Woodstock 50 Years Later on WHWS



From Wikipedia

Woodstock was a music festival held between August 15–18, 1969, which attracted an audience of more than 400,000.[2][3][4][5] Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, it was held at Max Yasgur‘s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York,[5] 43 miles (70 km) southwest of Woodstock. It was also referred to alternatively, on occasion, as the “Bethel Rock Festival” given its location in the Town of Bethel, New York, or the “Aquarian Music Festival”.[6]

Over the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors.[7] It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation.[8][9] Rolling Stone listed it as number 19 of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.[10]

The event was captured in the Academy Award-winning 1970 documentary film Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell‘s song “Woodstock“, which commemorated the event and became a major hit for both Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Matthews Southern Comfort. Joni Mitchell said, “Woodstock was a spark of beauty” where half-a-million kids “saw that they were part of a greater organism”.[11] In 2017, the festival site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]

WHWS 105.7 FM will play the Woodstock’s soundtrack and more starting Thursday 8/15 thru Sunday 8/17 the original dates of the 1969 festival.

Woodstock on WHWS , Noon to 6pm August 15-17th.

Gotta get back to the garden!!

HWS Reunion 2019 Underway!

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Reunion is underway and we are welcoming back all the WEOS & WHWS DJ’s!

I’m especially happy to see members of the Class of 2009!  Genoa Boswell (no relation to the football field Boswell’s).

Genoa was the very first student station manager of WHWS in 2008.  She now is the producer of the CBS TV show “The Talk”.

Genoa traveled back from Los Angeles to see the new studios in the Scandling Center where she found her picture on the wall with Travie McCoy and Matt McGinley of Gym Class Heroes!

Welcome Home!




Uncertainty Doesn’t Discourage Public Radio Leaders

With recent headlines gathering attention, WEOS.FM Station Manager of Finger Lakes Public Radio Greg Cotterill weighs in on Trump’s third annual barrage upon the institution of public access radio and the station’s prominence throughout the region. 

When discussing the role of funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, “Trump may say things but Congress approves spending,” Cotterill said.

Cotterill says he attended a town hall event in a few years ago where he met with Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY 23), assuring him that he is “absolutely” in full support of public-access radio and television.

In an effort to connect and confirm with Reed’s office in Geneva regarding his stance on this issue, no official response was offered and it remains unclear whether he is still in support of National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Aside from receiving a portion of their operating budget from the federal assistance, financial funding lies in multiple revenue streams: direct funding donations and matching, underwriting projects as well as local residents donating junk vehicles for tax write-offs.

“It’s a hit. People donated boats, campers and mostly cars,” Cotterill said.

Wavelength station 89.7 MegaHertZs, which served as the original frequency for WEOS could barely stretch past Geneva and could not reach Rochester until the station increased its frequency to 89.5 MHzs.

An increase of 6,000 Watts resulted the station’s radio wavelengths extending to Canandaigua and throughout Ontario County as well as Rochester, downwards until Watkins Glen and even within the hills of Ithaca. 

When it comes to Finger Lakes Public Radio, “It’s not just a name,” Cotterill stated.

A prominent show, “Stuck in the Psychedelic Era” with the Hermit is produced directly on turntables across the hall from WEOS inside Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ radio station, WHWS.FM While produced in the WHWS studio, this WEOS staple segment swiftly rose to relevancy; the Hermit’s thoroughly-researched and custom-created tracks captured the imagination of public radio listeners nationwide and even abroad.

In total, “Stuck in the Psychedelic Era” is broadcasted across 40-stations nationwide as well as one public radio station in New Zealand. The Hermit informs Cotterill about the constant and never-ending emails from dedicated fans of his show. 

“People are passionate about public radio,” Cotterill continued.

So much so that at one time many years ago, Cotterill remembered when the station would temporarily switch-off NPR’s flagship program, “All Things Considered” to conduct play-by-plays for the Hobart College Varsity Soccer game, reminiscing the countless number of angry phone calls that they received.

Local listeners tuned-in expecting to hear the ever-popular NPR exclusive show and instead got soccer analysis to the temporary frustration of residents until the college radio station was instituted shortly after.

In 1988, the HWS Colleges’ President, Carroll Brewster took the charge to create the WEOS platform to provide more consistent public radio programming as it was previously maintained by college students and community volunteers lacking a full-time staff and solidified organization structure.

Since then, WEOS has grown to become the most reliable NPR-affiliate station in the Finger Lakes.

