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Huskie History Podcast is now available!

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  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 .

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

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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: Subscribe to the ARCLight Podcast on the following platforms: Apple Google Spotify

Halloween on Huskie Radio!

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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!

Introducing "The Beatles: Every Little Thing"

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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!

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

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  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 a

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

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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:

Attention Alum from 1972, '82 and '02

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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 jhhs.libr

Huskie Radio is Here!

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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 al

Huskie Radio Coming Soon!

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  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 . 

Music Matters - The Music of TikTok

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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 . 

Summer 2022 Playlist - Songs about Summer!

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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!

ALL ACCESS COMICS NOW IN SORA

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  We now have tons of digital comics  and graphic novels available in SORA -- in the app or online!   Great for summer beach reads! Login to SORA online or use the app on your iPad. Use your school login to access. Enjoy!

Ducks Hatching Soon!

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 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. 

New Announcement Crew Needed!

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  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. JHHS ANNOUNCEMENTS APPLICATION

The 2022 Shelfies V Selfies Winners!

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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!

March Madness: The 2022 Shelfie v Selfie Contest!

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 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.  ENTRIES DUE BY MARCH 17th! ***** Click HERE for Hints ***** Download an ORGANIZER to help you out. Use your sleuthing skills to narrow down the possibilities. You can also view the pictures on your electronic device. Download the 2022 PICTURE PACKET 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!

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

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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.

Artists of the Month: Jerry Butler and Betty Everett

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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 Ronsta

Black History Month in the ARC

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This month, we are featuring a collection of books that amplify Black voices and Black history. Check out our display and check out a book! To see the list, click here .

Wanna Be a DJ?

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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 Mu

Music Matters: 2021, In Memoriam

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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. 

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