‘Leopard Radio’ Brings Alumni Voices to Campus

February 17, 2017

‘Leopard Radio’ Brings Alumni Voices to Campus

‘Leopard Radio’ Brings Alumni Voices to Campus

Sitting in the modern Beatty Hall studio of the Wentworth Internet Radio Experience (WIRE), Dave Krieder, BBM ’17, can’t help but feel grateful. The studio was donated by Stephen Fusi, ME ’74, and Mindy Pollack Fusi in 2012, when Krieder was a first-year student. The station recently announced a new show—“Leopard Radio”—focused on alumni like Fusi.

“When I started with WIRE, we were maybe six or seven people, working in what was basically a closet,” said Kreider. “Now, we have around 45 people and this amazing studio.”

Krieder, now the WIRE station director, recalled meeting Fusi for the first time and wondering what motivated him to buy WIRE the new studio. And it was from the curiosity that Krieder started “Leopard Radio.”

For “Leopard Radio,” Krieder talks to different Wentworth alumni each week. Guests discuss their experiences at Wentworth and their lives and careers after graduation.

“As a senior, I am really interested in seeing what the post-Wentworth lives are like for these people,” said Krieder. “Wentworth alumni have really interesting stories to tell, and I felt like it was time for WIRE to start sharing those stories.”

Krieder knew he wanted to interview Fusi for the first episode of the show, but wasn’t sure where to go from there. Fortunately for him, Wentworth alumni were glad to answer his call.

“The response I got was really overwhelming. I got around 20 people who said they wanted to talk with me,” said Krieder. “The alumni that I have worked with are very receptive.”

Kreider said he hoped this show would inspire future WIRE members to continue working with alumni and others in the Wentworth community.

“People always seem to be interested in being engaged with the community, and that is something that I pride myself with continuing through ‘Leopard Radio,’” said Krieder.

WIRE, which was named “Best Internet College Radio Station” by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting Systems in 2014, is open to anyone interested in having their own show, and Krieder stressed how easy it was to get started.

“We aren’t regulated by the FCC, so you can basically do a show on whatever you want,” said Kreider. “We’ve had people go from not knowing what they wanted to do for a show to being on the air in two weeks. I hope we can get more potential DJs with fresh ideas.”

“Leopard Radio” can be heard through the WIRE website or by tuning in on iTunes.

—A.J. Martin

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