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WWGC-FM records

 Collection
Identifier: LH-0092

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes the following materials: applications, audio recordings, permits, logs, proposals, reports, ledgers, budgets, invoices, memos, manuals, maps, correspondence, awards and contracts, and other materials.

Dates

  • 1958-2009

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Biographical/Historical note

West Georgia College's radio station, WWGC-FM, began broadcasting in 1973 as an educational resource project spearheaded by Director of Instructional Media, Dr. Charles L. Faires. Two years earlier, Faires was appointed by the Board of Regents as the College's Broadcasting Committee Chairperson and--along with five other committee members--began the initial groundwork necessary for the station's development. At its inception, the project served three central areas: academic, college publicity, and student interest. Academic radio programs initiated by individual departments provided students with opportunities to fulfill course credit by listening to the station. Such broadcasting included programs in music appreciation, Georgia history, and foreign languages; additionally, the station provided necessary publicity and information about West Georgia College for the community, as well as communicating information to students in various segments of the campus. Finally, the station offered student-oriented broadcasting (mostly music) as an outlet for student energies and interests. It was during this time that the station became affiliated with the National Association of Educational Broadcasters.

In the decades that followed, WWGC’s growth mirrored that of the growing West Georgia College. In 1977, Georgia Free Radio—Atlanta’s WRFG—donated equipment that allowed the station to increase its power to from 10 watts to 175 watts. This also allowed the station to change frequencies to 90.7 FM (from the original 89.3FM). With this increase in power—and, thus, wider availability in the community—WWGC’s responsibilities as a station also grew. Previously, WWGC often experienced difficulties as student workers would repeatedly fail to show up for their shifts. However, in the mid-1990s, the station became affiliates of Public Radio International and a member of Peach State Public Radio which afforded the station its much needed professionalization. This network affiliation allowed the station to hire full-time Radio Manager, Kevin Sanders, and to purchase updated equipment. WWGC combined its programming between Peach State Public Radio broadcasting and student-produced programs. These unique student programs included a fantasy radio drama produced by Sean Gilbert called “Snowden’s Adventure Hour,” and “Los Vos Hispano,” hosted by Gyla Gonzalez, which served as the Hispanic voice for Carrollton. Programing also included the popular “Velvet Soup,” a show hosted by Brooks Robinson that promoted local acoustic artists. The station also changed its call-sign to WUWG, affective when West Georgia College became The State University of West Georgia.

In 2008, the station assigned their license to the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission. Today, the station is a simulcast of GPTC programming and does not air any local or student broadcasts.

Extent

7.2 Linear feet (13 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

West Georgia College's first radio station, WWGC-FM, began broadcasting in 1973 under the supervision of the College's Director of Instructional Media, Dr. Charles L. Faires. The station continued to grow and expand its programming until ultimately assigning its license to the Georgia Public Telecommunications Commission (GPTC) in 2009. Today, the station runs a simulcast of GPTC programming only. Records from this collection include various legal documents such as radio license applications and renewals, student permits, and performance logs. Other materials include program logs covering the years 1994-2009, as wells as format proposals, annual ascertainment reports and equipment acquisitions.

Arrangement

The records are divided into six series: I.Equipment Files; II.Legal Documents; III.Maps; IV.Miscellaneous; V.Programming; VI.Recordings

Each series is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

Ownership and Custodial History

Collection donated by unknown donor. Audio recordings donated by Shawn Isaacs in May 2014

General Note

Related collections in this repository: none.
Title
Guide to the WWGC-FM records, 1958-2009. LH-0092
Status
Completed
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States