By Daniel Darmody
WMWM had a very important general body meeting Wednesday night! A discussion on upcoming events as well as implementing new programs such as Spinitron. A huge piece of the meeting had to do with elections for the WMWM eboard. The positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Public Relations, Music Director, Vice President and President were all up for election for this upcoming year. Many nominations ensured, and it was a very big night for WMWM.
There was a good amount of nominations last night that ensured for each position of WMWM’s eboard.
For President, Katie Pope, Molly McDonald, Hannah Newcombe, Andrew Baril, and Tal Rimoni were all nominated.
For Vice President, Katie Coffey, Hannah Newcombe, Harry Watson, Daniel Darmody, and Kyle Talbot were all nominated.
For Music Director, Katie Coffey, Asa Anderson, Molly McDonald, and Hannah Newcombe were all nominated.
For Secretary, Molly McDonald, Harry Watson, and Andrew Carden were all nominated.
For Treasurer, Casey Jones, Paul Miranda, Katie Coffey, Hannah Newcombe, Andrew Carden, and Robert Francis were all nominated to run for the position.
For Public Relations, Katie Pope, Casey Jones, and Paul Miranda were all nominated.
After the nominations, each candidate was given the ability to speak on their nominations, the candidates had the following statements for the readers:
Tal Rimoni: “I would love to be President of WMWM because I am very passionate about the radio station, I believe that my experience as a leader for the PR Street team has taught me a lot about being a leader for the radio station. Reliability is the biggest thing I want to push in the radio station as well as asking DJ’s what they would like to do with and for the station.”
Andrew Baril: “Hi, my name is Andrew Baril and I’m running for general manager of WMWM. My freshman year, I was extremely introverted and was having a difficult time meeting new people. I saw an advertisement in Ellison about a general body meeting at WMWM and decided to take a chance and see what it was about. Since that first meeting I went to, I’ve always considered WMWM to be a home for me. I’ve made a lot of awesome friends and have always done my best to improve the station in any way I can because I love it dearly. As general manager, I want to have our events be what all of us want and not just what the e-board wants. Along with this, I want you all to know what’s going on and what the e-board is talking about at the weekly meetings we have. Everyone should know what’s going on and what we want to plan. Even though an on-campus organization is required to have an e-board to run it, I believe that all of us, as DJ’s of WMWM should be a part of what we do and how we do things.”
Daniel Darmody: “I love WMWM and the people here, I will be a voice for everyone. We have a divided group between eboard and everyone else and my first order of business is to fix that. I want to stress openness, I am open to new ideas and working with anyone who would like to work with me. WMWM has limitless potential and I would love to help us realize that. As Program Director/Vice President I would make the role a more human experience rather than sending out emails I would schedule face to face interactions with the WMWM community to resolve issues.”
Kyle Talbot: “I am the current personnel director of WMWM and I am running for Program Director / vice president. I have a three step plan I want to institute to improve programming and relations among DJs as well as revamping the personnel director role. I want to help people find their voices like I was able to find mine at the radio station, at my home. If you know me, I’m very hands on and committed to the radio station and I’m ready to step into this role and make the station the best it can be!”
Hannah Newcombe: “I am running for Music Director, Treasurer, Vice President and President. I really care about this station and want to see it succeed its full potential. I have experience with both Music Director and Treasurer, I have previously held those positions. I want to rebuild the connection between the community and the radio and I would love to see Salem State take pride in us, and use our station at the dining halls and locations on campus. I am honest, hardworking, and open minded, and think I will work well with the new team.”
Katie Coffey: “I’m currently running for music director as well as treasurer and program director. Out of these I am most passionate and feel I am the most qualified to become WMWM’s music director. I love music and have always been very passionate for radio. One day I hope to make a career out of it. I think I would be the best fit for music director because I am an open minded individual. If elected I will always keep a non biased, level head. Not only in music selection but with all issues that may arise working on an e-board. I have so many ideas to positively impact the station to everyone’s benefit, not just eboard. Being on radio has helped me grow and learn so much over the past year. All I want is to give back and help better the station like it has done for me.”
