By LANDON JAMES
The WMWC is the best radio station you probably have never heard of.
Located in the Eagle’s Nest, directly across from The Washroom, WMWC is the University’s student-run radio station channeling airwaves all day long. However, the station is making some changes to make the listening experience even better.
Andrew Allingham, music director for the radio station, said the station is looking for a new computer in hopes of digitizing the entire library and even recording podcasts.
“With a new computer we can have better music playing all the time,” said Allingham.
Currently the station uses a 6-disc CD-changer to manage all play lists and tracks while broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The radio station, which originally was located in Lee Hall, once used an FM transmitter so that people could pick up the station around Fredericksburg. However, when Lee Hall was shut down for renovation, the radio station was moved and the station lost its transmitting license.
In order to tune into the station now you must access the official WMWC website at wmwc.umw.edu At the site you can listen to what is currently being broadcast from the station, blogs, music reviews, DJ schedules and much more.
According to Allingham, the station records whatever it plays to send to the College Music Journal. The WMWC receives most of their new CDs from the CMJ. However, anyone can bring in a CD of themselves for the radio station to play.
“As long as the CD is radio-friendly,” Allingham commented.
Also, be on the lookout for events on campus hosted by the radio station this semester. The crew at WMWC is working with Director of Student Activities Joe Mollo to coordinate more events and currently holds dance parties on select Thursdays during the month at The Underground. Come this fall, the radio station is expecting to put on a folk festival.
Also, be ready to show your WMWC pride come the weekend of Sept. 25 when WMWC t-shirts will once again be available for purchase.
If you are interested in hosting your very own radio show it is not too late, according to Allingham. While the slots are still open, simply visit the station’s website and get tuned in. You can also subscribe to their mailing list to stay in the loop.
So, before the downtime of a new school year gives way to midterms, take some time to relax and listen to what the WMWC’s creative DJ’s have to spin on the radio, but do not forget to visit the website to get the full package.