It's time for the Not Quite 51st WTUL Annual Rock On Survival Marathon in support of Tulane’s non-commercial student-run radio station! (It's Not Quite the 51st because the 50th Annual Rock On Survival Marathon was canceled — 2020 had other ideas.) The Marathon fundraiser got its start from an attempt to solve a budget crisis in the early days of the station. A DJ vowed to stay on the air until student government granted WTUL emergency funding — the first broadcast marathon in WTUL’s history. The modern version of Marathon features three sets of DJs who each stay on air and broadcast for 24-hours straight. There’s lots of fun events for the two weeks leading up to the actual Marathon broadcast so tune in! The full schedule of Marathon events is at WTUL.FM
The donations WTUL received in previous Marathons have already been put to good work! For instance, Marathon donations helped us get our emergency automaton 'TULbot up and running to carry us through the pandemic closing. Also, you can hear a lot of the old station IDs and promos that have been digitized and added into the WTUL mix.
Here's where donations help us out:
Digitization: There's still work to be done before we finish digitizing all of WTUL's collections. We're buying hard drives and equipment to create a playback system, and we're digitizing our huge collection of reel-to-reels and 8-tracks. In that process, we’re finding treasures, such as early WTUL newscasts and artist interviews, that we will be figuring out how to share with our listeners.
Community interest programming: WTUL's News and Views department is exploring podcasts as well as other forms of current events shows. They will need more equipment as they recruit more people as well.
Community outreach projects: publication of the Vox ‘zine, upkeep and payment for our website and social media efforts and programming of local events to connect with our listeners.
Security fund: to cover unexpected legal or FCC expenses.
Equipment repair fund: to make sure we can continue operating without a hitch, even in the face of unforeseen serious equipment malfunctions.
WTUL relies on the money raised during Marathon to augment the budget the station is given by Tulane University Undergraduate Student Government. Running a radio station is expensive, even when everyone is an unpaid volunteer! Money raised during Marathon makes the things that make college radio fun and innovative possible.