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.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Huskie Radio is Here!

Huskie Radio is online!

Right now, we are testing our stream and will soon be broadcasting right out of the ARC Studio in the Library. Also, students will be commanding these airwaves soon. We will hold auditions for the Huskie Radio Morning Show, and offer other times and slots for students who want to become DJs and host programing on Huskie Radio.

We have registered with the FCC, and will also be paying royalties through SoundExchange.

Right now, we have several thousand songs in our library, which is nearly a week of music playing constantly without ever hearing the same song twice. About 75% of our music rotation is Top 40 and recent hits. Then about 10% Classic Rock, 10% 80s/90s and 5% Oldies.

6am-12am -- Regular Rotation: Hits and Greats

12am-1am -- Midnight Blues: An hour of classic Blues to ease you into your early morning or late night, depending on your mood.

1am-3am -- Overnight Jazz: Two hours of an eclectic mix of jazz, from Dixieland, to Swing to BeBop -- we have it all.

3am - 6am Classical Café: Wake up to a relaxing mix of the best classical music out there.

Check out the recently played list below. If you would like a direct line to the stream, click here:

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Huskie Radio Coming Soon!


Huskie Radio is coming soon! Introducing a new online radio station, programmed and run by students! We will have student DJs, a student-run morning show, news and more!!

Auditions for the morning show will be held in August.

Huskie Radio will feature all sorts of music -- from Top 40, to Classic Rock, to the music of the decades--Plus, Jazz and Classical as well. The station will stream 24/7 from the Academic Resource Center, and can be accessed via this website or any provider of online radio.

We will also have a downloadable app as well.

More information, click here

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Music Matters - The Music of TikTok

The social media platform TikTok has played a role in popularizing music. On this final episode of the year, Freshman Amreen Tejani takes a look at some of the biggest songs on TikTok this last year and spins some Olivia Rodrigo, Kid Cudi, Ed Sheeran, Glass Animals, Jaymes Young, and many more! 

Listen below, or on Mixcloud

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Summer 2022 Playlist - Songs about Summer!

Well, summer is just about here. How about some songs that celebrate summer?  Take a listen to our Summer 2022 playlist. Perhaps you'll be sitting on a beach somewhere, reading your summer reading book --- what better soundtrack than songs that feature "summer " or "summertime" in the title?

Enjoy your summer!

Monday, May 9, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Ducks Hatching Soon!

 We have duck eggs in the library!  As part of an SOS fundraiser, raffle tickets are being sold. Which eggs will hatch first?

Watch the live stream below! The eggs should be hatching sometime between April 29 and May 6. 

Monday, April 11, 2022

New Announcement Crew Needed!


Lizzie and Bill will be graduating next month, so we are looking for a whole new crew that can come in and do the announcements on a daily basis! If you would like to join the announcement team, please fill out the application form.  

In the next weeks, we will be having guest announcers to try out the system. Lizzie and Bill will walk you through the process and teach you the announcing ropes. 

Announcements are recorded Zero hour for the audio announcements. The video announcements are done on Thursdays after school. If you have any questions, see Mr. Janu in the ARC.

Friday, March 18, 2022

The 2022 Shelfies V Selfies Winners!

The 2022 Shelfies v. Selfies Competition is a wrap!  This was difficult. Yet, 3 students pulled it off.  In fact, there was a tie for 1st place. The top winner was chosen randomly from the tie. Here are the winners:

3. Ally Ohr 18/26

2. Hannah Gelinas  24/26

1. Sommer D’Anna 24/26

These students have won gift cards to Barnes and Noble!

If you would like to see the correct answers, click here.

Have a great Spring Break!

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March Madness: The 2022 Shelfie v Selfie Contest!

 It is March Madness and time to put your sleuthing skills into action! The 2022 Shelfies v. Selfies is here!

Match the “Selfie” with the correct “Shelfie” – students with the MOST correct answers can win a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble to buy books. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place entries as well (In case of a tie, winners will be selected by a random draw). Only one entry per student. 


***** Click HERE for Hints *****

  1. Download an ORGANIZER to help you out. Use your sleuthing skills to narrow down the possibilities.
  2. You can also view the pictures on your electronic device. Download the 2022 PICTURE PACKET
  3. When you are ready, submit your entry using the 2022 ENTRY FORM
Good luck! If you have any questions, see Mr. Janu in the ARC!

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

New Episode of Music Matters: Anna's Personal Time Capsule

Last weekend, senior Anna Marlin of Hersey's Speech Team was a tournament champion for her event at Regionals, and is now the DJ of the month! On the new episode of Music Matters, she takes us back through the music that shaped her life. Listen as she spins tracks from The Clash, The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Greta Van Fleet and many, many more (including Juice Newton! What!?). 

