During a weekend dedicated to the memory of one of Central Michigan University's most beloved broadcast and cinematic arts alumni, some of CMU's former disc jockeys - and even a couple of wannabes - will invade the airwaves as part of a popular Homecoming tradition.
The seventh annual WMHW 91.5 FM "Alumni Takeover" will take place from 6 a.m. Oct. 13 though 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The 2006 Takeover is dedicated to Al Painter, '76, of Renton, Wash., who died in February 2006 at age 52; clips of Painter's participation in past Takeovers will air throughout the weekend.
The Alumni Takeover, created by 1970s CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduates, serves as a fundraiser for the BCA Constituent Alumni Chapter. Participating alumni offer a modest financial contribution in exchange for air time; the donations help fund an annual $100 Outstanding Freshman Award for BCA students, as well as the promotion of the BCA school and its alumni.
According to Takeover organizer Bill Thompson, '78, of Mason, the 2006 event will feature numerous genres of music; interviews with CMU administrators, including President Michael Rao, College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, and Athletic Director Dave Heeke; and a live broadcast of the Oct. 13 Shepherd High School football game. Other highlights will include:
* The return of Todd Overbeek, '77, of L'Anse and Ken Hazlett, '78, of Henrietta, N.Y., to the WMHW airwaves. The two have not appeared on WMHW since fall 1974, when they hosted a jazz show. Their show will air from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Also new to the Takeover are Kirkland Crawford, '06, of Detroit and Dawn Lampman, '88, of Midland.
* Live remote coverage of the 8 a.m. alumni breakfast, 10 a.m. Homecoming parade and 11 a.m. pregame Alumni Village activities, including play-by-play of the 10 a.m. cardboard boat race on the Rose Ponds.
* The return of CMU Alumni Association President Tom Lapka, '78, of Ada, who in 2005 became the first non-BCA graduate to host a show. Lapka will join Thompson and Lindsay Allen, '00, of CMU's public relations and marketing office to co-host the 8 to 10 a.m. show Oct. 13. The trio will play Allen's selections of "the best stuff you've never heard," a variety of contemporary rock and pop tunes.
WMHW, Modern Rock 91.5 FM, is CMU's student-run radio station. Based in Moore Hall, the station's regular format is college alternative modern rock. Interested parties outside of the Mount Pleasant area can listen to WMHW - including the Takeover - by streaming the live broadcast at www.bca.cmich.edu/WMHW.