Today is College Radio Day! Those of us at 91.7 The Edge are celebrating all the exciting things about college radio. Since 2011, CRD raises awareness, internationally to the cutting edge music being played on our station and others across the globe. Stations like ours provide the public with people with music with out commercial constraints, in this strongly marketed platform. Here at The Edge, our on-air DJ’s put in many hours a week to provide listeners quality programming that we are proud of. According to founders of CRD, ”College radio is the only free live medium brave enough to play unsigned, local, and independent artists on a regular basis. Indeed, many famous and successful bands today, owe their initial break to being played on college radio. Put simply, college radio is an important part of the media landscape because of its unique and fearless programming.” More than 30 countries have stations that are participating this day, so tune in to 91.7 The Edge to help us celebrate College Radio Day!
This week’s DJ hails from the quaint town of Adams Friendship, WI, and could be described as outdoorsy. Jessie loves sports and is a big fan of Kobe Bryant in particular, even managing to find a pair of socks sporting the man’s face. The movie Joe Dirt is a personal favorite of his and he has gone on record saying radio is “awesome.” Unfortunately, Jessie is having knee surgery soon and is going to miss a few shifts. But upon his return you can listen to Jessie Tuesdays at 8 PM and Thursdays at 8 AM. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if you called in and wished him a speedy recovery either.
On September 2nd 2014, Capitol Records released The Counting Crows’ seventh studio album. Somewhere Under Wonderland, has received much respect so far. Rollingstone magazine has rated the album as 3 out of 5 stars. Critics have said that it’s easy to identify Adam Durvit’s voice throughout all the songs giving them that distinctive “Counting Crows” sound. The songs are filled with lyrical stories, giving the album an overall feeling of the lyrical narratives of the band’s early 90’s music. Helen Brown of The Daily Telegraph calls Somewhere Under Wonderland “their best collection of songs since their debut.” This album is the first release since 2008 with all new material on it. The band began to write the material for the album in early 2013 and continued through the summer as they went on tour. Songs to note from the album include: Scarecrow and Palisades Park. The album is available through vinyl, CD, and digital download.