. So I made the trip back to Morgantown, WV for the birthday/reunion weekend. U92 is an excellent college radio station that not only plays cool music, but it’s sports, news, promotions, production and specialty shows are great as well. I think probably most of us that worked there didn’t go on to radio/entertainment jobs, but those that did have been successful because what they learned at U92. The rest of us are music obsessed geeks and misfits or just regular people with a thing for radio. And those of us that fall into that category, even learned a few things doing college radio.
So it was a blast to see old friends, party it up, bowl a few games, see some bands, and get back on the air. It was like I never left, and it went by way too fast. Air-shifts were short, to get as many of us on a possible. So I had an hour to reminisce on the air, by playing old favorites. Here’s the playlist from my shift:
Nick Lowe – So It Goes
Railway Children – A Gentle Sound
Sebadoh – The Freed Pig
Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Reasons to be Cheerful, pt. 3
Kirsty MaColl – The End of a Perfect Day
Stereolab – The Seeming and the Meaning
The Saints – I’m Stranded
The Fall – I’m Into CB
Cud – Sometimes Rightly, Sometimes Wrongly
John Cooper Clark – I Don’t Wanna be Nice
Camper Van Beethoven – Take the Skinheads Bowling
Wedding Present – Suck
Brian Eno – Burning Airlines Give You So Much More
Prefab Sprout – Lions In My Own Garden (Exit Someone)
The Swirlies – Chris R
You don’t have to take my word for it about how great u92 is. The folks at CMJ have nominated if for CMJ Station of the Year this year. It’s up against some heavy hitters including Seattle’s KEXP. Since it is an award for College Radion Station of the year, it would be great if a real college radion station won the award. If you’re attending CMJ this year you can vote for WWVU!
Thanks to Bill for the photo. Bill also did a shift, which you can check out the details of over at his blob Sound Bites.