Pump Up the Volume

Thurs., Oct. 25 – Sun., Oct. 28, 2007

The radio station I worked at during college, 91.3 fm, WBNY, Buffalo’s original alternative turned 25!!! To commemorate this special occasion we held a new media, anniversary celebration over the weekend.

Fellow WBNY alumni gathered at Buffalo State College from as far away as New Mexico. Current and past WBNYers networked, exchanged ideas, expertise and stories. The weekend was packed with activities including panels covering the past, present and future of media; a reunion dinner; a special performance featuring The English Beat (the first concert the station sponsored back in April 1983) and a farewell brunch. The visionary behind the station, Tom Calderone (currently the GM of VH1), flew into town to moderate a panel. He graciously offered industry advice to the enthusiastic college students.

I met some incredible new people whom I’m proud to be associated with and I hope to keep in touch. The radio station was a great starting point for me to learn how to entertain an audience during a three-hour shift and write news scripts. I apply those methods to this day when I produce podcasts. Even though technology used at the station is constantly evolving – from records to carts to cassettes to CDs, I hope that the station will continue to thrive for another 25 years. See you in 2032!

To view highlights and read press coverage from the event go to www.wbnyalumni.com.

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