CMU's eighth annual Modern Rock 91.5 Alumni Takeover boasts record airtime
As Central Michigan University prepares to get "Marooned" during this year's Homecoming celebration, CMU broadcasting alumni are gearing up to conquer the airwaves for 36 hours during a 42-hour period.
The eighth annual WMHW-FM 91.5 Alumni Takeover will take place from 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29. The 2007 Takeover includes seven more hours of airtime than previous years, making it the longest since its debut in 2000.
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 the annual $100 Al Painter 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 2007 event will feature numerous genres of music; interviews with CMU leaders, including President Michael Rao, Interim Provost Gary Shapiro, College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, Athletic Director Dave Heeke, and head football Coach Butch Jones; and a live broadcast of the Sept. 28 Shepherd High School football game.
Other highlights will include:
* Tom Moore, '77, of Fairview Park, Ohio, and Mike Patten, '78, of Grosse Pointe Woods with "No. 7 Songs for Homecoming '07." Their show will feature songs from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s that peaked at No. 7 on the charts.
* Live remote coverage of the 9 a.m. alumni breakfast, which will be hosted by BCA students who "take over the Takeover" while the BCA alumni chapter meets. Alumni will return to the airwaves at 10 a.m. to cover the pregame "Alumni Village" activities, including play-by-play of the cardboard boat race on the Rose Ponds.
* Kirkland Crawford, '06, of Detroit and Matt Park, '06, of Mount Pleasant reprising their roles as hosts of "CMU Sports Zone Old School" featuring a CMU vs. Northern Illinois game preview and other issues in the world of CMU sports; it is the first-ever sports talk segment in Takeover history. Joining first-time Takeover participants Crawford and Park are newcomers Candi Tomlinson, '73; Paul Oslund, '93; Jason Dinkelmann, '99; Roger Williams, '99; Liz Wright, '01; and former student Joe Schubert. A total of 24 BCA alumni will participate, including six of the Takeover's seven founders.
"This will be an exciting and record-setting year for BCA alumni involvement in the Takeover in terms of time spent on the air and newer graduates' participation, and I must give a lot of the credit for that to the quality of the BCA school and its director, Peter Orlik, for a strong desire for its graduates to stay in touch and give something back to the university," said Thompson. "It also has been a delight in the past few years to work with and have the support of the CMU administration and the Alumni Association, which has really helped turn a BCA-initiated event into what we call 'CMU's newest Homecoming tradition.'"
WMHW-FM, Modern Rock 91.5, 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.