Welcome Freshmen: WRCT presents Move-In 2011

The start of the 2011-2012 academic year is right around the corner, which means that droves of new students from around the country and the world will soon be moving in at Carnegie Mellon University. I mean, who doesn’t love driving 8 hours in a car with your extended family and unloading boxes all day?

Well, that’s why WRCT has partnered with CMU’s Housing and Dining Services to bring our brand-new members of the campus community a special broadcast. We’ll be bringing up-to-the-minute information on orientation, traffic, and yes, a bit of music this Sunday, August 21st. WRCT will be broadcasting live from the Morewood Gardens courtyard, next to the check-in tents — stop by to say hello to our staff and pick up a free bumper sticker!

Live coverage begins at 8am Sunday morning on 88.3 MHz, online at www.wrct.org, and will continue until 2:30pm. Regularly-scheduled programming will be pre-empted during this broadcast.

If you don’t have a radio with you, satellite broadcasts will be available on campus in the following locations:

  • Wiegand Gym, University Center
  • Rangos Ballroom, University Center
  • Donner House
  • The Residence on Fifth

Oh, and on behalf of all of us at WRCT: Welcome, class of 2015! Sure, you’re making us feel old now, but we’ll get over it. Just remember, you guys owe us some hoverboards in four years. You probably don’t even get that reference, do you. Fine, whatever.

Back in Black

Hey radio fans,

This year’s summer schedule will end on Sunday, August 28th and the station will go into Random Schedule from the 29th through September 4th. This means that during those six days, all bets are off as to who’ll be on the air. Whoever amongst our DJs claims our airwaves gets them. Along with some scheduling surprises, you might even get a few previews of who’ll be on the air this fall.

For those of you that are ever curious as to our fall programming, the new schedule will be up online on September 4th. Hang tight, and don’t touch that dial!

Orientation 2011

Welcome to Paperhouse. In this corner of the Tartan’s Pillbox, the poetic musical neurosis of the fine folks that staff WRCT reigns supreme.

In light of this being the Orientation issue, I’d like to take this moment to introduce you to your new favorite radio station and student organization. For starters, my name is Juan Fernandez and I am the current General Manager at WRCT Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s student-run radio station.I’m guessing that everyone on campus is competing for your attention, so I’ll try not to bombard you with too much information. Just know that you’ve got a place with us here at WRCT Pittsburgh.

WRCT, known as Radio Carnegie Tech in the times of old, celebrates more than 60 years of radio broadcasting. As a free-form radio broadcaster, we are committed to providing quality alternatives to the mainstream commercial programming that dominates the radio. Our DJs, Public Affairs hosts, and other staff members are not only Carnegie Mellon students, staff, and faculty, but also community members from the Pittsburgh area, some of whom have more than 30 years of radio broadcasting experience under their belts. We pride ourselves in our substantively diverse programming. At WRCT every DJ has the freedom to play the music of his or her choosing. So whether you’re interested in West African rock, kitchen sink recordings, local independent news programming or Latin American culture, WRCT has a program for you.

We are physically located in the basement of the University Center, on the same hallway as the CMU Bookstore and the Post Office. If you want to chat us up and learn more about what we do, we’ll be out on the Cut playing music during the beginning of the school year. Stop by and introduce yourself. We’d love to meet you and take you in as part of the radio family.

If radio is the essence that makes your little heart go pitter pat, you’re definitely going to want to become a member of the station. To learn about the membership process, email training@wrct.org.

You should know that every week on we get together to give the newest albums a good listen. These weekly listening sessions are called “Music Staffs”. These listening sessions are how we determine what music makes it’s way into our record library and onto our airwaves. I’d like to personally extend an invitation out to you to join us during these listening sessions. Should you take me up on my offer you can find me and the rest of the crew at WRCT from 5 PM until 7 PM every Thursday.

Here’s hoping to see you soon!

If you’d like to learn more about WRCT, you can visit us online at www.wrct.org.

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