Slideshow: Georgia College’s campus radio station recently switched frequencies. WGUR, which had been at 88.9 on the FM dial, is now at 95.3.
A notice posted on the station’s Facebook page reads, “No longer shall you have to deal with the Christian station out of Macon…No this is not an April Fool’s joke. With the recent success and skills that WGUR has recently shown in becoming nationally recognized at the IBS conference, the FCC has given WGUR permission to up our dial and our wattage.”
IBS, the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, is a New York-based organization of non-profit radio stations and webcasters affiliated with education. The system, which currently consists of over a thousand members, holds conferences in various cities across the United States every year, from their hometown in New York to Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago.
Conferences attract hundreds of college radio personnel and present over 39 awards for achievements including Best Newscast, Best News Feature and Best On-Air Personality. Several members of WGUR attended the conference in New York about a month ago and became finalists in the competition between college stations, winning first place for Best Event Promo while being nominated for Best Website alongside three other contestants from Tennessee, Texas and Illinois.
WGUR’s Production Manager Chris Rogers, whose Fall Fest Studio Tours promo won the award for Best Event Promo, said the Georgia College station has already participated in two New York conferences and plans to attend another in Las Vegas. While he himself will not be going, he said that several key members of the WGUR staff will be attending the conference on April 14.
As for the frequency change, Rogers said, the proposed change had been on the drawing board for at least a year; the radio’s executive staff had been “…planning a frequency change since September (of 2011).”
WGUR had been working to change their frequency in order to increase their station’s broadcasting range and improve the quality of their broadcasts.
WGUR Advisor and Mass Communication Professor Angela Criscoe said the frequency switch involved both WRGC and WGUR stations preventing interference with each other’s broadcasts.
“WRGC is the professional station,” Criscoe said. “Their frequency is 88.3. The problem is that 88.9 and 88.3 were so close that we had to move from Mayfair to boost our [signals].”
Interference appears to be a typical problem for the college radio station; broadcast quality remains the best within the bounds of the GC campus, but once outside of a certain range, listeners to WGUR will notice more prominent static and even catch bits from other outlying stations broadcasting in the area.