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WCDB blows out candles for 35th

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The University at Albany’s own radio station, WCDB, celebrated their 35th anniversary with a birthday bash festival extravaganza on March 1.

Partygoers gathered on Friday evening at Valentine’s bar on New Scotland Ave, which served as a perfect backdrop for the nights festivities.

WCDB 90.9FM has been delivering hits to the Albany region for 35 years, satisfying an array of music preferences. The station hosts an assorted medley of music programs, including alternative rock, top 40 hits, and even Jamaican dancehall.

UAlbany students past and present have participated in hosting the station’s various music programs, offering their own insight and their take on current music trends.

Student DJs are offered the opportunity to work in a real studio environment with the station, which is located in the school’s Campus Center.

The evening began with a lively crowd of current DJs and alumni alike occupying Valentine’s main floor, excited to celebrate the station’s success in the Capital Region. Several bands, both local and from across the state, performed throughout the night.

Albany-based Blotto, some of whom are WCDB alumni, performed their mix of music and humor. Blotto’s music video for their song “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard” was made with the help of video production students at UAlbany and played on MTV’s first day of broadcasting in 1981.

Downstairs, Binghamton’s Summer People, whose music has been described as “punk rock meets lounge-side crooner” played to moshing crowd.

Also playing was Albany favorites Barons in the Attic and Dirty Face.

Brooklyn’s indie rock band Oberhofer and Albany-based Blotto

The crowd was receptive to the bands’ energetic music, as they were singing along and dancing to the beat.

New York City-based band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart ended the night on a strong note with their indie-pop set.

The Friday night festival also spotlighted veteran alumni DJs, who played sets in between the band showcases. DJs spun their favorite tunes as the bands changed sessions. Alumni enjoyed mingling with the radio station’s current DJs, exchanging greetings, smiles, and friendly advice.

Local businesses sponsored giveaways of band merchandise, which was auctioned off throughout the night.

Fans were able to purchase CDs of the featured bands as well as band memorabilia, including T-shirts and pint glasses, to commemorate the festivities that took place.

Overall, the evening was an enjoyable and entertaining experience, with people gathering to celebrate a common interest, good music. And there was no shortage of good music throughout the night.

A complete line-up of music programs offered by WCDB 90.9FM is available at the station’s webpage, wcdbfm.com.

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