Jack Wimmer ’73: “I was chief engineer, and then station manager, when WCPR was on the fifth floor (of the Stevens Center) in the ’70 – ’73 timeframe. The engineering room used to have a really good, but old, vacuum tube audio amp – Bogen, I think."
"The audio was really good for the day, especially good at the low end. There was also an audio oscillator in the engineering room, and a very large, cabinet-mounted speaker, directly across from the entrance to the station. With the door open, the speaker faced directly down the fifth floor corridor outside of the elevators." “One quiet weekend afternoon, we conducted an experiment to see if we could find the resonant frequency of the fifth floor. I think we did. We patched the oscillator to the amp, turned on the big speaker, and cranked up the volume. Moved the oscillator around the very low end — and at one point, as they say, “The earth moved’ ... well, not exactly, but the walls up and down the hallway were definitely in motion. We then had an attack of rational thinking and decided good things could not happen if this went on for too long, or too often." “Needless to say, it was a moving experience.”
Jim O’Neil ’87: “Remember at the time, the station was located on the fifth floor of the Stevens Center building. I believe Stevens coincided Alumni Weekend in 1986 with Operation Sail on the Hudson River, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Stevens regulated access to the campus with passes (which I still have). All of the floors of the Center Building were (designated for) corporations and groups except the fifth floor, which housed the radio station, Student Council and other meeting rooms. “The first floor of the center was open, and a girl I was dating at the time and I ducked into the stairwell and made our way up to the fifth floor. It was quite awesome watching the parade of boats and later, fireworks — all while listening to great music.”
Joe D’Andrea ’90: “Being on the fifth floor (of Stevens Center) is certainly a memorable moment … but we still had the carpet on the wall with the logo on it and everything. Using the rotary phone (which had no rotary dialer on it) by depressing the switch up really fast, we would simulate rotary dialing and order pizza. That’s how we did it — we would actually take the phone, and tapping the switch, we would order pizza.”
Suzanne D’Addio ’07: “WCPR was always heavily involved in Boken, during my time. Say What!? Karaoke (as inspired by the MTV show) was always a big hit. In 2005, events got shuffled in such a way that we ended up with a mechanical bull at the event. I remember sitting at the sign-up desk for karaoke and watching a group of girls sing and dance to NSYNC while out of the corner of my eye, a guy got flung off the mechanical bull – it was unforgettable, for sure. “In early 2005, the eboard celebrated their weekly meeting by dubbing it ‘Cinco de Moustache,’ and everyone, including the girls, wore adhesive moustaches purchased from the Big Fun Toys on Washington Street. It was so absurd, we didn’t get anything productive accomplished that night!”
Keith B. Cassidy ’09: “One of my favorite memories of WCPR is when we were preparing for our Prototype event in the spring of 2009. This event was the first step WCPR was taking to bring back the Light Show and Dance (LSD) parties from the ’60s. To prepare for it, we had to coordinate refreshments, music, glow accessories and lights. For the refreshments, our general manager, Matt Keyser ’09, was in contact with Snapple who agreed to give us free Venom energy drinks for the event provided we put up their posters. “For the music, our assistant publicity manager, Taylor Sproul, was in charge of finding DJs; as it turned out, Taylor was able to find all of the talent for the event within WCPR! From the various organizations, both in Stevens and outside of Stevens, I had a contact with a company who was able to provide us with glow accessories at reduced prices. “The most exciting part of preparing for the event was with the purchasing of the new lighting equipment. The event committee met to decide on what lights to get for the event based on the photos in the online catalogs, such as the 10 LED tubes that are over 3 feet tall each! We felt that the lights we were going to buy were going to be fun … but we had no idea how much fun. As WCPR’s Andrew Bjerke says, ‘Being business manager is like being Santa Claus.’ This statement was no further from the truth when (Matthew) Keyser and I came back from Guitar Center with the new lights. A few members were at WCPR waiting for our arrival and once we got there, they helped us unload. We immediately said, we have to ‘test’ these lights to make sure they all work ... long story short, we ended up spending over an hour in the radio station staring at the new lights in awe of the effects they were capable of. “For the event itself, WCPR left no equipment unused! The amount of light and sound caused people who were passing by to stop in and find out what the event was all about. The event lights went from completely dark with slight accents to bright enough to light up every corner of the room. The music made the floor of Jacobus Lounge shake! Our presence was felt so much throughout the campus, the campus police had to bring the event to a close because of the noise we were generating (which is why future events like this will be in the Bissinger Room from now on)!”
Matthew Keyser ’09: “I ran a show called Synth/Salvation, where I played electronic and industrial music. It was my favorite show to do, because I was able to interview several of my musical heroes on the air. It’s surprising how easy it is to get an interview on the air if you can say you’re with a radio station. I interviewed Ronan Harris of VNV Nation (twice!), Sasha Koneitzko of KMFDM, and the Goth singer Voltaire (which may not mean anything to readers of The Indicator, but it was the time of my life!). “WCPR, as many people know, also runs mobile sound and light events on the Stevens campus. We’ve done sound for some very strange events, including a Bat Mitzvah in the Howe Center bowling alley, grad student karaoke in the math lounge, Rock Band tournaments in costume, and the Castle Point Anime Convention. My favorite event, though, would have to be Prototype, the dance we held last year in Jacobus Lounge. We had wanted to revive the old Light Show and Dance events the alums from the ’70s kept telling us about. We had to run power cables to all three floors of Jacobus in order to not blow a fuse, and you could hear the music and see the lights from beyond Palmer!”