WGOT studio ready to roll with upcoming events

Rent party/Jam session: Apr. 14, 5-8pm
Civic Media Center

Benefit Concert: Sat., April 28
Hardback Café

By Fred Sowder
WGOT Station Manager

It’s been months in the making, but thanks to the patience and kindness of donors, listeners, and volunteers, WGOT is getting its studio together at the Civic Media Center for regular use beginning this summer. A finished studio will finally allow WGOT to present live programming featuring news, interviews, great new music, and more. Through the magic of Skype, we should also soon be able to take phone calls from listeners and guests.

These accomplishments can only continue to happen with your support.  Like most radio stations, WGOT has regular monthly expenses such as rent and utilities as well as other rights fees that allow us to bring you the latest music across genres in addition to in-depth news and analysis such as Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and The Thom Hartmann Program. All of our local hosts and other members do so without payment or other compensation, so we are forever grateful for their steadfast service. However, your support, financially or otherwise, is vital for us to continue bringing you a compelling mix of local and national music and talk programs 24 hours a day.

Unbelievably, volunteering to help your community radio station can be something as simple as dragging programs into our schedule, which requires little to no broadcast experience and very little of your free time. This seemingly simple process would help us tremendously and help us achieve more long-term goals such as streaming our signal worldwide.

We hope you’ll join us at our next few upcoming events to find out how you can help. On Saturday, April 14, we’ll be having our monthly rent party and jam session at the Civic Media Center from 5 to 8pm with refreshments, entertainment, and hopefully our first attempt at a live studio broadcast. A week later, on Saturday, April 21, we’ll celebrate our first annual Robert Smith Day, featuring music and more from The Cure frontman’s entire career throughout the day. It will be in celebration of the musical icon’s 59th birthday.

Finally, we’ll also have the next in our series of benefit concerts on Saturday night, April 28 at the Hardback Café, with local favorites Loose Bearings, Piss Test, and other surprises to be announced.

Sponsors and sustaining donors help us keep to our mission of providing grassroots, progressive programming to the local community. We also strive to be the college radio station that one of the largest college towns in America does not have. You can also find out how your business can get its message to our listeners for as little as $50 per month by emailing Michele at underwriting@wgot.org.

Thanks for your continued support of grassroots community radio in Gainesville. D

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