90.5 frequency aka WVUM â€˜The Voice,’ University of Miami’s student-run radio station, won the 2011 mtvU College Radio Woodie for “Best Radio Station”. The award comes on the heels of major effort to revamp the station.
â€œIt’s a tough time for college radio,â€ said Andrew Spears, a DJ for the station. â€œColleges are cutting programs. Getting this award, we have a certain amount of good will.â€
The station also hopes to use the win to generate more sponsorships and money.
â€œWe can sell this to people in the community and to large national corporations,â€ Diaz said. â€œIt feels like a lot of pressure cause everyone expects it to translate to more money and projects.â€
The Federal Communications Commission recently approved the station for an increase in signal strength. This will allow the station to broadcast out 30 miles. However, the station cannot currently afford the upgrade.
â€œWe need more money so we can get the signal,â€ Diaz said. â€œIf we don’t get it by the deadline, someone else will and we’ll never be able to get it again after that.â€
The station is also looking to purchase Wide Orbit, a new music system that would replace their current iTunes system.
â€œWe have a lot of technical difficulties this program would solve,â€ Robertson said. â€œIt’s a whole new set-up. All professional radios have this, so why can’t we?â€
But for the time being, the station is simply relishing the victory.
The 2011 mtvU Woodies Awards will be airing on March 16 at 12 a.m. on MTV, MTV2 and mtvU.
Source: Alysha Khan / Miami Hurricane