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
WATCH this WZRD CHICAGO mini DOCUMENTARY
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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.
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.