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WOSP-Radio not quite ready to fly

Osprey Radio, a member of the Center for Student Media trichotomy, has many obstacles to overcome before it begins streaming again.

At the moment, this station-in-the-works’ biggest issue deals with construction in their new Student Union office.

The disc jockey room was not constructed with the proper sound proofing, said John Timpe, student media advisor.

A request has been made to Facilities Planning.

However, Zak Ovadia, director of Facilities Planning, said it would take until the fall semester to complete the request.

A new change Osprey Radio might face is a possible call letter change from WOSP to WOPR, said Patrick Moore, Osprey Radio technical director.

But more importantly on the list of objectives is filling in staff.

Timpe said only two of the five-person staff have been hired, and both are new.

Another setback for the station is their lack of ability to have their own place on the dial.

Osprey Radio’s plan was to have a low-power FM station that would broadcast about a five-mile radius around UNF, Timpe said.

Low-power FM stations are more common in rural areas where there is plenty of space on the dial.

WOSP had a frequency chosen at 107.9, but when Congress decided to increase the distance low-power FM stations must be from a commercial station, they were no longer eligible, Timpe said.

But recently, in an appeals case in Washington, D.C., a circuit court sided with the low-power FM stations. This ruling did not change the distance increase, but suggests Congress to revisit the bill.

Now Osprey Radio is trying to begin the application process to get on the dial, but the frequency they are trying to pursue may no longer be available, Timpe said.

One possibility is for someone to kindly donate a spot on the dial and a transmitter, Timpe said, despite his suspicions that this is highly unlikely.

Nadine Robertson, station manager, said her goals for Osprey Radio are to increase listeners and also increase student involvement.

“I would also like to do a Woodstock-like concert where local artist are given the opportunity to display their work,” Robertson said.

Another goal for the station is to attain more listeners by making broadcasts available to students in their dorm rooms and in offices across campus through a cable like Osprey TV, Timpe said – an improvement from their previous Web-only existence.

Osprey Radio plans to be up and running online this fall, Moore said.

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    Nadine RobertsonAug 30, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Much of the issues addressed in this article have been erased. The day that this article was published two staff members were hired-that being a promotions director and music director. Yes, the dj booth still needs to be sound proof-we have already received quotes & contacted someone to take action on improving the booth and we have also started the necessary paperwork to get a low powered FM channel-but this will take time. We are not changing call letters from WOSP to WORP-however we are dropping WOSP because these call letters are already in use by some other station who already has a dial. There is no guarantee that even if we were to change the call letters to something else that they wouldn’t be taken by the time we do get a dial-so instead of changing and having to change countless times in between-confusing our listeners-the staff have decided to be known as just Osprey Radio. When the time comes to be on a LP channel we will then incorporate call letters. As station manger i guarantee that the WOSP not quite ready to fly image and all negative images associated with the past will cease to exists. The station has already done a 360 degree turn-by djing more events on campus-thus gaining more exposure-attracting more members-and creating positive images by successfully networking with other organizations on campus. Such as OP, IFC, AASU, the Honors Program, Resident Life, and more to come. The station has updated its website, policies, equipment, staff, location, updated to digital cataloging its music library, and is also in the process of updating its logo through a logo competition advertised to the student body. We are also implementing/offering a sponsorship and advertisement package to businesses this year-therefore obtaining revenue to but prizes for listener give-a-ways & to also have to buy other goods and services to make the station more productive. My staff and I have been working hard to see that the following goals are surpassed: Recruit and maintain members, build network with other campus organizations, network with businesses for sponsorships and donations, restructure osprey radio with organization and professionalism, rebuild relationships with record labels and artists, dj more on campus events, host events and fundraiser to serve the community, bring artists to campus for meet-n-greets and performances, promote osprey radio in a positive, appealing manner on campus and abroad, Increase music library with more mainstream music selections, and finally get osprey radio on an FM channel. I hope that everyone will acknowledge that we are the new and improved Osprey Radio. Please visit our website, facebook, myspace, and follow us on twitter. You may also visit us in building 58/2202 . Thanks for your time.

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    Jason YurgartisAug 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Can I DJ? I’ll work for low-grade beer under a pseudonym.