Iceland Airwaves WCRX Preview: Tune In Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.

Each fall, Columbia College Chicago students enrolled in the Radio Department’s Covering International Festivals: Iceland course travel to Iceland to cover Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and Icelandic culture. Tune in for a preview of this year’s fest.

With our trip to Iceland Airwaves right around the corner, we’ll be broadcasting all of our pre-stories Live on October 27! Listen as we discuss everything from the Icelandic language to the imminent eruption of Bárðarbunga. Plus, we’ll be covering some of the hottest bands playing at this year’s Airwaves including Mammút, Leaves, Just Another Snake Cult, Cell7 and much, much more! Don’t forget to tune into WCRX 88.1 FM or this Monday, October 27 beginning at 7 p.m. CT, and follow our daily blog for live reviews, stories, interviews and more while we’re in Iceland  Nov. 5-11.

You can also catch the rebroadcast of the preview show on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. CT.

Musical Chairs on the North Side

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By Joseph George

The Chicago Cubs made great strides this year with a record of 73-89.  With  that improvement came the arrival of some big name prospects. Jorge Soler, Javy Baez and Arismendy Alcantara all joined the North Siders in 2014 and the Cubs are still loaded with prospects Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Billy Mckinney. Unfortunately it’s impossible for the north siders to carry all of these prospects on one roster. Eventually, some of these prospects will be traded away.


In my opinion, the players that should pack their bags are outfielder Albert Almora and infielder Arismendy Alcantara.  Speaking of players packing their bags,  Bleachernation recently reported that the Cubs are looking to move shortstop Starlin Castro.  That is a terrible idea! Castro is on pace to be a Hall of Famer. In fact, he already has 847 hits in his first five seasons and to put things into perspective Pete Rose had 899 hits in his first five seasons.  Castro should be moved to third base following in the footsteps of great shortstops turned third basemen like Cal Ripken, Jr. and Alex Rodriguez.  His moving to third would leave

the shortstop position open for top prospect Addison Russell. Current third baseman Kris Bryant would then become the starting left fielder. Bryant hit 43 home runs in the minors this year and provides pure power from the corner outfield spot. This brings us back to Almora and Alcantara. Both have tremendous potential but somebody has to go. Every MLB team could use a guy like Arismendy Alcantara as a starter or super utility man because he can play both the infield and the outfield. Albert Almora is one of those guys that will get traded with regret at a later date when he starts to perform for another team. Unfortunately, the Cubs don’t have room for him even though he has much more ability than Billy McKinney. Eventually Almora will probably be packaged for a top pitcher. He did have a terrible 2014 hitting a bleak .234 but he is still one of baseball’s top prospects. With a  trade package of Almora and Alcantara, the Cubs would be in perfect contention to trade for a top 5 pitcher and continue on the road to consistency on the north side.

Joseph George hosts “The Locker Room” along side Miguel Flores and Shane Riordan every Wednesday 7p-9p CT on WCRXFM.COM and 88.1FM and the tune in app (search WCRX).

Classic Horror Movies

By Sam Bryer

I’ve watched  many horror movies during my lifetime and when it comes to the numerous new movies that have been released, I’ve come to the conclusion that the classic horror movies win hands down. Take the classic movie “Halloween” for example:

My experience when I watched the film for the first time left me absolutely terrified.  As the movie continued I experienced even more fear because of  the suspense.  The movie also included solid jump scares – defined as the moment when a character thinks they’re safe, only to have a demon appear suddenly behind them.    “Halloween” allows the viewer to immerse themselves into the  story-line of the movie.

According to film critic and screenwriter. C. Robert Cargill if you look at the best horror films,  “the common thread is almost all of them have amazing characters.” From the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Poltergeist, the characters pull the audience in, and the more you care, the more anxious you’ll be that something bad’s going to happen to them.”

Another example of the perfect classic horror movie is the 1968 version of “Night of the Living Dead.”

Night of the Living Dead” is an excellent movie that contains a perfect setting of how a real zombie apocalypse could cause chaos in a decade like the 1960s. The movie was about people being under attack, catching the spirit of paranoia.  Also, the film creates a lot of fear and tension, which are the perfect ingredients for an audience to enjoy. Another reason why this movie works is because “Night of the Living Dead” creates a solid story-line of ordinary people going through many challenges of surviving the zombie ordeal.

These are just two great examples of classic horror movies and what I would consider so much better than today’s horror films.  Other classics include “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,”  “The Shining” and “Scream.”  What are some of your all-time favorite horror movies?

Listen to Sam Bryer every Monday afternoon from 3 to 7pm only on WCRX FM, Chicago’s Underground.






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