Secundogeniture pulled off an amazing project at the high school today. He spent months working on it at the school with the Radio Club under the supervision of faculty advisor Mike Zito (aka "Zeeto"). He organized the award-winning high school radio station's 40th anniversary celebration and reunion.
Secundogeniture was responsible for leading the other students to get sponsors, musical acts to perform live on air, recruit other students to help be DJ's during the reunion, recruit other students from the film production club to help televise the reunion, set up, purchase reunion t-shirts, create a poster, promote, advertise, clean up and ensure the whole day ran smoothly. For a 15-year-old boy, this is not an easy feat. But he started working last November with Zeeto and the students from the radio club. They met once a month and slowly but surely created a memorable event.
My favorite part, is that other than helping behind the scenes and driving Secundogeniture here and there and everywhere, it was something I could not jump in and do for him. He did by himself. I was so proud of him.
He even made some great vinyl serving dishes for the food table.
And carefully melted some vinyl LPs and molded them into serving bowls to hold candy and mints.
He got help from his older brother to make a sign out of vinyl records announcing WWPT 40th
He created a Facebook page for the Radio Club and checked up on how tasks were getting accomplished and seeing which areas still needed more work. He also picked up the slack over spring break when he realized that there were very few food donors sponsoring the event.
Secundogeniture asked his friends at various food establishments for donations. Here he is closing the deal with Celio at Taste of Brasil in Norwalk, CT for some of his favorite Brazilian chocolate bonbons known as "brigadeiro". Yum.
He also thought ahead by taking a Graphics Art class at the high school so he could make the poster. He made a nod to the famous Woodstock event and altered it to reflect 40 Years of Peace & Music.
He distributed the posters to the Radio Club members and they put them up all over school and around town.
He pre-staged all the supplies that were donated in the mudroom for an early morning departure to get set up at the Media Lab for the big day.
Everyone wore their t-shirts in honor of the reunion. Organizers received blue t-shirts. Alumni and friends received black t-shirts. Sponsors and organizers' names were listed on the back of the t-shirt.
Some of the Radio Club members posed for a picture just before the reunion began.
The first guest of the day was alumnus Dan Woog - unofficial town historian, journalist, soccer coach and more. He was interviewed by faculty advisor Zeeto in the media lab. Dan blogged about the reunion here, here and here!
Afterwards, Dan posed with Secundogeniture.
Next up was Fred Cantor who presented some posters from The Remains to the WWPT Wrecker Radio media lab. He told great stories of the early days and the amazing band concerts that were held at the high school.
There was lots of food. It was amazing! Everyone was so generous donating their store's good, or baking goodies at home. The Radio Club members helped make the food table aesthetically pleasing... then snapped photos to share on all their favorite social media sites.
All of the food was delicous and amazing... but a few stood out for being extra special. Check out these scrumptious cupcakes from Sweet E's Confections LLC in Woodbridge, CT.
Alex and his mom Julie baked these sugar cookie LPs with WWPT 40 in the center. Well done!
The reunion was live on air - both on 90.3 fm radio and livestreamed to channel 78 or through the school's radio website wwptfm.com
There were two amazing bands who played live during the reunion. The first one was The School of Rock House Band. These teenage performers blew me away.
This group of teenager boys were having fun in the radio room dancing and singing to Talking Head's Once in a Lifetime.
Radio Club members posed to cut the cake.
Radio Club sophomores have fun at the reunion.
Zeeto with alumni from the Class of 2011. Great memories guys!
Two brothers pose in front of the music mural outside the media lab. Love the Woodstock poster.
SHS math teacher (2nd from the right) - Mr. Forgette - and his band "1974" played for the afternoon live on air. Great music. Love that their band is 1974 - a perfect date for the 40th reunion.
Secundogeniture poses with "1974" outside the media lab.
Justin supervises the film production crew doing a sound check for the afternoon band "1974"
Two generations of the Porio family as WWPT Wrecker Radio DJs. Father and daughter/son pose for a shot just before their joint radio show - sharing stories of Dad's time on air in 1979-1983 and today.
Radio club members hang out and wait for clean-up time. Great job everyone!
Secundogeniture and Zeeto shake hands as they close down the 40th Anniversary live radio broadcast at the end of the day.
Secundogeniture poses with faculty advisors Zeeto and Honeycutt at the end of the day.
Secundogeniture sneaks in one final dedication before heading home.
Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors for helping make this reunion such a success.
- Pamela Tice – Coldwell Banker - provided water bottles
- Erica Saldamarco – Sweet E’s Confections LLC in Woodbridge, CT
- Westport Pizzeria - ** new location ** 143 Post Road East, Westport, CT
- Fortuna’s Deli - in Westport, CT
- Taste of Brasil – in Norwalk, CT
- Lisa at Commuter Coffee Company
- The Bagel Maven - Westport, CT
- Isabelle et Vincent - French bakery in Fairfield, CT
- Michele’s Pies - in Norwalk and Westport
- Kaiser-Battistone - provided water bottles
- Louise's Top This Frozen Yogurt - Westport, CT
- Joe’s Pizza
Thanks to all the family and friends who baked goods, provided supplies, time and energy.
Mom, Gary N, Julie W, Kerry F, Charlie G, Cyndy M, Kristina and David L, Dad, Stephanie M, Michelle W, Aaron and Susan H, David N., Trish B, Donna A, Jen D, Kurt F, Laurey T, Mark P, Bill & Amie H, Lynn S, Porio family, Schwebel family, everyone in the Radio Club and especially faculty advisors Jim Honeycutt and Mike Zito.