A lot can change in 25 years. While some radio stations change formats within a few years’ time, Seton Hall University’s 89.5 FM WSOU has kept its loud rock format for more than two decades. This year, the station will commemorate its 25th anniversary of consistently focusing on metal, punk, hardcore and post-hardcore music with a 25 Years Of Metal concert at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, on Friday, November 18. Chimaira and Unearth, two bands that have received extensive airplay on WSOU, will headline. Other bands on the bill include Skeletonwitch and Molotov Solution.
WSOU switched to its present format in 1986 and has always made it a priority to help break new bands and to assist and teach newcomers about radio broadcasting. “WSOU has remained a key innovator in college radio and the New York market,” Mark Maben, WSOU’s general manager, stated in the announcement. “As the only station of its kind in the metro area, the 25th anniversary of our active rock format is something to celebrate. “
The concert is also another way for WSOU to give students a chance to learn. Station manager Omar Ahmad, a student at Seton Hall and a panelist at the Saving College Radio panel at CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival, said, “Helping to produce a large concert gives us the opportunity to learn new skills while also sharpening our existing ones. It is one of the reasons that WSOU is such a great place for students to learn about broadcasting, media and the music business.”
The concert is not the only way WSOU will be celebrating this anniversary: A new station logo will be unveiled, and a student-produced documentary will be aired, chronicling how WSOU came to be the renowned station that it is today.
Tickets to 25 Years Of Metal can be purchased here, and WSOU will be hosting on-air ticket giveaways as well as the show nears.