WCSF Mega Music Rummage Sale Set for October 23

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Joliet, Ill. – WCSF-88.7 FM, the radio station of the University of St. Francis (USF) is hosting its annual Mega Music Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at USF’s St. Clare Campus, which is located at 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet. Admission to the event is free. Thousands of items will be for sale at the event, including vinyl LPs, 45s, 78s, CDs, DVDs, video games, sheet music, 8-tracks, cassettes, instruments, audio equipment, and many more music-related items. Early bird admission starts at 7:30 a.m. with a suggested $20 donation. All proceeds support the educational mission of WCSF-88.7 FM.

WCSF is currently accepting donations of LPs, 45s, CDs, video games and DVDs. Please contact WCSF by telephone at 815-740-3697 to arrange a pick-up or drop-off.

WCSF- 88.7 FM is well known in the greater Joliet area as the home of the popular “Spirit of Christmas” programming that is broadcasted each year from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day. During the rest of the year, the station plays a great mix of new, alternative, independent and local music programmed and operated by USF students. The station is available on the radio and online at wcsf.streamon.fm.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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New Radio Show Discusses Social Justice and Equity

Joliet, Ill. – As Joliet’s university, the University of St. Francis (USF) has a rich tradition of being dedicated to the facilitation of healing. The new Pause for Justice Radio Show, which airs every Wednesday on WCSF 88.7 FM and streams worldwide on wcsf.streamon.fm, discusses social justice and equity through powerful conversations to promote healing.

While the show is still in its infancy, Allison Heard, the show’s host and USF Director of Institutional Diversity and Title IX Coordinator, already has several impressive guests lined up to appear throughout the coming months. Guests include: Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce’s new DEI Council chairs Mike Clark and Kristen Hamilton and Joliet Chamber president Jen Howard; Dr. Vishakha Desai, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs and Senior Research Scholar in Global Studies, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; David Masciotra, USF adjunct faculty member and author of “I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters”; global non-profit One Collective; and the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Anti-Racism Committee. The show, which is produced by WCSF station manager Anthony Musiala and USF social work intern Jewel Andy, will also feature several USF faculty members and other administrators.

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, Pause for Justice will feature Stedman Graham, American educator, author, businessman, and speaker. Graham will speak about his book, Identity Leadership. As noted in Graham’s book, “Identity Leadership is self-leadership, based on the philosophy that you cannot lead others until you first lead yourself.” The discussion will explore ways that leadership is cultivated and nurtured as society imagines a world based upon justice and equity. 

Heard credits the Healing Illinois grant that USF received earlier this year for helping to support the show’s creation and content.

“The Healing Grant allowed us to work with Anthony Musiala to help us design the outline for the segments and to train Institutional Diversity staff on the best format to present information in a credible format to listeners. Credibility is important which is why we want to work on information that is research-based and accurate. All of our guest speakers have agreed to volunteer their time and knowledge for free and we are so appreciative to them for the information they are willing to share,” she said.

Although the show launched one month ago, Heard said the idea and spirit behind this work actually originated last summer.

“Pause for Justice at USF was developed in June 2020 during COVID-19 when we were working from home due to the pandemic. I remember watching the many images on TV, listening to the news, reading articles online and feeling like I was on information overload. There was something to be upset and angry about every minute of the day. I think it is okay to be upset and angry but what is unbearable is feeling like you ‘have no power’ to do anything about it,” Heard said.

Heard added that the death of George Floyd on May 25 was a call for conversation and change.

“When the news broke about George Floyd, I remember getting a few text messages and some were notes of encouragement. A few people asked how I was doing. The natural inclination is to tell people you are okay but during that time, I had watched a video that was sent to me and a person in that video cried and said they were not okay. That is exactly what I was feeling. We are often programmed and taught to say we are okay when we are not. Progress and Change can only be actualized when there is room to grow. There were many people who were not okay. People who wanted to pray but who also wanted to do something. Pause for Justice became the medium for gathering, praying, learning, and aligning actions with emotions of the heart. The Pause for Justice Radio series was born out of this history,” she said.

Heard acknowledged that conversations on social justice and equity can create feelings of vulnerability, but she added that they can also result in a desire to act.

“Being vulnerable is often regarded as something negative but it can be very positive when our spirit is moved to a desire to help those who are less fortunate than us. The hope is that if people know better, they will do better. So many mistakes of the past is due to the fact that people don’t know history, or they are not able to critically analyze all of the information the world throws at them. The goal is to match education and information with a person’s inner desire to have a positive impact on society and to facilitate equity and justice for vulnerable populations, she said.

For more information on the show, contact Heard by email at aheard@stfrancis.edu or by phone at 815-740-5025.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Donate Used Music and Memorabilia to WCSF-FM

Joliet, Ill. – WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis (USF), will host its annual Mega Music Rummage Sale this fall and is currently seeking community donations of used and collectible music and memorabilia. If you cannot bear to throw out your pre-loved media, donate it to WCSF.

