Fall Out Boy- Save Rock and Roll
April 23rd, 2013 by Aaron Clark
I despise Fall Out Boy. Really, I do. There’s just something about Patrick Stump’s voice that strikes me as the perfect blend of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Panic! At the Dicso’s Brendon Urie- the perfect blend of sappy, whiny, modern boy band garbage designed to pull on the heartstrings of naïve teenage girls. (more…)
Boston Bombing Suspect Caught
April 19th, 2013 by Connor Quealy
After a massive manhunt that shut down the city of Boston, the man thought to be responsible for the bombings that occurred at the Boston Marathon is believed to be in police custody. NBC was the first network to report the arrests, saying Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was apprehended by Boston Police. The Boston Police soon confirmed these reports via tweet.
Reporters in the area claimed to hear applause from law enforcement after the arrest was made. The suspect is believed to be alive.
WZND will post more updates as this story unfolds.
Boston Bombing Claims Life of 8-year-old Boy
April 16th, 2013 by Chris Highland
The bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon has claimed the life of three spectators. Over 140 people were wounded by the two blasts that went off within second of each other around 2:50 ET yesterday.
One of those dead is 8-year-old Martin Richard. Martin’s sister lost a leg in the explosion and his mother suffered serious brain injuries. Both his mother and sister are still hospitalized from their injuries.
The FBI and other local authorities are still investigating the incident. Today, President Barack Obama called the events in Boston “an act of terror”.
Stay tuned to 103.3 WZND or log on to WZND.com for updates on the Boston Marathon bombing
Dobski Out, Churney to Join ISU Board of Trustees
April 9th, 2013 by Chris Highland
Normal– A local business man will no longer serve on the Illinois State University Board of Trustees.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn allowed Bob Dobski’s term on the college’s governing board to expire when the governor took no action to renew his seat within sixty days of its expiring.
Governor Quinn has appointed Bartlett resident Robert Churney to the Board of Trustees of Illinois State University. Churney, a 1987 Illinois State College of Business graduate, is an insurance broker on the board of the Assurance Agency in Schaumburg. Pending Senate confirmation, Churney’s term will run until January 2019.
Joanne Maitland’s term on the board has also expired. There is no word on who will replace Maitland.
Both Dobski and Maitland are on the committee to find a replacement for University President Al Bowman. They will continue to serve on that committee.
The Strokes- “Comedown Machine” Review
April 3rd, 2013 by Jeremy Schultz
Release Date: March 26, 2013
The Strokes are back with their new album Comedown Machine. You can hear moments of Is This It, Room on Fire, First Impression of Earth, and Angles on the album. They don’t explore new grounds but that is not necessarily a bad thing. This is the perfect follow up to Angles.
The opening track, “Tap Out”, starts off with screeching guitars and my first thought was, “what did I get into”? Don’t be afraid though; it only last for five seconds and turns into a futuristic rock sound that resembles something off of Angles. This flows right into the first single off the album “All the Time”. The moderately fast song reminds fans of their earlier work; a simple bass line and rock drum beat with the rhythm guitar outlining the chords, while the lead guitar has a nice counter melody to Julian’s singing. When the chorus hits, everyone immediately comes into sync and acts as one unit. They continue this energy on the next track, “One Way Trigger”. This was the first song leaked from the album. It has an 80s groove with a synth that reminds me of the A-ha’s “Take on Me”. Julian soars over the chorus in his falsetto range and sounds natural. This is a side of him the Strokes have never seen and my favorite track on the album.
The title track “80s Comedown Machine” is the ballad of the album. There is something eerie about this song that leaves you unsettled. Maybe it is Julian’s voice; very quiet but very powerful, or the chorus “So please/Runaway”. This song makes you feel isolated. Suddenly the song takes a warm turn at the bridge and melts your heart. You almost forget that you ever felt isolated until the chorus comes back, leaving you distraught. “50/50” comes out of nowhere and leaves “80s Comedown Machine” in the dust. The guitar slaps you in your face with a crunchy riff and makes you forget about the sappy side of The Strokes. One of the fastest Strokes songs created and doesn’t disappoint. The guitars have a nice little duet during the verses where they traded off the lead and join together perfectly for the chorus. Julian screams “I will say/I will say don’t judge me” and leaves you remembering the Is This It days. This song brings life back into the album.
