Want to submit music to WMSE? Here is your guide.
Any questions that this does guide does not answer, feel free to contact Music Director Erin Wolf at: wolf (at) msoe (dot) edu.
How do I get my album to WMSE?
It’s almost too easy. Either physically walk up to our door at Krueger Hall, 820 N Milwaukee Street, ring the doorbell any weekday between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and hand it to us (one copy only, please); or mail it to:
c/o Erin Wolf /Music Department
1025 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
WMSE only accepts submissions in CD format, with at least four airable tracks. No singles are accepted, because we just don’t have the space.
When will I hear it on the air?
Two or three weeks at best. WMSE receives more than one hundred CD submissions every week, and each one must be previewed by our Music Department for quality and content. You can speed up the process by letting us know if any of the tracks are not airable, which means there are swears (if you’re not sure if something is a swear, it probably is, but you are welcome to ask), explicit sexual content, violent imagery, drug references, or anything else that would get us fined by the FCC.
Why don’t I ever hear my CD on the air?
Unlike many other radio stations, WMSE does not have a traditional Program Director, which means nobody tells the DJ’s what to play. It’s 100% up to our on-air volunteers to decide what listeners hear. This assures a diversity of programming and genre. Honestly, they simply just might not know your CD is there, so here are some helpful hints:
- Put your CD in a standard jewel case or digipack. If it’s in a slim case, a thin cardboard sleeve, or an envelope, it can get lost in the shuffle. Our new CD’s are lined-up on the shelf with only the spine visible, so mark both spines of the jewel case clearly. Note: We have a section specifically for local music, and our DJ’s give it special consideration.
- If possible, don’t give us a burned CD. The finished product is always more likely to catch our eye. There are thousands of CD’s from the past year-and-a-half alone, and you’ll want your disc to stand out.
- Give the DJ a call and let them know your CD is there. Don’t ask them flat-out to play it; just politely ask if they will track through and check it out. If what they’re playing works with what you’re doing, odds are they’ll like it and play it. And make sure they know if you have an upcoming show. They are always happy to announce it on the air. Above all, just be nice.
- Play shows around town! (We know it’s tough to get gigs, but it helps!) When we see your band on a flyer or in the club listings, the name will stick and we’ll recognize it when looking through the new releases.
How can I find out if my CD is getting airplay?
Our Music Director, Erin, tracks all of the music being played on WMSE. You are welcome to call her once in a while at (414) 277 – 6942 and ask, but please keep inquires to a polite minimum!
How can my band get an interview on the air?
Step one is to make sure we have your music. Then, contact Ryan Schleicher, Promotions Director, at 414-277-2217 (schleicher (at) msoe (dot) edu) at least two or three weeks prior to when you wish to be interviewed. Do not ask the DJ directly. Be aware that we receive a great number of interview requests, and are unable to accommodate all of them. Priority is given to special events, such as CD-release shows, or benefit shows for good causes. Above all else, we must keep the listener in mind, and attempt to keep the chatting to a minimum. That said, we welcome bands into the studio on a regular basis to help get the word out about what they are doing, and where listeners can find them. If you were interviewed recently, please wait three or four months before you ask to come back for airtime. It’s also very important that you have things to actually say once the mic is turned on. Be prepared. Give us a bio ahead of time if possible, so the DJ can familiarize him-or-herself with your project. Interviews usually last ten or fifteen minutes.
How does my band get to play live on the air?
More often than not, we’ll invite you. A great deal of time and energy goes into a live on-air performance on our end, so availability is limited. We are only able to accommodate a full-on performance during our weekly Local/Live program, which happens every Tuesday night at 8:00pm, during our bi-annual Membership Drives, or for very special occasions. It is, however, always good to know that you are willing to lend your talent to our airwaves, so let Chris DeMay(demay (at) msoe (dot) edu), Erin Wolf (wolf (at) msoe (dot) edu), Ryan Schleicher or Tom Crawford (crawford (at) msoe (dot) edu) know you are excited about playing live on WMSE. Above all else, it is vital that we have your contact information on hand. Make certain that your website, email, and/or phone number are clearly marked in your CD submission. This will also benefit you when listeners call a DJ after hearing your song and want to get a hold of your music.
Can I have a recording of my performance for my mom?
You bet. Our Engineer Billy Cicerelli records performances through ProTools, and before you leave the station, he’ll have an unmastered, unmixed copy of the session for you. We think you’ll like how it sounds. Additionally, all WMSE programming is archived for one year at wmse.org. Go to the schedule page and click “display” under the desired time-slot. You’ll be able to download or stream any show of your choosing.