Montclair State’s on-campus radio station 90.3 WMSC held its open house on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Schmitt Hall in rooms 386 and 289. This was the third day of Welcome Week, encouraging new members to be involved with the voice of Montclair State.
“I got a flyer from the organization fair last week and thought I should come by,” said Nicolette Cetrulo, a junior majoring in communication and media arts who attended the introductory meeting on Wednesday. “I am interested in promotions.”
The open house event featured an information table from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Student Center. Studio tours and social media updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were also available. Students were able to ask questions to WMSC’s current members, including the station manager, Juan Contla, and the general manager, Anabella Poland.
Contla, a senior English major said, “We expect to have 50 or more people for [the] open house, including the dean for the College of the Arts and the SGA. We hope to work with [the SGA] more often.”
WMSC has a pre-professional setting, where there is room for error and moments to educate students in audio production, engineering, broadcasting, DJing and editing to prepare them for post-graduation success.
This year, 90.3 WMSC continues to be a respectable, well-accomplished media platform, as it was nominated on behalf of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems for five awards in New York City on March 3 through 5. The nominations include: Best Production Director, Best Promotions Director, Best Use of Twitter, Best Documentary and Best Radio Drama.
Poland shed light on why WMSC has been increasingly successful throughout the years: “We really shine when we come together for events like [the] election and college radio night. It’s tough to report on politics, to do it ninehours straight and keep going. We pull everyone together and work well.”
Poland revealed that this semester, there will be a gathering for station members, both past and present, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of WMSC on April 17.
She also has two goals in mind: to maintain a stronger reputation for WMSC so everyone can acknowledge how great it is to work there, and to collaborate more frequently with The Montclarion newspaper so that both platforms can have multimedia journalists.