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Time for election results! Not the US presidential ones, but our own WAA officers. I was late in posting these results, and it’s entirely coincidental that I’m posting them today, so we’ll be ignoring any claims of tampering by Russia, or that the whole system is rigged, OK?

WAA would like to (belatedly) announce the latest WAA officers for the 2016 elections:

President – Mike Bocchinfuso
Vice President – Sue D’Addio
Secretary – Nicholas Barresi
Technical Resource Officer– Imran Merali
Event Coordinator – Stan Switalski
Historian- Derek Ives

Congratulations to everyone who won, and many thanks to everyone who ran and voted!

 

“When disaster strikes, how do we keep the public informed?” was the question asked by the WCPR Alumni Association. On Wednesday, October 14, in the Bissinger Room, we heard the answers during our “Broadcasting Through Adversity” panel discussion.

Coordinated by WAA’s Technical Resource Officer Robert May, Class of 2013, and cohosted with the Stevens Alumni Association and Stevens Career Center, several key representatives from the fields of broadcasting and journalism came together to provide unique insight into how broadcasting infrastructure is maintained and secured during times of crisis. The discussion topics ranged from the cell phone disruptions on September 11, to the reliability of ham radio during Hurricane Sandy, to the necessity of contingency drills. The panelists discussed the (leadership qualities that shine in times of emergency and even how disaster can spur new developments in telecommunications and broadcasting.

Photos by Nick Gonzalez, class of 2014.

Moderator:

Lisa Pedrogo, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Implementation, CNN

 

Panelists:

Scott Griffin, Principal and VP of Engineering and Technology, The Systems Group

Chris Tobin, former Chief Engineer, 1010 WINS

Bob Desiato, Director of Disaster Recovery, AT&T

Jeff Kinney, Director of Field Operations/Chief Photographer, CNN

WCPR’s Light Show and Dance (or Dance and Light Show) was a Stevens institution for years, and we’ve still got some of the old posters lying around the archives. They’re a great time capsule for a few reasons:

1) The hand-drawn art is pretty fantastic; today’s event posters are all computer-made and lack a certain je ne sais quois.

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2) WCPR used to charge entrance fees for parties, which is no longer done. And the fees are pretty reasonable, even for 70’s and 80’s prices.

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3) The discounted ticket prices for females show that some things never change – the Ratio is as much a frustration today as it was back then, so WCPR members took it upon themselves to incentivize the fairer sex to attend.

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A bonus – here’s a Stute article describing the full-sensory experience of one of the Dance and Light Shows from the 70’s.

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