Now I know I’m not the only person whose heart starts beating ridiculously fast when they walk up to the third floor, but it’s not because of the three flights of stairs. It’s beating in sync with the beat of Boston University, aka WTBU. WTBU is my home away from home (away from home). While I spend the majority of my time in COM, I spend even MORE time tucked away in WTBU.
For those of you who don’t know about WTBU, it is the hidden gem of COM. WTBU is our campus radio station (and CMJ Station of the Year winner – DYNASTY!!) We broadcast 7 days a week from 6 AM – 2 AM. And just a side note: I applaud you 6 AM shows, I know how tough that is (never forget Broadwaves Fridays 6-8AM Spring 2015). WTBU is home to every show imaginable. We’ve got talk shows, sports shows, music shows, a show that reads Tarot cards. You name it, we have it. And if we don’t, you can pitch it.
And while yes, we can be the stereotypical college radio station (you definitely know what I’m talking about), we are so much more (prepare yourself for the cheese).
I love the welcoming click of the door (god bless swipe access — thank you Julia!) and walking into the studio to warm welcomes from DJs or e-boarders. I love the ‘zine, the shows, street team, the rat posters (but not the rats), the gifs, and the PIZZA! (Yes, we get pizza AND gifs at GSMs). I love playing music at the GSU on Fridays (shout out to the Happy Friday crew – Mer, Jonathan, Angeli and Alex) and getting to gush about WTBU on my tours.
WTBU is a community. We’re interns turned DJs friends — maybe even turned family? (I like cheese… Sorry ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) The Howard Stern Lounge is our family room and you can almost always find an e-boarder relaxing or watching TV (hey Christiana) during the week. Intern Director Ben Coller is always ready to talk about absolutely anything. And I mean anything (Nickelback, Shrek, Titanic the Musical, etc.) DJ or Ingrid post up in the office, while Xander runs around begging people not to break anything.
So thank you, WTBU, for an amazing three semesters so far. I can’t wait for the next five. And if you haven’t joined WTBU yet, GET ON IT and intern next semester!
Also ~shameless plug~ but listen to my radio show Pop Cultured on Thursdays from 2-4pm!