WSOU is a non-commercial, college radio station. The station broadcasts from the campus of Seton Hall University in New Jersey, it is a student-run station with university administrator Mark Maben serving as its current General Manager. Streams online; the station broadcasts a modern active rock format, featuring heavy metal, emo and post-hardcore as well as other types of rock-based music. Student disc jockeys play music from this regular rotation during the vast majority of the week - with the exception of specialty shows and community programming. WSOU has played a pivotal role in breaking bands and music genres within the New York City market, it was one of the first to play punk rock in the 1970s. Additionally, WSOU gave some of the first airtime to many commercial successes - Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, System of a Down, Rage Against the Machine and Korn; the station's general manager is Mark Maben, who has worked there since 2004. The elected student management board for 2019-2020 is as follows: Station Manager Wilnir Louis, Program Director Alexis Juarez, Music Director Nick Polis, News Director Bob Towey, Promotions Director Tayla Frey, Sports Director Dalton Allison, Technical Operations Director Jillian Fitzpatrick, Social Media Director Faith Kessler, Staff Representative Kali Diamond.
WSOU broadcasts nightly "specialty shows", most of which are devoted to a specific genre of music. Examples include: Punk University - Punk and hardcore including Black Flag, The Clash, the Sex Pistols, featuring half an hour of ska and ska punk. Under the Stars - Post-hardcore, pop-punk and emo, including The Wonder Years, My Chemical Romance, The Front Bottoms and Turnover. Street Patrol - Local, underground artists within the metal genre. Vintage 80s - Hair metal, new wave of British Heavy Metal, early thrash, including Iron Maiden and Overkill. Storming the Ramparts - Power and Viking metal, including Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom and Saxon. Out of Babylon - Christian metal and hardcore, including As I Lay Dying and August Burns Red; the current community programming lineup at WSOU includes: The Global Current, the weekly news magazine show of Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy, featuring world news presented and analyzed by students. Pirate News Desk, the weekly news magazine show of the WSOU News Department.
Thank God For Monday, a program dedicated to workplace satisfaction and career fulfillment, hosted by Seton Hall alumnus Brother Greg Cellini. The Kinship of Catholics and Jews, a program presented by the Institute of Judeao-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University. Father Lawrence Frizzell, director of the institute, is the moderator of the program. Celtic Heritage Hour, a program with music and information for the Irish and Scottish communities. Polka Party the longest-running show on WSOU. Syndicated programming WSOU offers a diverse lineup of syndicated shows, including several programs from the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; the list includes Voices of Our World. WSOU is the leader in coverage of Seton Hall athletics; the sports department at WSOU broadcasts all home and away games for both men's and women's basketball, the school's flagship sports. Aired throughout the year are select games for men's and women's soccer and baseball. Online listening at WSOU.net increases when men's basketball games are broadcast.
Following each men's basketball game is Hall Line, a post game call-in show that allows Pirate fans the chance to share their thoughts about the game and/or the team. The show, hosted by student on-air talent, either in-studio or at the site of the game, has been on the air since the 1960s, it is the longest-running sports program at WSOU. Along with Hall Line, WSOU offers two Sunday evening sports talk shows hosted by students, From the Stands and Pirate Primetime. Sports alumni In its 60th year of broadcasting, WSOU has had many notable alumni start their sports broadcasting careers while students at Seton Hall University and members of the radio station. Several of these alumni are well known throughout sports, including Bob Ley, Bob Picozzi, Jim Hunter, Matt Loughlin and Ed Lucas On July 1, 2009, WSOU launched WSOU HD2, a 24/7 Catholic programming channel. Seton Hall University first made the decision to invest in HD radio technology for WSOU, as to keep it on the cutting edge of broadcast technology.
As HD radio technology allows broadcasting on multiple channels, the university chose to reflect its commitment to the Catholic mission through this additional channel. WSOU Chief Engineer Frank Scafidi and Jim Malespina, chair of the WSOU Advisory Board, program the channel on a weekly basis, it operates out of the WSOU studios. Programming highlights include: Daily Mass at 8 a.m. from Seton Hall's Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Mornings with Mother, an EWTN program with Mother Angelica Women of Grace EWTN Spanish programming during the overnight hours Catholic Answers Live Blocks of Christian rock and classical music in primetimeThe station broadcasts some of the WSOU-FM weekend community programs, including the Celtic Heritage Hour and the Kinship of Catholics and Jews. WSOU began broadcasting on 89.5
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ludźmierz in Ludźmierz, Poland is home to Our Lady of Ludźmierz, known as the Shepherdess of Podhale or in Polish Gaździna Podhala. The cult of Our Lady of Ludźmierz is identified with the Góral people who live in the surrounding Tatra Mountains. Ludźmierz is the oldest Catholic parish in Podhale, its history stretches back to the 13th century. In 1234 Teodor Gryfita began raising a simple wooden church with a shingled roof and three altars in Ludźmierz, after obtaining permission from the bishop of Kraków. To encourage settlement in the uninhabited area, Gryfita brought in Cistercian Monks from France and nearby Jędrzejów. A simple wooden monastery was erected soon after, along with a number of other buildings used in agriculture; these buildings which burnt down in 1796, had been abandoned since 1245 due to the high frequency of raids by bands of Tatars and thieves and the monks moved to nearby Szczyrzyc. However the Cistercians ministered to the parish in Ludźmierz until 1824, when it came under the care of Diocesan priests.
In 1869-77 the old wooden church was dismantled, in its place the current Neo-Gothic edifice was raised, the Rococo altar with the figurine of Our Lady of Ludźmierz was moved into the new church. Pope John Paul II visited the sanctuary in 1997. In 2001 the church was declared a Minor Basilica; the most well-known story regarding the shrine is an incident during the Canonical Coronation of the statue by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński on 15 August 1963, attended by the future Pope John Paul II as Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kraków. The statue accidentally slipped during the ceremony and the future pontiff caught the scepter which had fallen out of the statue's grasp, a scene, interpreted as a prophecy of the young Bishop's future selection as Pope; the figurine of Our Lady of Ludźmierz, which has drawn throngs of pilgrims since the Middle Ages was placed in one of the church's side altars, it wasn't until 1776 that the statue made its way into the main altar. The statue of Our Lady of Ludźmierz is thought to be about 600 years old.
The wooden statue itself is about 125 cm in height, a replica is situated next to the "miraculous spring" next to the sanctuary. Multiple copies of the figure have spread all over the world, from the Pfarrkirche of St. Johannes Baptist in Baindt to the church of St. Mary of Częstochowa in Cicero. Most of the spread in devotion to Our Lady of Ludźmierz can be traced back to the outmigration of the Góral community out of their native Carpathian homeland. There is a medieval legend from about 1400 that refers to the Shepherdess of Podhale or the Gaździna Podhala which refers to a Hungarian merchant on his way to Nowy Targ who after having lost his way in the nearby swamps, was miraculously led out by a mysterious lady to the church; when he understood that this mysterious figure had been Mary, the mother of Jesus, he attempted to kneel to give thanks in prayer when a miraculous spring burst forth. He pledged to commission a statue that would depict Mary as he'd seen her and bring it back to the church