For 16-years, Cotterill has maintained his status as the radio station manager of WEOS and WHWS, characterizing his role and position at both stations as the “pinnacle” of his career.

He is most motivated and passionate about working with young and inspiring students who seek to pursue careers in public radio upon graduating from HWS: the new crop and future of broadcasters, disc jockeys and public radio enthusiasts who one day will take on the responsibilities to advocate on behalf of National Public Radio and its affiliate stations spanning across the nation.

– Reporting & Photos by Gabriel Pietrorazio

An undergraduate student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Pietrorazio has written for the Town Times of Watertown, Connecticut and Finger Lakes Times in Geneva, New York. He’s currently an intern reporter for FL1 News, and can be reached at gabriel@fingerlakes1.com.

Also on FingerLakes1.com

WHWS Year In Review


As another year wraps up at WHWS, our attention turns to the albums that defined our year in heavy rotation. While we received many CDs over the course of the past year, only a few were outstanding enough to make their way onto many of our shows. Here’s a little look at what was popular with our DJs this past year:

Of these albums, by far the most popular was 7 by the band Beach House. Released at the beginning of May, this album had enough staying power to remain in heavy rotation all the way until the middle of the fall semester. Notable as the sonically darkest album in the band’s discography, 7 still manages to maintain the characteristically transcendent sound that has allowed Beach House to achieve cult status. If you haven’t heard this album yet, you may want to check out some of its best tracks: “Lemon Glow”, “Drunk in LA”, and “Pay No Mind.”

Released only one month after 7, Moodie by Yuno managed to remain relevant over a long summer of musical releases. This record, with its strong pop sensibilities and integration of indie/emo aesthetics, was a favorite of our indie pop focused radio shows. While maintaining an upbeat aesthetic throughout the majority of its tracks, Moodie
is not a carefree work. It’s thematically centered around a breakup, working through heartbreak, uncertainty, and reflection. This album is definitely worth a listen (especially “Fall In Love” and “So Slow”).

Perhaps the most eccentric artist to make our heavy rotations list this year, Art
d’Ecco’s Trespasser made a big splash upon its mid-October release date. Falling within the genre of weirdo-pop, this Vancouver native’s record combines the aesthetics of glam rock with modern indie sensibilities. Rife with droning guitars and catchy hooks, this record was heavily featured on our indie/rock radio shows. If you’re interested in feeling this album’s undeniable groove, you should check out the standout tracks “Nobody’s Home” and “Mary”.

By far the oldest album on this list, The Houseby Porches came out all the way back in January. A followup to their 2016 album Pool, this album combines the bands distinct synthesizer indie rock with the danceability of house music. Though it’s not without its more reflective tracks (“Understanding” and “Country” for example), the majority of this album is versatile enough to not feel out of place in a dance club or a record store. It’s an addicting record and it’s no surprise that many DJs took to it so passionately. While its best experienced when heard front-to-back, “Find Me”, “Goodbye”, and “Leave the House” were some of the most popular tracks amongst our DJs.

The final album to be heavily featured on our shows this year was, Scout by the band Calpurnia. By combining the current trend of chillwave guitars and the throwback sounds of Weezeresque indie rock, Calpurnia’s debut album was a shoe-in for frequent play. This popularity feels an understatement when you add the fact that Finn Wolfhard, one of the kids from Stranger Things, just so happens to front this band. If you feel so inclined, you should try listening to “Greyhound” or “Blame”.

Looking forward to the year ahead, WHWS is excited for the flood of new albums that
will grace our airwaves. Until then, why not head on over to the listen tab for a taste of good music new and old.

Jimi Hendrix Recording Electric Lady Land

In the newest episode of the podcast The Relix Audio Hour, we roll the clock back 50 years and take a deep dive into the recording process of Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 opus Electric Ladyland.


Host Jesse Lauter sits down with the record’s engineer/mixer Eddie Kramer as well as Hendrix historian John McDermott to explore the ins and outs of the groundbreaking LP, which would be Hendrix’s crowning recording achievement.

Kramer recalls joining the project in April 1968, and witnessing Hendrix in the throws of the creative process. “It was such a rush of information being thrown at me,” he chuckles.

Courtesy of the Hendrix estate, you can also hear audio of Hendrix himself describing the LP. Much of the episode’s soundtrack comes from the recently released Electric Ladyland deluxe boxset, as well its companion film At Last The Beginning: The Making of Electric Ladyland.

