WAMFEST to be Featured on Sirius Radio

MADISON, NJ (April 28, 2011) – Sirius Radio’s David Marsh will feature WAMFEST on his show “Kick Out the Jams” this Sunday night at 10 p.m., using the 75 minutes of audio from Tuesday’s event interspersed with music and his commentary. The show is on the “The Loft,” channel 29 on Sirius and 50 on XM radio. 

In this year’s opening WAMFEST event, Marsh was part of a panel that included twangy rocker Alejandro Escodevo and producer and musician Tony Visconti. WAMFEST host John Wesley Harding also joined Marsh, whose career in the music industry has included being an author, music critic, and radio deejay.

As with all WAMFEST events, the artists spent part of the time performing and the rest discussing their art and how they create it. A recap of the event is available at http://wamfest.wordpress.com/. 

WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by FDU’s Becton College and the Creative Writing Programs that brings successful artists of various genres and media to the Madison campus, to inspire and inform students who hope to one day follow in these artists’ creative footsteps. The festival is designed to celebrate the literary qualities of popular music and to break down the barriers between the community and academia, bridging the gap between the literature in universities and the literature of the people. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Roseanne Cash, and Eugene Mirman.

WAMFEST will continue another four events:

Friday, April 29: Brother/sister indie pop duo, The Fiery Furnaces, will bring their unique brand of music to the Bottle Hill Room at 5 p.m. for a conversation and performance with Harding.

Monday, May 2: Harding will be joined by three seasoned writers for "The New Yorker": Ben Greenman, Nancy Franklin, and Alex Ross at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall. They will discuss what it is like to write for the magazine. 

Thursday, May 5: Celebrated singer/songwriter and recent novelist Josh Ritter will join Stace/Harding for a reading, performance, and conversation in Hartman Lounge at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7: Folk rocker Owen will join Harding in Hartman Lounge at 6 p.m. for a conversation and performance.

Admission to WAMFEST 2011 events is free; however, due to space limitations, reservations are recommended.

For more information, visit WAMFEST’s blog at http://wamfest.wordpress.com or contact David Daniel at ddaniel@fdu.edu.  Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. 07940.

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