Scares on the Air: WMCX Hosts a Spooktacular

WMCX Radio held their fifth annual Spooktacular event in the spirit of Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 30 outside of the student center.

A DJ booth was set up in front of the student center and another table of WMCX participants gave away free candy to students attending or passing by the event.

The Spooktacular radio show featured live performances from Natalie Zeller, sophomore music industry major of Blue Hawk Records and Brianna Merriman, freshman. The event also featured a Halloween trivia contest where students had the opportunity to win two tickets to the Eastern State Penitentiary. Spooktacular is one of WMCX’s main events, next to College Radio Day, which was celebrated at the beginning of the month.

Nicole Calascibetta, general manager of WMCX radio, said a lot of prep went into the Spooktacular show. “We’re giving away free tickets to Eastern State Penitentiary, so we’re doing a lot of giveaways – it was a big collaborative effort,” Calascibetta added.

Aaron Ferguson, associate professor and WMCX advisor, agreed that a lot of work was put into Spooktacular. “You have to promote it, come up with the idea of what it’s going be, get the sponsors, and then make sure it goes on the air,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson said his favorite part of the event was seeing the students use the radio station to its full capabilities.

Sammie Savona, sophomore communications major, was the winner of the Eastern State Penitentiary tickets at the event. She said she was excited because her best friend’s birthday is on Halloween, and she was going to the Eastern State Penitentiary.

Zeller was of the entertainers at Spooktacular, dressed as Superman because, as she put it, “he’s everyone’s hero.”

During her performance she performed her most popular tracks “Bipolar” and “Out of the Box,” along with additional singles such as “Bluebird” and “Light.”

Zeller said performing at Spooktacular was a lot of fun. She said she loves to be on the radio, it is a different vibe than performing in front of a crowd because she can get into the song.

“Thank you so much for all your love and support. Stay tuned to Dec. 4 because Blue Hawk Records is having a show for our new composition release,” Zeller said. “The location is to be determined, but it will be on Dec. 4 at 2 pm, so check that out if you want to hear more from me and the other Blue Hawk artists.”

WMCX will be back next year with Spooktacular, with only minor changes.

Calascibetta said that the event was a success. The WMCX members all enjoyed the event and the opportunity to be on the radio doing what they love. “We’re having fun celebrating Halloween and showing off what we do,” Calascibetta said.

PHOTO TAKEN by Marissa Cornford