Donations can include, but are not limited to: vinyl 33s, 45s and 78s; 8-tracks, reel to reel and cassettes; VHS tapes, and DVDs; sheet music, music books and comic books; professional and home audio equipment; and instruments.

USF students will organize and catalog your treasures for WCSF’s annual Mega Music Rummage Sale this fall. All donations are tax deductible and all proceeds from the Mega Music rummage sale will be used to support the educational mission of WCSF.

For more information or to arrange a donation drop-off or pick-up, please contact Elvia at 815-740-3697.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF’s WCSF-FM 88.7 Seeks Local Music for Airplay

Joliet, Ill. – Were you or are you currently a musician in the Joliet area? If so, WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis (USF), has a show that should be of interest to you. Local Lockdown, which airs daily at 11 a.m., is hosted by USF senior Jacob Bayuk and spotlights local music recorded between 1960 and today. The show features songs from a variety of local musicians while also preserving local history by archiving music from the Joliet area.

Musicians in the Joliet area who have recordings of their music that they would like to be considered for airplay can send their work electronically to WCSF@stfrancis.edu or by mail to WCSF, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL, 60435. Formats including .mp3 files, CDs, and vinyl records are all acceptable. When submitting recordings, artists should be sure to include their current contact information and details about the recording. Please note, materials cannot be returned.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF’s Micole Johnson Chosen as NACC Music Director of the Month

Joliet, Ill. – It didn’t take long for WCSF 88.7 FM music director Micole Johnson to get noticed. It took approximately one year, to be exact, and now the University of St. Francis (USF) digital audio recording arts major with a music entrepreneurship concentration can add to her resume that she has been named the North American College and Community (NACC) Music Director of the Month for March.

Johnson, who started her radio career last year as the station’s production director, credits former WCSF music director Jess Stevens with developing her initial interest in working at the radio station.

“Jess always told me all about the things she was doing in her role with WCSF, and I found it interesting. She’s the person who actually got me involved with it,” Johnson said.

When Stevens left the station, Johnson was promoted and has been enjoying the new role ever since.

“I enjoy listening to and choosing songs for the Hip Hop, Chill, and Electronic categories the most. Those are the main genres I listen to, so I have an ear for them. Also, I like talking to some of the promoters,” she said.

WCSF station manager and USF adjunct instructor Anthony Musiala sees that Johnson is already able to successfully apply the skills she is learning her classes to her role at the radio station.

“Micole brings many skills she acquired at USF to WCSF FM. In addition to reviewing and programming music for the radio station, Micole uses her audio production skills that she learned in USF’s DARA program and applies those skills to create the fantastic radio liners you hear on our station.  Micole has a great work ethic; you can usually find her in the radio station’s production studio either tutoring radio students with their on air productions, reviewing music, or creating on air audio productions of her own,” he said.

Johnson, who is humbled by the recognition, plans to continue working at WCSF throughout her college career and aspires to continue working in the music industry after earning her degree.

“Earning this type of national recognition means a lot to me. I am happy that I have been doing my job well enough, and I hope this opens more opportunities up for me in the future. I want to be involved with the music industry on some level. Mostly, I would like to be someone who works directly with artists, like a producer or something background wise,” she said.

The North American College and Community Radio Chart is a weekly Top 200 radio chart that  receives weekly airplay reports from over 200 college and non-commercial radio stations across North America. NACC has become a primary source for the publication of college radio airplay.  As a result, the NACC Top 200 Chart was cited in several major news publications such as Billboard and The Economist.

Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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WCSF Collecting Items for Annual Music Rummage Sale

May 21, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis, is currently collecting donations of used music media, audio equipment and other associated items for its fourth annual Mega Music Rummage Sale on Saturday, October 19, 2019 (hours of operation and campus location to be announced in the coming months). The student-run radio station is collecting donations of used and collectible music and memorabilia including, but not limited to:

• Vinyl LPs 45s and 78s
• Compact Discs
• 8-tracks, reel-to-reels and cassettes
• VHS tapes and DVDs
• Sheet music and music books
• Professional and home audio equipment
• Musical instruments
• Music Memorabilia
• Comic Books
• Halloween themed items

All donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds from the event will be used to upgrade the nonprofit radio station facilities and equipment.
WCSF will continue to accept donations of music-related items for the sale until Wednesday, Oct. 9. All donations are tax-deductible. Please contact the WCSF staff at 815-740-3697 to arrange a pick-up or drop-off.

WCSF-FM 88.7 is well known in the greater Joliet area as the home of the popular “Spirit of Christmas” programming that runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day each year. Throughout the rest of the year, the station plays a great mix of new, alternative, independent and local music, programmed and operated by University of St. Francis students. For more information about the rummage sale or the radio station, contact WCSF at 815-740-3697.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.