Stony Brook University’s radio station, WUSB 90.1 FM, marks 45 consecutive years on the air on June 27. In celebration of the milestone, the station is hosting a weeklong series of events to commemorate its rich history of music, news and public service. The following events are scheduled:
Friday, June 24 – WUSB Live at Katie’s of Smithtown
Jackie Goomz, host of WUSB’s Equilibrium Radio kicks off the celebration with an evening of music at Katie’s of Smithtown. A happy hour with WUSB personalities will be followed by a headline performance featuring Long Island band Aqua Cherry. Doors open at 8 pm. Visit www.katiesofsmithtown.com for directions.
Saturday, June 25 – WUSB Studio Tours
Studio tours will be given at WUSB’s main office in the West Side Dining Hall building on the Stony Brook University campus. Tours will take place between 1 pm and 3 pm, or by reservation. Contact WUSBdonations@stonybrook.edu or call (631) 632-6828 to schedule a studio tour.
Sunday, June 26 – Anniversary Brunch
WUSB’s 45th Anniversary Brunch Celebration will take place in the Stony Brook Union Ballroom beginning at 11:30 am. The event will include awards and service recognition, and prizes will be given. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit WUSB’s original studio area and meet members of the WUSB staff. Reserve tickets here.
Monday, June 27 – Daylong On-Air Anniversary Special
Reminisce as WUSB replays its maiden broadcast from June 27, 1977. Programming will also include an interview with Norm Prusslin, founding general manager and current lecturer and director of the Media Arts Minor, and historic specials throughout the day. Listen online at wusb.fm.
Wednesday, June 29 – “Sophisticated Interpretations” Tribute Concert
Join the staff of WUSB for a for a special tribute concert in the Staller Center Recital Hall. The event will feature national recording artists and touring musicians who have supported WUSB throughout its history. Performers include members of the WUSB staff. Proceeds will benefit WUSB’s new transmitter fund. A limited number of tickets are available. VIP tickets include access to a pre-show dessert reception. Purchase tickets here.
I remember the earlier station that just broadcasted on campus. I had a weekly program for two hours on Thursday evening using the old turntables and the vinyl records. Ward kept the station functioning! My last show in 1966 had three seniors reminiscing about the first four years at Stony Brook. Fond memories of a “smaller” university!