WGOT springs into seasonal fundraising, volunteer search

By Fred Sowder, WGOT Sponsorship Coordinator

As winter turns to spring, WGOT continues to strive to be your source for alternative music and talk programming from Gainesville and around the nation. From producing and airing local music to national news coverage from Democracy Now! and everything in between, WGOT has monthly expenses that can only be funded with your help. For this to continue, we need your help on any and all fronts.

Do you own or know of a small business that can be helped by getting its message out on WGOT? If so, please contact us at info@wgot.org. Consider joining the ranks of fine local businesses such as Daily Green, Buckhalter Heating & Air, and Thompson Painting by becoming a WGOT underwriting sponsor. Our listeners can also be a huge financial help to us by contributing to our nearly-funded GoFundMe campaign or by becoming a sustaining member via Patreon. We also plan on participating in The Amazing Give this year on April 22 and 23, so please consider saving room for community media when it comes to your annual giving during this important event.

We’ve also recently updated our program schedule to accommodate new programs. Each week, Stuart brings you weekly news and musical interludes about all things marijuana, medicinal and otherwise, on the 30-minute CannabiNation program. Debi also recently debuted her new music program On the Rail, featuring new and classic alternative music, often with a weekly theme. For the full schedule and listing of programs, visit us online at wgot.org. You can tune us in 24/7 either on 100.1 FM or on our worldwide internet stream on our website or via the TuneIn mobile app.

Also, after nearly four years of serving as station coordinator, I will be largely vacating those duties to concentrate more fully on WGOT’s fundraising and sponsorship efforts. Coordinator duties are now being handled by Debi Martinez, who has done excellent work on financial, marketing, and design fronts to take WGOT to the next level. Her meticulous attention to detail on everything from music reporting to schedule coordination ensures WGOT’s future will be bright and left in capable, competent hands. 

Doug Clifford continues to handle much of WGOT’s program coordination and his years of radio experience are valued. We also welcome longtime volunteer Gargs Allard aboard as our music director.

We recently participated once again in Gainesville’s 3rd Annual VegFest. Look for us out and about at local events so you can help us and the environment by grabbing one of our canvas shopping bags. T-shirt and sticker purchases help a great deal. January also saw us celebrate our 12th year on the air with our annual birthday party benefit at The Atlantic. Thanks to them as well as this year’s crop of incredible local bands: Arrows in Action, In Bed By Ten, Articles, and the Rick Randlett Band.

Finally, stay tuned on Facebook for information on our next volunteer meeting. Everything from web design to data entry to show-hosting is needed and we’d be happy to welcome you aboard. Technical skills are also a huge need right now. Thank you.

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