On Thursday, April 22, it was announced that for the fourth year in a row (and the 8th time since 2002), WHUS has won the Hartford Advocate's Best of Hartford award for the Best College Radio Station. We couldn't have done it without the support of all of you, and we'd like to extend our thanks for listening, participating on our airwaves and for voting for us! You can read the story in the Advocate here and see a repost below:
"John Murphy, who's been the general manager of UConn's college radio station, WHUS (91.7), for 32 years, is excited about the recent re-installation of the station's enormous music library -- 48,000 CDs; 15,000 LPs -- into a newer, bigger space. "We have a collection that goes back 25 years," says Murphy. It's taken two years to complete the installation. And with the acquisition of a new space, WHUS also launched a brand-new interactive Web site, which Operations Manager Ben Shaiken says is an integral part of how the station works. "It's a community model," Shaiken says; college students and people in the community contribute to WHUS's programs. "Everybody has shows and works together. It's really cool because the youth at the station provide vibrancy and new ideas, and older people provide experience," says Shaiken. Because WHUS runs 24-hours and is run by a small staff, the station relies on members of the student and surrounding communities for content. The new Web site's capacity for interaction between DJs and listeners is exciting to the WHUS crew, who blog regularly, "alerting people about new music, [in addition to] doing the radio shows," Shaiken says. They're converting to HD soon, too, which means the sound will come in clear, like CD-quality clear, which is awesome."