RECENTLY PLAYED ON WVUD RECENTLY PLAYED ON THE BASEMENT
A message from general manager elect Alexis Winward:
Secondly, here’s little background about myself: I’m a sophomore history education major and political science minor from Hockessin, Delaware. Many of you may know me from my positions as promotions director for the station and from my involvement in other music clubs here at UD. Along with my operations board position here at WVUD , I’ve been an FM DJ for this whole academic year, and had a show on the Basement all throughout my freshman year.
For those who aren’t aware, our station just finished celebrating our 50th anniversary. That’s 50 years of college radio at UD! Our celebration had a big impact on the community- multiple articles were written about us, and many of our community members posted about it on social media. This shows how our place in the Newark community is loyal and stable. But what about our role in the UD community?
At our election meeting on April 23rd, I asked our student members if they’ve ever gotten the response, “oh I didn’t even know we had a radio station,” from someone they mentioned WVUD to at the university. I expected some heads to nod, but I was shocked to see everyone in the room say they had experienced this on campus. I’ve personally encountered this with many of my classmates and acquaintances, and my goal this year as promotions director and next year as general manager has been to increase student involvement and awareness about our station. To start this off, I focused on our current student members to show how much we appreciate them in our new Student DJ of the Week segment (shown below). This feature has brought a lot of attention to our students as well as our Instagram page, and I’ve noticed a couple of our featured DJs posting more about us on social media.
The next steps that I want to take start out with advertising and promotion, and, ideally, a concert next spring. I’m confident that all of our department leaders and members can work together to achieve these goals.
I’ve had so many good experiences with WVUD, from making lifetime friends, to becoming more comfortable with public speaking, to managing events like Open Mic and Battle of the Acts. What’s most important to me is that every student and every member gets the chance to be involved with the station. I’m so excited to share these experiences, skills, and good memories that I’ve made at the station with the Newark community and the University of Delaware in the 2019-2020 school year!
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