WGOT prepares to go live from CMC studio

Event: Yard Sale
Where: Daily Green backyard,
436 SE 2nd
When: Saturday, May 19, 8am-noon

Event: Volunteer/Board Meeting
Where: Third House Books & Coffee, 113 N. Main
When: Sunday, June 3, 3 pm

By Fred Sowder, WGOT Station Manager

It’s certainly been an exciting 2018 for your community radio station.

After starting the year by celebrating ten years of broadcasting, we’ve continued making strides on our studio in the back of the Civic Media Center.  After a few beta tests, we had our first live broadcast from the space in early May, and look forward to more as we adjust our program schedule to handle more live and local programs.

We continue to strive toward serving our three goals of providing progressive news-talk programming to the Gainesville airwaves; playing a wide variety of independent, local, and other eclectic music while serving in the role of our de facto college radio station (hey, students!); and sharing a variety of Spanish language news and Latin music from across the Americas.

We can only continue this mission with your help. As things wrap up with our studio crowdfunding campaign (search WGOT on gofundme.org), the radio station is just a broadcast console away from having a truly professional studio right in the heart of Downtown Gainesville’s SOMA district.

We have many sustaining fundraising opportunities to be announced soon, so keep it tuned to 100.1FM or watch this space for future updates. For example, your local business could be a sponsor of programming on WGOT for as little as $50 per month.

Finally, with our broadcast antenna just across I-75 from Santa Fe College, we know that reception of our signal, particularly Downtown and in the southeastern part of Gainesville, is often problematic. To that end, we plan on embarking in the final stage of WGOT’s major transition, which is to resume our online streaming activity. We hope to raise enough financial support to cover this endeavor by the end of the year.

Streaming royalty rates are expensive and there are many technical hurdles we need to overcome to make this a reality. This is certainly something with which sustaining donors and volunteers can be a huge help.

A couple of station events are coming up that could use your support. First, on the morning of Saturday, May 19, we’re having a WGOT yard sale in the backyard area of Daily Green, 436 SE 2nd St., right around the corner from the CMC, from 8am until noon. Then, on Sunday, June 3, it’s our monthly volunteer and board meeting at Third House Books & Coffee, 113 N. Main St., at 3pm.

This radio station belongs to the community and can only continue with your participation and support.

Thank you. 

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