Spotlight on Clubs: WPUB Radio
WPUB Radio on the NYC Campus encourages you to “Listen and Be Heard.” Learn more about how WPUB impacts the University in this club Q&A.
One of the longest running clubs on campus, WPUB Radio is no slouch. Today, WPUB Radio General Manager Blake Joblin ’17 takes us inside the booth to let us in on what makes WPUB tick, what they’ve been up to this year, and their hopes for the future.
What makes WPUB Radio unique to Pace?
WPUB has been around since 1974 and we pride ourselves in the fact that we've always been open to all students—and therefore have shows of all different types throughout the week. We have talk shows that focus on current events (similar to NPR), shows where hosts bring in artists to perform live in the studio, and shows where people play their own personal favorite tunes, just to name a few. We also broadcast exclusively online, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can listen. We've had people tune in as far as Europe and Asia, even.
What’s one of your proudest moments as a club?
One of my proudest moments would be last fall (of 2015) when we first got back on air again after being offline for almost a year. We had over 90 students sign up to do shows. It was so satisfying to see such a great, huge response after all the hard work that got put into getting us back on air and sounding better than ever.
Why should students join WPUB Radio?
The primary reason we encourage students to join WPUB is to get their voice—or music—out there. Our slogan is "Listen and Be Heard", so we aim to give students a platform to not only have their fellow students, but also people around the world hear what they have to say and the music they play.
What signature event is the club most known for?
I would say we're best known for our radio shows at the moment. However, we are working on putting together live concerts throughout the year on campus showcasing local artists.
What’s your favorite show on the station?
I personally am a huge fan of The John Cena Hour. Their hosts, Matt and Eric, have such great on-air banter with each other as well as a great taste in music. I also love the fact that they bring on performers to perform live in the studio during their show—it adds a whole new dimension to the show. (You can listen to them on Mondays, from 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on wpub.org.)
If you could describe WPUB in a few words, what would they be?
I suppose I would use our slogan, "Listen and Be Heard".
How can students and audiences get involved?
Anything else you'd like to share?
A little bit about my involvement with WPUB—when I came to Pace as a freshman in the fall of 2013, I immediately sought out WPUB. I had resurrected my high school's small radio station and loved working there, so naturally I wanted to continue it in my college years. When I first joined WPUB as a host my freshman year, we were incredibly small and relatively unknown. I then joined the executive board my sophomore year and spent the year assessing what we had and what we needed to become bigger and better. The stream also got knocked off the air at that time by some technical issues that hindered us throughout the year. When I became president last fall, I got us up and running again with a new format for online streaming and some all new equipment in the studio. We are definitely not done improving ourselves yet though—I can't wait to see where future students take WPUB over the next few years.
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