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NESCom Students Earn First Place In 2015 BEA Festival Of Media Arts


The students of the New England School of Communications have once again received national recognition for their work. The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) has awarded NESCom students with a first place finish in their 2015 Festival of Media Arts. The award is for the 2014 edition of the radio drama “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination” in the Comedy/Drama category of the student audio competition.

The annual Edgar Allan Poe radio drama is produced by WHSN radio with students throughout NESCom working on everything from live audio, stage direction, sound effects and voice acting. The 2014 installment of the drama was a performance of the Poe classic The Murders In The Rue Morgue. It was originally broadcast on WHSN 89.3 FM on Thursday, October 30th, 2014.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. The Festival provides a venue for exhibition of winning submissions, including recognition of project authors, through showcase and awards sessions held during BEA’s annual convention in Las Vegas. The Festival seeks to enhance and extend creative activities, teaching, and professional standards in broadcasting and other forms of electronically mediated communication. Visit for more information.

Meyer Sound To Give Workshops For Live Sound Technology & Audio Engineering Students

Meyer Sound Logo

Leading loudspeaker manufacturer Meyer Sound will spend 4 days this month working with students from NESCom’s Live Sound Technology and Audio Engineering departments.

February 23rd through the 26th, Meyer Sound’s Mauricio “Magu” Ramierez and Buford Jones will work with students on 2 detailed workshops. Mauricio “Magu” Ramierez will lead a course called “Line Array Design and Application” withparticipants learning how to utilize line arrays as part of the design and implementation of complex sound reinforcement systems in a performance environment. Then, legendary live sound engineer Buford Jones returns to NESCom to teach “the Mixing Workshop”, brining his world-class experiences with Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd. Stevie Wonder and more to the classroom.

These workshops will take place in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

Scenes From Live Sound Technology Students Working Reggae Cruise

Students from Live Sound Technology at the New England School of Communications traveled from Bangor to Miami and then on to Jamaica working on the Welcome To Jamrock 2014 reggae cruise. The cruise, hosted by Damian Marley, included live music performances from more than 16 artists.

Live Sound Technology Students to Work Jamaica Reggae Cruise

Imagine sailing to Jamaica while being surrounded by reggae music being made by some of the best artists in the genre including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. It may sound like a dream vacation but for students of Live Sound Technology at NESCom, it’s field experience like no other. Eight Live Sound Technology Students will leave for Miami, Florida to work as stage crew on Welcome To Jamrock, a celebration of reggae with stops in Montego Bay & Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Cruise Production

The 6 day experience-at-sea is coordinated with an on-going partnership with Cruise Production, the production company founded by NESCom alum Tim Cabral.

Eric Ferguson, Director of Audio at NESCom will be working alongside the students for the cruise which runs from October 20th to the 25th. More information on the cruise is available at

Entertainment Production to Give Backstage Tours of the Nite Show


The Entertainment Production department at NESCom invites high school students, their families and their educators to a backstage experience of the Nite Show, which now tapes in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.Tickets for this backstage tour at Husson University in Bangor are free, but limited to 25 people per show. The backstage tour includes a pizza dinner, and an introduction to programs of study at The New England School of Communications (NESCom). Areas of focus related to the show include: Video and audio production, stage management and lighting, scenic design and construction, and other skill sets. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Brave Williams at or call 207-941-7195.

Auditions for WHSN’s annual Edgar Allan Poe radio drama set for September 23rd.

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

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

Students and staff at Husson University are welcome and encouraged to audition for the sixth radio drama produced by WHSN-FM in conjunction with NESCom’s Entertainment Production and the Live Sound Audio Program at NESCom.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery & Imagination 2014
“The Murders In The Rue Morgue”
Presented by WHSN-FM, NESCom & Husson University

Auditions will be Tuesday, September 23rd from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Gracie Black Box Theatre (upstairs at the Gracie Theatre) on the Husson University campus.

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 AMONTILLADO, THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH and THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM. This year we will present our first 60 MINUTE Poe Show… one of the first detective stories ever written…. THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE!

The show will be performed on the stage of the Gracie Theatre on Thursday, October 30 before a live audience, and will be broadcast simultaneously by WHSN-FM. In past years, the annual Poe radio Show has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association. Last year’s production is up for an award again from the BEA, and is also a finalist for the Pinnacle Award, presented by the College Media Association.

The Audition procedure will be pretty simple and fun. Auditioners will be asked to read from script selections. So, be ready to use your most effective 1940’s radio voices.
This year’s production is looking for the following voices:
Announcer (1940’s Radio Voice)
Narrator (Dr. Watson-type)
Auguste Dupin (Amateur detective)
Officer Muset (Paris Gendarme)
Sailor (Seaman with a Soul)
Multiple Female Cameo Roles (Need to be able to SCREAM!)
Multiple Male Roles (Character Voices)
Additionally, the show requires live Sound Effects artists, who will create all of the sounds for the show live, during the performance
Please join us on September 23rd to help celebrate Halloween by auditioning for our Sixth broadcast of TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BY EDGAR ALLAN POE!

