Contact: Brian Wisowaty

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., August 4, 2010 – WSOU-FM, the award-winning student-run radio station at Seton Hall University, has teamed up with punk/hardcore music and lifestyle magazine “Define the Meaning” to participate in Operation Gratitude and ship music CDs to troops serving the United States overseas.

The staff of WSOU is collecting CDs from both personal collections and the radio station’s music department. Donations have varied in genre – from selections of WSOU’s modern active rock format to personal mixes arranged by station deejays.

“WSOU’s student staff has consistently taken part in community service projects and initiatives. We have sent CDs to the troops before through the Operation Metal project,” said Mark Maben, WSOU’s General Manager. “We are glad to continue providing music for the troops.”

The partnership was launched when “Define the Meaning” contacted WSOU, as both cater to the punk/hardcore music scene. “Define the Meaning” editor Karen Mitchell spoke to WSOU’s Station Manager, Brian Wisowaty, about the project, and soon after the CD donation drive began.

“I’ve been so proud of our staff at WSOU and how they’ve really stepped up the efforts to give back,” Wisowaty said. “Karen was gracious to invite us to partner up for Operation Gratitude. We look forward to donating as much as possible, representing the values of hard work and generosity that are linked with WSOU and Seton Hall University.”

Wisowaty added that he hopes the first few boxes of CDs can be shipped out in early August, with the goal of sending out “several hundred” CDs overseas in the first shipment. “WSOU’s Operational Metal sent more than 10,000 metal and hard rock CDs to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Wisowaty noted. “We know how to go all out for a project like this.”

Members of the community wishing to contribute CDs can contact Wisowaty at wsoustationmanager@gmail.com.

About Project Gratitude:

“Operation Gratitude, www.OperationGratitude.com, is the nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages and letters of support to U.S. Military deployed overseas.  Its mission is to lift morale, put a smile on a service member’s face and express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of the men and women defending our freedom.  To date, Operation Gratitude has sent over 550,000 care packages to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in hostile regions such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and onto Military ships all over the world.”

About WSOU

WSOU, which began broadcasting in 1948, is the number-one college radio station in the New York metro area. WSOU programs modern active rock and is well-known in the music industry for playing bands such as Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Incubus, Five Finger Death Punch, Thursday and My Chemical Romance before they became commercial successes. WSOU serves more than 120,000 listeners each week and current rotation favorites include Iron Maiden, Soilwork, Korn, Black Label Society, Metallica, Demon Hunter and Norma Jean.  In addition to its active rock programming, WSOU is also the broadcast home for Seton Hall athletics and airs religious, public affairs and ethnic programming. With a 2,400-watt signal broadcast from the University’s South Orange campus, WSOU reaches all five boroughs of New York City and much of northern and central of New Jersey.

Through the decades, WSOU has earned many honors and national recognition, including a Peabody Award, selection as College of Station of the year multiple times, and being named Metal Station of the Year three times this decade.  WSOU was selected as one of the nation’s Top 5 Rock Stations in 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine and was named “Best College Radio Station” in the May 2010 edition of Playboy magazine. The station is also the recipient of more than 30 gold and platinum records.  WSOU alumni are well represented in the broadcast and music industries and include such well-known names as ESPN’s Bob Ley and Bob Picozzi, NBC’s Robert Windrem, Philadelphia B101 DJ Dan Blackman, NJ Devils radio Play-by-Play Announcer Matt Loughlin, Jackie Kajzer, host of the nationally syndicated program Full Metal Jackie, 1010 WINS’ reporter Glenn Schuck, and Bob Wussler, Former President, CBS Television Network; and Co-founder of CNN.

About Seton Hall University

For more than 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student – mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles from New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each to better the world through integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. For more information, see www.shu.eduut Define the Meaning:

About Define the Meaning’s involvement in Operation Gratitude

Define the Meaning Magazine; www.definethemeaning.com an upcoming quarterly lifestyle/music magazine for fans of punk, hardcore and metal will be working closely with Operation Gratitude in sending music to the troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over the world.

“I recently came across Operation Gratitude while looking for organizations I could donate music to. Running a music magazine, I receive hundreds of music CDs per month. After I am done listening to them they are still in perfect condition and they are just lying around. Being involved with music I want to make a difference in someone’s life and music is the best way to do just that. The troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and all over the world are fighting for our freedom so if I could make someone smile while they are away from home by sending them music, then I know I’ve done my job.” – Karen Mitchell, Executive Managing Editor at Define the Meaning Magazine.


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