On March 21st Griff’s Room Band, a pop/rock/indie band visited our studio to perform a few of their singles. The band originated in 2011, when the founding members David Adley, Liam Anastasia-Murphy, and Michael Cammarata, began playing for tourists in Colonial Williamsburg. After some time of surprising unsuspecting tourists with their music, the three members decided to formally begin Griff’s Room Band. The band has now expanded to include a total of 5 members and is officially based out of Richmond, Virginia. In our studio, the band performed several songs from their new EP Shut the Case. Fun Fact: one of the founding members, David, plays the fiddle…adding a fun Americana feel to their music. The session and interview were aired live and later archived onto our SoundCloud.
In the months of February and March, Radio 1851 teamed up with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to raise money to fight pediatric cancer through a raffle contest. We reached out to local organizations to create themed baskets filled with merchandise such as Camden Riversharks tickets and gear, SJU Athletics apparel and products, and Radio 1851 and 1851 Entertainment merchandise. We sold raffle tickets at various tables in Campion and an Open Mic Night, and announced the winners at our School of Rock movie night. All in all, we raised $425 and had a blast while doing it!
Eight managers attended the IBS Radio Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, where we attended various workshops to improve the way that we function as a station. Topics of the sessions included creating effective websites, successful fundraising and marathon programming, building your own brand, women in the media, and production tips and tricks. We finished the conference with a workshop called “Management Bootcamp” and returned on campus ready to finish out the semester strong with new ideas from professionals and members of other college radio stations across the country.
A few days before spring break, Radio 1851 held a movie night in the Perch and showed School of Rock for students as a study break for midterms. We had a great turnout at the event and served a large assortment of free food. It was the last night for our Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation raffle, and at the end of the movie we drew tickets and announced the winners of the raffle baskets.
In studio Performance:
November 17, 2014
On Monday, November 17th, Balitmore based pop-punk band, 3PM paid a visit to our studio. The trio, consisting of friends Brennan Stark, Brandon Millman, & Scott Montgomery, performed an acoustic set from their latest album, Slow Me Down, as well as an awesome cover of Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles. Equipped with Twitter fans buzzing about the performance and mascot, Derek the Dinosaur, in hand, their upbeat spirit and love for live music brought such great energy to our studio! They finished their visit to the SJU campus by closing out 1851 Entertainment’s Open Mic Night.
Traveling Broke and Out of Gas, an Americana indie band from Lafayette, Indiana, stopped into the studio for a live acoustic performance while on their fall tour. The band travels in a bright, psychedelic painted school bus that runs on vegetable oil that turned quite a few heads while parked on Cardinal Avenue. A prize of Radio 1851 and band merchandise was awarded to the person who took the best selfie in front of the bus. The session and interview were aired live and later archived onto our SoundCloud.