WFNP — The Cutting Edge of the Hudson Valley

WFNP is LIVE for the fall 2023 semester!

WFNP is preparing to participate in “The Big 88” Broadcast. On November 8th, several stations are joining forces to create “New York’s Largest Radio Station” for one day only. From 12pm to 7pm, each participating station will get time to talk about their programming, feature student DJs and broadcast on “The Big 88′ in celebration of college radio. Tune in throughout the day, but especially from 4-5pm as WFNP takes over “The Big 88!”

WFNP Celebrates College Radio Day 2023!

Welcome to WFNP @ SUNY New Paltz!

WFNP signed on the air on September 1st for the 23-24 academic year. We have already welcomed a number of new DJs and hosts to our team, and invite you to get in touch if you too are interested in hosting a show, writing/reporting news, providing concert or album reviews, learning how to engineer, or volunteering at our campus and community events.

WFNP, 88.7FM The Edge will is broadcasting again live from the 4th floor of the Student Union Building at SUNY New Paltz! Our web stream runs 24/7 with student DJs hosting shows live in the studio each day anytime from 9am am until 6pm, while our FM DJs are in studio live, both on the web stream, and 88.7FM (if you are local to the Hudson Valley), Monday-Friday from 7pm-12am, Saturday and Sunday from 10pm-midnight during the months of February, March, April, September, October and November.

You can listen to your favorite student DJs on 88.7FM and!

Interested in getting involved with the station? Sign up HERE. WFNP is open to all majors, all class years, all students. We have opportunities for anyone to get involved in a number of departments both on the air and off. We are always looking for people to join our News Team (covering local news stories, writing stories for our newscasts, engineering, and reporting). Want to talk Sports, both professional and college? Join our Sports Department! We also need student volunteers for promotions, album and concert reviews for our website, and more. Learn about different ways to get involved with WFNP by clicking HERE.

Feel free to visit our studios in the Student Union Building, Room 423!

“It’s all on you now, SUNY New Paltz WFNP 88.7 The Edge. Don’t let me down”

We won’t let you down, Stephen Colbert, we promise.

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Cutting Edge Music Reviews

Written by Xindha Yaeger With the help of AI and archived recordings, the last Beatles song has been recorded and released. Featuring all four original members, the track is an example of the possibilities of AI in the music industry as well as the lasting  success of the Beatles.  “Now and Then” released Thursday, November 2nd 2023, is famously the last Beatles song. Including all four members through the use of AI, the song includes John Lennon and George Harrison. The original demo was made by Lennon in 1978, recorded on a cassette tape. However this is not the first time the band had attempted releasing the song. Originally in 1995, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney came together to complete “Now and Then”. With limits of technology at the time, separating Lennon’s vocals from the backing piano quickly became a problem. Some progress was made until the band decided to continue work on “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love” and return to “Now and Then” later. After the death of George Harrison in 2001, they lost the motivation to further work on the song and left the project behind.  The technology to complete the recording became readily available in 2022, thus revamping the previously forgotten work. With the help of director Peter Jackson who worked on the Get Back movie, it was clear that “Now and Then” could be completed. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney sent the cassette to Jackson, who isolated Lennon’s voice using stem separation. George Harrison’s recordings from the original attempt in 1995 were recovered, then sampled for the slide guitar solo in the finished recording. McCartney says in the Youtube Documentary, “ ‘Now and Then’ it’s probably, like, the last Beatles song. And we’ve all played on it, so it is a genuine Beatle recording”.  In my opinion, the use of artificial intelligence in the music industry is one that will create new opportunities for artists to expand their work. Because of AI we are able to hear a new Beatles song in the year 2023; which is something I, along with many of my peers, never thought we’d say. This bittersweet and successful “end” to the Beatles  is one that has made history not just for the band, but for the music industry as a whole. [...] Read more...
Written by Orianna Davniero One of the most special things that can happen in the music industry is when an artist can not only create their own standards within their art but go even further outside of their own box. This is a quality that was especially seen in the works of New York City rapper, MF DOOM. Labeled as one of the most influential and genius rappers of his all time, MF DOOM combined both personal and cultural aspects into his music, with spurts of cartoon audios and freestyle rhymes throughout his music. But while his rhymes are important on their own, MF DOOM went beyond just rapping and coordinated his own instrumental album, Special Herbs: The Box Set. Daniel Dumile, better known as MF DOOM, was an artist who thrived in the shadows. He created poetry in his rhymes, and his songs know no bounds. He is often credited with creating rhymes out of thin air, out of words that may not even make sense, but yet they somehow mesh in a really cool, unique way. He also is known to sample cartoon audios throughout his songs, such as in his song “Sofa King,” in which he samples a scene from the adult cartoon, Aqua Teen Hunger Force (which just so happens to be one of my favorite shows). He uses a wide variety of creative intel to create this unique villain-esque character that he displayed throughout his career. His offstage presence was more of a mystery, as he had multiple characters that fluctuated throughout his career, such as Metal Fingers and MADVILLAIN (all caps when you spell the name). MF DOOM was an artist way ahead of his time and he has been acknowledged by some of the most iconic rappers of today’s generation, such as Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, and Drake, just to name a few. The album Special Herbs: Vol 0-9 is a unique album in its own way. While one may expect the album to be a classic Doom rap album, it is surprisingly only made up of instrumental beats. This album is a specific curation of short instrumental songs that combine aspects of funk, jazz, and hip hop. Lucky for us, this specific album includes all volumes of the Metal Fingers special, leaving us with an acclimation of uniquely titled songs, labeled by various spices and greens. One of my favorites off this album is the song Lavender Buds, which not only includes a striking instrumental, but spoken words as well. The song, while short, has an amazing progression and a unique vocal aspect that is just so pleasing and groovy. Another one of my favorites off this album is titled Saffron, which features a cartoon voice over and amazing record-scratch work. This song can also be heard in one of MF DOOM’s most popular songs, Doomsday (featured on the album Operation: Doomsday). This album is special to me because the songs are so simple and enjoyable. There is not a single song off this album that wont appeal to the varying different tastes of music that we all have. That’s what makes this album, as well as MF DOOM himself, so special; it is appealing to everyone while still being true to that East Coast style of Hip Hop. That’s why MF DOOM is labeled as “your favorite rappers’ favorite rapper.” He is sorely missed by the musical community and his widely ranging discography will continue to live on as an inspiration to other musical talents out there. This album is just a fraction of the amazing work MF DOOM has out there, and I encourage everyone to really dive deep into Doom’s discography and find something that speaks to you! [...] Read more...

About Our Station

WFNP is the official student run radio station of the State University of New York at New Paltz. We are an educationally affiliated, non-commercial station, striving to serve the community’s best interest. The station provides innovative, cutting-edge music, news, and talk programming. WFNP broadcasts to the campus community, the entire Hudson Valley, and beyond via our web stream and 88.7 FM.

Our DJs work hard to give listeners great shows and keep them coming back for more. Each DJ has the ability to create their own masterpiece for the community!

Learn about the history and development of our station, as told through one of our alumni Maggie Zielinski.

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