Wave Farm Email Announcement Mid-January 2021

Jan 20, 2021 8:45 am
Teen Workshop + Goodbye to Donald Drumpf Theatre + Final Reminder Residency Applications are due 2/1.
Winter Break Radio Art Workshop for Teens: Ages 14 and up are invited to participate in this remote workshop lead by Radio Art Fellow Jess Speer, Feb 15-20. The workshop is focused on Jacki Apple's celebrated 1992 radio artwork Redefining Democracy in America. (Shhh...participants will benefit from a special appearance by Jacki Apple herself!)
Donald Drumpf Theatre, The Finale: Produced by Wave Farm's Tom Roe, this week  (Episode 210) Goodbye, Farewell, Amen.
Final Reminder: Wave Farm Radio Art Residency Applications are Due Monday, February 1 at 11:59 p.m.
WGXC is turning 10!! We'll be announcing a full calendar of special events soon, but now... Love Letters, if you please.

Homeschool Radio Intensive Workshop
February 15-20, 2020

Free, Ages 14 and up.
Led by Wave Farm 2020/2021 Radio Art Fellow, Jess Speer, this workshop will take its focus from the 1992 radio artwork Redefining Democracy in America, Part 6: Leap of Faith by artist Jacki Apple, produced in collaboration with writer, poet, and performer Keith Antar Mason. Both were based in Los Angeles at the time, the radio work was made in the wake of the L.A. uprisings set off by the verdict in the Rodney King trial. Apple, a white woman raised in Manhattan, and Mason, a Black man raised in St. Louis, had a conversation about growing up on opposite sides of the American racial divide in the mid-20th century and placing the current events of that time in a larger historical and personal context. Almost 30 years later, the piece is as relevant now as it was then.

In the workshop, the group will listen to the piece closely and have a discussion about both its content, context, and form. Jacki Apple will visit the class to talk about making the piece, and answer questions. Participants will then either partner to work in small groups or work singly to create a radio art piece that responds to our experiences of history in our lifetimes, whether through music, poetry, interviews, radio play, or more abstract sound productions.

The Details

  • No previous audio experience is necessary.
  • Participants will need to have access to the internet for streaming and Zoom meetings, and a digital recording device (a phone, tablet, or laptop will work). Access to simple cloud-based audio production software will be available, but participants are welcome to use tools they are familiar with as well.
  • Participants should expect to spend a minimum of 30 minutes meeting together with Speer and/or the full class each day, and to spend time each day outside of that either listening to or making radio work.

Anticipated Schedule

Zoom meeting will start at 4 or 4:30 p.m. and will be kept short and sweet. 
  • Monday 2/15:  Ice breaking & Introductions day. Background on the piece. Intro to Soundtrap (production software).
  • Tuesday 2/16:  Listening to Leap of Faith together (optional). Homework (not optional): Listen again on your own at least once (twice if you skip the class listening session), with headphones, possibly while taking a walk or doing something with your hands like drawing.
  • Wednesday 2/17:  Discussion of Leap of Faith, brainstorming, partner up.
  • Thursday 2/18: All day drop-in office hours--Jess is available on zoom for consulting on projects, students will work on production on their own time. Checking in during office hours encouraged but not required!
  • Friday 2/19: 5-6 p.m. - Projects due. Meet together to debrief one last time.
  • On Saturday 2/20 time tba - Friends and family are invited to a listening party to hear each of the pieces together.

Saturday LISTENING PARTY! Live stream the pieces, invite anyone you like! * (Projects will be available to listen to another time if Saturday doesn't work for some people.)

Register Here

Donald Drumpf Theatre: The Final Episode

Produced by Tom Roe.
Thursday January 21, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
WGXC 90.7-FM and wavefarm.org/listen 

This radio theatre show launched January 19, 2017 and has aired weekly since. The show is about a fictional, theatrical presidency culled from songs, skits, and clips from political news shows and late-night comedy routines. This week's episode Goodbye, Farewell, Amen features some of the series best contributors including Anthony Atamanuik (The President Show), Randy Rainbow, J.L. Cauvin, and Amy Rigby.

Produced by Wave Farm's Artistic Director, Tom Roe, Donald Drumpf Theatre is syndicated to approximately 45 stations across the country.
Explore All 210 Episodes

Turn On The News: The Premiere

Produced by Tom Roe.
Thursdays, beginning January 28, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
WGXC 90.7-FM and wavefarm.org/listen 

Turn On The News replaces Donald Drumpf Theatre as the new weekly newscast from The Radio Network, with all the radio coverage of the radio. Now with computerized news readers, and fewer meddling reporters aggregated reporting, and automated music. Tune in Turn On The News each week for the latest news, radio art, and more from our robot reporters, making sure you hear both sides -- good and evil -- every time you "Turn On The News." Visit the show page.
Drawing by Cara Turett.

Wave Farm's 2021 Residency Program
Applications Due Soon!
Monday, February 1, 2021 11:50 p.m.


In 2021, the Wave Farm Residency Program will provide artists with a valuable opportunity to concentrate on new radio artworks and conduct research about the genre using the Wave Farm Study Center resource library. Applicants are asked to propose a specific radio art project, which they will complete while in residence and premiere on Wave Farm's full-power FM radio station: WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears.

