by Markus Alexander
As WGOT prepares to move from 94.7 to 100.1, the station is adding new shows and board members. Since GROW Radio is changing its operation to a podcast-only format, some GROW DJs are making the jump to WGOT.
Joining WGOT is Cramela Mix Show, hosted by Chris Lake, bringing the latest in electronic music ranging from techno to downtempo in a two-hour mix show. Catch a new episode each Monday at 2pm. Also on Mondays is Malum, hosted by Derek Wohlust, broadcasting a new show at 8pm.
The Joe & Craig Music Show checks in on Tuesdays at 8pm with a variety of music from the 1950s through the ’80s along with interesting commentary sprinkled in. Joe & Craig bring a large following, with listeners checking in from all over the globe.
On Wednesdays at 8pm, another two-hour show is brought to you by Robbie Stevens with Jazzville. Jazzville features a range of styles from Swing, Be-Bop, Hard-Bop, and modern jazz, and will be the first jazz show to air on the station. Starting on Monday, April 6 will be Bill Perry’s show, Things Be Blowin’ Around – the third two-hour show to join WGOT in the past month. In the coming weeks also look for Leela Corman’s new show, Ecstasy to Frenzy, to hit the airwaves on Tuesday afternoons.
The station had to make some significant changes to its previous lineup in order to make room for these new shows so you’ll want to check out the new schedule on the website at http://www.wgot.org/schedule to find out when some of your favorite shows will air. All of the shows airing on the station are also repeated at various times throughout the week – we’ve tried to pick different time frames for each show so that listeners will have options to hear their favorite shows day or night.
Joe and Craig Ardolino, of Joe & Craig Music Show fame, have also joined the WGOT governing board. We’re happy to have them and thrilled with the new music mix in the WGOT lineup. The station still has room for more shows and always welcomes anyone in the community to propose a show. After all, WGOT is a community station and we want the majority of our programming to be “locally grown.” So if you or anyone you know might be interested in having your own show, email the station at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can do it. Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before — it’s easy and we can teach you how to use free software to record your show.
The FCC approval for WGOT to move to its own frequency at 100.1 FM means that we will no longer have to share the frequency at 94.7 FM — we’ll be broadcasting over the air 24/7/365. One of the requirements for the move is that we must be in the process of opening a physical location for the station. That’s right — an actual studio! A studio means that we’ll be able to do call-in shows, live broadcasts, and have guest performers on various shows.
If you know of any affordable space that WGOT might be interested in, please let us know. It doesn’t have to be a huge space — you might be surprised at how much studio you can fit into a few hundred square feet.
All of these changes coming up are going to increase our expenses — it will cost money for a new transmitter and to move our antenna. We’ll also begin to be solely responsible for what have until now been expenses shared among three stations, namely, internet service, an engineer, electrical service to the transmitter, and rent on a tower, not to mention the monthly costs of operating a studio location.
Please consider supporting the station in whatever way you can. If you have a business, we have very affordable underwriting plans — contact us for more information on how to be a business supporter. If you’d like to mail a contribution, make your check payable to: WGOT-LP 94.7 and mail it to PO Box 14012, Gainesville, FL 32604.
We would not have made it through seven years of broadcasting without the support of this community — thank you for supporting community radio!