WFNP — The Cutting Edge of the Hudson Valley

Welcome to WFNP Radio @ SUNY New Paltz!

WFNP will sign on Thursday, February 1st for the Spring 2024 semester. We are already training new DJs and hosts for 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 broadcasts 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. SUNY New Paltz DJs are live 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, or speak to our advisor, Val Turco, in SUB 431!

WFNP & ‘The Big 88’ – November 2023


WFNP participated in the inaugural “The Big 88” Broadcast. On November 8th, several stations in the tri-state area joined forces to create “New York’s Largest Radio Station” for one day only. From 12pm to 7pm, each participating station had time to talk about their programming, feature student DJs and broadcast on “The Big 88′ in celebration of college radio.

College Radio Day  – October 2023!

WFNP Celebrates College Radio Day 2023!

Check out CRD information here!

Or, That Time We Got Mentioned on Colbert?

“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.

Click above to read more about our Late Show with Stephen Colbert mention.


Cutting Edge Music Reviews

Written by Xindha Yaeger Welcome back to Album of the Week! This week I’m taking some time to appreciate the work of singer-songwriter Noah Kahan and his new release of Stick Season (Forever).  Noah Kahan has seen his rise to fame the last few years; best known for his third folk-pop album, Stick Season (2022) which ranked 14th on the Billboard top 200. The single “Stick Season” hit number one on the UK Singles Chart as well as the ARIA Charts. In 2023 Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever) featured six new songs and “The View Between Villages” Extended Version. However he didn’t stop there. While on his world tour, Kahan continues to feature various artists on tracks from Stick Season, ever expanding his discography and relations with fellow artists. He was also featured on Zach Bryan’s “Sarah’s Place” which placed 14th on the Billboard Hot 100. Noah also received his first nomination for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammys. The Final Stick Season February 9th Noah Kahan released his final version of his hit album, titled Stick Season (Forever). This 30-track album contains the original deluxe tracklist, features on most songs, and the brand new and anticipated “Forever”. Featured artists include Post Malone, Lizzy McAlpine, Kacey Musgraves, Hozier, Gracie Abrams, Sam Fender, Brandi Carlile, and Gregory Alan Issakov. Of the featured artists, I find Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, and Gregory Alan Issakov deliver the best performance alongside Noah Kahan. The collaborations with an assortment of talented artists, along with the release of “Forever”, in my opinion, make Stick Season (Forever) the perfect album. There are many reasons for Noah Kahan’s popularity, but I find his relatability and connections with fans the most defining reasons. Themes in his work reflect nostalgia, change, and reflection on his own life. Below is my favorite lyric from “You’re Gonna Go Far”:  So, pack up your car, put a hand on your heart Say whatever you feel, be wherever you are We ain’t angry at you, love You’re the greatest thing we’ve lost Not only does Noah Kahan provide a sincere perspective on what it feels to grow up and live through major changes in one’s life, he also puts these feelings into words that bring in a large audience of younger people.  Kahan’s easy going personality allows fans to relate to him on a more personal level. For his first show in Australia he performed solo, as his band did not make it in time. Some may think this would ruin a concert experience, however from several videos, the environment seems more close and  intimate. Using the backdrop, he projected comments throughout the show joking with fans as he performed.  In short, Noah Kahan is an amazing new artist and his significant popularity is definitely for a reason. If you have an interest in folk-pop, take some time to immerse yourself in Stick Season (Forever). [...] Read more...
Written by Julie Marasco 2023 for some, was no easy feat. For people like me, we turn to music to get through these hardships and life lessons. So even though this year wasn’t particularly a favorable one of mine, I learned a shit ton. Not only about who I am as an individual, but how I mold into this ever changing world. In lieu of my Spotify Wrapped results, I personally wanted to shout out five songs that got me through this year.  “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus    First and foremost, this female-empowerment song hit its peak for me personally in the early days of 2023. Aside from a girl-power anthem, this song is a reminder of self-love. Throughout all the people that enter our lives no matter their duration, at the end of the day, the only loyal one who stays is ourselves. It’s an upbeat pop ode to remind yourself that you truly don’t need anyone else to romanticize you the way society expects you to be. This song marks the beginning of what would be a year on my journey of true independence, regardless of failed friendships and relationships. I think it’s important at some point in your early 20’s that you date yourself and truly learn your values from within, so you know what you desire in future relationships. No one knows you better than yourself. So buy yourself the damn flowers if you want them.   “What Once Was” by Her’s   I remember I discovered this song in a yoga class. What a bittersweet find it was. It includes an ethereal blend of guitar, bass, a sprinkle of sound mixing and drums to create an alluring and dreamy tempo. The vocalist, Stephen Fitzpatrick, doesn’t stretch his capabilities to meet certain ranges because he doesn’t need to. This melancholy song is ultimately about the unexpected death of Fitzpatrick’s mom. The intro music sparkles in a whimsical way, only to be followed by the melancholic bass. The lyrics go on to explain the buildup of Fitzpatrick learning about the death and how his friends reacted to it. However, the chorus really struck me.   “Baby, I’ve been there before I was at the point where all I really wanted was someone And now I’m still hanging on I was at the end of every tether waiting for what once was”   When listening to this part, you can hear his gut-wrenching pain and the soul he pours into it just overflows. I’m often a sucker for soulful songs, which I think is why this tune struck me. The most heartbreaking part was learning that both members of Her’s, Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, along with their tour manager, died in a traffic collision in 2019. Such a somber fate for this band, but I’m glad they were able to make a name for themselves before their passing and that people are still playing their music even today.  “After You Cry” by THE ANXIETY: WILLOW and Tyler Cole   If you’re an avid TikTok user, chances are, you’re probably familiar with the hit song “Meet Me At Our Spot” off of this album. I somehow stumbled upon “After You Cry” some odd months ago, and it’s been a great find. Since Willow is part of the talent-filled family as the daughter of Will and Jada Smith, it’s no wonder she inherited a gift. As I’ve recently been honing in on a lot more of her music, I realize that despite her easy stardom, she’s definitely been undermined in the music industry. The range of her vocals going into the second verse just sways me every time.  “If you love me, if you hate me Yeah, I know I, it won’t change me I’m the only one that is around when you call You’re the only one that is around when I fall Are you seeing anything about what we’ve been through at all? After you cry”  If you can look beyond the virality of “Meet Me At Our Spot” and explore her discography, Willow has impeccable vocal ranges spread across many genres including R&B, alternative, indie and pop that deserve to be spotlighted. Don’t believe me? Just check out her latest post on Instagram where she freely scats along to Ella Fitzgerald’s “How High The Moon.” I think it’s beautiful that she’s experimenting and having fun with different genres and circling back to the speciality of jazz music that isn’t really popularized as much today. I sincerely hope her music is more appreciated and blows up even more in 2024.  Some of my other favorites that I recommend is “4ever,” “Falling Endlessly,” “Wait a Minute!,” “Time Machine,” and “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” with Travis Barker. And of course, I can’t forget the sibling duo of “Summertime in Paris” with her brother Jaden Smith.    Her latest single “alone” came out Nov. 3, 2023.    “Everlong” by Foo Fighters     I’ve been a Foos fan since the early days of middle school. However at that time, I was more of a Wasting Lights fan, with my favorite song being “Walk” because I loved the progressive pacing rock buildup, as you can feel your heart race to the drums and guitars.    There’s just something so alluring about the harmonies of “Everlong” in addition to the instrumentals that captivated my attention. Lyrically, it has the hint of a Kurt Cobain song. When reflecting on the song, Grohl said it’s “about being connected to someone so much that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly.” When I read that, not only did I adore it, it all clicked for me. I felt like I found my soulmate in a song. I could truly visualize the embodiment of harmonizing with a person beyond the stereotypical attributes of what defines love. This powerful and romantic song gives me chills everytime I hear this verse. Chances are, you’ve probably seen me play air drums/guitar to this song at one point.    “And I wonder When I sing along with you If everything could ever feel this real forever If anything could ever be this good again”    It’s not overtly a gushy and cheesy romance song. This down-to-earth melody mixed with Grohl’s cool and balanced vocal contrast between subdued and exhilarating is a job exceedingly well done. It may just be my favorite rock song of all time. And to have found that so young, speaks volumes.     Lastly, a quick shoutout to “The Glass,” as that song also helped me get through a fraction of 2023. You can click here to read my breakdown of But Here We Are which features this gem.  “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” by John Mayer   One of the most beautiful songs I’ve learned to truly cherish this year. This song is also probably one of my favorites of all time as far Blues rock goes. The intro is as soothing as a lullaby. This is one of the songs that made me see the wonders of the Blues so much more. Specifically, THIS version. The outro guitar solo from 4:28-6:25 is probably the most awe-inspiring thing my ears have been blessed to hear. A flawless balance of soul, rock, and blues; even the energy and jiving of the band makes getting into this smooth rhythm at ease. What’s even more spectacular about Mayer is that each live rendition of this song is unique. So of course, I get to obsess over the various versions of his solos, but the Letterman version strikes me the most. Especially for someone like Eric Clapton and at his status, to be “gobsmacked” by Mayer and called him a “master,” is an example of when art appreciates the beauty of other art. A juxtapositioned somber love story embedded by passion that eventually burns away. This emotionally driven song made me fall in love with riff-centric music.    A mix between new and old songs, songs by bands and solo artists, tunes by men and women and those in-between or non-identifying, I’m proud of my versatile taste. Having listened to over 40,000 minutes of music: I listened to 85 genres of music I listened to 1,318 artists this year  I also somehow played 3,063 songs this year     Click the link to see my top beloved songs for this year.  While I may not have made it to any traditional concerts this year, I did get to broaden my horizons by checking out the local music scene all the way from New Paltz to Long Island. Shoutout to @thefieldservice, @wrong.coast, @ulband_, @vetroband, @bird.week, @free.vael, @hunterroadofficial, @sharknoises_band, and the many more I anticipate adding to this list next year! Thanks for listening along with me this year. [...] 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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