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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.

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.



NESCom partners with Audio-Video Corporation For Technology Tradeshow

NESCom Logo


New England School of Communications will partner with Audio Video Corporation for a technology tradeshow on Wednesday, March 27th from 9AM to 4PM at the Gracie Theatre.

Students, staff, faculty and area industry professionals are invited to speak with representatives from leading broadcast and production manufacturers including:

  • Apple

  • AJA

  • Audio Technica

  • AV Corp

  • Avid Audio

  • Broadcast Pix

  • Cannon

  • Epson

  • Genelec

  • Lab.gruppen

  • Miller

  • Parsons Audio

  • Presonus

  • Shure

  • Tannoy

  • TC Electronic

  • & Williams Sound

Admission to the event is free. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Parking will be available in campus lot 8 (Guest & Visitor Parking). Get directions here.

WHSN-FM gets complete on-air studio makeover

WHSN before the upgrades

WHSN before the upgrades

For the first time since moving from Peabody Hall to the Wildey Communications Center in 2000, WHSN-FM has a new on-air studio. Over the last 2 weeks of winter break, the studio was a whirlwind of activity from IT dept head Matthew Bryant, Engineer Steve Toothaker and student IT employee J. Michael Adams.

The idea to rebuild the on-air studio began with the purchase of a new Wheatstone E1 IP-based console during the summer of 2012. Due to a delay from the manufacturer, the upgrade had to be put off until December. “With students returning from summer break, it would have been very difficult to make upgrades during the fall semester” says NESCom Radio Broadcasting’s Mark Nason. “So it made more sense to wait until winter break when we’d be able to take out time and do it correctly”.


Engineer Steve Toothaker modifying the furniture

Rebuilding the studio “from the ground up” meant emptying the room completely, including the carpet. All new carpeting was installed and the walls repainted. Meanwhile, WHSN stayed live on-air by operating out of a production studio as a temporary home. Repurposed studio furniture was then brought in and the  equipment was wired. up.

WHSN’s new studio reposition and reconfigures the existing studio furniture giving the on-air announcer a view of the window and more importantly, direct eye contact with any guests/interviewees on-air. The centerpiece is the Wheatstone E1 which is that latest in a long tradition of WHSN having industry-leading technology for training. The biggest challenge in the studio rebuild was to relocate all heat and noise generating equipment to a new “rack room” closet located next to the on-air studio.


WHSN after all the remodeling

This move makes the on-air studio both quieter and cooler for students working on Bangor’s Alternative.

Even before the spring 2013 semester began, local student radio staff members were already putting the studio through its paces as soon as possible. This gave the engineering team a chance to work out bugs and ensure students returned to a fully-functioning studio.

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.


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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


WHSN 89.3 FM announces 2012 AS4MS MS Society benefit concert

WHSN 89.3 FM, the Husson University radio station staffed by Radio Broadcasting NESCom students announced details Friday on their long-running AS4MS benefit concert. The AS4MS (full name: the Acoustic Showcase To Benefit the National MS Society) started 9 years ago when then radio students Nate Hicks and Nykki Spencer hosted an open mic event in the Husson College Campus Center. Since then, the student-produced show has grown to raise thousands of dollars that go directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society).

The Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society helps people affected by MS by funding research, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

For 2012, WHSN will bring Boston-based band A Loss For Words to the Gracie Theatre as headliners.

Local support will come from Beyond Goodbye of Hampden. More bands will be announced as the event draws closer. This year’s event will take place at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University on Friday, September 21st at 7:30 pm. The event is sponsored by The Maine Edge and Verizon Wireless.

Tickets are $10 available now at all Bull Moose locations

Since 2009, WHSN’s AS4MS has become a great example of NESCom students working together across departments. In addition to Radio Broadcasting, the AS4MS includes Video Production, Entertainment Production, Live Sound Technology, Marketing Communications and digital photography students.

For more information about the show, contact Mark Nason, Station Manager WHSN 89.3FM, at

For more about the National MS Society, please visit