Greetings WUOG Alumni,
As some of you may know, there has recently been some concern amongst WUOG alumni about the increasing amount of off-air activity at WUOG. In response to this, yesterday the WUOG Alumni Association executive council sent a letter to leaders and mentors of WUOG (i.e. the General Manager, the Graduate Advisor, the Faculty Advisor and the Director of Student Activities) to raise the concerns about the station. A full copy of the letter is available here.
We are pleased to report that we received a prompt response to our concerns – the response from Director of Student Activities Ed Mirecki follows below. As Ed suggests, we think that having face-to-face interaction during the upcoming alumni weekend (October 1-3) will be a great opportunity to work on these issues together. We welcome your feedback (concerns, suggestions, etc.) and involvement in this process – just send an email to chairman <@> wuog.org or post a message on our facebook page.
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this effort so far! It is really inspiring to work with alumni that are still so passionate about the future of WUOG!
Long live WUOG,
WUOG Alumni Association chair
PS – please don’t forget to submit your nominations for the next WUOG Alumni Association executive council!
Response from Ed Mirecki (20 August 2010):
Beth and Lynn,
Thank you for your letter. I want both of you to know, as well as all of the alumni, that we share your concerns regarding WUOG’s on-air presence outside of the academic calendar, and the impact this situation has on the station’s reputation and standing within the larger community. I appreciate your invitation to open a dialogue on how the WUOG community can best address this situation.
As you mentioned in your letter, there has been significant disruption with the broadcasting equipment over the past two years as we have made the transition to the new studio in the Tate Student Center. However, I agree with your sentiments that expectations regarding WUOG’s on-air presence during “break radio” need to be addressed. In my opinion, there are a number of different factors that have contributed to this situation over the past couple of years, and I hope that by opening a discussion with the students, staff, and alumni we can identify solutions to improve our year-round broadcasting schedule.
I have been looking into the funding that was available for “break radio” and know this was a resource that was in place between 1993 and 2004. I am researching why this program was discontinued in 2004, and what factors were involved in that decision. (If you have any insight on this issue, please let me know.) I also believe it would be beneficial to discuss other possible options for the station as well. Since I started here in 2005, I have personally been opposed to the thought of automation at WUOG, but I recognize that as a community, it might be time to have at least a serious discussion about what that would mean for the station.
I know that Alumni Weekend will be coming up soon at the beginning of October, and trust that would be an ideal time to explore and discuss this issue. Of course, if there is a possibility of starting a discussion on this topic earlier, I would certainly be open to meeting with you, or coordinating a conference call with other interested alumni. I am also interested in pulling together relevant information and doing the necessary groundwork to prepare for the meeting in October. Please let me know your thoughts on the next steps.
Thank you again for sharing your concerns. I want you to know that we are committed to working with you to sustain and grow the success of WUOG, and I am looking forward to working with you to address this issue.
Director of Student Activities