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NESCom Students Win 2017 BEA Festival Of Media Arts Awards

The Broadcast Education Association, a national organization that works to promote and educate student-operated media has announced their 2017 Festival of Media Arts winners. WHSN 89.3, the radio station here at Husson University has been selected as a winner of two awards in the Comedy/Drama and PSA/Promo categories.

Comedy or Drama Category
1st Place: Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, New England School of Communications at Husson University; Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2016

2nd Place: Cole DeWispelare, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ticking

3rd Place (tie): Marti Vaughan, University of Nebraska at Omaha; The Shining Aftermath

3rd Place (tie): Faiza Azam, Masood Malhi & Rafy ur Rahman, University of the Punjab, Pakistan; The Drying Village


PSA, Promo or Commercial Category
1st Place: JD Hershberger, Goshen College; Goshen Theater Promo Series

2nd Place: Owen Miller, New England School of Communications at Husson University; It Could Happen To You

3rd Place: Eugene Cephas, Jocelyn Bell & Benjamin Googman, Austin Peay State University; What’s That Gas?

Award of Excellence: Riley Irving & David Cohen, Ithaca College; City Rhythms Promo Award of Excellence: Nick Herrick, Adam Rogers & Kyra Biscarner, Marshall University; WMUL Car Bash Promo

Award of Excellence: Lyle Kwiatkowski, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Bubbles the Unemployed Clown

Award of Excellence: Tyler Cooper, University of Southern Indiana; Halloween Giveaway


The awards will be given out during the 2017 BEA Festival of Media Arts April 22 – 24, 2017 at the 
Las Vegas Westgate Hotel & Casino. For more information on the BEA and the Festival of Media Arts, visit

Live Sound Students Sail To Key West & Cozumel With Country Cruising


As the temperature drops this winter, 7 live sound technology students and Assistant Profession Eric Ferguson are already thinking about warmer weather. In what has become a NESCom experiential learning tradition, students will set sail with Cruise Production, a company out of Fort Lauderdale owned by 1990 alum Tim Cabral to work as stage crew on the Country Cruising excursion.

The 2017 edition of Country Cruising kicks off on January 14th and travels from Tampa to stops in Key West and Cozumel aboard the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas. The cruise includes performances by 22 country music artists including:

Chris Young
Montgomery Gentry
Kelsea Ballerini
Charles Esten, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
Diamond Rio
Clare Bowen, star of the hit TV series “Nashville”
&Phil Vassar

For more information on the cruise, visit

WHSN, Entertainment Production, & Live Sound Technology Announce 7th Annual Poe Radio Drama

WHSN 89.3 FM,  and the Entertainment Production and Live Sound Technology departments announce the seventh annual live radio broadcast of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination on Friday, October 28th at 7:30 from the stage of the Gracie Theatre.

The 2016 installment of the long-running “Poe show” will feature the Poe tale the Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar. This is the seventh 1940’s style live radio event produced for live broadcast on WHSN. It all started with a holiday production of A Christmas Carol, which was then followed by Halloween presentations of the Tell Tale Heart, the Cask of Amontialldo, the Fall of the House of Usher, the Masque of the Red Death, the Pit and the Pendulum, the Murders in the Rue Morgue and the Premature Burial.

Photo by Narda Albatrino

Photo by Narda Albatrino

The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Friday, October 28 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN 89.3. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). Last year’s production was again an award winner from the BEA, and was also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar is one of Poe’s more unusual short stories.

Written in 1845, it makes use of practice of “mesmerism”, which was very much in vogue at the time. This early stage of contemporary hypnotism was both science and show business. Poe explores the darker side of this practice in one of his more chilling and gruesome tales. It is not for the faint of heart!
Both students and the general public are invited to attend the performance in the live audience for free on October 28th to help celebrate Halloween and enjoy the traditions of live radio.

“Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe” Festival Awards:
“The Cask of Amontillado” 2011 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – Honorable Mention Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
“The Fall of the House of Usher”
2012 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2013 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – Finalist – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
“The Masque of the Red Death & “The Pit and the Pendulum”
2013 – Maine Association of Broadcasters – Second Place Locally Produced Program category
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue” 2014 – College Media Association Pinnacle Awards – First Place – Best Radio Talk/Entertainment Program
2014 – BEA Festival of Media Arts – First Place Student Audio Comedy or Drama category
2014 – CBI National Student Production Awards – Finalist Best Special Broadcast
2014 – Maine Association of Broadcasters -Third Place Locally Produced Program category

Live Sound Technology Alum Included In Mix Magazine

2014 NESCom Live Sound Technology alum Jonathan Barrows was included in a feature on pop sensation The Weeknd in the January 2016 issue of Mix Magazine.

To see a larger version of the segment, click on the image.

NESCom Students To Once Again Set Sail With Country Cruising

For the fourth time, students studying Live Sound Technology at the New England School of Communications at Husson University will set sail in partnership with Cruise Production, a Florida-based company run by ’90 alum Tim Cabral.

Cruise Production

Students and faculty will travel to Miami for the 7 night Country Cruising 2015 event that includes performances by 32 country music acts. Headlining this year’s Country Cruising trip is Neal McCoy along with Trace Adkins, Craig Morgan, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, and Lindsay Ell. The cruise leaves Miami on October 23rd with stops in  Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, Key West, and Grand Cayman before returning to port on the 30th. While on-ship, students will work with the numerous live shows taking place throughout the trip aboard the Norwegian Pearl.

