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March 2018 Press Release






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WUSB 90.1/107.3FM Newsletter | Issue 8 | March 2021
Greetings from WUSB
Dear WUSB Listeners and Supporters,

Spring has finally started to creep in and we hope sunshine and music fill up your days soon. WUSB wants to be a bright spot for you, too! This month, WUSB and Stony Brook University highlight Women’s History Month and Seawolves Sports, along with all our other great programs. Please check out our spring newsletter, take our sports survey, donate to your favorite women's cause, or just enjoy our upcoming WUSB and University programs.

Stony Brook University is hosting events throughout March for Women's History Month: click here to see the full event calendar.

WUSB is grateful for your appreciation each programming season. We welcome your feedback via email (info@wusb.fm), through our social media (facebook.com/wusbfm), or by phone message at 631-632-6500.

Best regards,
Isobel Breheny-Schafer
WUSB General Manager (www.wusb.fm)
Assistant Director for Student Media
WUSBThe Stony Brook PressThe Statesman, and SBU-TV were nominees for the 2021 IBS Media Awards! The winners of this year's awards were announced in an online ceremony on Saturday, March 6.

WUSB was awarded Best On-Air Pledge Drive!
Radiothon Special Programs will begin later this month, on March 17th. Keep an eye out for more information, coming soon!
WUSB People
Q&A with Ahmad Ali | DJ, Cafè Ali | On Air Tuesdays, 10AM–2PM
By Natasha Nelson

Musician Ahmad Ali, host of “Cafè Ali” on WUSB, merges music and discussion about the arts on the air. In this interview, Ali discusses the music and radio industries, the inspiration for his show, and the importance of diversity, representation, and activism. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
Q: Would you describe your show, “Cafè Ali,” which airs weekly on WUSB? What does the show focus on?

AIt’s an eclectic mix of music and talk. I’m not committed to any one genre of music, and I think a lot of people want to hear a variety. I think it’s the type of thing they have in their own playlists, you know? They may have Led Zeppelin and then James Brown, and The Weeknd. [...] people want to broaden their horizons. They want to hear and get exposed to new and different things, and have their view expanded, as well as hear some of the classics and things they’ve always loved. If you can mix that in together for people, then you’re doing more of a service to the community—to the listeners.

Full Interview / Listen to music by Ahmad Ali online here!
Ahmad's Music Picks:
A Change is Gonna Come
Ain't That Good News (1964)
Sam Cooke

The Audacity (2020)
Darrell Kelley
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Sports Update
Seawolves Baseball: Home Opener
By Sam Chernakoff
There was some excitement in the air in the home opener that took place on February 26, as our own Stony Brook Seawolves engaged in America’s pastime for the first time in what felt like forever. The Seawolves took the diamond twice that Friday to play the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The Seawolves won both games, and the celebration went further than the athletes on the field: the sight of sports being played at Stony Brook, even with only a few fans in attendance, was something to get excited about. Baseball has always been bigger than the game itself, and this time it brought a hope that, amid the pandemic, we are on the path to normalcy.

The Statesman's Spring Sports Preview Special Issue is out now! Click the image below to read the issue, and listen to the podcast online!
Keep up with more news by The Statesman on the Weekly Wrap-Up podcast, available on Spotify!
WUSB Beat Drops
Check out some of our favorites this month, submitted by WUSB DJs:
McCartney III (2020)
Paul McCartney
Legacy (2020)
A Band Called Sam
New Music by Azure
By Gwen Sciora
At the beginning of February 2021, I came across a blip on social media that mentioned a new video and single from UK band Azure. It only took a few seconds of listening to think "Wow! What a track! I have to talk to these guys!" A few more clicks to the band’s social media pages followed, and we set up a time to speak on Skype. Chris Sampson and Galen Stapley, Azure’s founding members, met at university through a shared love of music. From prog to pop, their influences include Iron Maiden, Genesis, Rush, and Avril Lavigne. Read on HERE

Please support these family charities:

CA$H for KID$ is back! The grand prize is once again $10,000. There are three additional cash prizes, as well. There are only 500 tickets available at a price of $50. Don't miss out, get your ticket now!

Drawing details: May 20th 2021, Live virtual drawing at Stony Brook Child Care. Stony Brook Child Care Services, Inc. is a not for profit organization and CA$H for KID$ has helped us to maintain our unique early childhood educational environment. Your continued support funds our Center and keeps it furnished with material to educate and stimulate creative young minds.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals of funding more research. Your generous donation will also assist us in our attempt to complete our ultimate mission, which is to find a cure for breast cancer! Please visit Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Featured Partners
Want to feature your company or non-profit here and become a part of our WUSB Business supporter family? Let us know! Please email isobel.breheny-schafer@stonybrook.edu or call (631) 632 - 6828
On Monday, March 15 at 7PM EST, the Three Village Historical Society Lecture Series will present guest speaker Selene Castrovilla, historian and author of The Founding Mothers of the United States. Register for the event here.
The Charles B. Wang Center's latest exhibition, "Power, Protection, and Magic: The Art of Shamanism" is now open. The artwork can be viewed in person in the Skylight Gallery, and online.
In celebration of Women's History Month, the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery will host two Art History & Crafts events on Zoom, each exploring an artist's work. The first, coming up this Sunday, March 14, will feature The Art of Yayoi Kusama. Art supplies for this interactive presentation can be picked up Friday at the Zuccaire Gallery between noon and 2pm.

