Today is a sad day for WUAG 103.1 fm, UNCG’s campus radio station. The full-time, permanent General Manager, Jack Bonney, will be leaving us. His position has been eliminated because of the budget cuts coming from the NC General Assembly. Jack was the first full-time General Manager when he started in February 2003 and he has done an incredible amount of work to make WUAG an amazing station. From bringing in Joanna Newsom to starting a record fair to moving the entire station into a new building, Jack has worked tirelessly to make WUAG one of the best college radio stations in the nation. As someone who attended UNCG as an undergraduate in the 1990s, I’ve seen the station go from being a clique of indie kids to a powerhouse of all-inclusive college radio. UNCG will be missing a key person as we go into the next academic year. It is an absolute shame.
In addition to being a strong leader for the station, Jack has also been committed to the preservation of its history. He has tried to give copies of the station’s CD compilations and magazines to our archives every year. Because of that archival material a colleague, David Gwynn, and I put in a proposal to our Digital Projects Task Force to digitize the entire run of the station’s print magazines. Both David and I have worked for the station–he as a volunteer General Manager and myself as a student Program Director–so this project meant a lot to us. And the proposal was accepted!
When it is digitized we will share more information about the DCRs, but basically this is the station’s zine. It started in the 1980s as In Print and became Dead City Radio sometime in the 1990s. The title comes from a William S. Burroughs’ cd title, but we also have a station liner with WSB saying, “This Dead City Radio on WUAG Greensboro, North Carolina.” Considering both the city’s nickname, “Gate City,” and its historical, let’s say, sleepiness, it is a perfect title for WUAG’s publication.
I hope in addition to digitizing the zine we may be able to create a web presence of some sort (although I haven’t talked to David about this yet) where former and current DJs can share their experiences and memories of creating this amazing publication. I see this as a very small way to honor the work of Jack Bonney and his efforts to make WUAG the station it is today.