about the show

A new public affairs radio show, “The Horizontal Power Hour,” will debut on WESU, Middletown, CT (88.1), on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 4-4:55pm. The program will regularly feature interviews, news and commentary about anarchist politics and culture. The show is produced by an anarchist radio collective calling itself The Dream Committee (after a May 1968 graffiti tag “Form Dream Committees!”).

Each episode will be hosted and produced by self-selected members of the collective on a rotating basis, with new shows going on air on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. The Dream Committee includes: Diego Glusberg, Mica Taliaferro, Paul, Meggie McGuire, Dan Schniedewind, Zak Kirwood, Michelle García Gutiérrez, Jacob Dinklage, Kevin Hayes, Nick Petrie, Henry Thornhill, and J. Kehaulani Kauanui.

The rich political tradition of social anarchism deserves air time and the program will explore a diverse spectrum of anarchist thought and political practice in relation to other political struggles. It seems especially fitting that the show emerges and broadcasts from WESU given the roots of the station. In 1939, two Wesleyan students hooked a small transmitter up to a phonograph, broke into Wesleyan University’s maintenance tunnels through a dorm basement, and hooked the transmitter up to the water pipes. That dorm became an antenna for their broadcast with a very limited transmission range, but the station quickly became more popular, and they met the demand by illicitly running wires to more sections of the maintenance tunnels.

Local listeners throughout Connecticut can tune-in to 88.1 on the dial.

Shows on WESU can also be streamed online: http://www.wesufm.org.

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