On March 27, the series will feature the work of visual artist Hiba Schahbaz.
WUSB thanks our local supporters who are a part of our station's family. Supporters like those highlighted above, and below, help keep WUSB on the air by providing gift certificates as premiums and giveaways for you, our donors. In exchange, we thank the supporters on the air (and here!) throughout our fundraising campaigns.
Please help us support our supporters.
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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Rick Eberle | www.rickeberle.com

516-­729-­6872 | rick [AT] rickeberleagency.com


Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist, and Radio Personality

Ahmad Ali

Brings His Eclectic Life In Music Full Circle

With Latest Double A Blues Band Release

“Standing on the Shoulders of the Blues”


From His Youthful Upbringing in Music to His Days with Premonition and WUSB’s “Café Ali”, His Wide Ranging Talents Come Full-Circle With Latest Double A Blues Band Release



March, 2018 (Long Island, NY) – With the hard hitting electric feel of latest single “Riverhead” rounding out the gritty early Chicago Blues style of their 2018 LP “Standing on the Shoulders of the Blues” - Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Ahmad Ali and his Double A Blues Band have brought a refreshingly nostalgic feeling back to the current blues scene. But for a jack-of-all trades personality, rockin’ the blues isn’t the only thing he’s focused his efforts on in a wide-spanning music and entertainment career!


Raised in a diverse community on Long Island, N.Y. Ahmad was exposed to a wide variety of Soul and Jazz at home. The desire to play an instrument started young. He would put rubber bands on shoe boxes and try to make music, and as a child he would sing whatever was on the radio with the family. His Mom sang with choirs in her youth, and his Dad would play Drums with his Uncles, ‘The Mitchell- Airs’. Both of Ali’s Grandfathers were musicians, his Mother’s Dad played keyboards, among other instruments, and his Father’s Dad played valve trombone, but passed away at an early age (Poisoned by a jealous Woman).


WATCH: “Riverhead” Official Video by the Double A Blues Band


The family loved music, with some of Ahmad’s fondest memories being that of seeing greats at the Apollo, and singing La La Means "I Love You" to his mother, as Eddie O-Jay played it on the radio. In middle School and Jr. High he sang with the school Chorus, but later as a teen his desire to play guitar was strong. He had to wait till he got a job to buy his first guitar, but months later his mom seeing his desire and commitment lead her to buy him an electric guitar. A year and a half later he was playing in night clubs with some of Long Island’s top party bands. Music being music - he even played for local churches.  As time moved on he continued performing, being featured on TV when Eyewitness News 7 in New York ran a story on a group he worked with, called “Premonition” about a con man who had ripped them off. They filmed the group and set them up with a recording session with legendary producer Don Kirschner at his Associated Studios in Manhattan, but as things didn’t pan with that group he found himself working with a hand full of other rock bands.



For Full List of Upcoming Double A Blues Band Shows, CLICK HERE

Following a ten year respite in his late twenties where he laid his guitar down and started a family, he ran into an old friend from Premonition, and began playing with the group again. Their rhythm section backed up all kinds of artist doing several styles of music from classic oldies Club music, Caribbean music, and more. This work led to more for Ali, like being tapped as stage manager for Protocol when they opened up for Will Downing at the Paramount theatre, meeting and working with Soul 4 Real as their musical director on their tour of London, Amsterdam, Bulawayo and Harare in Zimbabwe, and doubling as Road manager for their back up band- Blusyde. He even had the honor of playing on Soul 4 Real’s album “Heat” when the opportunity to work in the award winning Perfect Pair Studios (adorned with gold and platinum plaques and Grammys from artist like Lauryn Hill, Biggie Smalls and many more) came calling. He also worked with the Blackwood Band and James Brown Impersonator “Black Velvet” (AKA Daptone recording artist, Charles Bradley), and has since been working with various local groups like The Gordon Hurley Big Band, Blues States, Jazz on the Half Shell, Island Jazz Express, Snap, The Ahmad Ali Trio, and more.


His love for Radio and community activism came to fruition in his work at WBAI 99.5 FM in NY and streaming at WBAI .org where he was heard for over 13 years, and you can now hear his show “Café Ali” on alternating Friday mornings on WUSB Stony Brook, 90.1fm and streaming at www.WUSB.fm. The Double A Band is His main Focus now. Bringing their sound to the world is the Mission!


For More on Ahmad Ali, VISIT: www.AhmadAliMusic.com



To Purchase the Double A Blues Band’s “Standing on the Shoulders of the Blues” via CD Baby, VISIT: http://bit.ly/2oUZcQb


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The Double A Band's "Riverhead" From the New Album Standing on the Shoulders of The Blues. Available on CD Baby! https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/doubleabluesband