Student Podcasts to be Aired

It’s finals week at Dickinson College, and that means final essays, exams, and projects are to finally be finished!

This week, WDCV will be airing a series of podcasts from one of Dickinson’s courses, Lusomusics, a cross-listed class in both music and Portuguese studies. This course focuses on music influenced and created by the Portuguese, as well as Cape Verdeans, Brazilians, Angolans, and many other citizens of past Portuguese colonies. The podcasts present and examine four subjects that these students have learned about throughout the semester, which include Tropicalia, Bossa Nova, Coladeira, and the artist Jose Alfonso. Along with musical examples, these students explore the historical context of their music, as well as the varying instrumentation and social significance. If you are interested in world music, or want to expand your musical ear, these podcasts are perfect for you!

Tune in on Monday, May 8th, at noon to hear all about it!

Listen live by tuning your radio to 88.3 fm, or stream us at wdcvfm.com!

 

WDCV Events: March

The month of March has a lot in store the WDCV station! Check out our upcoming events below. 

Thursday, March 3rd: Movie Night in the station lounge! We will be watching Spinal Tap at 8 pm. All student DJs are welcome to come lay on our comfy couches and eat the yummy snacks we will be providing! Hope to see you all there!

 

Saturday, March 25th: 24 Hour Live Event from 8am to 8am Sunday, March 26th! WDCV will be broadcasting live for 24 hours straight. This event will act as a community-DJ bonding experience where both student and community DJs can sign up for a one hour shift throughout the 24 hour span. Come help us get our name out in the airwaves!

Monday, March 27th: Live on Britton Plaza for the Energy Challenge kick-off! WDCV student DJs will be playing music outside from 7pm to 9pm. WDCV is proud to support the Energy Challenge across the Dickinson campus!

If you are interested in participating in any or all of these events, email wdcvfm.djaffairs@gmail.com!

 

Grumpus Visits the Whistlestop Bookshop

On November 16th, Grumpus, a Dickinson alum, visited the Whistlestop Bookshop in Carlisle as a stop on his November Tour. It was an intimate setting for a very enjoyable and personal concert. WDCV live streamed Grumpus and his opening act, Alex Dillon. Listen and check them out!

 

Follow Grumpus on Instagram and like him on Facebook!

Instagram: @grahamofgrumpus

Facebook: Grumpus

 

College Radio Day- Pop Up Record Store Event, Live on Britton, First Friday Downtown

WDCV ALL DAY LONG! This is our prom. This is our birthday. This is the day where we get to celebrate our very existence. Will you celebrate with us? You have so many opportunities to show your support for the little station that could.
We will be on Britton Plaza over lunch (11-1pm)and we have an extra special guest just for the day. Dennis Gotthard is one of our favorite people in Carlisle but most people know him by the name the Mannequin Man.  He has an incredible, vast space just outside of town where he has a maze of building FILLED with mannequins, store fixtures, oddities and records.  So Many Records.  Thousands and thousands of them.  And for just one day he will bring it all out for a pop up shop where you can peruse his wares and purchase vinyl, quirky vintage items, mannequins and other surprises.  He should be set up on Britton Plaza unless there is poor weather, then he will be in the underground in the HUB.

We did a story about Dennis and his wonderland of mannequins and records last year.  Take 8 minutes and listen to his incredible stories and start making a wishlist for what you hopes he brings to campus to sell.  He only takes cash and checks so start saving your pennies and have your ATM card handy!

At 5pm we will be set up downtown for First Friday and the theme is Music so OF COURSE we have to come out! We will be set up in between the Hamilton Restaurant and Warm Springs Salon in the Cumberland County Historical Society parking lot. Come chill with us, dance to lively tunes and celebrate our very special day!


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Homecoming Weekend Open House Sept. 26th 2015 10-2pm

Come visit us in the WDCV Studios or stop by Britton plaza to meet djs, eat snacks, and wax nostalgic about your own time on the air at WDCV. Stop by the studio if you want to get back into the booth and put some tunes out on the air again (or for the first time!). All are welcome!
Saturday September 26th 10am-2pm.

 

Bluegrass on the Grass 2015 Review

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On the first clear day in weeks, Dickinson College was the site of the 20th Anniversary of Davis Tracy’s Bluegrass on the Grass festival. I had heard the school hosts this little secret from some friends of mine, so when the opportunity arose for me to work the festival, I jumped at the chance. As someone who has never particularly cared for bluegrass, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into…but after sitting through eight hours of non-stop bluegrass I will say this: Why have I never been there before?

 

First of all, the atmosphere throughout the day can be summed up in one word: happy. Everywhere I went, smiles were on everyone faces. Whether they had been there every year since the first festival in 1995, or were attending the festival for their first time, everyone in the over 3,000 strong crowd was excited and genuinely happy to be there. People had come from all over the country to this small town in PA; I met folks from Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Florida, and so on. One woman from Florida told me, “I made my sister come with me this year. She tried telling me that she didn’t like bluegrass music, but I told her that this was better than Christmas!”

