WRGW (student radio)

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WRGW is the student-run radio station of The George Washington University. It broadcasts live every day online throughout the school year between 8am and 2am. The studio is in the ground floor of the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, where it has been located since 1999.[1]

History[edit]

While now only available on the internet, the station is named for a licensed broadcast radio station that first operated on campus in 1948.[2] That station was created as a result of efforts by GWU's Radio Club, which was founded in February 1929.[3] With the exception of a period between 1984 and 1986, WRGW has operated continuously since its founding, first on AM 540 and currently at http://www.gwradio.com.[2]

In 2013, WRGW received the Pyramid Award for Student Organization of the Year.

WRTV-AM 600[edit]

WRTV-AM 600 was a radio station at the George Washington University from the mid eighties until the late 1990s when it merged with WRGW. Unlike WRGW, which was entirely student operated, WRTV was a branch of the university's communications department. Academic advisors to the station included Professor Joan Thiel, Professor Gregory Lowe, and NPR's, Corey Flintoff.

The station's main purpose was to train students in broadcast journalism. It placed a heavy emphasis on news related to campus and the larger DC area. WRTV featured several music shows, sports talk programs, entertainment shows, as well as a nightly news broadcast. WRTV also covered campus home of games of the George Washington University Colonials basketball team.

Programming[edit]

WRGW District Radio offers more than 60 distinct programs across four different departments - music, talk, news, and sports.

Music[edit]

The music department is the largest department of the station, and a large variety of music types are reflected in the many different weekly music shows. Music shows sometimes include on-air interviews and live performances. The department hosts numerous events throughout the year and DJs for many university events.[4]

Talk[edit]

The talk department includes a wide variety of shows, with almost no topic off limits.[5]

News[edit]

WRGW News is broadcast from 6pm to 6:30pm on weekdays, and covers campus and local stories as well as national and international news. Members of the news department write stories and conduct original reporting on campus and local news. The news department website features these student written articles as well as recordings of all news broadcasts.[6]

Sports[edit]

The sports department covers many GW athletic events, including every GW Colonials women's and men's basketball game.[7] Sports analysis of campus and national sports is broadcast from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GW Radio - History
  2. ^ a b Leepson, Marc (2006-12-21). "WRGW Radio - History". The GW and Foggy Bottom Historical Encyclopedia. 
  3. ^ "ESPN's Mike Patrick to headline WRGW's 75th Anniversary Celebration". Colonial Cable. 2004-02-01. 
  4. ^ "MUSIC". gwradio.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "TALK". gwradio.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "NEWS". gwradio.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "George Washington U.: WTWP to carry GW men's basketball". America's Intelligence Wire. 2006-05-04. 
  8. ^ "SPORTS". gwradio.com. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 

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