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Latest WGSU News Releases:

WGSU Unveils Genny Fest ’19 Music Lineup

Second annual music and food-truck festival, May 3, to feature new and returning music acts

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(April 19, 2019) — The second annual Genny Fest Music Festival & Food-Truck Frenzy, 4–7 p.m. May 3, will feature music by Los Angeles-based alternative-pop band Madyx (led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Michelle Blanchard). Opening for Madyx will be SUNY Geneseo alumna Allison Leah (Allison Altschiller ’18) — making a return appearance to Genny Fest.

Madyx won a UMA Music award, in 2016, for “Best International Music Video” for the song “Some Kisses.” The band’s latest singles include “Girl Boy,” “Jupiter” and “Where The Wild Things Are.” Other Madyx songs aired by WGSU include “Bad Decisions,” “Only Human” and “I Melt With You” (a remake of a 1982 track by Modern English). Madyx has been described as a blend of Pink and Katy Perry.

New York City-based Allison Leah has been called a “rising star” and garnered other accolades since releasing her debut EP, “Fly Home,” in June. WGSU, in 2017, became the first U.S. radio station to air her music in regular rotation by featuring “A Love Song.” Some of her other songs include “Black and White,” “Colorado” and “Landslide” (a remake of a track originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac).

Genny Fest ’19 will also feature eight food trucks, stand-up comedy and other entertainment — all on SUNY Geneseo’s MacVittie College Union Plaza. Named for WGSU’s “controversial squirrel” mascot, Genny, the festival is free and open to the public. Genny Fest benefits Friends of WGSU (and future Genny Fest music festivals).

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More information:
■    Genny Fest: www.geneseo.edu/wgsu/genny-fest
■    WGSU-FM (89.3): wgsu.radio | WGSU live stream: bit.ly/wgsu-live
■    Second Genny Fest Music Festival & Food Truck Frenzy: 4–7 p.m. May 3, 2019 (MacVittie College Union Plaza, SUNY Geneseo)

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WGSU’s Genny Fest a Finalist for ‘Best Station Contest/Promotional Event’

Inaugural live-music and food-truck festival, last April, up for station’s first IBS Award

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(Jan. 27, 2019) — Genny Fest Music Festival & Food-Truck Rodeo, hosted for the first time last year by WGSU-FM (89.3), is a finalist for an IBS Award, in the “Best Station Contest/Promotional Event” category, in nationwide competition sponsored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.

Named for WGSU’s mascot, Genny Fest featured live music from Jackknife Stiletto and Allison Leah (SUNY Geneseo alumna Allison Altschiller ’18) and food offerings from seven food trucks. The free outdoor festival, last April 27 on SUNY Geneseo’s MacVittie College Union Plaza, was co-sponsored by WGSU and Campus Auxiliary Services, benefited Foodlink and was broadcast live (as part of WGSU’s 55th anniversary celebration).

WGSU’s then-Operations Manager Erin Carlo ’18 led event planning and a marketing/promotions student team in support of Genny Fest.

“The experience was nothing short of phenomenal, and I am so proud of the effort my team put into making the event such a massive success,” says Carlo, now a professional intern at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. “I was thrilled to watch my fellow students, as well as alumni, faculty and staff members, come together and enjoy three things we all love: Geneseo, music and food. Being nominated for an IBS Award is a wonderful honor and well-deserved recognition of the entire WGSU team.”

WGSU Faculty Director Michael Saffran ’85 says: “Kudos to Erin and everyone involved with Genny Fest 2018. It was only through their dedication and hard work that the event was such a tremendous success — not only for WGSU, but also for the larger community, Geneseo students and all of the station’s listeners.”

Winners will be announced at the 79th annual International Media Conference, IBS NYC 2019, March 1–3 in New York City.

The second Genny Fest Music Festival & Food-Truck Frenzy will be 4–7 p.m. May 3 on MacVittie College Union Plaza (music acts will be announced soon). The event will benefit Friends of WGSU and future Genny Fest music-and-food festivals. For more information, contact Genny@geneseo.edu.

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More information:
■    Genny Fest: www.geneseo.edu/wgsu/genny-fest
■    WGSU-FM (89.3): wgsu.radio | WGSU live stream: bit.ly/wgsu-live
■    79th annual International Media Conference - IBS NYC 2019: mediaconferences.org
■    Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS): collegebroadcasters.us/content/index.html
■    Second Genny Fest Music Festival & Food Truck Frenzy: 4–7 p.m. May 3, 2019 (MacVittie College Union Plaza, SUNY Geneseo) (Special note: The event name has been updated for 2019 to include “Food-Truck Frenzy”)

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WGSU Adds ‘Alternative Radio’ To Weekend Lineup

Independently produced progressive talk show airing Saturday mornings starting this month

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(Jan.13, 2019) — SUNY Geneseo radio station WGSU-FM (89.3) is adding a progressive talk show to its weekly public-affairs program lineup starting this month.

“Alternative Radio,” produced by Boulder, Colo.-based nonprofit Rise Up, bills itself as “Audio Energy for Democracy,” devoted to “preserving voices and opinions on public affairs that offer views often ignored or distorted in the mainstream media,” according to the organization’s website.

Recent shows featured discussions on “Preventing Nuclear Apocalypse” and “How Fascism Works” (an exploration into historical causes of fascism, including economic insecurity).

Created in 1986, “Alternative Radio” is hosted by investigative journalist, author and speaker David Barsamian, Rise Up founding director.

WGSU began airing the one-hour show Jan. 5 in a temporary time slot, running it in place of programs on holiday hiatus. Beginning Jan. 19, “Alternative Radio” moves to a new regular time slot, 8–9 a.m. Saturdays. WGSU can be heard online at wgsu.radio or bit.ly/wgsu-live.

WGSU welcomes feedback from listeners about any programming. Contact wgsu@geneseo.edu.

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More information:
■    Alternative Radio: alternativeradio.org | riseupalternativeradio.org
■    WGSU-FM (89.3): wgsu.radio | WGSU live stream: bit.ly/wgsu-live