Asa Anderson: “Hello, I am Asa Anderson, current assistant music director, and I am currently running for the position of music director. I have a wide taste and knowledge of how the systems work and feel as if I am a fit candidate for the position”
Katie Pope: “I am running for PR of WMWM because I have been passionate about the radio station since I first tried my freshman year I have always wanted you PR for the station it’s what I want to do with a lot of my life. I’ve had a chance to work with some really amazing people since I joined radio even just being on PR Street Team and I’ve been given so many amazing opportunities I have so much thanks for everyone who is ever given me a chance I work hard for the station since the beginning of this year before making posters that were for my own show they were four events for the station whether it was spreading the word about us at accepted students day because I was having to be there for another reason. And I really want to focus next year on the fact that we’ve been in broadcasting station for 50 years and I really want us to acknowledge your past and get back to our roots and look at what came before us and all the people that came before us all the hard work that they did so that we could be such an amazing station and we still have so much more to do and I would absolutely love the chance to be able to do it with an amazing world of people and to keep help to help run an amazing station that I’ve loved since my freshman year. Vote Katie Pope for PR director.”
Casey Jones: “Hey guys! I’m Casey and I’m running for PR director and treasurer. I’m running because I want to get our stations name out there and bring us together like the family we are.”
Paul Miranda: “Need something done? Paul is the man for the job. People know him as a renaissance man, wearing many hats. Having a background in business, marketing, and graphic design, he is well equipped to take on the challenges ahead.”
Robert Francis: “I’ve been with this station since my freshmen year. Now, as a junior (soon to be senior), I have to say I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come. It’s hard to believe that in just three short years, this station has more than doubled in size. We’re getting more involved in campus activities, and the quality and variety of our shows have improved drastically. However, we can always do better, and I believe that I can help with that as treasurer. I’ve always supported this station any way I can as a DJ, but now, I want to be able to help in a much bigger way. So please, vote for me, so that I can be a part of helping WMWM be the best station it can be. Also, I’m good with money. So there’s that.”
Harry Watson: “My name is Harry, I’m an English Major and I’m the current secretary at WMWM. I have been a dedicated member to WMWM for two years and want to continue giving the most to my community. When I first started as secretary, I wanted to make this role more than just taking notes. This past year I have created a DJ manual, kickstarted our blogging program and written proposals to get funding for events such as our SSU’s Got Talent Show. My goal for next year is to help our station become more connected with each other as well as to the SSU and North Shore Community. I plan to be available to my WMWM DJ’s as much as possible and to help our station branch out through a series of blog posts, press releases and data collection. As secretary I will ensure that WMWM is always a safe, diverse, and inclusive environment where creativity can thrive and all students are welcome. ”
Andrew Carden: “I’m Andrew Carden, and I’ve been a DJ in the station for two semesters now. I host The Filibusters, a political talkshow. I’m heavily involved in the station, and you’ll definitely see me at most events and all PR Street Team meetings. I am running for the E-Board spot of secretary primarily to help serve as a better link between the general body and E-Board. I – among others – feel dissociated with the current E-Board, and I feel that being an officer committed to being a link between you and the leaders of the station will help bring your ideas and concerns to our E-Board meetings, making our station progress better as a whole.
Our station has so much potential, most of it lying in the hands of you and our fellow DJ’s. I don’t want you left out in our work.”
Molly McDonald: “Local music and college radio go hand in hand; we are a community. I want to see WMWM members writing about their favorite musicians/underground musicians/local musicians on the WMWM blog. You know cool musicians so you should share! We need more live performances on air and more interviews going down in the station. There’s no reason that we can’t be doing that. I am so passionate about furthering the reach of WMWM, connecting the station with the local music community, and helping the station live up to its potential. Music director is a position I would be very grateful to have. This summer I co-hosted a benefit show for WMWM with a lineup featuring seven bands from surrounding areas. This winter I hosted the Local Jamboree with seven bands as well. If you don’t pick me for GM or Music Director Secretary would be sick because I think I deserve to be apart of the Eboard. As GM I would voice every concern you have. I would work as GM with you. From tech to shows everyone will know what’s going on. If elected GM I will drop everything to focus on WMWM. (while being healthy).”