Monday, December 5, 2022

Huskie History Podcast is now available!


Freshmen Michal and Phillip are history buffs. They like history so much, they approached Radio Club with an idea to create a history podcast. The result: Huskie History!

The first episode is available and deals with the Battle of Osowiec Fortress in World War I -- and it involves zombies! Well, not really zombies, per se -- but close.

The plan is to put out episodes every couple of weeks. Huskie History is a student written and produced podcast out of the ARC Studio in the Academic Resource Center at John Hersey High School.

You can listen to Huskie History below, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Currently, the podcast is available on Anchor, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

New Episode of the ARCLight Podcast has dropped! "Can I Have Your Autograph?" now available!

Freshman Matthew Grajkowski is an autograph collector. Over the last few years, he has amassed an impresses library of signatures. Some of them are in the form of letters. Some are signed pictures. Some are signed trading cards or even jerseys.

Recently, he received this signed picture from Harrison Ford:

On this episode of the ARCLight Podcast, we sit down with Matthew and discuss the business of autograph collecting. He discusses how he got involved in the hobby and gives tips and pointers on how to be successful in getting the autographs of politicians, athletes and celebrities.

You can view Matthew's collection at the following locations:

International Famous Replies on Facebook or on his Instagram site.

Or listen to the episode below:

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Sunday, October 30, 2022

Halloween on Huskie Radio!

Halloween is here!  Huskie Radio is turning over the airways to all things spooky -- featuring classic Halloween tunes, plus special Halloween mixes from Mr. John Bottiglieri -- otherwise known as J-Bones, JB and the Ghost of Christmas Past (among many aliases!)

J-Bones being attacked by a vampire. Pretty typical.

JB is a District 214 legend. He taught Film Study and English at Elk Grove High School for 3 decades. He's now retired, and living his best life in California. He writes a column for F-ThisMovie and also serves as a judge at the ARCLight Student Film Festival as well. Follow him on Twitter.

There is no one who knows more about Halloween music than J-Bones. His music mixes are as legendary as the man himself.  Today, on Huskie Radio, we will be featuring several of his best mixes, repeated throughout the day. Listen online.  Here is the schedule:

Have a Spooky Day!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Introducing "The Beatles: Every Little Thing"

We have a new show streaming on Huskie Radio -- The Beatles: Every Little Thing!  This hour long show showcases the music of the Fab Four, plus decades of their solo music as well. Hosted by long time radio host Ken Michaels, each episode is an eclectic mix of music. Plus, Ken tests your knowledge of the Beatles with a weekly Trivia question!

New episodes of The Beatles: Every Little Thing can be heard every Wednesday at 3pm and Saturday at 4pm. Only on Huskie Radio!

Monday, September 12, 2022

ARCLight Podcast: "The Cost of Saving a Life" - An interview with Katie Standefer


The first episode of Season 2 of the ARCLight Podcast has dropped. In this episode, 2003 Hersey graduate Kati Standefer talks about her book, Lightning Flowers: My Journey to Uncover the Cost of Saving a Life. 

When she was 24, Kati went into cardiac arrest and ended up getting a cardiac defibrillator wired into her chest. That device, though, malfunctioned several years later, sending three powerful shocks to her heart. The device was supposed to save her life, yet there she was writhing on the ground in pain. That incident prompted a global journey of inquiry. She wanted to know what the cost was to create that device, not just on her, but on the people who mined the minerals and on the environment. This led her across the United States, and to Madagascar and Rwanda. On this episode of the ARCLight Podcast, Kati discusses that journey, the writing of the book and how Lightning Flowers was her "attempt to figure out how to keep being a living person."

Listen below, or anywhere you get your podcasts.     Apple Podcasts  Google Podcasts    Spotify

Thursday, September 8, 2022

New Music Matters -- A 1973 Album Produced by John Hersey High School's Music Department

Welcome to the new season of Music Matters!  Our first episode is a time capsule taking us back to the Spring of 1973. That year, the John Hersey High School Music Department put out a record album, featuring live performances by the Chamber Choir and the Freshman Girls' Chorus. 

The record contains a wonderful collection of pop hits from the early 70s, plus some great musical numbers as well. The pictures on the back are gloriously retro, featuring some marvelous plaid bell-bottom jumpsuits.

This episode will be streaming all month on Huskie Radio. Plus, you listen to it on demand at Mixcloud or below:

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Attention Alum from 1972, '82 and '02

Homecoming is on the way, and the classes of 1972, '82 and '02 have reunions and homecoming activities planned. How about being a part of Huskie Radio, too?

We are working on a special alumni episode of our show Music Matters. We are looking for alum from those years to record a short intro for a song that reminds you of your time at Hersey High School. That recording will be used in our Music Matters show, which will stream on Huskie Radio and be available on-demand via Mixcloud.

This is super easy to do:

1) Pick a song you would like to introduce. This song should be something from your time at Hersey -- a song that reminds you of a specific event, or person, or activity associated with Hersey High School.

2) Using a voice recording app on your phone, record a short introduction to the song and tell a little bit about why that song reminds you of your time at Hersey.  Be sure to include your name and your graduation year. See some examples below. Send the file to

3) Or, simply call 847-718-5095 and leave your intro as a message. It is that easy.

Last year, we did a special Homecoming episode featuring staff members who are also alumni. You can listen to that episode here: 

Here are some examples of how this can be done. 

"My name is John Doe, Hersey class of '82. What I remember most about Hersey is having John Hersey himself come to school and talk to the students. I remember sitting in the gym, Hersey talking about his books and why the young people are the future. We had read Hiroshima in class, and it was really cool seeing him in person. My senior year was a year of memories that I look back on very fondly. This song came out in 1981 and I distinctly remember it playing at Prom. This is Styx with the "Best of Times."

"Hi. My name is Norma Smith. I graduated from Hersey in 1972. I was involved in Choir and music was a big part of my life at that time. In the Spring of 72, right before graduating, the Choir put on an end of year show, and that show contained a medley of popular songs at the time. One of the songs we sang was 'Joy to the World.' Every time I hear that song, I think of my time in choir at John Hersey High School. Here it is: 'Joy to the World' by Three Dog Night."

If you have any questions, please contact Bruce Janu, the head librarian at Hersey High School. Thank you for being a part of this soon-to-be annual tradition! Click here to download a pdf to share.