24-hour student marathon from 5 pm, Thursday-Friday!

NOVEMBER 2, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2016 — West Liberty University’s radio station, 91.5 WGLZ is celebrating College Radio Day along with hundreds of other college radio stations today through November 4. Events include:

From left, (seated) Chris Canyock, Walker Polivka, Sean Trapp, (standing) Cody Shook, Jeff Pfister, Benny Assasse, Skylar Minzler, Daniel Loh, Chevy Pavell, Aaron Foldi, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Nicholas Strope, Robert Straight, Ashley Durdines and Olivia Kilbane in the WGLZ studio.

Monster Party – today, from noon to 2 p.m., with free samples of Monster drinks in the College Union Ballroom. Sponsored by Coca-Cola.
Jam Sessions with WLU Musicians, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, with performances, interviews and give-a-ways. College Union Radio Station studio and Ballroom.
24-Hour Marathon with student Walker Polivka, from 5 p.m. Thursday until 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 4

Students in the broadcasting class and in the WGLZ student club are participating in a variety of ways, according to Associate Professor of Broadcast Engineering Jeff Pfister.

“Walker, who is a freshman, is doing the 24-hour and worked hard to get sponsors and about $1,300 of cash. He’s got a great line-up of interview guests too,” said Pfister. Money collected for sponsoring Polivka’s marathon will be donated to local charities.

“I’ve got a noon Friday interview with Mountaineer basketball coach Bob Huggins for example and our own President Stephen Greiner will interview at 8:15 a.m., Friday morning. I’m looking forward to it!” Polivka said.

Other interviews include Jeff Kessler at 2 p.m., Friday; Mike Anthony at 11 a.m., Friday and some surprise personalities. Additional programming will be provided by the College Radio Board, including a program taped at the White House when students recently visited, according to Pfister.

Not sleeping for 24-hours is tough though and Polivka states that his plan is to drink a lot of coffee and keep things busy. His experience includes a weekly show on WGLZ at 1 p.m. Wednesday as DJ Walker.

“Tune-in and find out who else is on my 24-hour marathon. Plus we’ll be having great give-aways in the College Union while I’m doing my show. Tickets will be given out for free to students,” he added.

Polivka is from Shadyside, Ohio and graduated from Bridgeport High School. He is just one of many students who enjoy the chance to talk, DJ and learn broadcasting on the Hilltop.

To listen to WGLZ, go to 91.5 on the FM dial or stream it live on the web at westliberty.edu/wglz. To call the request line dial 304-336-8287 or call the WGLZ office at 304-336-8508.

For more information on the broadcast major or any programs in the College of Arts and Communication, please visit westliberty.edu/arts-and-communication.

ABOUT COLLEGE RADIO DAY: The College Radio Foundation (CRF) is a registered non-profit organization formed in New Jersey awarded 501(c)(3) status from the IRS as a tax-exempt public charity. The CRF was officially incorporated as an operational non-profit in February 2014. The foundation works to promote and support non-commercial college radio stations and the students involved with them, across the United States.

Through its outreach programs and events, most notably College Radio Day, the CRF raises the profile of college radio stations across the country and encourages increased student participation in the medium of college radio. The CRF accelerates the professional development of gifted student broadcasters, inspiring them to reach their exceptional potentials. Many college radio alumni have gone on to become prolific leaders in professional broadcasting, and many others have become leaders in other fields. The CRF believes that college radio is an important training ground for all sorts of careers.