Radio club unveils new website

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McDaniel’s radio station, MGTRadio, is excited to announce some substantial changes for the new school year.

This past semester, the radio club focused on rebuilding its brand and has since unveiled a new and improved website.

“Over the past two years, MGT Radio has evolved into a digital radio station. Gone are the days of antenna broadcasting,” said Robert Lemieux, faculty adviser to the club. “As part of the transition to digital, we’ve created a website that highlights the station’s many features and a link to the digital player.”

The website also features details of their booking services. The campus community is welcome to rent MGT Radio sound equipment for various events, and even request the help of club members. Pricing and contact information appear under the “book us!” tab on the site.

In addition, the club took the time last spring to organize all its music and create sub-libraries for smoother playing. Quite a few songs had been purchased by members who have since graduated, which made those files inaccessible and caused unfortunate gaps of silence in the online player.

Lemieux requested outside help to remove the duplicate and inaccessible files, offering junior Jake Fine credit for an independent study in exchange for the meticulous work.

“It was a huge challenge, sorting through a catalog of around 12 thousand songs, but I was able to complete the task,” said Fine. “And now every song has at least one genre folder that it belongs to.”

This semester, Lemieux and the rest of the club plan to focus on reaching more listeners and hope to expand their selection of student-run shows. Though not a member of the radio club, Fine had some ideas as well.

“I think it would be awesome if locations on campus could stream audio from our radio station if there are shows being held at that time. Students in the Pub or the Gill gym could hear their music curated by their peers while they’re out and about,” he said. “It would also be cool to see the radio club DJ more events on campus.”

The club will meet in Lewis on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and is optimistic about the semester ahead.

“We anticipate that our momentum will lead to a more vibrant campus presence, as well as an increase in listeners,” said Lemieux.

The McDaniel Free Press is excited to partner with MGTRadio. We have included a permanent link to the new radio club website beneath the “Media” tab.