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WCNU DJs and Listeners:
You’ve either noticed yourself, or have heard that we have been off the air for almost 3 months now. In the past we’ve had issues with the site being broken, or issues with the server, etc, however this time the problems are much more significant.
At the beginning of winter break, our president Henri Huber received an email from the Office of Student Activities, explaining that our station has not been complying with copyright law for multiple years, and this needed to be settled before we could broadcast again.
In short, there are multiple licenses we need to buy yearly to be able to broadcast again. This will run us around $1000 per year to maintain functionality. This will never manifest as dues for members. Fortunately, we are allowed to broadcast music publicly, so we can still be hired to DJ and make enough money to stay afloat. We’re working with the school to lighten the financial burden in the future. We have the money to pay off these as soon as we can.
However, a secondary issue became apparent. One of the licenses is very restrictive over the music we play, unless we are classified as an Educational Non-Profit. WCNU has always let our DJs have as much freedom to play whatever music they want, in whatever order, no matter what. Therefore we’re currently in the process of working out how to become classified as an Educational Non-Profit.
Unfortunately we have no idea how long this could take. But rest assured, we’re doing everything we can to get back on the air as fast as possible.
Meanwhile, you’ll still see us every Tuesday in the DSU for Tuesday Tunes, at campus events, and around campus.
When we’re back we’ll be better than ever.
Keep on rocking,
WCNU Executive Board
Our first DJ of the week in 2017 is Nikhil Sharma, who is WCNU Radio’s Technical Director and a man whose insistence on arctic temperatures in the station is practical and required but bordering on obsessive. Nikhil joined WCNU Radio in his sophomore year at CNU and began his show, “The Oddity Hour” his second semester of freshman year. Before coming to CNU, Nikhil did not have any experience with radio other than as a listener. It was his friend and fellow Eboard member, Jack Filiault who introduced Nikhil to WCNU Radio and after listening to one show he had decided to join.
This week’s DJ is Jack Filiault, who is currently Promotions Manager along with Tom Aberman and a lover of comedy. Jack has been a member of WCNU for less than a year and he began his first show in his second semester of Freshman year. He had discovered WCNU because he was invited to see the station by WCNU’s current Vice President, Connor Channer, and fell in love with the atmosphere of the station. Soon after he began his first show, Jack applied to WCNU’s eboard and was accepted for the Fall semester of 2016.
Jack joined WCNU and began his first show with his friend, and fellow eboard member, Nikhil Sharma. Their show changed names this semester to “The Oddity Hour” from it’s original name “Weird Niche Stuff.” “The Oddity Hour” airs on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. Nikhil AKA Nik selects the music, typically idie rock and folk, and the two of them discuss the music and joke around.