Radio artists explore broadcast radio space through a richly polyphonous mix of practices, including poetic resuscitations of conventional radio drama, documentary, interview and news formats; found and field sound compositions reframed by broadcast; performative inhabitations/embodiments of radio’s inherent qualities, such as entropy, anonymity and interference; playful celebrations/subversions of the complex relationship between senders and receivers, and the potential feedback loops between hosts and layers of audience, from in-studio to listeners at home to callers-in; use of radio space to bridge widely dispersed voices (be they living or dead), subjects, environments and communities, or to migrate through them in ways that would not be possible in real time and space; electroacoustic compositions with sounds primarily derived from gathering, generating and remixing radiophonic sources.

Artist Fee

Wave Farm Artists-in-residence receive a $700 artist fee.


What do we mean by "radio art"? This is a call for projects that conceptually and formally use radio as an artistic medium. The act of transmission and reception over terrestrial AM/FM airwaves is intentional and integral to the work. Proposals who use radio broadcast in service to another genre, or simply as a means for distribution will not be competitive.

Wave Farm's Residency Program application is an international open call. Artists should make a compelling argument in support of their proposed project, and either possess a significant body of past radio-based work, or demonstrate the technical aptitude and capacity to complete the project. Full-time students are ineligible; however, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for career artists who may have returned to school for post-graduate work.

COVID-19 Note

Should physical distancing remain in place during the 2021 residency season, please note that Wave Farm accommodations can easily be designated as a private space for the artist-in-residence. All interactions with staff will take place outdoors and with face masks.

Learn More + Apply!

We are hoping that 2021 will eventually be a time for all sorts of celebration. Among them...

WGXC turns 10 this year!!

We'll be announcing a full calendar of special events soon, in the meantime..


Love Letters, if you please?

In advance of Valentine's Day (which is aligned with WGXC's 10th Anniversary), we are asking you to send a love letter to WGXC, whether it take the shape of text, audio, video, image. We'll be assembling and sharing these as part of our anniversary celebrations. Please send your good wishes and expressions of radio love and anniversary affection to galen@wavefarm.org, and thank you!

Recent Feedback. Send us yours!

Write to feedback@wgxc.org. Call (518) 291-WGXC (9492)


I just moved to Acra from NYC and really like what you are doing. I would love to help out or get involved in some way. - Erik, Acra, NY 

Cracking up out loud over here... Loving the stellar funkiness!!! "Once you get used to it, insanity is the most natural thing in the world!" -- or was it "insanity is the most normal thing in the world?" And the story about the woman picking up the radio with her lead teeth during World War II was incredible! As always, Totally yours, WGXC... ❤ - Phoenix, Chatham, NY 

Amazing black Nationalist content on my local community radio station @WGXC right now! I love community radio! Become a sustaining supporter! - Judd, Hillsdale, NY

I love WGXC! I moved to Catskill during the pandemic, and I listen every day. - Stephanie, Catskill, NY. 

Hey! Its my pleasure- literally WGXC is on almost every day in my house. Love everyone. - Arabella, Hudson, NY. 

Keep up the good work. I love the experiments, art and interesting work. I love that I don’t know what is coming next. - James 

THANKS FOR Donald Drumpf Theatre!!! Wish I'd stumbled upon it sooner. Love it. It's aired on my local Athens, GA radio. - Lillie 

I love your station – because it is always different and not boring. My wife, she is not as much a fan – because it is always different! Go figure. - Matt, Ashland, NY 

We moved to the area four years ago and WGXC has been another member in our family ever since. Thanks for all the work you guys do -- especially now when community connection is so vital. - Lauren, Philmont, NY.

Happy to be a supporter (again, this time as a sustaining member)! It's about time I guess, as I listen to Wave Farm every day. Among other shows, having Weather Warlock on is both calming and focusing. Loved the story on how COVID is affecting college radio (my other listening addiction). - Bob, Rhinecliff, NY

WGXC has been an indispensable resource during this time and I want to applaud your devotion to the community. - Justin, Freehold, NY.

Today's Joy Channel was one of my favorite radio listening experiences ever." and then "Driving around empty streets alone in the rain in the middle of our current apocalypse. Half sci-fi half survivalist -- just really great." - Thatcher, Columbia County. 

I'm listening to WGXC now and then here in my online radio and feel the strength you send out with your programme, connecting and organizing solidarity in your region in this difficult times. - Helen, Halle, Germany 

Thanks for the note, and happy to support! Hope to be able to support more in the future. My wife and I just moved to the area and I love the diversity of your station. - Chris, Germantown, NY


Wave Farm remains tirelessly committed to making the airwaves a participatory medium. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form.

These activities are made possible, in part, from state and federal art grants, foundation support, earned income derived from studio rentals and special curatorial/consulting engagements, and from private, tax-deductible, support from individuals like you.

Listeners, attendees, and collaborators support provides a critical piece to keeping Wave Farm programs afloat, and we are grateful to the many individuals who have shown their generosity past, present, and future.


Your charitable contributions make a world of difference, now more than ever!

If you value WGXC, and want to keep it a part of your daily life, we ask that you make a tax-deductible contribution to keep local and adventurous content freely available on the Upper Hudson Valley radio dial. Thank you so much for keeping independent voices and sounds on your radio dial.

or, if you prefer

Wave Farm programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Greene County Legislature through the County Initiative Program, administered in Greene County by CREATE; the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation; the T. Backer Fund; the Joseph Family Charitable Trust; and hundreds of other generous individual donors, including WGXC Sustaining Supporters, who provide critical monthly support to Wave Farm's radio station WGXC 90.7-FM.


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