WSCA Update: April 2018

Finally, the days are getting longer here in the early days of the Seacoast Spring. And with the change of seasons, a whole new bevvy of music, events and original features are sprouting at Portsmouth Community Radio. First off, regular listeners may begin noticing an uptick in our general music programming. We’re here to make sure the music world’s newest and most creative tracks make their way through the Seacoast sound waves and into your ear drums. Be sure to check out the week’s Top 30 list, for one. The weekly list is available every Friday afternoon and features top tracks from the world’s best indie and DIY labels. Got something you think we should play? Text or call us.

We’re also super stoked to announce that we’re a new member of the North American College and Community Chart. What the heck is that, you may ask? Well, this means we’re now receiving all new releases and music from the majority of music labels and promoters. Like CMJ, only better!

For this month’s Record Listening Night, we’re excited to spin Elvis Costello’s 1978 classic, This Year’s Model. Portsmouth’s own Cliff Lazenby will lead the discussion with fellow music fans. Last month’s session was a hit, and we’re really looking forward to this latest installment. Mark your calendars because it’s this Wednesday, April 11. Hear good music, BYOB a beverage, and nerd out with fellow music fans. What more could you ask for? RSVP here. We simply ask for a $5 suggested donation at the door…

We’re also happy to announce the latest member of our Board of Trustees, Tristan Law. You may know him from one of his many gigs in the community, from booking the Hush Hush Sweet Harlot series at the Red Door, to working at the Stone Church, The Press Room, Portsmouth Book and Bar, and his current jam at 3S Artspace. Tristan is a man about town and a very good one to know. Welcome aboard, Tristan!




Join us every Saturday morning at 9 AM for Scratchy 45s & Beyond. A show with a “retro” sound from the days of Top 40 personality radio. Supersport will spin those tunes and “scratchy 45s” you thought you forgot from the 60s and beyond. Three hours of live radio on a Saturday morning originating from the Control Room of WSCA 106.1 FM and streaming on-line at





WSCA Radio Introduces Weekly ‘Button Factory Jazz’ Series
Beginning Thursday, May 3rd, WSCA Radio will play host to Button Factory Jazz – a new, weekly series that will run every Thursday from 8-10pm.

Button Factory Jazz is fully open to the public in the intimate space situated within the station’s walls, accented by the Button Factory Stage, and room for an attentive 50 person audience. The venue showcases an assortment of chairs throughout, as well as several non-matching, yet very comfortable couches that line the perimeter of the venue – fit for those folks who fall into them first. The series will feature an array of local and regional jazz musicians displaying their musical prowess, which is accessible to any open-minded individual seeking the thirst of a Thursday night spent basking in sonically mesmerizing treats.

As of now, the confirmed schedule is as follows:
May 3rd – Sojoy
May 10th – Nihco Gallo
May 17th – Mark Shilansky
May 24th – John Hunter
May 31st – Charlie Jennison
June 7th – Weird Turn Pro
June 14th – Charlie Kohlhase
June 28th – Jessica Thompson
July 19th – Jared Steer
July 26th – Nick Mainella Quartet
August 9th – Paul Donahue

“We are so excited to offer the new Button Factory Jazz series to the community,” said WSCA Board Member, Chris Hislop. “Jazz has long been an integral thread of the seacoast area cultural fabric, and the Button Factory Stage here at WSCA is a welcoming space for any degree of music listener looking to expose themselves to otherworldly performances from the depths of a couch not situated in their own living room at home. Live jazz music is important music – from the folks playing it, to the ears and minds of those giving it its due attention. If you’re in the market for something fresh, exciting, and good for your health, stop by on any given Thursday night to have your mind blown in the best possible way. Heck, stop by every Thursday night to keep this series alive and well, and a tradition we can reflect on for years to come.”

Admittance is a mere $8-10 suggested donation with majority of the proceeds going directly to the artist and a percentage benefiting the station which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run solely by community minded volunteers. Get in, get hip, get involved. 🎶

Last, but certainly not least, join New England musicians Dave Hunter, Andrew Blowen, Brian Charles, and Joe Rogers to hear their newest rock band, A Different Engine. They’ll be performing live at the Button Factory Stage at 909 Islington Street, April 14. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are just $5. We hope to see you there!




New Music Recently Added to WSCA Radio:

YO LA TENGO There’s A Riot Going On (Matador)
FATHER JOHN MISTY “Mr. Tillman” (Sub Pop)
KEVIN MORBY & WAXAHATCHEE “Farewell Transmission” (Dead Oceans)
COURTNEY BARNETT Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom + Pop)
MOANING Moaning (Sub Pop)
TY SEGALL Freedom’s Goblin (Drag City)
SUPERORGANISM Superorganism (Domino)
BEACH HOUSE Seven (Sub Pop)
ICEAGE Beyondless (Matador)
PREOCCUPATIONS New Material (Jagjaguwar)
PHOEBE BRIDGERS Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans)
ALICE MERTON No Roots (Mom & Pop )
WYE OAK The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs (Merge)
HOP ALONG Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Saddle Creek)
DAN MANGAN “Fool For Waiting” (Arts and Crafts)


  • Kevin Morby performs live Tuesday, June 19. Purchase tickets here.
  • Japanese Breakfast perform live Saturday, July 14. Purchase tickets here.
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