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IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - WMBR Radio

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WMBR New Member Orientation

Lauren Clamon, WMBR Membership Director, Hector Iglesias, WMBR Membership Director

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Tue 06:00PM-07:00PM WMBR 50-030

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Prereq: MIT affiliation (student/staff/etc)

Attend a new member orientation to become a member of WMBR and be able to host your own radio show in the spring! WMBR is MIT's campus FM radio station. We welcome all types of shows, including music, poetry, comedy or just chatting on the air, as well as anyone interested in the technical and/or production sides of radio.

Open to MIT affiliates only. Students are especially encouraged to attend! Email with any questions.

Sponsor(s): WMBR Radio
Contact: Lauren Clamon & Hector Iglesias, 50-030,

WMBR Open Radio Shows

Caitlin Fischer, WMBR General Manager, Nicolas Amato, WMBR DJ

Add to Calendar Jan/19 Fri 07:30PM-09:00PM WMBR (50-030)
Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 07:30PM-09:00PM WMBR (50-030)

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Ever wanted to be on the radio? WMBR 88.1FM is MIT's campus radio station. Drop by during one of our IAP Open Radio Shows to play your music, chat on the air, browse our record library and see what college radio is like!

The events will begin with some time for preparation and getting to know the station from 7:30-8pm. The actual broadcasts will run from 8-9pm. Feel free to join at any time! Food will be provided.

Open to MIT affiliates only.

Sponsor(s): WMBR Radio
Contact: Nicolas Amato, 50-030, 617-263-8810,

WMBR Presents: Live on the Air

Natalia Guerrero

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants should attend the first week and at least one additional week

A firehose of everything that goes into making creative radio: drama, music, storytelling, listener interactions, found sound, and digital and analog technical magic. Whether you're an old-time pro or a total beginner, this four-week workshop turns MIT's own FM radio station, WMBR, into a radio "makerspace." In the first week, try out the tools and techniques of making segments for radio: writing, performance, sound engineering, sound editing. Whatever we make each week, we broadcast on the radio on Friday night during the Voice Box timeslot in a 1-hour live radio performance based on the format of past WMBR radio project, Charles River Variety. Come one, come all, and explore the magic of making radio! More details at

Sponsor(s): WMBR Radio
Contact: Natalia Guerrero, 50-030, 617-253-8810,

Tute 1: How to People

Add to Calendar Jan/08 Mon 07:00PM-09:00PM 50-030, Bring yourself!

Highly recommended to attend: get a tour of MIT's own FM radio station, WMBR, and meet other people in the MIT community interested in making radio. Find others with shared interests, sign up to learn a new skill, and find collaborators for your radio projects!

Natalia Guerrero

Tute 2: How to Writing

Add to Calendar Jan/09 Tue 07:00PM-08:00PM 50-030

Brainstorm and write clear and compelling stories for radio, everything from found-text oulipian poetry to multi-episode space opera, based on the technique developed for past WMBR radio experiment, Charles River Variety.

Natalia Guerrero

Tute 3: How to Performance

Add to Calendar Jan/09 Tue 08:00PM-09:00PM 50-030

Learn from (lightly) seasoned radio performers and musicians the challenges and adventures in performing for an audience of ears!

Natalia Guerrero

Tute 4: How to Editing

Add to Calendar Jan/10 Wed 07:00PM-09:00PM 4-163, Laptop recommended

LOCATION CHANGE: NOW IN 4-163 Musical melanges and aural hodgepodges tickle your fancy? Experiment with sound samples, text, and effects to create sound art for a radio audience! 

Optional: Download the Ableton Live demo in advance from

Natalia Guerrero

Production Work Party

Add to Calendar Jan/11 Thu 03:00PM-07:00PM 50-030
Add to Calendar Jan/18 Thu 03:00PM-07:00PM 50-030
Add to Calendar Jan/25 Thu 03:00PM-07:00PM 50-030
Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 03:00PM-07:00PM 50-030

The eve of preparation! Time, space, and opportunity for workshop participants and instructors to write, rehearse, record and otherwise prepare radio segments for the 1-hour performance Friday night!

Craig Thorburn, Natalia Guerrero

Tute 5: How to Sound Equipment

Add to Calendar Jan/11 Thu 07:00PM-09:00PM 50-030

Make sounds sound good! Learn how to use a soundboard and mics to set up for a live soundcheck or recording session in WMBR's A Studio for a band or group of performers.

Craig Thorburn

Radio Drama 180!

Add to Calendar Jan/12 Fri 07:00PM-11:55PM 50-030

Let's write, rehearse, and produce an 18-minute radio drama in 180 minutes! With live updates being broadcast over WMBR's airwaves as the progress progresses, we embark on the ultimate test of creative radio mettle! Setup is at 7pm with the clock starting at 8pm and the big finale at 11:00 sharp!

Craig Thorburn, Natalia Guerrero

Creative Radio Office Hours

Add to Calendar Jan/16 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 66-154
Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 66-154
Add to Calendar Jan/30 Tue 07:00PM-09:00PM 66-154

Although part of the fun of live creative radio is throwing things together at the last minute, it's kind of of nice to have things planned in advance. Find collaborators for your next project, get help from an instructor, or get a head start on this week's experiment at our Tuesday office hours! 

Natalia Guerrero, Craig Thorburn


Add to Calendar Jan/19 Fri 06:00PM-11:00PM 50-030
Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 06:00PM-11:00PM 50-030
Add to Calendar Feb/02 Fri 06:00PM-11:00PM 50-030

Once more into the breach! Enter the frenzy of preparation from 6p-8p, then sound check from 8p-9p, for a brand-new live radio performance 9p-10p on 88.1 WMBR (the usual Voice Box time slot). 10-11p, bask in the post-show euphoria and clean up, then immediately start brainstorming for next week!

Natalia Guerrero, Craig Thorburn