WGOT-LP Gainesville celebrates 10 years on air

By Michele LeSure, WGOT Underwriting Coordinator

WGOT-LP, the Civic Media Center’s low power radio station, has reached another milestone, and adding talk programming such as The Thom Hartmann Program and local and live music programs such as Gainesville Grooves and Jimmy Rocks are just the beginning.

National award-winning shows such as Democracy Now!, Alternative Radio, and Afropop Worldwide are longtime components of our weekly schedule. Our music is diverse, featuring indie rock, jazz, and more. Consider us the college radio station UF doesn’t have.

Our 10th Birthday Bash at The Atlantic in January was a huge success, and we have many people to thank, from the local business owners who donated generously to our raffle, to the bands Radon, Whiskey & Co., Piss Test, and Demo, who performed to a dedicated and enthusiastic crowd. Perhaps most importantly, thanks to all of the WGOT-LP volunteers who work hard to organize these live shows as well as to program our 24/7 broadcast schedule, troubleshoot system problems, record weekly shows via podcast, and a variety of office and administrative work.

Board positions are open in the areas of sponsorship, IT, and public service. Others may choose to support WGOT-LP by buying t-shirts, contributing to our GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/wgotto1001) for new studio construction, or turning out for our events such as the aforementioned 10-year birthday show.

We invite everyone to volunteer for WGOT-LP. Now that we are in the same building as our partner, The Civic Media Center and Stetson Kennedy Library, it will be easier for volunteers to have a home base.  You can bring so many different things when it comes to volunteering with us. Being a DJ or show host is obvious, but we also need copywriters and editors, volunteers to help us find show sponsors in the Gainesville community, programmers for our daily broadcasts, and folks to table at the various local events we attend each year. We have been at many events such as the Mini-Maker Faire, Veggie Fest, and Active Streets. We have met many great people who will no doubt be tuning into, if not volunteering for, WGOT-LP.

Do you have an idea for a radio show or want to help in other ways? We want to hear about it. You can call WGOT-LP at (352) 519-4680, email us at info@wgot.org, or send a letter to:

100.1 FM WGOT-LP Gainesville

P.O. Box 14012

Gainesville, FL 32604

Ready to volunteer? Come to our next volunteer meeting on Sunday, March 18 at 3pm at Third House Books and Coffee (113 N Main St. in Gainesville). Hope to see you there! D

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