Finale: Wazzu Record Room hosting last concert of the semester

Young Hunks and No Soap, Radio to perform 7 p.m. Friday in Jackson Hall



Nothing New lead singer performing at a past Wazzu Record Room-hosted concert.

NASRULAH AL AJMI, Evergreen reporter

Cable 8 Production’s Wazzu Record Room is hosting its last show of the season, which will feature the bands Young Hunks and No Soap, Radio. They will perform at 7 p.m. Friday in Jackson Hall Studio A.

The hosts of WRR, a music talk show, discuss music history topics in 10-minute episodes. Each semester-long season features five episodes released biweekly on YouTube. WRR also hosts free-to-attend live music events once a month, filming the concerts and uploading them to YouTube as well.

WRR is currently in its fourth season. So far in the season, it has hosted Owen McGreevy, Nothing New, Half Step Ahead and Hill Tracy. In the past, WRR has hosted Snacks at Midnight, a Spokane band that previously opened for The Backseat Lovers.

Director Masson Bakke said WRR’s goals have always been to make engaging content about music and music history.

“The WRR is an outlet to promote local music and spark music conversation,” Bakke said.

Colleen Hill (she/they), WRR founder and former director, said that WRR was initially their idea for a longstanding show. Hill said she had always wished to produce a music talk show but lacked the necessary skills and equipment.

After attending WSU and discovering Cable 8, Hill realized they had the opportunity to pitch their idea and bring together a team to turn the dream into reality, Hill said.

WRR began its first season as just that: a music talk show with different hosts discussing diverse music topics ranging from music controversies to album reviews.

However, during season two, WRR’s team also started hosting concerts and featuring interviews with the performers in their episodes.

Season two was a turning point for Wazzu Record Room, Hill said, and producer Jo Wyler played a significant role in its success. Wyler helped the team immensely with finding bands, managing equipment and managing sound logistics, Hill said.

Later in the season, Hill said WRR hosted the band Taxi, who arrived with an entire PA system ready to go. This was a massive help for the team as they lacked expertise in running live sound, Hill said, and every concert caused a “mini-panic” before they figured it out.

After asking Taxi about the source of their sound system, Hill said she met Jack Christensen, who was Taxi’s friend but out of town during their show. Christensen let the team use his equipment, Hill said, and they used his sound system for the rest of season two and continue to use his sound system to this day.

Without Christensen’s help, Hill said they are unsure where WRR’s concerts would be today.

“Our shows just keep getting better and better, and the turnout continues to shock me every time,” Bakke said.

WRR has been able to produce episodes involving the discussion and analysis of music since its first season, Hill said.

She said this was mainly because of the team’s dedication and passion for producing quality content and collaborating with organizations like the Palouse Music Community, a community union that also hosts local live music events, promotes WRR, advertises its concerts and donates equipment to it.

“WRR has been an amazing experience for me, my staff and everyone involved at Cable 8 as our live shows have brought a lot of attention to the organization and helped create a great music community,” Bakke said.