Well that's a loaded question. What do you think we've been doing since last March, sitting around pickin' our scabs? Nope, not a chance. You all know us as a station just teeming with hornblowers, seemingly always on standby to tout our expansion of what the tired old FM band has to offer. Fair 'enough. But keeeee-rist, have you seen the new WFMU Marathon Map that Kenzo whipped up for us?? WFMU has always thought of itself as a community radio station, but the advent of the internet (and subsequent goodies like programming archives, online playlists, Google Earth, webstreams, and more) have blown the doors wide open for just how big or small that community can be.
For this marathon, anyone who makes an online pledge will generate a new, anonymous pinpoint on the map (with an optional comment), so you'll be able to see just how many other WFMU listeners are out there and (roughly) what far off and exotic locales they inhabit. You say you love The Reggae Schoolroom? So does someone in São Paulo, Brazil! Now you know to make sure you wear your WFMU shirt on your next trip. Our new one for this marathon, available for pledges of $45 and higher, is the Dr. Phrankenshop designed masterpiece seen here (right), and bares that most direct of of imperatives: Eat Flaming Death Fascist Media Pigs! Catchy, huh? A bit extreme, maybe? Well, subtlety is someone else's business, especially nowadays. The $45 pledge will not only have you dressed to kill, but equip you with postcards (also designed by the mysterious Dr. Phrankenshop) to write home with on your travels. Dig the lovely designs: Postcard 1 ||| Postcard 2 ||| Sticker and Postcard Assortment
Yeah, yeah, you say. Anybody can make t-shirts and postcards... How about some MP3s?
How about 'em, indeed...
WFMU's Beware of the Blog has become one of the premier stops for weird and unusual MP3s on anyone's guided tour of the internet. And just because we've got marathon fever exploding in our faces, hearts, minds, souls, and (in one case) pants at the moment, don't think for a second we'll be slacking on the digitalia front. Far from it. In fact, get your right-clicking finger ready for a veritable assault of downloads the likes of which you've never even imagined! For nearly every program on the schedule, we will offer one MP3 from that show's DJ Premium CD right here, on this blog, but only while that show is in progress! Our fabled DJ premiums are chock full of the most obscure and wonderful sounds around, so if you've appreciated the bandwidth you've blown on our downloads over the last year, you're gonna love what's yet to come: a new MP3, right here, almost every 3 or 4 hours, for the next two weeks. I'm sorry, but who's your daddy?
The plan, if properly executed, is to not only load up your computer with the kind of weirdo stuff that we know is good for you, but also to give you an idea of what you might expect should you decide to throw down at our $65 pledge level, which will get you the complete CD being offered for that program, as well as the t-shirt, the sticker and postcard set, and more. We've got higher pledge levels too, each of them hand-tailored to stimulate your better judgement gland [glandus bettur-judgmentum], by accompanying dizzying assortments of swag, such as our Great Moments in WFMU History Trading Card Pack
(which features the behind the scene recounts, as penned by WFMU DJs, of events such as Iggy Pop vomiting on Vin Scelsa's shoes, the Daniel Johnson/Yo La Tengo phone jam, The 100 Hour Glen Jones-a-Thon, Wesley Willis headbutting a first-time volunteer, and more. It's all too elaborate a process and system to explain here, but I can promise you that for every step up you make in the dollar department, you are rewarded with enough material and karmic goodness to last you through the next pandemic. Our marathon webpage has all the information you need to get started. Believe me when I say that this may be the only time in your life that the voices in your head are telling you the right thing. Please support freeform radio.