WUTK makes progress to save their signal

The University of Tennessee's radio station is closer to saving its signal. 90.3 The Rock has campaigned for donations for more than a week now to buy a transmitter they need to stay on the air.

For 31 years, students have used WUTK radio station as a laboratory to gain first-hand experience on the airwaves.

But the station manager says that could go away if they don't get the help they need.

"We've got a transmitter tower that's in bad shape. It could go down at any time. When that happens we lose our terrestrial signal at 90.3 fm. We can't do that because we are not supported financially by UT, so if our signal goes away our funding from our donors and underwriters and sponsors goes away," said Program Director Benny Smith.

All week the station has been appealing to their listeners to raise the $15,000 they need to buy a new transmitter.

The community is stepping up to help. Both Knoxville and Knox County's mayors went on the air Tuesday to make a proclamation in honor of National College Radio Day.

Even other radio stations pitched in. South Central Media's three stations hosted students as guest DJs on their airways to help raise funds.So far, they've raised $10,000 of the $15,000 they need.

While they are well on their way, they still need help.The University does not provide funding for WUTK.We reached out to them this afternoon for comment but did not hear back in time for the story.


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