More information on the cruise is available at

Live Sound Student Works With The Science Of Naval Noise Control

Cantalupo in a Jacksonville, FL shipyard

Cantalupo in a Jacksonville, FL shipyard

Troy Cantalupo, a Live Sound Technology student at the New England School of Communications at Husson University, spent the summer of 2015 working with an unique aspect of sound. Cantalupo has been working as in intern with Noise Control Engineering of Billerica, MA. Noise Control Engineering is an acoustical engineering consulting firm that specializes in noise and vibration control for the naval industry. Their work involves both commercial and government contracts.

As a technician working for Noise Control Engineering, Cantalupo spent his summer managing the lab (including in-house calibration of accelerometers, sending out instrumentation for third-party calibration, and repairing and building equipment). However, he didn’t just work in the lab. I addition to managing the laboratory, Cantalupo;

Testing Vibration on Bulkheads from Airbourne Noise (Speaker off Frame)sm

Testing Vibration on Bulkheads from Airbourne Noise (Speaker off Frame)

•Did on-site acoustical surveys, most notably being in Jacksonville, FL on a sea vessel trial.

•Programmed VBA in Microsoft Excel including automating post-calibration data crunching and designing an equipping scanning and tracking system.

•Performed electrical and acoustical testing on the company’s in-house designed sound level meter system and software against industry standards to determine its accuracy rating.

•Performed research testing on damping rating of ship bulkheads.

“I would like to stress the fact that the skills I learned at NESCom,” says Cantalupo. “Technical, professional and social skills all directly played roles in my success in this company. Thank you to the entire staff for the guidance over the years”.

For more information on Noise Control Engineering, LLC click here

NESCom Works To Record Greenlight Maine TV Series

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Green means go, Green means Husson and this week at the New England School of Communications at Husson University, green also means Greenlight Maine. Faculty, students and alumni are working with the creative and production team of Brian Corcoran, Con Fullam, and Nat Thompson in a venture called Portland Media Group (PMG) on a new show called “Greenlight Maine”.

Greenlight Maine, which is produced by PMG with production management by NESCom, involves Maine entrepreneurs competing for a prize of more than $100,000 to invest in their businesses. Along the way, they’ll receive mentoring from corporate, media and marketing executives.

The production of the show is no small task. Over the course of 7 days, NESCom faculty, students and even a few alumni are working to tape 13 half-hour episodes that feature all 26 semifinalist entrepreneurs of the Greenlight Maine competition that was held earlier this year. Each episode includes interviews with the semifinalists and presenting their “pitch” to a panel of three judges. Each show has a new set of judges, the list of which reads like a “Who’s Who” in Maine.


PMG recruited an impressive group of sponsors which includes:
Bangor Savings Bank
Bernstein Shur Counselors at Law
Central Maine Power
Day’s Jewelers
Finance Authority of Maine
Don Foshay’s Discount Tire & Alignment
Hancock Lumber
Husson University
IDEXX Laboratories
L.L. Bean
Moody’s Collision Centers


The show utilizes 6 cameras, full wireless audio, custom EVS workflows and a completely redesigned and rebuilt TV studio for the Show. The set, which is the creation of NESCom Entertainment Production assistant professor Brave Williams, has an entirely new “look and feel”. It fills the entire television studio at the Wildey Communication Center. Video instructor Kris Bridges is the director with support from faculty John Easton, Ed Goguen, Steve Vachon, Rick Davis, and Eric Ferguson.  1992 NESCom alum Nick Woodward has joined the crew as well as NESCom staffers Matt Bryant and Steve Toothaker. Recent graduate Heather Andrews and current students Cody Chaisson and Nick Evans are also part of the team.

Greenlight Maine will air on WCSH 6 in Portland and WLBZ 2 in Bangor starting September 12th. PMG and NESCom are in considering a follow-on show to be taped within the next 6 months. For more information on the program and the competition, visit

Timelapse Video Shows Work That Goes Into The Nite Show

Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University handle all production aspects of the Nite Show, which airs nearly statewide on television stations in Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle, Maine. As the students worked on the set for tonight’s taping at the Gracie Theatre, student Alan Wardwell shot a time-lapse of the 2+ hours it takes to assemble the set.

CSP Donates Mobile Recording Unit to NESCom

The fleet of mobile production units at the New England School of Communications at Husson University grew by leaps and bounds thanks to a generous donation by CSP Mobile Productions. CSP is based in Saco, ME  and is one of the fastest growing mobile HD and digital television production companies in the US.  The company donated their Unit 6 audio truck to NESCom for use as both an experiential learning lab and a mobile recording unit.

Inside the truck is a 2-room recording control room centered around a Yamaha PM-1D 96 input digital console. The racks include processing from TC Electronic, DBX, Eventide, Yamaha, and Lexicon. Genelec and Yamaha monitors as well as a closet of microphones round out this fully operational “studio on wheels”. “We are fortunate to have supporters of the New England School of Communications at Husson University, like CSP Mobile Productions” says Thom Johnston, Dean of NESCom. “The gift of this unique mobile audio studio to Husson, with all of its technology, will give our students the opportunity to take their mixing skills on the road.”

Future use of the unit will include both class room applications, stand along remote recording, as well as coupling with the existing NESCom HD Mobile Productions Unit.

WHSN Announces 2015 AS4MS MS Society Benefit Concert

WHSN 89.3FM has announced their 2015 AS4MS concert to benefit the National MS Society. The event, which has been running for more than 12 years, showcases Maine bands & performers with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The AS4MS is slated for Friday, April 10th, 7:30PM at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Performers include Worried Well, Tall Horse, One Shot Nothing, Skosh, & The Royal Bones. Tickets are $10 and are available online at, at all Bull Moose locations or at the door the night of the show.

The AS4MS is produced by WHSN with numerous departments and classes at NESCom assisting including Live Sound Technology, Entertainment Production, Video Production and more. Past AS4MS performances going back to 2008 are available at WHSN’s YouTube channel.