Wave Farm Email Announcement January 2021

Jan 01, 2021 8:45 am
2021 Here we come! So much news to share...
Collaboration is Key: Wave Farm joins Rethinking Residencies and the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress.
Listen to Here GOES Radiotelescope installed at Wave Farm 24/7
New Shows coming to WGXC: including All Things Cage, EBFN, The Radio Art Hour, Turn on the News and many more!
Reminder: Residency Program Applications are Due Feb 1.
WGXC is turning 10!! We'll be announcing a full calendar of special events soon, but now... Love Letters, if you please.

Wave Farm joins Rethinking Residencies and the Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress.

We are delighted to announce that Wave Farm has been invited to join these two wonderful groups in 2021, and look forward to upcoming announcements detailing projects and events emerging from these exciting collaborations.

The Radio Preservation Task Force (RPTF), created early in 2014, grows out of the Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan (December 2012, see: www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/), and seeks to: support collaboration between faculty researchers and archivists toward the preservation of radio history; develop an online inventory of extant American radio archival collections, focusing on recorded sound holdings, including research aids; identify and save endangered collections; develop pedagogical guides for utilizing radio and sound archives; and act as a clearing house to encourage and expand academic study on the cultural history of radio through the location of grants, the creation of research caucuses, and development of metadata on extant materials.

Rethinking Residencies is a working group of New York-based artist residency programs. Initiated in March 2014, its members share knowledge and resources, while cultivating critical thinking and discourse about residencies. Collaborating organizations represent a wide range of models, scales and approaches and include: EyebeamFire Island Artist ResidencyFlux FactoryInternational Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)Queens MuseumPioneer WorksRecessShandaken ProjectsEFA Project Space’s SHIFT Residency, Triangle, Wave Farm, and Wave Hill.

New Wave Farm Audio Stream:
Here GOES Radiotelescope 
by Heidi Neilson and Harry Dove-Robinson.

Listen in anytime to an audio imagining of space weather data collected in real-time from the NOAA satellite GOES-16.

The sound heard onsite at Here GOES Radiotelescope, and in the streaming audio from Wave Farm’s website, is a ‘sonification’ created from space weather data collected in real time by Here GOES Radiotelescope. It is an audio imagining of the soundscape of solar wind hitting and flowing around Earth, as if it were a field recording of the interaction of energies. The sound changes throughout the day as the spacecraft passes between the sunward and leeward sides of the Earth’s protective magnetosphere.

When seated within Here GOES Radiotelescope (Read more at heregoesradio.com), visitors see the live view of Earth through the satellite's eyes and hear the environment that the satellite is sensing in real time.

The sonification is made from four different space-weather-detecting instruments aboard GOES-16, the data from each contributing voices to the soundscape:

Listen Now!

New Shows on WGXC: Radio for Open Ears!

All Things Cage

Hosted by Laura Kuhn, Executive Director of the John Cage Trust. 
Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. on WGXC 90.7-FM and wavefarm.org/listen

All Things Cage is a weekly program featuring conversations between Laura Kuhn, Director of the John Cage Trust, and Cage experts and enthusiasts from around the world. If you’d like to propose a guest or a topic for a future program, write directly to Laura at lkuhn@johncage.org. She’d love to hear from you.

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kenneth Silverman once described his Begin Again: A Biography of John Cage (Knopf, 2012) as the hardest book he’d ever written. This was because, as he put it, pick up any rock and there’s John Cage! Indeed, Cage was not only a world-renowned composer, numbering among his compositions the still notoriously tacet 4’33”, but a ground-breaking poet, a philosopher, a chess master who studied with Marcel Duchamp, a macrobiotic chef, a devotee of Zen Buddhism, a prolific visual artist, and an avid and pioneering mycologist. He was also life partner to the celebrated American choreographer, Merce Cunningham, for nearly half a century, and thus well known in the world of modern dance.

No wonder, then, that nearly everyone who encounters the man or his life’s work has something interesting to say about John Cage!


EBFN Radio (Evidence-Based Fiction Network)

Created by Erik Belgum. 
Sundays 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.on WGXC 90.7-FM and wavefarm.org/listen

Erik Belgum's EBFN Radio is a fiction variety show influenced by neurological and psychological research protocols, Robert Ashley, Ernie Kovacs, speech pathology, Second City Television, noise music, P.T. Barnum, test patterns, Vic and Sade, and William Burroughs. Writes Belgum, "If my timing feels way off, well, that’s on you. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll feel like you’re going to throw up for hours and hours, but in a good way. In any case, it’s a win-win for me."

Coming Soon to Your WGXC Radio Dial:

The Radio Art Hour (Saturdays 3 p.m.)

International radio art from Wave Farm's Radio Art Archive introduced by Wave Farm Raido Artist Fellows including Karen Werner (2019/2020) and Jess Speer (2020/2021).

Turn on the News (Thursdays 3:00 p.m.)

News from the world from a fictional radio network.

Wave Farmacy  (4th Tuesday 2 p.m.)

A talk show, from Jen Kutler and Tim Light, where callers bring emotional/relationship/life problems discussed from an engineering perspective.

Race Talks (3rd Tuesday 7 p.m.)

Discussions about race and ethnicity hosted by Kimberly Erwin.

Plus many more new shows to be announced in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Wave Farm's 2021 Residency Program
Application Open!
Applications Due February 1, 2020

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 4 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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