Here’s to WFUV, the world’s greatest radio station! Here’s to Fordham University (welcome back to school!) and the entire borough of the Bronx for giving us this gift! Here’s to 90.7 and the left side of the dial—keep doing what you do! Here’s to new towers and to new transmitters and to live streaming if you’re out of range! Here’s to never being out of range!

Here’s to innovative programming! Here’s to city folk and rockin’ roots! Here’s to knowledgeable on-air voices who read our minds! Here’s to Sunday morning shine with John Platt! Here’s to the delightful idiots of Saturday night! Please never change! Here’s to Rita, Corny, Claudia, and Pete! Too many beauties to name! Here’s to the Mixed Bag, The Grateful Dead Hour, and The Group Harmony Review! How you transport our late night drives! Here’s to the best Irish music this side of the Atlantic! Here’s to national and local public radio! Here’s to The Alternate Side! I see you! I see what you’re doing! And I like it!

Here’s to commercial-free independent radio! Here’s to 1947! The day WFUV was born! Here’s to the students behind the scenes! Here’s to education! Here’s to the fusion of new and old. Here’s to Wilco and Buddy Guy! Here’s to Suzanne Vega and Norah Jones! Here’s to punk and rock and folk and jazz and rhythm and blues and indie and country and reggae and singers and songwriters and little bands and big bands and jam bands and shoegazers and emo and alternative and heavy and light and everything in between that’s quality, quality, quality! Here’s to quality!

And while we’re at it, here’s to the entirety of radio, oh glorious radio! You still mean! You still glow! You still teach! You still send your secret messages out to the world to which in return we scream, “Yes! We’re alive! We’re here! It’s summer! And we listen to the radio because it’s great to listen to something and know that other people are listening too!” We turn you up, WFUV! We roll the windows down and turn you up, up, up! wfuv.org.

alan semerdjian

Alan Semerdjian is a writer, musician, English teacher, and occasional visual artist. Besides LI Pulse, his work has appeared in Newsday, Adbusters, Chain, The Lyric Review and numerous other print and online publications, anthologies, and chapbooks. His first full-length book of poetry is In the Architecture of Bone (Genpop Books 2009). You can visit him digitally at alanarts.com and find out about his music at alansemerdjian.com.