WMUL keeps spinning the tunes through the summer
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's radio station WMUL is remaining busy throughout the summer thanks to a combination of students and volunteers.
While the station is sticking to music programming for the summer, the studio is already planning for the return of news programs like "In the Know" and sports programs like "Basketball Friday Night."
"Our automation system helps a lot and it can help us play music in the wee hours of the morning when there's no one here," said Braxton Crisp, online director of WMUL. "Having volunteer D.J.s really helps keep our station relevant to the community listener."
"We do a lot of advanced work for the fall, especially considering the sports programming. If we want to add something new to a broadcast we can kind of experiment with our equipment a bit," added Nick McKendree, production director. "We also do a lot of maintenance because there's a lot less use being put on the equipment.
There are things we can do here that we can't do during the class sessions because the studio isn't in as much use." Some students are also using the summer months to work on future projects.
"I'm working on a project for Black History Month about a man named Sampson Sanders who was a tobacco plantation owner and one of the prime slave holders in the area," said Adam Rogers, a training coordinator for the station. "He was in the top 2.7% of slave holders in the area. In 1849 on his death bed he arranged for his slaves to be freed. They were given money and property to start a new life in Cass County, Michigan. We had an opportunity to talk to Maurice Sanders, one of the descendents of the Sampson's Sanders slaves. He did a lot of genealogy work which really helped us."
WMUL is also doing a special on the Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament at 6 p.m. July 2. WMUL closed out the 2013/2014 with a total of 104 awards including "Outsdanding News Operation in The Virginias" (non-metro stations) in the Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards.
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