“He was a man who was blessed with god-given talent, amazing talent. But he was able to focus. He had a vision. Once he got on track with a song, and he knew pretty much in his head where it was headed, he wouldn’t stop. He wouldn’t let go – it’s like a pit-bull – until he achieved the end goal,” Kramer says of Hendrix.

Kramer and McDermott also recall Hendrix’s admiration of Steve Winwood, who plays organ on Electric Ladyland‘s “Voodoo Child.”

“He loved Winwood’s playing. I think at one point he asked him, ‘Hey, let’s put a band together. Or at least join my band,’” Kramer posits, adding to the myth of rock and roll’s greatest group that never was.

Listen to episode eight of The Relix Audio Hour here.

The Relix Audio Hour is a part of the Osiris Podcast Network.

Read more: https://relix.com/news/detail/the-relix-audio-hour-episode-eight-jimi-hendrixs-electric-ladyland-50th-anniversary-special/#ixzz5YMFluCVw

Joan Jett & Kenny Laguna College Radio Day Ambassadors

(Montclair, NJ) – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have been named the official 2018 Ambassadors for College Radio Day, which is happening nationwide on Friday, October 5th, 2018.

For Joan Jett, the impact that college radio has had on her career has been hugely important: “College radio, when we were struggling, was one of the elements that really kept us afloat – being able to play gigs and people had heard of us because they were playing us on college radio stations. College radio was a big deal for us,” says Joan. This is echoed by Kenny Laguna, who says, “We’re definitely a product of college radio, and through the years we’ve managed to remain on college radio with the records we put out. It means a lot to us.”

After forming The Runaways, Jett has amassed an impressive string of gold and platinum albums while also breaking gender barriers in the music industry when people dismissed a girl with a guitar who was more Ramones than Joni Mitchell. Along with band member/producer/manager Kenny Laguna, they have soldiered on to great success in an ever-changing and unforgiving industry. For college radio, their toughness and journey are inspiring.

“Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have so much in common with college radio,” says CRD Vice President Anabella Poland, also General Manager of WMSC at Montclair State University in New Jersey. “They are honest, raw, gritty, unwavering to mainstream, and they put on a daily fight. College radio was there to support them from the very beginning, and we are delighted that they will be our ambassadors this year.” Jett and Laguna have recorded an exclusive interview to be played on participating stations nationwide during the day’s celebrations.

Set for Friday, October 5th, the 8th annual College Radio Day will unite college stations from around the world to bring awareness to the work and value college stations bring to the broadcasting medium. Hundreds of stations worldwide have signed on to participate. This year the theme is When All Else Fails, College Radio Speaks, which highlights how students create unique programming and content on college radio that is important to them and not heard on any other medium.

For more information about Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, please visit https://joanjett.com.CRD18-Ambassadorslogo-1-1024x576

Cayuga Sound Ticket Give Away

Dearest music fan,

It’s come to my attention that you may be looking for something to do on September 21-22. May I suggest a trip down to Ithaca’s 2nd annual Cayuga Sound festival? Headlined and curated by Ithaca’s X Ambassadors, this eclectic festival should have a little something for fans of every genre. You’re into Indie Pop? Why not come and see Matt and Kim & Young the Giant. You’re a fan of hip-hop? Come check out Talib Kweli and Buddy. That’s just to name a few- for a full list of artists, click here.

I know this seems like a lot to spring on you all at once, but you definitely have to come. All you need to do to get a ticket is to click me, and you’re all set for two days of some fantastic music. When was the last time you had that many bands condensed into a jam-packed weekend? Why not get a few friends together and make some memories you won’t be forgetting any time soon? It seems pretty clear that you want to join.

If you’re a little worried about getting the money together, I’ve got a surprise for you. Head on over to the @whws.fm on Instagram for the chance to win two tickets (for both days) of the music festival. You’re not going to want to miss this. In the meantime, head on over to 105.7 FM (or click the “listen” tab at the top of this page) to satisfy your music cravings. You’ll probably even hear a Cayuga Sound band or two.

Yours truly,


A Hard Day’s Night-Tonight!

The Smith Opera House has graciously agreed to host a mini-film festival this semester in conjunction with the HWS First Year Seminar, “Britpop: From the Beatles to Brexit.” The first film — A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, featuring the Beatles (obviously) — is screening TONIGHT at 7:00, and it is FREE for all students, staff, and faculty holding an HWS ID. Otherwise, tickets are $10 (adults) and $7 (students).