Published: February 18, 2010
When the clock strikes 7 on Thursday evenings, Jeremy Donovan ’11 becomes Donnie Dark.
a volunteer at WUTT, the campus radio station, Donovan spends two hours
every week live broadcasting the radio show “Black Noise,” bringing the
best in alternative rock, news and pop culture to the airwaves floating
around UT’s campus.
And since January, “Black Noise” and the
station’s 28 other live shows can be heard in Australia, Bangladesh and
Madagascar, in fact anywhere there is Internet.
The live Web streaming at
is just one of the new upgrades to WUTT. An undergraduate class
developed a comprehensive marketing plan for WUTT to help increase its
audience. During the winter break, the station’s headquarters at North
Walker Hall underwent a renovation, receiving updated equipment and
creating a more ergonomic workspace.
“It feels more like a
professional radio station,” said Adjunct Instructor Valerie Ingram
Hinkley who teaches the Practicum in Broadcast Management class. Her
students help out a handful of volunteers who keep WUTT humming.
has deep roots at The University of Tampa. The campus owned an FM
frequency as early as 1952 under the call letters WTUN, transmitting on
88.9 FM. In 1962, due to lack of funding, the station switched to AM
where it broadcasts still today via on-campus TV channel 95 and radio
station 1080 AM.
Run as a student organization funded by Student
Government, WUTT hosts promotional events like pool parties and
participates in campus events like PirateFest and Campus MovieFest.
there are 28 live shows, Hinkley said she’d like to have either live or
pre-recorded programming going 24 hours a day. She said they hope to
diversify the programming too, adding in more art, theater and sports
“I’d like a good jazz show, a contemporary Christian
‘Uplifting Hour,’” said Hinkley. “I’d like an ‘Ask the Dean’ call-in
Zack Greenfield ’12, a communication major, provides film
critiques for WUTT. A recipient of the Jay Forry Merit Award,
Greenfield works with professional film critic Jay Forry as a mentor,
helping shape his craft.
“I send him my review, and he tells me
how or what I can do better,” said Greenfield, who commits to producing
at least eight reviews a semester. “I’ve learned to really have fun
doing the reviews.”
Donovan started volunteering as a freshman,
then took the class, then became general manager and now is back to
volunteering. He runs “Black Noise” with his three buddies who are all
juniors majoring in communication: Damian “Sweet” Sweet, Jeremy “Dr.
Pie” Laboy and Brian “Optimus Prime” Himert.
“It’s a lot of
fun,” Donovan said. “It’s added to my UT experience and given me a good
idea of what it’s like to work in a radio station.”
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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