WGXC-90.7 FM

WGXC Afternoon Show: Transmission Futures

Apr 22, 2023: 4pm - 6pm
WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears

90.7-FM in NY's Upper Hudson Valley and wgxc.org/listen everywhere

Hosted by Kieran Riley (Monday); Randall Martin, Kim Singletary (1st, 3rd Tuesday); Randall Martin (2nd, 4th Tuesday); a rotating collection of hosts (Wednesday); Tom DePietro, Selha Graham (Thursday); Tom Roe (Friday, Saturday); Azouke Legba, Carline Murphy (Sunday).

After the local news, students from the Transmission Futures course at the New School and their professors Abou Farman and Milton Xavier Trujillo join Wave Farm's Tom Roe live in the Acra studio to discuss the curriculum, sounds, and discussions to-date.

About Transmission Futures: Etymologically, transmission comes from latin terms that mean to send beyond or across. Today, it also refers to the spread of that which is transmitted - acquiring on the way overtones of contagion, whether of knowledge or disease. In every transmission there is change, in space, in the material or medium, in temporalities, in social and epistemic possibilities. We understand transmission as both a horizontal movement across space or populations as well as a vertical movement from and to other time zones (for eg. generations) that must take into account the medium (for eg. crowds, electromagnetic waves) that connects histories, memories and actions to possibilities and receptions from others as well as from the future/imaginaries of the future. Transmission is not preservation but it is also not a rupture with nor erasure of the past (as with modernity’s future). The control of transmission is one way power operates; so acts of transmission, and the tracing of transmissions, can also be forms of resistance, a way of making new links, new possibilities, building new languages, forms, worlds. Transmission is a conceptual cut into social theory, bringing together ways of thinking about the collective, communication, continuity, change and survival. Transmission allows us to think with different temporalities, spatialities and materialities. We will also consider some adjacent concepts like circulation, communication, crowd, vectors, waves, swarms… Thinking about the politics of transmission, from within settler colonialism and racial capitalism, we will engage both the threats and ideals of transmission using radio and sound, film, anthropology, installation, activism and social theory, considering unusual sites and modes of transmission from possession to prison radio. Who in the beyond is to receive what is sent? How will it be received? There is a strong practical and interdisciplinary component to this course.

The show features local news, interviews with community leaders and personalities, a rundown of local and regional events, weather updates, and more about and for the community. The show is a place for a community conversation about issues, with music, and more. Saturday the emphasis is more on radio art, and art on the radio. Unlike shows by individual programmers on the station, the "WGXC Afternoon Show" is considered partially station-run. The Sunday version calls itself "Li Le, Le Tan."