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No matter how cool you think you are(n’t), WRUV makes you part of the college radio community

May 14, 2020
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By Rachel Zell, WRUV

When touring UVM as a junior in high school, I walked past the WRUV station for the first time and thought, wow, I wish I could do that. Fast forward to September of my freshman year when my suitemate and I found a flyer announcing dates for the first DJ training session.

I began to second-guess myself, wondering if I was cool enough to do that. Sam, aforementioned suitemate and our last events director, convinced me to go with her. Ever since that first meeting, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how cool you are, who your favorite artist is, or if you know what cowpunk is; you have a place at WRUV.

Rachel Zell in studio

The station is a colorful community of all types of music-lovers, and that’s all they need to have in common.

I found my home at UVM after that first meeting. I met some of my best friends. I had a space on campus to decompress. I learned. A lot. I learned about music (duh). I learned about communicating with others. I learned about leadership and problem-solving and cooperation.

I never expected WRUV to become as big a part of my life as it did, but I’m so grateful for the time spent, lessons learned, friends made, and music turned up to full volume and danced to, alone but surrounded by an unseeable network of other music-lovers.

I never got to have my last show, but I hope that can stand as a promise for one last public-private jam session in the future.

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Rachel Zell, second from right, stands with the WRUV exec board at their August 2019 barbecue. To her left (the viewer’s right) is that suitemate, friend and fellow DJ to whom she refers: Sam.

Pat Fagan: Splitting my time between 2 UVM student media stations

May 14, 2020

Pat Fagan

By Pat Fagan, UVMtv and WRUV

I’ll be graduating this semester but will always remember my time with UVMtv and WRUV! UVMtv was a great first step to get myself involved in the arts community in Burlington, and DJing was the greatest thing I did at UVM!

McKenna Black: Being among talented illustrators at The Vermont Cynic

May 14, 2020

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By McKenna Black, The Vermont Cynic

I joined the illustration team at the beginning of my senior year, and I’m extremely grateful for the talented artists that I’ve met and worked with these past two semesters.

I have a new understanding of and an appreciation for news media that I hope will persist in my life after UVM.

Taylor Magda: Getting close to DJs and musicians at WRUV

May 14, 2020

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Taylor Magda, in the jean jacket, crowded into the DJ booth at WRUV.

By Taylor Magda

One of my favorite WRUV memories was sharing a show with my lovely co-DJ, Erin Richmond.

In the fall of 2018, we had Ron Gallo visit the station and talk about his latest album, Stardust Birthday Party, with us on the air before he played at ArtsRiot. It was an extremely special moment to be able to have a musician in the booth that we had been playing on our show. He even gave us free tickets to the show that night and brought us on stage and sang “Happy Birthday” (even though it wasn’t our birthdays).

It was an unforgettable experience and couldn’t have happened without WRUV!

Erin Richmond: ArtsRiot, concerts, DJs, friends & other WRUV adventures

May 14, 2020

Erin Richmond

By Erin Richmond, WRUV

One of my favorite moments with the station was interviewing Ron Gallo with my friend and co-DJ Taylor in November 2018 before he played a show at ArtsRiot that night. It was my first on-air interview, but he was so kind and responsive that it wasn’t nerve-racking at all. At his show that night, he brought me and Taylor and some others on stage and gifted us birthday cake (?) – it was such a wacky and wonderful thing, and definitely one of my favorite moments from my time at UVM.

Another favorite memory is from April 2019, when Taylor and I tabled for WRUV at a Broncho show at ArtsRiot. While we were dancing to the house music in between sets, I had accidentally punched the lead singer Ryan Lindsey in the chest (he was very nice about it) and the crowd later had to evacuate the building because the band’s fog machines created so much excess moisture that the fire alarms went off. It took a minute for the fire department to come and turn off the alarms, but the crowd that remained after the fiasco grooved all night long and made it worth the wait.

WRUV has introduced me to the coolest people, the coolest shows, and most importantly, the coolest music. Starting at the station my first semester of freshman year, I was so psyched to have a space to enjoy and expand upon one of my biggest passions and interests. There was no better compliment than someone poking their head into the station to say they liked the song I was playing, or have someone call in and ask what tune was currently playing because they couldn’t wait till when I announced it on-air.

I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this station, and doing so will be one of my fondest memories from UVM.

Georgia Hall: A listener let me know why WRUV DJs matter

May 14, 2020

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By Georgia Hall, WRUV

The first show I ever had was a 6 to 9 a.m. slot on Wednesdays.

