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WVRU is the bees’ knees

If you haven’t heard of it yet, WVRU is the campus radio station for RU. It’s also run by students here on campus. Although most of the students in the broadcasting club are also participants at the radio station, they are always looking for new additions outside of student media. At Club Fair, WVRU had its own table with CDs scattered all over it.

WVRU rocks at Radford University! Graphic from Radford website
WVRU rocks at Radford University! Graphic from Radford website

When I asked for more details, I was told that they were one of RU’s radio stations. It’s compiled of student DJs. When walking into the interest meeting in September, I didn’t know what to expect of WVRU. The people running the station informed us that we could go through the training throughout the fall semester and begin working at the station during the spring semester. There are also opportunities for scholarships, and internships.

The meeting was informal, but included stating our semester availability for training days. The group then walked over to Porterfield for a tour of Studios A, B, and C. Students were given the opportunity to learn at the radio station and gain real radio-host skills. The training was to be a meeting once every week for most of the remaining semester.

The station has several programs that include a large helping of jazz music, death metal, and student shows of varying genres. There are also BBC news breaks, PSA’s, and a few promos. The station is public, so no sponsers, means no commercial breaks. WVRU’s station is also available for online listening. You can easily find it on RU’s website by doing a quick search.

During the training, those of us who stuck through the whole process learned the basic operations a DJ performs. This included knowing our way around the studio and learning how to work the equipment. At the end of the training period, students are tested on their ability to understand the regulations of the studio and what’s expected of them. There’s also a hands-on test to ensure that each student is able to show that they can correctly transition from one song to another and control the sound correctly.

Limbaugh’s commentary on Williams’ death & credible news sources

A couple of weeks ago, we lost a legend. Robin Williams was found dead in his home, due to an apparent suicide. Scrolling through Facebook and various other forms of media, it was easy to see that his loss affected everyone in some shape or form. I’ll openly admit, to ugly-crying a few times watching tribute videos.

But, of course, in the sea of praise for Williams, there were also many negative voices. One of those voices belonged to the infamous Rush Limbaugh. In one segment of his radio show, Limbaugh began by reading a question from one of his listeners that asked, “what are the politics in Robin Williams’ death? Limbaugh began to explain that Williams’ death was somehow connected to the “general unhappiness of the left.”

“I was, however, very shocked that Limbaugh would be so trashy and distasteful as to tie a suicide to politics.”

Even though I’m definitely a left-winger, I wasn’t terribly offended by Limbaugh’s comments about how “miserable” the left is. After all, Limbaugh is a right-winger; he doesn’t know my level of happiness. I was, however, very shocked that Limbaugh would be so trashy and distasteful as to tie a suicide to politics. It’s especially offensive that Limbaugh would attack someone who was so very loved and brought nothing but joy to his audience just days after their death. No matter what your political preference is, there’re certain things that should be left unsaid. Suicide has nothing to do with politics. Williams lived a great life, but he was ill. He died of depression, not his political standpoint.

Limbaugh wasn’t only offensive in saying this, but he was also making a very far reach. What makes him think that he can tie two very different things together? Limbaugh has proven over and over again that he isn’t a credible source, though many would argue differently. His opinion is his opinion, but with logic so blurry, I can’t help but wonder how this man was given a platform. With so many talented young professionals looking for jobs, why do we allow this guy to have any platform?

A few people may agree with Limbaugh, which is sad. But why do we continue to give people such as him, or Bill O’Reilly for that matter, a platform? People like Limbaugh and O’Reilly make these far reaches just for the shock factor. But it seems that people believe them just because they have a platform. No matter how big of a platform they have, they may very well have no credibility or anything that makes them qualified whatsoever. The fact that Limbaugh isn’t categorized as a satirist is shocking to me. We need to stop making these people famous, and start looking into what makes a real, credible news source.