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NESCom Journalism Program to Provide Election Coverage

In the coming week, the NESCom journalism program will provide the community with election coverage in the following ways:

1) A special edition of NESCom Connection will be aired Friday, appearing on campus cable channel 5, to provide pre-election information on the major races (Presidential, Maine U.S. Senate and U.S. House, 5 referendum questions, and the state legislative races for Penobscot County).

2) WHSN-FM (89.3)  is offering pre-election information on those same races and questions throughout this week.

3) The campus online newspaper, The Spectator, will be regularly updated with election coverage information. It can be accessed at

4) On election night, WHSN-FM and campus cable channel 5 will air live updates at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m.,10 p.m.,11 p.m., and 12 p.m. Those same returns will be posted and updated through the course of the evening at

The students and instructors hope this coverage will be a service to the campus community before and after the voting.  For more information, please contact NESCom Director of Journalism Mark Kelley, Ph.D. at

Students work together to bring Poe classic to life with old time radio drama

WHSN 89.3 FM, students of the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Technology departments at the New England School of Communications will team up for the third annual Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination. This year, The Fall of the House of Usher will be performed live from the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:30PM.

Poe radio show cast

In past years, Poe classics The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Cask of Amontillado have been performed in the Gracie Theatre for a live “studio” audience  Students bring the old-time radio alive with voice acting, creating sound effects even dress for the time period. Live audience attendees are transported back to a time when radio drama was a nightly event for the whole family.

So this Tuesday night, whether you huddle around your radio tuned to WHSN 89.3FM, listen online at or join the audience in the Gracie on Tuesday night at 7:30 to be a part of this NESCom Halloween tradition.


Stream past Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination

WHSN 89.3 FM wins 2nd place award from Maine Association of Broadcasters

WHSN, 89.3 FM was recognized at the 2012 Maine Association of Broadcasters News & Creative awards with a 2nd place award in the Self-Promotion category for their promo “Lucky 13 – Boys Club”.

In addition to current students being recognized, a total of 11 alumni of the New England School of Communications working in Maine radio & television received awards.

Students & staff document 10/11/12 as “A Day In The Life of NESCom”

On October 11th, the New England School of Communications asks students, staff and faculty to document their day from morning to night in order to capture the NESCom experience. Throughout 10/11/12, cameras could be found all over, carried by shutterbugs left and right. There was however one particular shutterbug who took it one step further.

Spencer Roberts and his GoPro hat

Spencer Roberts, a Video Production student, wore a GoPro camera strapped to his hat the entire day. He set the camera to capture one photo every 30 seconds all day and because he’s a NESCom student, that still wasn’t enough. Spencer took his entire day, set it to music and posted it to YouTube (of course) to share with his friends.

The end result can be viewed here.

Spencer wasn’t the only one taking photos. NESCom President Thom Johnston was even joining in on the fun, visiting classes and helping to show what a day at NESCom is all about.

We invite you to watch the slideshow below assembled all the photos submitted to


Live Sound Technology Students Set Sail With Blake Shelton And More

Seniors in the Live Sound Technology department at NESCom are setting sail this week with 25 country music acts including Blake Shelton for the Blake Shelton Cruise, departing Miami on October 14th.

Their involvement with the cruise, which is billed as “the biggest live country music event to ever set sail”, came about because an alumnus of the New England School of Communications wanted to give back to the school. Tim Cabral (’90) spent the majority of his post-NESCom career at Carnival Cruise Lines before starting Cruise Production, his own company, based out of Florida. Cabral explained via phone during today’s busy load-in, “With this new chapter in my career it seemed like a great chance to pay it forward to NESCom students just starting out“.

The cruise will place 7 students in the Live Sound Technology department on the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Pearl” for a 7 day cruise with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau. In addition to the headliner Blake Shelton, the roster includes Trace Adkins, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Jerrod Nieman and Neal McCoy along with 17 up and coming country acts. With that many stars, it’s sure to be a busy week for all crew on board.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Jewel

Once on ship, the students, along with Interim Audio Engineering Department Head Eric Ferguson will work as stage crew on over 100 live shows scheduled during this massive country music extravaganza. Ferguson explains the value in the trip: “it’s a great opportunity for them to see what a large cruise ship production entails with a tough schedule, constant activity and working with both the performers and the venues throughout the ship“.

The students are all packed, ready to go and have plans to keep their classmates updated during their time at sea with plans to publish updates here at

Cabral has stayed involved with NESCom over the years and is a member of the school’s Program Advisory Committee. He looks forward to a successful cruise with plans well into the future: “Cruise Productions has cruises booked into 2015 and I would love to have NESCom students involved in future projects“.

The Blake Shelton Cruise runs October 14th to the 21st. Find more information at



NESCom students invited to take part in “A Day In The Life” on 10/11/12

Thursday, October 11th (10/11/12) is a unique date and it is also a unique opportunity for students of the New England School of Communications to share their day with the world. In one day, from start to finish, students are invited to participate in the school’s first ever  “A Day In The Life” project.

Inspired by the book series, A Day In The Life Of NESCom is a chance for students to tell all about their NESCom experience as a student through images. They are encouraged to take pictures all day, from sun up to sunset and beyond, to show what it is like to be a NESCom student. Dorm life, classrooms, social time and yes, even parking are subjects students can choose to share. The goal of the project is to tell the story of NESCom in a 24 hour period.

Participants can use DSLRs, point & shoot cameras and even their cell phones throughout the day and then select their 10 favorite shots. Then they need to write a brief description of the shot (where, who, etc) and email them to The photos will then be compiled and published as a photo gallery in an upcoming post here on

Poster for A Day In The Life Of NESCom

First Husson University campus story slam set for National Writing Day.

On Friday, Oct. 19th, the Husson English Society will host a story slam in the Meeting House Atrium from 11am to 1pm.

Oct. 19th is the National Day of Writing and to bolster interest in writing and story telling, the English Society decided the 19th would be an ideal day to hold the competition. Emily Hanna, English Society President explains: “The purpose of the story slam, and the National Day of Writing in general, is to get the community excited about writing and our amazing ability to use language”

The theme for the story slam is “Notes, Letters, and Quotes.”  Participants can interpret it in their own way.  Stories ideas can come from inspirational quotes, funny notes from roommates or meaningful letters from a family member. Touching, humorous or even challenging, the theme has potential for everyone to bring something to share. Hanna adds “The English Society hopes to show that writing is  both an essential tool for success and a fun form of self-expression; we hope to show that writing matters!”

Stories will be limited to 5 minutes and students can register to tell their story by emailing Karina Hernandez at Be sure to include full name, school you attend (Husson/NESCom) and what time you’d like to share your story. The winner will win $100 cash. All Husson & NESCom students are welcome and encouraged to attend the story slam on October 9th at 11AM in the Meeting House Atrium.