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          WIZARD IS BACK ON THE AIR !
       


                        






 Our brothers & sisters in radio have given WZRD a slot on Sunday evenings
THANK-YOU WNUR !


HEY ! Check These Links Out... articles, video, petition, WZRD newspaper


http://academeblog.org/2012/10/28/the-shutdown-of-wzrd-at-neiu/#more-1557


WATCH this WZRD CHICAGO mini DOCUMENTARY


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvzQuxjC9SI



PLEASE SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION:
https://www.change.org/petitions/save-local-college-radio-station-wzrd



DOWNLOAD OUR NEWSPAPER:
 Issue #1: The Newsletter for Rights and Student Justice
  THE WIZARD PDF


READER "THREE BEATS" ARTICLE



There is an emotional dimension to the effectiveness of communication. Speakers, especially speakers on significant or controversial issues, often want their audience to understand how passionately they feel about their subject or message. Civility connotes calmness, control, and deference or responsiveness to the circumstances, ideas, and feelings of others. Given these common understandings, a regulation that mandates civility easily could be understood as permitting only those forms of interaction that produces as little friction as possible, forms that are thoroughly lubricated by restraint, moderation, respect, social convention, and reason.

The First Amendment difficulty with this kind of mandate should be obvious: the requirement "to be civil to one another" and the directive to eschew behaviors that are not consistent with "good citizenship" reasonably can be understood as prohibiting the kind of communication that it is necessary to use to convey the full emotional power with which a speaker embraces her ideas or the intensity and richness of the feelings that attach her to her cause.

In sum, there is a substantial risk that a civility requirement will inhibit or deter use of the forms and means of communication that, too many speakers in circumstances of the greatest First Amendment sensitivity, will be the most valued and the most effective.


WHAT'S GOING ON?
In a nutshell, all current WZRD student members and staff are banned from entering the station premises for an indefinite period of time.
This means that all managers, officers, directors and on-air operators are banned from doing their duties.
The on-air programming is mostly provided by an automated DJ system. There is currently no magic on WZRD.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
Community listeners rely on WZRD to broadcast alternative news programming such as Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News.
Furthermore, the broader worldwide audience (yes, WZRD has listeners all over the world!) relies on Wizards to provide challenging, mind-bending freeform programming. The music and information library at WZRD is staggering and it is a true tragedy to ban operator & listener access to it.

HOW CAN I HELP?
"Like" WZRD on Facebook to share comments and stories & to keep up with updates.
Contact any media organizations you know that would be interested in helping out the cause of WZRD. Copy the press release below.
Keep talking about it! The more people get involved, the better it looks for WZRD as a mainstay of the Chicago low-power FM radio community.

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PRESS RELEASE



For Immediate Release:                CONTACT: "Wizards In Exile"
July 16, 2012                                                                        
                                                                                             Max Grilly
                                                                               773-865-5201   xyjunk@yahoo.com
                                                                                            Dale Lehman         
                                                                               773-973-5110   dlehman@neiu.edu
                                                                                         Jonathan Extract
                  
                                                            773-962-7418  jonzextract@gmail.com

 

 

On June 29th, 2012, Northeastern Illinois University seized control of its student-run radio station, WZRD (88.3 FM).  Stunned club members who had gathered for a hastily called meeting were handed an inflammatory memo from the university.  University staff members decreed the radio club immediately inactive.  Their edict stated that current club members were to be locked out of station facilities until further notice.  The memo leveled false and baseless charges of bias and discrimination against current and former student club members, as well as equally untrue and unsubstantiated claims of financial improprieties and theft of official documents against a broad spectrum of current and former student club leaders.

In the course of the June 29th meeting, NEIU Director of Student Leadership Development Sharron Evans declared that the future of the radio club--and possibly the re-purposing of the radio station--would be decided following a search for a different programing format.  In the meantime, Evans asserted, WZRD would continue broadcasting using a "skeleton team", under the strict control of the university.

WZRD's DJs have long used the special moniker 'Wizards'.  Wizards In Exile encompasses the radio station's newly exiled radio club members.  We call for due process from university officials in order to redress the grossly unfair and untrue charges leveled against us. We call for a system of open discussion with our accusers prior to any changes being made to WZRD's club charter or its programming.  We demand that the Office of Student Leadership Development be held accountable for the lack of professionalism by which the character of club members and the radio club have been disparaged.

WZRD's student-originated club, known colloquially as The Wizard, has a 38-year history of freeform, eclectic, non-commercial music and informational programing.  Furthermore, by adhering to the concept that one of the chief purposes of journalism is "to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable", WZRD, a Pacifica  Radio Network affiliate, broadcasts the internationally acclaimed news programs Democracy Now and Free Speech Radio News, as well as airing the voices and views of writers and thinkers otherwise excluded from Chicago airwaves, such as Noam Chomsky, Paul Craig Roberts, Vandana Shiva, Michael Parenti, Glen Ford and Marilyn Waring.