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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.



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.

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.