"WUOG is 26,000 watts of college radio debauchery."
UGA's own student-run radio station, WUOG, celebrated a big birthday last year, its 40th to be exact. It's been a part of the Athens community and music scene since it began with only 3,200 watts in 1972. Now it has 26,000 watts and an online stream, not too shabby right? WUOG exists as an independent media outlet and training ground for those interested in a career in broadcasting. Translation: it helps artists get exposure while also teaching college students how to run/operate a station.
Full disclosure, I'm pretty biased when it comes to the station seeing as I was there for my entire stint at UGA. But it has a special place in my heart thanks to its "if they don't need us, we don't need them" mentality, the wonderful people that work there, and all the memories it gave me. I've participated in a 24-hour girls-only sleepover, gone to NYC for CMJ, and spent many nights under the twinkly blue lights at Go Bar. I know without a doubt that my college experience wouldn't have been the same without it.
So my point is that you have the opportunity to be a part of this great station and to help out a local non profit simultaneously. Whether you're currently a student or you're a "grown up," you can participate in Seize the Airwaves!
This event is near and dear to my heart. Not only is it for a great cause, it also allows community members to take over the airwaves! Whether you want to have an ABBA power hour (actual thought that's crossed my mind), read some of your poetry, or host a new age talk show - the sky's the limit. WUOG's always up for fun, weird ideas.
Seize is all about community and collaboration! Now's your chance to get involved. For only $10 you can snatch an hour of time and broadcast what you like (within FCC regulation of course)! Plus you're not limited time-wise, you can seize as much as you'd like. If you're unsure about deejaying/operating the equipment, don't fret. There will be a trained deejay to sit in with you. You can deejay with CDs, tapes, vinyl, iPod, and/or computer. Lots of options!
This year's Seize benefits Project Safe, who's mission is "working to end domestic violence through crisis intervention, ongoing supportive services, systems change advocacy and prevention and education in the community."
Interested in participating? Email Jessica Wolf (Public Affairs Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org with the time you'd like to sign up!