 

Five bands took the stage this year, each of them playing two sets by the end of the day. The Dismembered Tennesseans were up first, and as they have played every Bluegrass on the Grass festival except for the first one, the audience was fully prepared for their unflinching yet refined take on bluegrass music. After them came a newcomer to the festival, Tellico, from Ashevillle, NC. What struck me about this band was their commitment to the art of the song; they did not riff or improvise a lot, but instead stuck to their songs of passion and heartache. After Tellico was Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. Fronted by award winning fiddler Michael Cleveland, these guys delivered the most virtuosic performance of the day. They ran through their songs while weaving back and forth through melodies and improvisations with impressive ease. While they were a tough act to follow, Jake Krack & the Bing Brothers did not show up to disappoint anybody. I am a fan of punk rock myself, so fiddler Jack Krack and his band were my favorite act of the day because they never let up on the intensity of their driving, in-your-face brand of bluegrass. Closing out the festival this year was another newcomer to Bluegrass on the Grass, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. Led by award winning vocalist Russell Moore, this band brought the audience to a standing ovation with their gospel-influenced bluegrass. I have no doubt that they will be asked to come back in the near future.

 

If you want to check out next year’s festival, stop by Dickinson College’s campus on July 9th, 2016. And if you want to hear some more bluegrass before that, check out WDCV on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday from 8-10 AM, either on 88.3 FM or at http://blogs.dickinson.edu/wdcvfm/

 

* Thank you to everyone who helped make the festival possible. Through your hard work and generous donations, Bluegrass on the Grass has been able remain free to the public, and will be back again next year.*

College Radio Day-Friday October 3rd 2014

One day every year we get to celebrate our very existence in a world of rapidly changing technologies and over produced Top 40 hits. College Radio Day is the day everyone should take a little extra time to appreciate this unique and free entertainment outlet.

We play the music that others overlook or wouldn’t even consider because they are under-appreciated independent artists on tiny labels.  Often, those artists have gone on to become the giant acts that sell out venue after venue but you heard them first on college radio. We bring you shows like Democracy Now! that give an in depth look at news from across the globe and connects you with the people fighting for democracy everywhere.  We give students the chance to find their voice and connect directly with people outside of the borders of Dickinson College.  Our programming stays diverse by intentionally mixing student produced shows along side community djs and syndicated programming.

We are always striving to do better, find better shows, connect with the community in fun and meaningful ways, and be the Voice of not only Dickinson College but the greater Carlisle community.  If you listen to College radio and like what you hear, give a call to the DJ (245-1444) and tell them they are doing a good job.  We love to know that someone out there is listening.  If you have an idea, a gripe or just a comment feel free to email us at wdcvfm@gmail.com.  We have been around for over 50 years and we aren’t planning on going anywhere (except a more visible location in the HUB would be much appreciated!)

Tune into WDCV-FM all day on Friday October 3rd and listen to the special programming for College Radio Day. Stop By Britton Plaza while we broadcast live from 12-2pm. Thanks for listening!

12-2pm Live on Britton Plaza-Free stickers & buttons, DIY spin art on cds & vinyl, tunes, glow in the dark spider rings……
2:00pm & 8:00pm – World Wide Broadcast of College Radio Day Simulcast
3:00pm & 9:00pm – Interview with Andrew W.K.
3:20pm & 9:20pm – Interview with Matt Kelly, drummer of Dropkick Murphys
3:40pm & 9:40pm – Interview with Jeremiah Fraites, drummer and founding member of The Lumineers
4:00pm & 10:00pm – “The College Radio Road Trip” An original radio documentary by Nikki Marra as she travels across America from the East to the West coast and visits college radio stations along the way. 

 

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Bluegrass on the Grass-Saturday July 12th 2014 12-9pm

Bluegrass on the Grass

Saturday, July 12th 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Lineup and Full Schedule

Bosler Hall on the Academic Quad, Dickinson College
201 W. High St.. Carlisle, PA 17013
Walking directions: Enter on West High Street between North College and North West Streets.

Seating is open. The lawn can be accessed starting at 8:00am on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will sell food ranging from french fries to Thai food, plus non-alcoholic drinks. Restrooms will be available. Festival is held rain or shine. Bring umbrellas and get ready for great music!

12:00 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass
12:45 p.m. Vickie Vaughn Band
1:30 p.m. Jake Krack & Bing Brothers
2:15 p.m. Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
3:00 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans
3:45 p.m. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
4:30 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass
5:15 p.m. Vickie Vaughn Band
6:00 p.m. Jake Krack & Bing Brothers
6:45 p.m. Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
7:30 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans
8:15 p.m. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

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