The installation of our new transmitter and antenna has begun! WCBN is soon going to be broadcasting at 3000 watts instead of our current 200 watts. We hope to be on the air at 3000 watts as soon as possible!
On Saturday Oct. 26, 2013, the fine folks from the UM Plant Dept. carried a handful of I-Beam pieces (up to 400 lbs!) and antenna tower sections up to the very topmost roof of the Dennison building, where our antenna lives.
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On Thursday, October 17th, six WCBN-ers drove to NYC and back to think about radio's current status and future at WFMU's Radiovision festival, a one-day conference attended by all sorts of radio-minded people from our home and abroad.
The WCBN contingent split into two cars and made our way through the serene and beautiful states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey until we settled at our temporary home base: the home of one very, very nice Aunt of a station member. For those wondering, through our knowledge of the nuances of alternate side parking, WCBN was able to pay no more than $2 for a weekend's worth of parking. So take that NYC and your over-expensive parking garages. Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, we stopped by King's Family Restaurant to eat chicken wraps with ranch, ice cream waffles, and a Frownie.
Anyways, we took Friday as a day to explore NYC in the ways we saw fit. We visited Columbia University and its old buildings as well as some tall church and even a building with some dead guy named Ulysses and his wife inside (thanks to the "convenient" end of the shutdown. Good job guys!) We made our way over to Harlem and walked along 125th street after stopping at the Apollo Theatre.
Afterwards, the WCBN team, unafraid of any amount of European tourists, decided to venture into the MOMA (which conveniently free on Friday nights thanks to niqlo and its very profitable Japanese clothing). As always, Monet was killing it, but I personally would have liked more Kusama. In an exhibit on sonic forms, Tristan Perich, Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto), and Haroon Mirza (an artist featured at UMMA not too long ago) all had very interesting pieces. Tristan Perich's was a wall of speakers each producing a sound of a different wavelength. As you approached the wall with your ear and moved along the length of it, the individual tones were able to be perceived from the resulting white noise.
Being visually exhausted from a couple of hours of art, we ventured down to Other Music where we stocked up on a smattering of new and freeform friendly releases. Expect some new surprises soon on your dial!
The night came to a close with an Indian techno version of Happy Birthday courtesy of the apparently most well-lit restaurant in the city, Milon.