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Georgia Regents University adding funding for WACG-FM

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 8:11 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 9:27 PM
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A new voice is coming to local radio station WACG-FM (90.7), the Georgia Public Broadcasting station on the former Augusta State University campus.

Georgia Regents University is providing funding for a station manager, radio host and community liasion – someone who will provide hyperlocal content for the school and Augusta, university and GPB officials said. The open position is advertised but not yet filled.

Much of the station’s programming will remain the same including syndicated shows from GPB and National Public Radio.

“It’s reinvigorating WACG,” said David Brond, GRU’s senior vice president for communications and marketing.

The station manager and host will be hired by GRU but subject to editorial review by GPB, Brond said.

Improvements to technology at the station building will be co-funded by GRU and GPB.

The changes should be underway by March, Brond said.

Mandy Wilson, communications manager for GPB, said the position is similar to one in Macon, Ga., where GPB partners with Mercer University and the Center for Collaborative Journalism. There, students learn about the broadcasting industry and intern with the radio station.

A radio station was founded in 1973 at Augusta College, later renamed Augusta State University before its recent merger with Georgia Health Science University to form GRU. Since 1986, it has retained a partnership with GPB, Wilson said.

Student radio internships are a short-term goal for GRU, Brond said. Eventually, he would like to see students initiate a student-run radio station.

“This will bring additional resources that will assist students in a professional setting,” Brond said.

Wilson said there are no immediate plans to hire a GPB reporter in the Augusta area. A reporter was last at the station in 2010, and a part-time producer and announcer resigned in 2011, she said.

“We are just trying to build the station up and we thought it important to get a station manager, a host in,” Wilson said.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/24/13 - 06:56 am
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If memory serves me

As a former 1970's Augusta College student, helping out with White columns and Bell Ringer, I remember a failed attempt to change the WACG format and that immediately halted.

I was told, WACG was started and funded by a certain family with the endowment restriction that it have a certain format.

Has that restriction expired or changed?

LuvMyTown
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LuvMyTown 01/24/13 - 06:57 am
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Good News

More local content and student radio. Love it.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 01/24/13 - 07:30 am
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The "restrictions" were in place in the 80s...

Open Curtain...I was thinking about that last night when I first saw this story. Good question.

There were a couple of guys who were leading the charge to challenge that rule (no music BUT classical or light jazz...basically no rock 'n roll) in my day, ironically, one of them is now an adjunct professor at ASU, another is one of the best high school history teachers in the state of Georgia. (respectively Matthew Buzzell and David Bradberry)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 08:10 am
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Talk Radio

This sounds like talk radio with a local emphasis. Super, but I wonder how that approval of content will work out. Nothing about Azziz will be allowed, for instance, I'll wager.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 01/24/13 - 08:54 am
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I doubt very seriously...

...they would put a daily, local, current events oriented talk show on the air.

College stations (successful ones, anyway) have a hyper focus on music...and usually a few specialty talk shows on the fringes of the programming schedule.

The main thing they need to do is to get students involved in the dang thing. And they also need to dig up whoever approved the decades long prostitution deal that chained the station to one specific format, and punch that person in the mouth. (Rhetorically speaking, of course.)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/13 - 09:01 am
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WACG

The radio station should try very hard to hang onto its call letters. WGRU would just rub salt into too many wounds around here.

I moved to Augusta in the 1980s and I remember the WACG announcer (his name was Alan something) frequently saying something like, “This station is funded by the Anne Cumming Langdon Foundation,” or something like that. Either the foundation ran out of money, or the trustees ceded broadcasting decisions to the state at some time in the 1990s. The article states that they joined the state network in 1986, but I remember that the programming was still largely in the hands of that guy Alan until well into the 1990s.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 01/24/13 - 09:44 am
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I have contacted the ASU PR folks...

...and I anticipate some answers soon.

LL...I believe that was Alan Drake you are talking about.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/13 - 08:02 pm
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Augusta Symphony on WACG

Back in the day, Alan Drake [edit – I'm now pretty sure his name was Cook – LL], program manager of WACG, would record Augusta Symphony concerts in the Maxwell Theater (and even some concerts when they moved into First Baptist sanctuary for their concerts). He used a high-quality stereo microphone hung from the ceiling. He would later broadcast the concerts on WACG. Some of them were quite good. In fact, in 1996 the Atlanta Symphony went on strike for a pretty good part of the season, and Dr. Portnoy contracted many Atlanta Symphony players for Augusta Symphony concerts. Those concerts were really great!

I'll bet those analog tapes still exist in some archives over at WACG. It would be good if the station airs some of those concerts when they start producing more local programming.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/24/13 - 11:07 am
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New slogan for WACG!

"Dr. Cool radio!"

faithson
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faithson 01/24/13 - 12:11 pm
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I see opportunity

Sounds like cool minds are on the job... can't wait to dial up 90.7 when the content the students look for is programmed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 03:18 pm
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About Local Content

This is the line I was referring to about the local content.

"Georgia Regents University is providing funding for a station manager, radio host and community liasion – someone who will provide hyperlocal content for the school and Augusta, university and GPB officials said."

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/13 - 05:08 pm
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Displace

Someone would have to decide which NPR program(s) gets the axe for the time slot(s) of the new local programming. I hope they take off the annoying NPR talk programs and do not take away from the classical music or the jazz. There's precious little of that on the radio these days.

Nomination for most annoying: This American Life

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/24/13 - 05:49 pm
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Open Curtain, Music Prof.

Open Curtain, Music Prof. Harry Jacobs started the radio station and was vehement that it only play classical, etc. Whether there was a donor who made that a requirement, I'm not sure, but it does ring a bell. Is he the one you meant or was it another donor?

faithson
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faithson 01/24/13 - 06:09 pm
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good ole Harry Jacobs

yes river, that makes perfect sense remembering Prof Jacobs. My wife does appreciate the music at work.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/13 - 08:05 pm
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Alan Cook

After tooling around on the internet, I'm pretty sure now that the former announcer was Alan Cook. He was the voice of the station for many years. His is the voice I heard giving the name of the foundation that provided the money for his salary and many more of the station's expenses. I still hear it in my ears as anne cumming langdon (or sometimes anne c. langdon), but I did not get any hits on my google searches.

createyourfuture
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createyourfuture 01/25/13 - 06:30 am
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radio

http://cflradio.net/840_WGRU_AM.htm

My wife and I enjoy NPR, so we listen to Aiken most of the time. Having a different format in Augusta other than automated classical music would be welcomed. I agree about This American Life.

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