Live Sound Technology Students To Set Sail With Country Music Stars

Students working in their chosen field while still in college is nothing new but for students in the Live Sound Technology department at the New England School of Communications, the field work takes them to warmer climates while getting world-class experience.

Eight Live Sound Technology Seniors will leave for Miami, Florida on Saturday to work as stage crew on Country Cruising 2014, a floating cavalcade of country music stars with stops in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico. At the heart of this great opportunity, which takes place on the Norwegian Pearl, is hands-on work in live sound as the cruise features performances by 25 country music acts including Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry, Wynnona & The Big Noise, Neal McCoy, Love & Theft, Craig Morgan and Lonestar.

Cruise Production

The 7 day field experience is made possible by a partnership with Cruise Production, a company founded by NESCom alum Tim Cabral after his many years working for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Eric Ferguson, Director of Audio at NESCom will be working alongside the students for the 7 day cruise which runs from January 12th to the 19th. More information on the cruise is available at

Students set the bar with production of the Nite Show

A note from NESCom President Thom Johnston:

The Nite Show with Danny Cashman has become a cult classic production that airs weekly across Maine, and in parts of New Hampshire and the Canadian Maritimes. In the tradition of Johnny Carson and David Letterman, Danny Cashman and his merry band of sycophants create a half hour broadcast every week that is a smorgasbord of talk and entertainment. The host and his sidekick Joe Kennedy, are a self-effacing duo who are, much like Carson and McMahon, at their best when things go astray. The Jump City Jazz Band, made up of of talented musicians, serves as the house band. That alone is worth the price of admission (which is free). While the Friday and Saturday night broadcasts on WABI, WAGM and WPXT have been polished somewhat in post-production, the best viewing is to attend a live session. Typically, three shows are produced in one session, but not necessarily in seriatim, which makes the live event a most interesting evening. Depending on the location where The Nite Show is recording, you can order a bowl of chili, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer as you play the role of a live audience

Noel Paul Stookey gets ready for his performance with NESCom student Nate Hart


Rustic Overtones on the Nite Show

None of this would be possible without a strong partnership, which includes WABI and the New England School of Communications. WABI is the platform which carries and distributes the Nite Show. The students and faculty of NESCom provide all of the production, which is a great resume builder for them. The most recent session took place at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor this past Wednesday night and was well attended, probably because of the venue and because of appearances by Noel Paul Stookey and The Rustic Overtones. Watching a show under construction adds to the entertainment, and you don’t have to go to New York or LA to see how this is done. You can catch mistakes, watch retakes, see how the present becomes the future and enjoy the band and guests as they offer more to the live audience than you’ll get in a 30 minute episode (distilled to 22 after commercials).

For those who are discerning and interested in video production, I commend watching the NESCom students in action with video cameras, microphones, cables, and consoles. On the audio side, sound is simultaneously being mixed for musician monitors, broadcast mix, house audio and multi-track recording. Regarding video, you’ll see multiple camera positions, a hand-held fig rig, an occasional mini-dolly and a flypack switcher. All of this activity is fascinating dance of technology and talent constrained by the clock.

If you’re interested in attending the next recording session, keep an eye on TheNiteShow website for upcoming tapings.

-Thom Johnston
New England School of Communications

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.

Auditions Set For 4th Annual Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

Scene from the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama

Scene from the 2011 Edgar Allan Poe radio drama

Live Sound Effects at a past Poe drama

Live Sound Effects at a past Poe drama

For the fourth year in a row, students of the New England School of Communications will produce an old fashioned radio drama adaptation of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. The half hour dramas, which began in 2010 are performed live from the stage of the Gracie Theatre at Husson University and aired live on 89.3 FM, WHSN.

Each years show highlights pieces of Poe’s work including The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell Tale Heart and the Cask of Amontialldo. The 2013 installment of “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination” will feature “The Masque of the Red Death” as well as the Poe classic “The Pit and the Pendulum”.

Auditions are set for Tuesday, October 8th from 6-8PM in the Black Box Theatre (located upstairs at the Gracie Theatre). Auditions will include

casting for performers and for live sound effects crew. There will also be a need to tech positions as well including stage crew, lighting design and costuming.

The 2013 Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination will take place one night only on Wednesday, October 30th, 7:30PM at the Gracie Theatre. Admission is free to be part of the live audience or listen in on 89.3FM in the Bangor area or worldwide.