Around the Dial
long-running WRPI-FM hiphop program SuperFriendz is
off the air for the summer due to scheduling issues at the
an underground hiphop show formerly aired on Saturdays from
10 PM to midnight, was bumped to a later time, 11 PM-1 AM,
after the summer schedule was posted. The SuperFriendz
program was not canceled; however, the DJs, J-Swift and Nate
da Great, decided the time slot did not fit their schedules.
have a daughter that I spend time with on Sundays, and I didn’t
want to be up until 2 AM or later on Saturday nights,” said
Nate da Great.
According to Nate da Great, SuperFriendz DJ for the
past five years, in the beginning of spring semester, another
show called Through the Fader, hosted by a former WCDB
DJ at UAlbany, received their time slot through a mix-up.
The DJs were able to work out their schedules, giving Through
the Fader the 11 PM-1 AM slot, and SuperFriendz
the 9:30-11 PM slot.
WRPI DJs filled out applications requesting summer-season
airtime and ranking their preferences in order from 1 to 5.
The DJs of SuperFriendz and Through the Fader
agreed to keep the same time slots they had in the spring.
When program director Jonathan Corbett reviewed the applications
and made the schedule, SuperFriendz was given its fifth
choice, the 11 PM-1 AM slot.
Nate da Great sent an e-mail to Corbett; whom he said did
not reply. He questioned why the time slot changed, assuming
that the Through the Fader DJ filled out his application
correctly. He feels the other DJ was given preference over
SuperFriendz, which he assumed had seniority.
felt like I was being screwed around with by the program director,”
said Nate da Great, who pointed out that SuperFriendz
also was written out of the schedule during spring break.
“My only grievance is with how John Corbett has handled his
communications with us. He was unwilling to discuss the schedule
with us before it was posted.”
The Through the Fader DJ, who asked to remain anonymous,
said he has “nothing to do with what was worked out.”
When making the programming schedule, Corbett said he tried
to fit the application times into the schedule as close to
the DJs’ first choice as possible, while maximizing total
airtime. The time slot given to SuperFriendz, Corbett
pointed out, was within an hour and a half of their first
choice, which he felt was reasonable. Corbett said that no
preference was given to Through the Fader because of
its music programming or the DJ’s WCDB experience.
WRPI is not entirely run by students. During the fall and
spring semesters, approximately 50 percent of the staff members
are RPI students, according to Corbett’s calculations. Over
the summer, it’s much lower, around 25 percent. The rest of
the staff is RPI alumni and community members. Preference
is given to students, Corbett said.
WRPI received a few e-mails from listeners after SuperFriendz
went off the air, which Corbett feels is a limited public
reaction. Corbett said it’s up to the SuperFriendz
DJs whether they come back in the fall—and that he personally
bring the community hiphop music that speaks of more than
just bling-blingin’, partyin’ and gangster mentality,” said
Nate da Great, who added that he hopes to see SuperFriendz
back on the air for the fall semester.
music: Jay Ungar and Molly Mason with Swingology.
for the Mountains
the big one this weekend—the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s
Mountain Culture Festival. From Friday (July 11) through Sunday
(July 13), there will be a bonanza of events all around the
CMF Performing Arts Center (Red Barn) and its grounds on Route
23A in the village of Hunter, celebrating mountain music,
arts, crafts, cinema and (of course) food. How big will it
be? The organizers are expecting between 5,000 and 7,000 people
to show up.
There will be a diverse array of musical groups Saturday and
Sunday, including the drum ensemble Shumei America Taiko Group,
Brendan Carey Block and Richard Block, blues combo the Hell
Hounds, the Ryan Holladay Band, José Gonzales and Criollo
Clasico, Chico Alvarez’ Afro-Caribe Band, the Mammals, and
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason with Swingology (pictured). There’s
a film program on Friday and Saturday; on Saturday and Sunday,
events include a fine crafts show, a quilt show, wood-products
fair, farm exhibitions, mountain-bike races, an Afro-Latin
dance party and assorted fun activities for the kiddies.
Tickets for fairgrounds events are $7 for adults and $1 for
children under 12; a two-day family pass (for a family of
four) can be had for $20. The movie programs have a separate
admission. For more information, call 263-4908 or visit