Dragging myself out of bed and making my way from the dorm room to the booth in the cold and the dark was always a bit of a struggle. My roommates thought I was a little crazy, and all I could say was “who wouldn’t want to play fuzzed out rock and synthpop music in an empty room while talking to yourself through a microphone at 6 o’clock in the morning?”

In all seriousness, though, some days it did feel like I was just talking into the void, and who really wants to listen to my mediocre music selections anyway? But one day I got a call from a hospital staff member at the UVM Medical Center. They wanted to let me know how much they loved my show and that they would always tune in on the drive home from their night shift. That phone call made me realize the value of being a DJ.

People are listening, and you can have a positive impact on someone’s day even if it’s just through music.

Being a member of the WRUV community was truly one of the best things I did at UVM.

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Stephanie Hodel: Finding great friends and passion for a career at The Vermont Cynic

May 14, 2020

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By Stephanie Hodel, The Vermont Cynic

Being a part of the the Cynic was one of the highlights of my college career. It helped me recognize my love for design and how much I would love to work in the publishing industry post-grad.

My Cynic friends are some of my best friends, and I already miss being in the office every week. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

I wrote for the life section my freshman year and switched to layout first semester of sophomore year—proud to have worked at the Cynic all four years!

Lucy Rock: WRUV was my favorite part of the week

May 14, 2020

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By Lucy Rock, WRUV

Walking into the WRUV station before my show was my favorite part of the week. No matter what I was working on that day, I was walking into a space where I could put on my own music and give it whatever context I wanted to.

I used my show to tell babysitting stories, promote my friend’s bands, and play tracks that could change my mood in seconds. I wanted to be able to share songs that made me listen to music differently and play music that made the traffic on Main Street easier to sit through. I loved the odd callers I would answer the station phone to and the music I was only able to discover because it was sent to the station by lesser-known artists.

WRUV is filled with a variety of students and community members who all have different worlds of music and are excited to share them. I loved being a part of this group, and having a show made me appreciate the music I listen to in a new way.

Brandon Arcari: Walking into The Vermont Cynic newsroom on the first day of classes changed my life

May 13, 2020


By Brandon Arcari, The Vermont Cynic

The Cynic was a really instrumental part of my college career. I remember it being the one thing that I was looking for the most during the club fair my first year, and being completely unable to find the table. Instead, I simply wound up knocking on the door and wandering in during the first day of classes.

I had been the news editor at my high school paper, and knew I wanted to continue working in journalism at UVM. Several hours later, I realized I’d missed dinner plans with my roommate, and wound up going to Brennans for the first time with several new friends, all at least a year ahead of me, who cared enough to watch over this nervous first-year with no idea what he was doing. With them, I formed friendships that have lasted me through my college experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the Cynic for facilitating that.

Looking back on it, I’m proud of what I accomplished during my time at the Cynic, and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future. As a Cynic alum, I also have to thank everyone involved during my time at the Cynic, from the editors-in-chief I’ve worked under, to the exec board that I worked with when I served as news editor, (and that one time I stood in for the news editor on deadline my first year) to the writers, photographers, illustrators, page designers, copy staff and ad reps. Every one of them helped me to get where I am now, and I’ll never be able to thank every single person involved enough.

I appreciate every single person who welcomed me into their section, and especially those who went before and taught me, so that I could help others. Thank you all.


Brandon Arcari, far left, and the rest of The Vermont Cynic executive board in August 2018.

Emily Connolly: WRUV helped me push my own boundaries & connect with a community

May 13, 2020

image0By Emily Connolly, WRUV

During my time at UVM, I had the pleasure of hosting “The Ghoul Kids Club”, which was a talk show that aired Friday afternoons before moving to various weeknights at 8 p.m. Our discussions ranged from the paranormal, to strange stories, to hobbies, and to the experiences of people in the UVM and greater Burlington community. I loved every minute of it and will miss the calls and chat messages and fun times we had on the air.

WRUV gave me a space and time that was my own, and it really helped me push my own boundaries and connect with a phenomenal community of like-minded DJs with the raddest tunes and a deep love for the station.

One of my fondest memories will always be our Fall Pledge Drive Radiothon, which featured 10 uninterrupted hours of music, interviews, and live WRUV DJs celebrating our station; it was a moment that I felt some of my deepest appreciation for our DJ and listener community.

I will always be inspired by WRUV—even my thesis was radio-related!! I hope to drop on back in the booth whenever I’m in the area, but until then, I’ll keep that dial locked on our better alternative 🙂