WREK Radio

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WREK is an Atlanta-based radio station founded and maintained by students at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It can be heard on 91.1 FM and online at the station's website http://www.wrek.org . The station has operates on 400,000 watts of power 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. It has 6 different formats and over 40 specialty shows. WREK has the seventh largest potential audience nationwide due to its impressive broadcasting power. [1]

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History

Aegean Waves Show-1997

In 1967, Georgia Tech was looking to advance campus communications. The Dean of Students and the Dean of Publications Office invited Richard Crouch, then President of Georgia Tech’s Amateur Radio Club, to participate in a discussion regarding this problem of improving campus communications. [2] As a result WREK began and had its first broadcast on March 25, 1968 as non-commercial, student organized, radio station that played only mainstream music. It originally broadcasted with 10 watts of power, which covered an area of ten miles in radius, from noon to midnight. [3] Richard Crouch became the first general manager of WREK, Frances Wright, the first Chief Engineer, Wyman Jones, the first Programming Director, and Brook Byers, the first Business Manager. Richard Crouch was instrumental in the organization of WREK, he convinced the Student Council to supply funding for WREK, he obtained the top floor of the Electrical Engineering Building for WREK, he prepared the studio with the broadcasting equipment, the majority of which was donated, and he actively lead the effort to receive a license from the FCC. Upon graduating, Richard Crouch left WREK in the hands of Geoff Mendenhall. Mendenhall improved the range of WREK by designing and constructing a 425 watt power amplifier. WREK was constantly being adapted to the changes in technology, so in April 1993, WREK’s first website was created by Lisa Moore, well before the term "internet" was a commonplace word, and the website began transmitting live signal in November 1994. It was one of the first radio stations to broadcast over the internet. [4] More recently, WREK has announced the addition of a new High Definition subchannel HD, WREK Atlanta HD2. The new channel plans to broadcast more content related specifically to the university of Georgia Tech. Of course this addition will be accompanied by the diverse music selection the WREK-audience expects. [5]

Musical Shifts

WREK Atlanta began broadcasting only mainstream music. A major programming shift came in 1970 when the station shifted from the popular rock/acid rock genre to progressive music. This change was not accepted quietly by selected WREK listeners. [6] After, the station became dedicated to broadcasting music that could not be heard elsewhere on radio. In the early 1970s, WREK began replacing, then popular, “hard rock” with classical music.[7] In 1971, the radio station began broadcasting local concerts live. One early example was a live performance by the Grateful Dead and New Riders of the Purple Stage. [8] This year also brought an automated broadcasting system [9]. The system acquired the name “George P.” referencing George P. Burdell. In 1984, two radio shows “Destroy All Music” and “Personality Crisis” began. [10] These two shows are still playing on WREK. In 1987, the radio station switched to block formatting, with blocks of genre-specific musical programs [11]. In 1997, WREK released the Live at WREK CD. [12]

Current Programming

A schedule of WREK's specific programs or "sound blocks" can be found at http://www.wrek.org/blocks

Contact Information

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Studios for WREK Radio are located in the Student Center Commons on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Telephone Number: (404) 894-2468

Website: www.wrek.org

Email: general.manager@wrek.org


References

  1. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  2. Richard Crouch's narrative on the birth of WREK.About WREK. Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/?q=history6
  3. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  4. We got here first.WREK. Retrieved December 6, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/?q=wreknet-first
  5. WREK HD2 ON AIR!.WREK. Retrieved December 11, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/
  6. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  7. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  8. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  9. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  10. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  11. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
  12. Evolution of a 40,000 Watt Monster.WREK History. Retrieved December 9, 2010 from http://www.wrek.org/aboutus?q=history
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