Campus radio station prepares for another big semester

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

A new semester means fresh ideas, new people and an updated schedule for student organizations. DJs at WGLZ, West Liberty’s radio station, are not wasting their time and have lined up some events for the campus community.

The station is bringing back some successful events and promotions from previous years.

“WGLZ listeners from last year may remember the WGLZ Bracket Contest for March Madness basketball.  The contest was popular among listeners with over 200 student entries competing for some really great prizes from Coca-Cola. This promotion will be back this semester,” said Jeff Pfister, director of WGLZ.

Rising star of WGLZ Walker Polivka, a freshman broadcasting major, shared his DJ goals for 2017.

“I would like to do more remotes, whether it is broadcasting from somewhere in Wheeling or going to events on campus,” Polivka said. “I’d also like to see us cover more sporting events. We try to cover all basketball and football games, but there are other sports too. It would be nice to broadcast volleyball, golf and soccer as well.”

This semester, you may also notice some changes in the music programming of the station.

“My idea for this semester is to create a particular playlist that will be running one day a week,” said Benny Assasse, a sophomore from The Democratic Republic of Congo with a major in digital media design. “I have been thinking about indirectly working with WGLZ because my class schedule will not allow me to run the board at the station as a regular DJ.”

Assasse got involved in radio production in August 2016 when he started his own show at WGLZ incorporating his prior knowledge in audio production.

Polivka is also planning on bringing some changes to WGLZ’s music programming.

“I’d like to add some new music in different genres,” Polivka said. “We mostly play today’s hits, but I’d like to see us play some more country and classic rock. It would be nice to accommodate people with different tastes.”

Besides regular programming, DJs are planning to organize more promotional events for students.

“Be on the lookout for WGLZ events and you could win some wonderful prizes,” Polivka said. 

Polivka is a broadcasting major from Shadyside, Ohio; WGLZ became his first experience as a DJ.

“Once I started doing my show, I immediately fell in love with it and decided to make it my own,” Polivka said. He currently works as a WGLZ general manager and is in charge of the day to day operations. Listen to him on air from 4-6 p.m. every Thursday.   

Want to have your own radio show?  Pfister invites you to get involve with WGLZ.

“The most common positions are our on-air shifts. These positions are open to any WLU student regardless of major or experience,” Pfister said. “All students are welcome and the diversity of skill level and interest really adds to the experience of college radio,” he added.   

Don’t miss campus events, new shows and more. Tune in to 91.5 fm or listen to WGLZ online at WGLZradio.com.

To get involved, contact Pfister at [email protected] 

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