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February 11, 1988 - Image 7

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The Michigan Doily

Thursday, February 11, 1988

Pag 7,






free- form

By Spiro A. Skentzos
Today, WCBN (88.3 FM), the
University's student operated free-
form radio station, launches its
Ninth Annual Fundraiser Bash at
8:40 a.m. with a literal bang (you'll
have to tune in to find out). It is the
beginning of 88.3 hours of rocking
music, special guests, and great pre-
miums. The four-day-long fundrais-
ing project will culminate with a
guest-filled concert Sunday night in
the Michigan Ballroom, which will
be broadcasted live over the airwaves.
The fundraiser is one of the two
main sources of income for the non-
profit college radio station which
was voted one of the top five college
stations in the country last summer.
The station's network received
$13,000 last year from the Univer-
sity but needs additional funds to
operate successfully. "The ceiling
over there is. falling apart, we need
new equipment, more shelves for the
library... to make this the best sta-
tion possible," says fundraising
chairperson Beth Fertig.
WCBN is one of the nation's
only college radio stations which
broadcasts in a free-form style. This
means that, avoiding today's popular
music, the station focuses on a
greater variety of musical styles and
cultures. "We want our D.J.'s to
play everything," Fertig says, and it
is quite possible for them to do so,
when they draw from their extensive

dio stations who play what they are
told to by popularity charts. It is one
of the few stations where you can
hear Sun Ra followed by Big Black."
The fundraising program works
the same as most others. People call
in to pledge a certain amount of
money, and for their pledge, they
will receive a premium, or a gift.
These premiums include cassettes,
records, station T-Shirts, "tons of
gift certificates," guitar lessons, and
tortes. One lucky pledge will receive
a $50 gift certificate from Value
Village. Pledges are tax-deductible
and the gifts were donated by local
restaurant, businesses, stores, and
residents. Fertig comments, "It's not
just the University's radio station -
it involves the whole community.
They help us out, and we couldn't do
it without them."
The fundraiser also helps the sta-
tion's other roles. WCBN is a venue
for students to learn about radio, and
it opens them up to new experiences
and explores future career options.
"It's better than any class at U of M.
I've learned so much here," Fertig
says. "I've learned about so many
styles of music that most people
aren't just brought up with."
To get the fundraiser rolling
there will be a remote broadcast of
the program "Jazz 'til Noon" from
P.J.'s Records beginning at 9 a.m.
with coffee and donuts. As part of its
regularly scheduled shows, WCBN
will broadcast on-the-air live music
that includes Blues guitarist Lonnie
Brooks and Peter Madcat Ruth as

guests on "Nothing But the Blues"
(Saturday 3 p.m. through 6 p.m.);
Detroit based Viv Akauldren from
Detroit as guests on D.J. Thom Si-
monian's show (Thursday 8 p.m.
through 11 p.m.); and Frank Alli-
son and the Odd Sox, the Cyclones,
as well as special, unannounced
guests on D.J. Joe Tiboni's show,(
Thursday 3 p.m. through 6 p.m.).
Other on-air highlights include
recordings from last months folk
festival, live interviews, and more
live bands.
Sunday night's concert promises
to be the highpoint of the program.
It features The Blue Front Persuaders
who will play their first Ann Arbor
performance in over half a year;
Robert Noll, a guitarist who has
played with Albert Collins in the
past, and his band and the Blues
Mission; Laughing Hyenas who will
be playing in support of their new
album on Touch-N-Go, Merry-Go-
Round; one of Ann Arbor's finest
bands Folkminers; the Trinidad
Tripoli Steel Band and its offshoot
Tropical Connection; Detroit reggae
artists King David; acoustic perfor-
mances by Rob McKenzie of Iodine
Sky and Khalid and Sophia Hanifi
from Map of the World; and D.J.'s
Brian Tomsic and Thom Simonian.
Admission to WCBN's Fundraiser
Bash is just $5. If you wish to make
a pledge to the station call 763-3501.
Call the same number for further
program information and events.

WCBN program director and LSA sophomore Jeanne Gilliland cues up a record from the station's 30,000-
40,000 records and tapes.

library of 30,000-40,000 records and
Linda Gardner, a residential col-
lege senior who has been with

WCBN for two years, agrees with
Fertig: "We are one of the few sta-
tions to play alternative music that
isn't heard on other stations. It's a

chance to hear some stuff you
wouldn't normally be able to hear."
Fertig sums up WCBN's approach
by saying, "We aren't like other ra-

By Terri S. Park
and Kate Stilley
Tonight, the University's Black
Theater Workshop will present the
Ann Arbor premiere of Home,
Samm-Art Williams' 1979 prize-
winning drama.
Home is a lyrical play about a
Black man living in America, look-
ing for love and self-esteem. He


There's no place like

searches for these entities far away
from his roots. However, like many
who have searched for happiness, he
may find it where he began his
search- at home.
Home was originally created as a
poem,sbutaaccording totDirector
Charles Jackson, "... it slowly
evolved into a play... it's a
combination of poetry, lyrical folk
tales, soliloquy, long monologues,
and little vignettes and skits."

"The play is a semi-
autobiographical account of
Williams' life," says Jackson. Like
Cephus, the play's main character,
writer Samm-Art Williams is origi-
nally from North Carolina and has
had similar experiences in his per-
sonal life.
Home is a memory play told
from the viewpoint of Cephus as he
reflects upon his life. It opens with
an efderly Cephus remembering his
life as a young boy on a rural farm
in North Carolina where he lived
with his uncle and his grandfather.
From there the play follows Cephus'
life through the trials and tribula-
tions of historical events such as the
Vietnam War and the Civil Rights
Movement. It also reveals personal
tragedies like alcoholism, drug

abuse, and Cephus' feelings of
dislocation from his family roots.
The play follows Cephus from
his family farm to prison - as a
draft-resister - and then to a large
Northern city. In the city, Cephus
encounters the dregs of society, in-
cluding winos, prostitutes, and drug
addicts. Most impottantly, however,
Cephus experiences the degradation
of the Black man.
"On one level," states Jackson,
"the story is about the character Ce-
phus, but on another level, it's

about the great Black migration to
the North." During this time,
Southern Blacks moved to the North
in search of the "mythical streets of
gold." Jackson compared it to
Dorothy looking for the Kingdom of
Oz. However, unlike Dorothy, the
character Cephus was disillusioned
with what he found in the North, as
were many blacks.
The play has a cast of four, who
together encompass approximately
28 different characters. Steve Dixon,
a local professional actor (The Car-

rier), plays the main character Ce-
phus. Robin Murphy portrays Patti
Mae Wells, Cephus' childhood
sweetheart. Devon Cadwell and
Michelle Wilson appears as a myriad
of different characters ranging from
bus drivers to Uncle Sam.
HOME will be performed at the
Trueblood Theatre in the Frieze
Building, Thursday and Friday at 8
p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m.and 9 p.m.,
and Sunday at 3 p.m. General
admission tickets are $6 and $4 with
student I.D.


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