Song - Artist - Album
Living Room - Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat
There are lots of ways to get involved at WHUS. There's lots of opportunities to do lots of things, from reading and reporting news to DJing music to broadcasting sports. You can also get involved in any department at WHUS by contacting the applicable Director. If you're interested in contributing to WHUS.org, please contact our Web Director. The most popular way to get involved is to get your own radio show, which is achieve through the successful completion of our Training Class.
WHUS offers training three times a year, during the Fall and Spring Semesters and during the Summer. Individuals who complete the WHUS Training Class are cleared to operate in WHUS's studios. There are three phases of training. Lectures begin with a no-obligation informational meeting and continue with hour-and-a-half meetings for each of the subsequent eight weeks. During this time, we cover legal, technical and aesthetic issues. The lectures culminate with a written exam, for which a passing grade s 80%. Trainees who fail this exam are permitted to re-take the exam once (for which 90% is passing). Don't worry, a 100% is easily achievable on the exam if a trainee attends class. The exam is to make sure that our DJs know the rules.
After the second week of lectures, we add labs during which small groups of trainees (usually less than three) meet weekly with a lab instructor to learn to use the equipment in our Production Studio. There are four meetings (including an evaluation) and they run concurrently with the lectures, and finish on or about the same date. Labs culminate in being cleared to use our Production Studio. Any time after being cleared to use the Production Studio, you may produce your demo (and do any other work you so choose); the format and scope of which are discussed during the class and are stipulated by the Program Director, to whom the demos are submitted.
After completing training in the Production Studio, trainees are paired with on-air DJ mentors. During this phase of training, you will be instructed in the use of our on-air studio and you will acquire behind-the-mic experience. This phase culminates in being cleared by your mentor. If all has gone according to plan, you are the cleared to be on the air. Your first opportunities will come as fill-ins for current on-air DJs who, for whatever reason, need coverage. Shortly thereafter you will have the opportunity to apply for the coming schedule, which changes three times each year.
The class is free to Full-Time UConn-Storrs Undergraduates and $40 for all others. To find out when the next class will be offered, or if you have other questions, email the Training Director.