WALT by WALT
think we need WALT on campus as it represents the personality of the
student body at Davidson. WDAV does not represent the student body
here, and I think we would be swamped with requests and shows if we
were able to afford an FM signal or an Internet broadcast. Let’s
face it--people just don’t listen to AM, but even with the AM/FM
problem, we have come along way in providing programming that is unique
and informative and we will keep struggling to provide a student-run
radio (like every other campus) that reflects the students’
points of view, concerns, music, programming, etc. I will continue
to support WALT as long as the students want student radio.
--James Nash, WALT Student Advisor
The current WALT staff works its ass off for little or no visible
improvement in the quantity of shows or an increase in popularity.
We work with little or no free cash because we cannot get support
from the student body. We will only get support from the student body
if we spend money on an FM transmitter or more bandwidth or better
production equipment, etc. The things I could do with WALT with just
a little money--it is such an underused, underap-preciated little
organization that could do so much. We just need one generous ATC
allocation and their acknow-ledgement of the necessity to spend money
on WALT without any restrictions based on popularity just one time.
It’s a vicious cycle.
--Lauran Halpin, WALT Station Manager
WALT is a very young station. Originally WDAV was a student radio
station, but due to various reasons they had to change their format.
Most Colleges that have large FM stations also have a mass media major
that was started in the seventies. Being a young station and not having
an affiliation with a department are the two factors that keep WALT
small. Now, instead of worrying about how many DJs we have or when
we will have a powerful signal, WALT is going to be the best AM station
that it can be with it’s present resources. Hopefully, when
we show what we can do with the equipment we have now the school will
be willing to invest more energy and money into the program.
The way we hope to improve our quality of programming is by having
a more intensive training program and by paying the DJs. Incentive
for the DJs is something that Davidson has never provided. Most schools
either pay their DJs or give them a class credit for their time. We
do not have that luxury. We have a group of shows called core programs,
whose DJs went through an interview process to get their shows. They
have to make every show and turn in a taped version of their show
for review by the eboard in order to receive payment. We hope that
this provides programming that the students will want to tune in on
their radios. We don’t necessarily cater to the alternative
scene. Students run our radio station, and they decide the format.
College Radio is not dying out. We might see an evolution to a digital
signal in the next few years, but people will always want to share
music and ideas with one another. Even if CMJ were to go under, labels
would still find a way to get their product to college
radio. We are the first group to give new bands a chance. --Rocky
Charton, WALT Program Director