The Estrogen Bomb marks a high point in WRMC’s rebuilding process
The Estrogen Bomb, an all-day radio broadcast on the college’s radio station, marked a high point in a four-year rebuilding process for WRMC. The Estrogen Bomb was hosted by Corrin Magditch ’13 as her ACTivism project for Stacey Zaremba’s Psychology of Women class. Her goal was to “educate, empower, and discuss issues revolving around women and feminism.”
Four years ago, WRMC nearly collapsed when almost every student involved with the station graduated and there were few shows being broadcast. The station had to shut down for a semester, and was crippled further when its lack of activity resulted in a major slash to its USG funding, forcing it to operate on a tiny budget. In the years that followed, a bad situation worsened when the station was relegated to the basement of Rau-Hassler after losing its broadcast room in the HUB after one student (who was immediately kicked out of the organization) had an expletive-laced breakdown on the air. This situation was inherited by the current staff members of WRMC who are working to resurrect the station and raise its visibility and impact on campus.
Josh Schedler ’14 has been the leader of WRMC’s rebirth. Since joining the station during his freshman year, he has worked tirelessly to involve people in radio and to save the image of the station. He has served in every officer position at WRMC, has recruited others to join the station, has worked to get the station’s USG funding raised, and has even broadcast three shows a week under different aliases to ensure the station’s survival. Schedler also credits every student involved with WRMC, Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, who is the group’s faculty advisor, Nicole Loyd, vice president for student affairs and former dean, CIT’s Wes Moser, and Craig Underwood of media services, as going above and beyond their responsibilities to help the radio station.
Through the efforts of students like Schedler and Magditch, WRMC now has strong regular programming. Although The Estrogen Bomb was a one-time program it reflects the station’s potential. Students who otherwise might not have listened to WRMC tuned in to hear the featured music, live performance, poetry readings, interviews, and discussions. Ann Claussen, director of the HUB and event management, also was a great contributor to the broadcast and played it in the HUB all day. Magditch and other contributors got calls and texts throughout the day from students listening in the HUB to congratulate them on the broadcast.
Magditch also has a weekly radio program, The Hound of Music, with Elise Bremer ’13, which broadcasts every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
WRMC’s most popular regular program is Schedler’s S.M.Art (South Moravian Art), which airs Wednesdays from 12 to 2 p.m. Schedler runs the program—which features discussion about contemporary art and the local art scene—with Moravian art professors Matthew Shelley and Aron Johnston. Schedler provides a student perspective to the program while Shelley and Johnston talk about topics that are important for art students.
“As the radio station rebuilds, it continues to be an important outlet of expression for all the students involved with it. When I told the station's inexperienced management nearly a year and a half ago that this was on them, I had no idea what to expect,” says Rosen, the group’s advisor. “But through Josh's leadership and sheer force of will, they have come back in ways that have exceeded anything I might have imagined.”
"It would be inconceivable, given the sort of talent we have, that WRMC would simply fade to silence. And frankly it would have been a disservice to Moravian's unique legacy not to have its students' voices streaming as it had so effectively in years past," he added.
WRMC’s programming serves as an important expressive outlet for the students producing it, and Schedler sees his involvement with WRMC as a transformative experience and credits it with developing his leadership skills. He says he was a quiet person before joining WRMC, but now says, “I’m going out and being loud. I can’t think of college without a radio station,” he adds.
Magditch also has found the experience rewarding. She joined WRMC after meeting Schedler at the organizational fair. He was wearing a fake mustache and told her, “Join radio and you can have a mustache.” She was sold and fell in love with radio soon after. She now aspires to a career in radio because, “It’s a great way to get messages out and be creative.” She will intern at WDIY, the Lehigh Valley’s publicrRadio station, in the spring.
As long as students continue to support WRMC, it will continue its rebuilding process and remain an important institution on campus. Magditch says she has “high hopes” for the future of WRMC because the freshman students who have joined the group this year are quite involved. Schedler calls the group “family” and is using a unique ploy to add members to this family: he is giving out “free” radio shows. Any students interested in contributing to WRMC can contact Schedler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who want to listen and support the station can stream broadcasts online at http://home.moravian.edu/students/org/wrmc/index.asp or on an iPod or iPhone by clicking here.