From here on out the songs go back and forth, one slow, one fast. The last song on the album is “Call it Fate, Call it Karma” which sounds as though you could hear it during brunch. The most creative song on the album and completely unlike the Strokes but for some reason I can’t help but like it. Julian’s voice is almost over powered by the music but is hauntingly perfect. The last thing you hear on the album is Julian screaming “I needed someone/I needed someone” as the music fades out.
All in all you can hear resemblances of the Strokes earlier work on Comedown Machine. The only problem is you’re not sure if they didn’t play it better back then. The band sounds forced into the music at times (Welcome to Japan) but also show they still have life in them (One Way Trigger, 50/50, Partners in Crime). The only thing that is extremely different on this album is that Julian sings throughout. He really shows his range and that he has lost his youthful angst that made The Strokes. No one song stands out on this album but there are a few glimpses that remind the world The Strokes could be the best rock band in the world, but choose not to be.
Child’s Death Under Investigation
March 27th, 2013 by znd news
NORMAL– Normal Police are investigating the death of a local 3-year-old boy. Metcom was called to a local residence in response to a child seizing. The boy, named Robert Cramer, was brought Advocate Bromen Emergency Center where he was pronounced dead around 5:30 AM. Autopsy results showed multiple blunt force injuries on the Cramer’s body, but the cause of death has not yet been released. These injuries are reported to be caused by another individual’s action.
What Pre-Historic Animal do you Want to Exist Again?
March 20th, 2013 by Paige Prehoda
Interview with Texting and Driving Expert
March 8th, 2013 by Sarah Beckman
The March theme for “WZND Wants U 2 Practice Safe Text” is the science behind this phenomenon. Wake Up Normal hosts Zack and Paige talked to Paul Atchle on Friday, March 8th. Atchley is a professor of psychology at the University of Kansas. He recently published a study on the psychological aspects of texting and driving.
Listen to the full interview below.
Paul Atchley Interview
Occupy comes back to Milner Plaza
February 18th, 2013 by Sarah Beckman
NORMAL – Milner Plaza is being occupied yet again, but this time the catch-phrase isn’t “Blo-No,” but “Yourself.”
Sitting with a tent and a Ronald Reagan quote written on cardboard, senior Communications major, David Norcross, has a different message than the previous Occupy group.
“My message is simple,” said Norcross. “If you have a complaint with society or the government or anything else in your life, then maybe instead of lashing out at others, you should look inward on yourself and see how you can change.”
Norcross came up with the idea from his Communications classes that discussed the right to free speech.
Today is his first day in front of Milner Plaza, but he is unsure if he’ll keep up the tent and make-shift posters.
“Honestly, I have class and I’m going to keep going to class,” said Norcross. “I set up at eight this morning and I won’t be going home until six tonight. I just want to help people with anything they need.”
Norcross does not have anyone else with him except for a friend for moral support, and has not garnered a lot of traffic in the five hours he has been outside.
“Former Occupy Blo-No students have come up to me today,” said Norcross. “But as soon as they see the Ronald Reagan quote, they say forget it, or try lecturing me.”
Norcross is also handing out homemade cookies to anyone who comes up to him.
Occupy Yourself is the newest form of Freedom of Speech at Illinois State. (Photo by Jeremy Schultz)
“WZND Helps You Bedazzle Your Body” Winners!
February 5th, 2013 by Maddy Reid
WZND and A+ Salon gave away a bunch of cool prizes last week! Lindsey, Molly, Rachel, Hannah, Amy, Meg, Jeremy, Karina, Kaitlin, and Christopher were the lucky few that were able to take advantage of the giveaways. Multiple mystic tans, tanning packages, tattoo certificates, and haircut certificates were given away!
Congratulations to our winners on the cool stuff! Look out for more prize opportunities by listening to 1033 WZND and by checking our website, our Facebook, and our Twitter!