WDJM is back on campus and looking to expand

Brennan Atkins / THE GATEPOST

As you walk into the WDJM studio, you are met with walls adorned in gray soundproofing foam panels, famous album covers throughout the ages, and vinyl records all over.

The orange glow of the Himalayan salt lamp brings the groovy look of the room together.

WDJM is located in McCarthy 402, and is a student-run organization that has the responsibility of producing shows for students, providing clubs with music, and empowering students by giving them a platform to on which to speak.

The “DJM” in the name stands for D. Justin McCarthy, a former president of the University and for whom the McCarthy Center is named.

In the spring 2019 semester, Jacob Robbins, junior and president of WDJM, brought back the organization to what it is today.

“WDJM went through this weird period where it was almost left to the boneyard, for lack of better terms.

“When I was a freshman here, after my first semester of being on campus, I got a radio show, and at the end of my freshman year, I ran for secretary,” he said.

After a short period of the organization’s inactivity, in his sophomore year, Robbins said, ‘Would it be OK if I kind of took the reins a little, and kind of get it [WDJM] back on its feet?’ They [SILD] said if you’re able to get a trustworthy group of people together – yes.”

He said he went from hearing nothing to suddenly hearing from people who wanted to get involved.

“We were a rag-tag, MacGyver-like kind of eBoard, and we figured out roles and positions and other business stuff. This was around fall 2018, and that was my first time becoming president of the station, and I remain as president today,” he said.

“I saw the potential. I saw this as a way to get the community involved. … I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Robbins said he is incredibly happy and comfortable with where WDJM is currently at, and the eBoard is eager to achieve even more in terms of strengthening itself.

“Our mission statement for WDJM is kind of a two-in-one. First, it’s to increase the involvement of the community. Our presence on campus comes in two ways – being a radio station, and being a tool for other clubs, associations, and councils as well.

Robbins explained “The radio station part is to have students come on to WDJM as a general member and go through training to learn how to host their own radio show. After six hours of training, and a test hour with an eBoard member, they will be able to host their own radio show.

“The other part of it is being a tool for clubs, so as WDJM, we’re not just a radio station. We’re also an outlet for other clubs, councils and such, to play music at events for free. I noticed one big issue was in years past – a lot of clubs were spending money on music. They would hire DJs to come to their event and play music, and we stepped in and said, ‘We don’t want you doing that. Your event money should not be spent on simply music.’ 

“We have our own speakers at WDJM – we offer to other clubs our ability to go there and play music for free, the music that they want to hear, through the speakers we have. 

“We’re a free service, and if they want to use us, they’re more than welcome to,” he said.

Robbins then detailed the variety of programming they offer.

“We currently have shows from sports podcasts to talk shows- we have people like myself, I play a lot of ’40s music – we have people who play hip-hop, R&B – you name it.”

“We want to empower the students to be able to give their own spin of what they want to see more of in the community, and to be able to put that in this community.”

Robbins said that he always loved “mass media,” and while he didn’t come to FSU with the immediate plan of doing radio, he quickly found interest in the airwaves.

“When I heard about the radio at FSU, I felt like it was right up my alley. … I had been craving to do something that other people can enjoy. At the end of the day. I enjoy boosting people’s spirits. I just like giving back to people. I realized the radio is exactly that,” he said.

WDJM meets every other Tuesday in McCarthy 402 and can be found on 91.3 FM.

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