Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

I read somewhere that Skidmore has one of the best college radio stations. Tell me more! Have you had a show? Friends?

SKIDMORE TOTALLY DOES. I love WSPN (a.k.a. Skid’s radio station). It’s 91.1 FM if you’re in the Saratoga Springs/Albany area, and programming is 24/7.

Here’s how it works: every semester WSPN has a Big Meeting where you pick up a show application. You write down your info, your time availability, whether your show will have a theme or not, and a sample playlist. Then they assemble the schedule. Freshmen ABSOLUTELY get shows. WSPN is very much open to first-year students. Usually your freshman year time slot will be from 4 – 6 am on a Wednesday, or some other ungodly hour. That’s still kind of fun though! It’s like you’re up "past your bedtime." If you stick with the radio station, your time slots will get better and better, so that by the time you’re a senior you get 4 – 6 pm on a Friday (ideal time slot, yo.) Also you get to pick your own DJ name. Sweet.

I’ve never had a radio show (and I wish I had one) but lots of my friends have had shows over the years. Last year three friends did a jazz show together; last semester my boyfriend had a show called "The Produce Aisle" where each hour was devoted to a different hip-hop producer. This semester I know some people doing "Lit Radio" where they read and discuss their favorite short stories. And one of my favorite shows of all time played nothing but Japanese pop tunes. There’s a lot of freedom to do whatever you want, provided you don’t, y’know, curse on-air.

So yeah, love me some WSPN. Lucky for you, you can stream it here: http://tunein.com/radio/WSPN-911-s22928

And check out the radio station’s website here! http://www.skidmore.edu/studentorgs/wspn/

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hi! i’m really interested in studying english. what’s the department like?

Yes! I love potential English majors! I really love the department. Not only is it full of professors who love what they teach and publish amazing work (Google Daniel Swift, Greg Hrbek, Steve Stern and Catherine Golden and you’ll see what I mean), but these professors are totally willing to meet with and help students. Professor availability: so key, especially when you’re working on big papers or projects and need some guidance. I met with two different English profs this past week alone.

And everyone has their special academic focus — American modernism, the Victorians, memoirs, lyric essays — so you can get the full experience of a particular subject with an expert, instead of a watered-down general study. It’s really wonderful to be taught by people who are passionate.

AND there are a lot of opportunities within the English department for creative work (i.e. stuff other than critical/analytic essays). That means workshops for poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, documentary filmmaking, cinema studies, and even internships outside of Skidmore. Right now I’m writing a novella in Steven Millhauser’s Advanced Fiction Projects class. It’s rad.

Hope this gives you a good idea of what the department is like. If you have questions about specifics, ask away!

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