Georgia College public radio ‘On the Air’
Classical music, in-depth news and local programming will soon fill the sound waves across middle Georgia.
Georgia College President Dorothy Leland will flip the switch Thursday, March 31, to put the university’s new public radio station, WRGC-FM, 88.3 on the FM dial, on the air.
“WRGC provides another link between the university and the middle Georgia community, as the station will offer public affairs programming as well as information about Georgia College, its mission and activities,” Leland said. “We encourage our neighbors to tune in and become loyal listeners to all we have to offer.”
Through an agreement with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB), the station will air public radio programs to 62,000 listeners in Baldwin, Putnam, Morgan, Jones, Wilkinson and parts of Jasper County.
Broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, WRGC initially will carry the complete GPB programming package. Gradually, it will add up to 15 hours of local programming, including news items, calendar information, musical entertainment and public affairs shows.
“WRGC will fill a void in middle Georgia,” said operations manager Mike Wooten, an award-winning broadcast journalist with 13 years of radio experience. “This is the first time that many area listeners will have a great signal for GPB and National Public Radio (NPR).”
Georgia College public radio has been five years in the making. The university began feasibility and engi- neering studies in 2006 to show a need for expanding broadcasting services in the area.
After the Federal Communications Commission granted a license for 88.3 FM, the university applied for a National Telecommunications and Information Administrative grant to help with the expenses. The $114,000 award helped purchase equipment to provide radio service to underserved areas.
The radio studio on the Georgia College West Campus was designed and constructed to accommodate broadcasting, production work, on-the-air entertainment and guest interview.
Microphones surround the control desk that looks like the dashboard of a plane with its slides, buttons, monitors and blinking lights.
“We’ve got the best-of-the-best equipment to produce and broadcast quality sound for the listeners,” said Bill Wendt, Georgia College manager of television services who spearheaded the effort to make the station a reality.
The university station also offers mass communication students opportunities to improve their skills in a professional radio studio.
“Not only will WRGC provide quality broadcasting for our middle Georgia listeners,” Wendt said, “but it also will provide laboratory experience to future broadcast journalists.”