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Television, anyone?

Does Williams have any groups which produce television shows for a local public access station? Is there such a station on the local cable system? Is there a television studio or television studio-like space on campus? I ask because I would think that anyone interested in journalism as a career would find it useful to be able to work on television production while in school, in much the same way that benefits accrue from working on the Record or working at WCFM (does the station still exist?)

Here in Arlington, there is a local non-profit which produces a roundtable discussion on different topics which is broadcast periodically on the local cable system. I’m sure Williams students could do just as good a job, if not better, on any number of topics:

News for Our Future (NfOF), Epidode 2 from Our Task on Vimeo.

If you fast forward to about 21:25 on the video, you can see a possible member of the Williams class of 2024 talking about recycling. Nick is a much better talker than I was at that age…

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Discussion of Alumni Giving on “The Hour”

This afternoon from 4-5pm I’ll be talking to Chris Robare and Heather O’Brien about alumni giving and the Alumni Fund. Both are Development Officers working here at Williams. I’d love to get both alumni and student questions and comments about alumni giving, send me an email at 07ndf@williams.edu or call in during the show at 413-597-2197.

Stream WCFM live at http://wcfm.williams.edu or listen on campus at 91.9FM.

“The Hour” is a weekly public affairs talk show on WCFM Williamstown that looks at issues important to the Williams College campus and community.

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Trivia is in progress!

The winter contest seems to have started, even though it’s not midnight yet. I’m sure I’d know why if I were on campus. To follow the fun if you’re awake now, go to http://www.suitesuiteloving.com/

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The History of Homecoming Explored on WCFM

Nathan Friend and “The Hour” make their triumphant return to Eph Blog to announce tomorrow’s special show topic: the history of Homecoming.

Join me on WCFM Williamstown tomorrow, Friday the 11th, from 4-5 in the afternoon as I discuss past traditions and how they measure up to Homecoming today with guest John Hyde, professor of history emeritus (he’s been around since the ’60’s).

Listen live on campus at 91.9 FM or online at wcfm.williams.edu.

I encourage all current and former students to join in the discussion as well; what are some of your memories of homecoming? What traditions were around when you were here? What are your impressions of Homecoming today? Email me your stories at thehouronwcfm@yahoo.com or call in during the broadcast at (413) 597-2197.

It’s been a while, I know, so here’s a refresher on the show itself:

‘The Hour’ is a weekly news and local events show that focuses on topics of interest to the Williams College community. Every Friday from 4-5, I look at issues important to the college with the help of students, faculty, administrators, and community leaders.

Since last spring, I have done shows that deal with student issues, like College Council elections (my guests were both pairs of candidates); campus issues, like the ongoing and upcoming construction projects (with Irene Addison, Dave Pilachowski, and Michael Briggs); and community issues, like the state of small businesses in Williamstown (with the owners of Library Antiques and Tunnel City Coffee). In addition, at the end of last year I did a year-in-review show with Record Editor-in-Chief Ainsley O’Connell and President Morton Schapiro.

Please email me your questions, comments or suggestions to thehouronwcfm@yahoo.com.

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‘The Hour’ to look at Community Service at Williams

“The Hour,” with Nathan Friend, WCFM’s only community news program, will be exploring the past, present, and future of Community Service at Williams, tomorrow (Fri. May 6) from 4-5pm. Listen live on campus at 91.9 FM or online at wcfm.williams.edu.

Some of the issues we will discuss:
What programs have been implemented this year?
What programs have been the most successful?
How many students are involved? Why aren’t more involved?
How much success has the Community Service Office had in their attempt to change the discourse of service on campus from “volunteer work” to “civic engagement,”
How successful has the Williams Service Challenge been?

Guests for tomorrow’s show include:
Sadie Miller – Americorps Vista Volunteer, Office for Community Service
Alan Cordova, ’06 – Lehman Community Service Board Member

Feel free to join the discussion as well, on campus the extension is x2197, off campus it’s (413) 597-2197.

And please email me with any questions, comments or suggestions, my address is thehouronwcfm@yahoo.com

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‘The Hour’ looks at the Diversity Initiatives Self Study

“The Hour,” with Nathan Friend, WCFM’s only community news program, will be exploring the new Diversity Initiatives Self Study today from 4-5pm. Listen live on campus at 91.9 FM or online at wcfm.williams.edu.

Guests for today’s show include:
Gail Bouknight-Davis – Director of the Multicultural Center
Richard Nesbitt – Director of Admissions
Scott Wong – Chair of the Committee on Diversity and Community

Feel free to join the discussion as well, on campus the extension is x2197, off campus it’s (413) 597-2197.

And please email me with any questions, comments or suggestions, my address is thehouronwcfm@yahoo.com

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“The Hour,” with Nathan Friend, 4-5 TODAY on WCFM

Every Friday from 4-5 in the afternoon, WCFM presents “The Hour,” a news talk show that explores issues important to the Williams community. This week I examine resources available for students looking for summer jobs and beyond, by talking with Fatma Kassamali, Director of the Office of Career Counseling. You can listen live on campus at 91.9 FM, or listen online at wcfm.williams.edu. I encourage listeners to call in during the show with their questions and comments as well, the number is 413-597-2197.

I thought EphBlog would be a great way to get listeners both on and off campus who are interested in learning more about Williams news directly from those who make it. Each week I plan to post the topic for that Friday’s show on EphBlog in the hopes of gaining interest both on and off campus for my show and WCFM in general.

I [Nathan Friend] am a sophomore who has been interested in public radio for my entire life and has been involved with WCFM as Production Director for this school year. This semester, however, I started a news talk show modeled after some of my favorite NPR shows (including Seattle’s “Weekday, with Steve Scher” on KUOW, a daily talk show I interned for last summer), in order to offer a place for students and everyone else involved with Williams to find out more about what is going on.

Past topics have included studying abroad, small businesses on Sping Street, the new construction on campus, and interviews with both pairs of candidates for College Council Co-president.

Please send me your questions, comments, and suggestions at thehouronwcfm@yahoo.com

Thanks so much for your interest, and keep listening!

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