Montco Radio Hosts Alumni Broadcast Featuring DJs From 1980s-Now

Montco RadioBlue Bell, PA —Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) student-run, Internet radio station, Montco Radio, will host its first-ever Alumni Broadcast on Saturday, April 16. Starting at 8 a.m. and continuing through 6 p.m., radio station alumni from the 1980s through today will host and broadcast live shows from Montco Radio’s studio in the Advanced Technology Center at MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell.

The community is invited to listen to the live broadcasts by visiting http://www.montcoradio.com or by clicking on the microphone icon on the lower left corner of MCCC’s homepage, http://www.mc3.edu.

Montco Radio, once named WRFM (Radio Free Montco), began as a record-spinning club in the early 1970s. Over the years, the club evolved and began to operate like a radio station, with music and content being broadcast into MCCC’s cafeteria in College Hall. Then, in 2003, Montco Radio gained an international audience when it began broadcasting over the Internet.

“As a student club, the radio station has a long history of bringing together students from all backgrounds and majors to share their passions with the broader MCCC community,” shared Senior Communications Lecturer Jeff Asch, who has served as faculty co-advisor to the radio station since 2000. “We’re excited to re-connect with the station’s alumni and to have them share their experiences with today’s students.”

The station’s alumni are equally excited to be back on campus.

“My time at WRFM was amazing, and I want to do my part in helping create something for today’s and tomorrow’s students,” shared former WRFM station manager, Rob Templeton, who will kick off the alumni broadcast from 8-9 a.m. “When we got it right, we were learning and having fun, and you can’t get more of a winning combination then that. I came away with strong life lessons that I carry with me even today.”

Former Montco Radio officer Jen Mitlas, who was a 2015 Sundance Institute / Knight Foundation Fellow, will co-host the 10 a.m. hour on April 16.

“I am honored that I can go back to the roots that started my passion and career in the world of sound,” said Mitlas. “Mc3 holds an extremely special place in my heart and I owe a lot of my motivations and accomplishments to the school!”

Former station manager Kerri Hughes, who will co-host the 10 a.m. hour with Mitlas, agrees.

“I am super excited that, after all these years, I can come back and do a show,” she said. “Every time I visit Montco, it feels like I have never even been away. I’m so excited to see how Montco Radio has progressed!”

For many of the returning alumni, the April 16 broadcast will be the first time they will see the station’s new home—a state-of-the-art broadcast studio in MCCC’s Advanced Technology Center that rivals those found in the industry.

“The station has come a long way since its early days of playing to the cafeteria, but none of this would be possible without the commitment of our station managers, board offers and DJs through the years,” said Asch. “Their work and enthusiasm as students laid the foundation for Montco Radio’s global presence today.”

To learn more, visit http://www.montcoradio.com or follow Montco Radio on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/montcoradio, on Instagram: @montcoradio, and on Twitter: @montco_radio.

‘Passion Play’ At Muhlenberg College, March 31 – April 3‏

Allentown, PA – For more than a millennium, the Bible has been the source of some of the richest veins of theatrical history — a tradition that playwright Sarah Ruhl explores in depth in her 2008 drama “Passion Play.” The play opens March 31 at Muhlenberg College.

“It’s a play about the power of theatricality,” says Muhlenberg theater professor Beth Schachter, who directs the production. “It’s an opportunity to enjoy the ways in which the theatre process can be both funny and an expression of faith — of all sorts — within larger themes of love and forgiveness.”

“Passion Play” plays March 31 through April 3 in the college’s Baker Theatre. Tickets and information are available at muhlenberg.edu/theatre and at 484-664-3333.

Hailed by New Yorker magazine theater critic John Lahr as “extraordinary,” “bold,” and “inventive,” “Passion Play” takes us behind the scenes of three communities attempting to stage the death and resurrection of Christ. From Queen Elizabeth’s England to Hitler’s Germany to Reagan’s America, Ruhl’s exploration of devotion takes a humorous yet unsettling journey filled with lust, whimsy, and a lot of fish.

Ruhl dramatizes a community of players rehearsing their annual staging of the Easter Passion in three different eras: 1575 northern England, just before Queen Elizabeth outlaws the ritual; 1934 Oberammergau, Bavaria, as Hitler is rising to power; and Spearfish, South Dakota, from the late 1960s through Reagan’s presidency. In each era, the players grapple in different ways with the transformative nature of art — and politics are never far in the background.

The production itself is a work of fiction, and not a passion play — but the audience does see segments of the passion story performed in each of the three historical eras, and Schachter says the play approaches the story of the passion with “a certain reverence, as a story that holds a sublime significance for many of the characters.”

Schachter says that, for her, the play’s most interesting question has to do with the role of the individual in determining the course of history — “the responsibility of everyday people.” In 1930s Germany, for example, we see the choices of individuals shaping Hitler’s rise to power, as his fascist ideology creeps up through the population.

“People look for a leader who reassures them and tells them everything is going to be all right,” she says. “And those choices have palpable consequences — consequences that I think are worth examining in the present moment in our own history.”

The production features scenic design by Stephan Moravski, costume design by Liene Dobraja, and lighting design by Gertjan Houben. Muhlenberg senior Alan Mendez serves as musical director and musical dramaturg, and he has found appropriate popular music from each era to accompany the action. Senior Patrick Moren designs sound.

Performances of “Passion Play” are March 31 through April 3: Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. The production is intended for mature audiences. Performances are in the Baker Theatre in the Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance at Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Tickets and information are available at 484-664-3333 and http://www.muhlenberg.edu/theatre