This is a truly an eclectic mix that spans decades.  Enjoy!

Listen below, at Mixcloud or download the Mixcloud app for iOS or Android  and listen on the go.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Artists of the Month: Jerry Butler and Betty Everett

My first exposure to Jerry "The Iceman" Butler came from a K-Tel commercial for an album called Superbad  in 1973 that I saw when I was a kid. I didn't know much about him at the time.  It wasn't until I was much older that I became a fan.

Although Jerry Butler was born in Mississippi, he moved with his family to Chicago in 1941, and grew up in the  Cabrini Green housing projects. It was in church where he met Curtis Mayfield. Together, in 1958, they joined with three other singers to form "Jerry Butler and the Impressions." After leaving the group a couple of years later, Jerry Butler went solo and received the moniker "The Iceman" from a Philadelphia DJ, to highlight his cool, baritone voice. The name stuck.

Betty Everett, too, was born in Mississippi. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago in 1957 to pursue a music career. In 1964, she produced a hit single. You probably know it, because it has been covered by many people including Linda Ronstadt and Cher.  Throughout the 60s, she and Jerry Butler recorded several duets, and had a hit single "Let It Be Me" in 1964.

Betty Everett continued recording through the 70s, and made several appearances in the 80s and 90s. She died in 2001 at the age of 61 in her home in Beloit, Wisconsin.  Jerry Butler continued recording for the next several decades, but in the mid-80s made a leap into Chicago politics. He recently retired as a Cook County Board Commissioner. He resides in Chicago to this day.

Both Jerry Butler and Betty Everett were at the top of their games in the 60s, and often appeared with the other greats in Soul Music. Whereas Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and others still get radio play on oldies stations, Jerry Butler and Betty Everett have been left out. They remain perhaps the greatest underrated artists of their generation and deserve much more recognition.

This month, we are featuring the music of both Betty Everett and Jerry Butler. During the second week of February, we will be playing tracks live in the Retro Music Station during passing periods in the ARC. Come down and take a listen.

Also, click on our Spotify playlist to immerse yourself in some seriously good Soul music of the 60s.


My Top Songs from Jerry Butler and Betty Everett:

5. "He Will Break Your Heart" by Jerry Butler. Although the first version I heard was by Tony Orlando in Dawn, Jerry Butler's version is the first, and best. 

4. "The Shoop Shoop Song [It's in His Kiss]" by Betty Everett. How can anyone not like this song? This is Everett's signature song.

3. "Let it Be Me" by Jerry Butler and Betty Everett. This was the first duet from Butler and Everett, and the best. Although this song has been covered many, many times, I really love this version.

2. "Make It Easy on Yourself" by Jerry Butler. This is my favorite---hands down---Jerry Butler tune. This song truly highlights his voice.

1. "Until You Were Gone" by Betty Everett. This song should have been more popular. It is a heartbreaking song, made more heartbreaking by Betty Everett's amazing vocals. Simply the best.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Wanna Be a DJ?

We have a music show called, Music Matters. This is your chance to produce and host an episode. We are looking for students and staff who want to produce a show of Music Matters.  The show can be about anything -- a Billboard top 10 countdown for the week, an episode about Country music, or punk. Goth. Showtunes. Movie music.  The possibilities are endless.

This is the first step in creating an actual internet radio station that runs out of the ARC, 24/7. More information coming soon!

Join us for a quick meeting on Monday, January 24 during lunch periods and after school in the ARC, room 125D for some information, and some forms to fill out if you would like to host.  This is a great opportunity to learn equipment and Adobe Audition as well -- a great step if you are wanting to get into the audio production business.

More information, see Mr. Janu in the ARC.

In the meantime, here are some documents to get you started:

Music Matters Informational Packet

Music Matters Script Example

Music Matters Script Worksheet

Music Matters Idea Form

Missed the presentation? No worries. Click here to view the presentation or scroll through it below. Questions?  Come to the ARC and talk with Mr. Janu.

Our latest episode of Music Matters was produced by senior, Bill Waltz. Take a listen:

Friday, January 14, 2022

Music Matters: 2021, In Memoriam

On this episode of Music Matters, senior Bill Waltz takes us through the artists and musicians we lost in 2021. He plays the hits of many, including The Monkees, Kansas, DMX, BJ Thomas, Lloyd Price and many, many more.

Nearly 1000 notable artists in the music world passed away in 2021,, and by no means do we cover them all. For a complete list visit We Heart Music.

Listen below, or on the MixCloud app.