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Stream WHSN’s 4th Annual Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama - Photo by Narda Albatrino

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama – Photo by Narda Albatrino

For the 4th year in a row, the students of the New England School of Communications performed an old-time Halloween radio drama live from the stage of the Gracie Theatre. The award-winning series Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination aired live on WHSN 89.3FM, the radio station owned by Husson University and operated by the NESCom Radio Broadcasting department.

The radio drama involves work from the Radio Broadcasting, Live Sound Technology and Entertainment Production departments at NESCom as well as live accompaniment by pianist Michael Rancourt.

WHSN Wins 3 Maine Association of Broadcasters Awards


Students of the New England School of Communications were recognized with 3 awards at the 2013 Maine Association of Broadcasters awards dinner Saturday night. The awards, a part of the MAB’s annual fall convention, are open to all radio and television stations state-wide. The awards received are all for student-produced content that has aired on 89.3 FM, WHSN.

Journalism student Tim Stitson placed 2nd in News Feature in the state of Maine for his piece on the beloved Husson University Dining Services employee affectionately known as “Grandma Husson”.

The 3rd annual “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tale of Mystery and Imagination”, which aired in October of 2012, won second place in the Locally Produced Program category. The annual tradition which revisits the days of radio theater, highlights the work of Poe with classic radio theatre and live-performed sound effects. This is not the first time the “Poe Show” has been recognized. The 2011 installment won a first place award from the Broadcast Education Association.

In the Public Affairs category, 2013 Radio Broadcasting graduate Nick Jacobs received a first place award from the MAB for his public affair program “Community Connections”. Jacobs’ episode of the long-running WHSN series featured the work of Spruce Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people affected by domestic abuse.

Student staff of WHSN accepted the awards at the annual awards banquet Saturday night at the Senator Inn & Spa in Augusta.

SALT Carnival To Come To Campus


On October 25th, the SALT Carnival will roll onto the campus of Husson University to offer students free games and prizes while also promoting financial literacy and budgeting.

SALT, a program of American Student Assistance will bring the carnival to campus as part of an area-exclusive event in the Campus Center in Peabody Hall. “The Carnival of #20SOMETHING PROBLEMS” features carnival games where students earn points that can be redeemed for prizes and swag when they are done.

“It’s so exciting to have such a lively organization like the SALT Carnival come on campus”, says Elizabeth Tilton, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at the New England School of Communications. “There’s fun and games but there’s always an underlying message of fiscal planning and responsibility”.

SALT is free for students to sign up and offers  tools, blogs and humor to students balancing life, college and finances. Sign up at


Entertainment Production Program Announces Spring Musical

The Entertainment Production program happily announces its plans to produce The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for its Spring Musical Production! The production is set for April 25th, 26th & 27th, 2014! Following the success of last year’s WORKING – THE MUSICAL, which launched the Gracie Black Box Theatre space, this production will again be the focus of the MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE class (formerly ACTING II), and hopes to bring together the talents of many different courses, all dedicated to bringing this entertaining and delightful musical to life.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a long one-act musical comedy conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss. The show centers on a fictional spelling bee set in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally-quirky grown-ups. The 2005 Broadway production was nominated for six Tony Awards, winning two, including Best Book.

The EP production will be staged by Christie Robinson and John Haskell will return as music director.

Mark your calendars for this event in late April. It is a show you don’t want to miss!