What is WDCE?
WDCE is the University of Richmond’s radio station. We have been student-run and operated since the 1960’s. We consist now of a combination of students, alumni, faculty/staff, and community DJs, which allows us to operate year-round. This combination also creates an environment in which everyone can learn from one another. We have DJs who have been doing radio for decades (many of which have been continuously with WDCE, while others have worked professionally at commercial stations) and can teach students about the radio business. At the same time, we have student DJs who had previously never stepped inside a studio, and can teach the seasoned DJs a thing or two about new approaches and new music.
Where is WDCE?
We are located in the basement of North Court, back around by the tennis courts. If you can’t find us, call 804-289-8790. That’s our studio line, so the on-air DJ will answer it and give you directions.
Prior to finishing your training, you will need to call that number to be let in the studio whenever you go in to train with or shadow a DJ. We have our own entrance into the building that is locked with a key code. You’ll receive this code once you finish training and begin your show.
What is required of a WDCE DJ?
Student DJs are required to attend their show every week. Additionally, they are required to help for 4 hours per semester with promotions on campus. This includes attending events (such as concerts or DJing events) or helping with tabling in the Commons (THC).
What is tabling, you ask? Tabling is the easiest possible promotions we do. It consists of setting up and manning a table in the Commons for a few hours. Students will sign up for at least one hour, and will be required to sit at the table and talk about the station if asked. You are welcome to read, do homework, or just stare into space while tabling.
Are there non-DJ positions available?
Yes there are! We need a ton of help all the time with running and marketing the station. Go here to find a full list of available positions.
Do I need to know a lot about music?
Not at all. We’re a college radio station, so we encourage our DJs to learn while they’re here. We approach it as an opportunity for DJs to learn about music, the radio industry, broadcasting, marketing, and other people.
Could I do a non-music show?
Yep. We allow talk shows of varying formats. These shows are usually only one hour (as opposed to the two hours for music shows) and can range in topics from international news to campus sports.
Will I get a timeslot right away?
The earlier in the school year that you contact us, the more likely you are to receive one, as the timeslots are first come, first serve. We do have an application process, but as soon as you pass that and the interview/initial training phase, you’ll be scheduled for a timeslot. The timeslot you may receive depends on when you apply during the course of the school year. We usually fill all timeslots between 10am and 1am within the first two months of the year.
What is expected of a show?
A show is supposed to be, first and foremost, curated for your audience. We have listeners who tune in regularly and are expecting a certain level of quality from our programming. Please reference the music you can and cannot play on our list of rules. Long story short, do not play Top 40 or Billboard Hits. If you don’t know what that means, Google is your friend. Our music directors keep track of what everyone’s playing to ensure we have a cohesive station sound.
When creating a show, especially for the first few months, we recommend creating a playlist ahead of time. You are welcome to spend time in the station to become familiar with the equipment and the music we have so you can plan accordingly.
How many hours are required every week?
Music format shows are required to be at least two hours long and occur once a week. Because of planning that’s involved (such as looking up new music or curating your playlist), as well as station events and meetings DJs are required to attend, count on at least 4 hours per week. If you are unable to spend 4 hours with us, you may want to look into a non-DJ position.
What happens if I miss my show?
We understand that things happen. Papers come up, family issues get in the way, life happens. It’s okay. However, you do need to find a sub for your show. Legally we cannot have dead air (FCC rules), so you need to have someone in there subbing for you. The best way to do this is via our DJ e-mail list. You’ll need to e-mail out to the list that you need a sub as soon as possible.
There is one exception for students. For breaks during which the dorms are formally closed (Thanksgiving, winter, spring, summer), you do not have to find a sub. However, please try to find one so we have continuous programming. What this exception means is that students will not be reprimanded for being forced to leave campus by the school. Please refer to our Attendance Policy for more information.
What if I want to do an in-studio event (such as a band, interview, or guests)?
We encourage DJs to bring in artists, colleagues, and friends. Simply let us know a week in advance so we can advertise the event. The best course will be to alert either our Social Media Director or our Program Director with your event.
How many people are allowed in the studio at one time?
We have a limit of 5 people at a time.
There is one exception to this. If a band has 5 or more people, they can all be in the studio as long as they are on air. Otherwise, they need to be in the lounge next to the studio.
I’m an artist/promoter. How can I submit my music?
E-mail email@example.com with any submissions.
How can I make a request on air?
Call the studio line at 804-289-8790!
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