WHO WE ARE
WTUL 91.5 FM is Tulane University’s non-commercial, educational, student-run radio station. We’ve been on the air since 1959 and have provided generations of listeners and students with a unique broadcast experience. More than 150 volunteers work to keep the station operating 24/7 365 days a year and host our blend of interesting and progressive shows, including favorites such as Reggae Roots & Branches, Stage & Screen, The Kids’ Show with DJ Liz E and The Storm Surge of Reverb surf rock program.
WHAT IS MARATHON?
Each year, WTUL plans our annual fundraiser, the Rock On Survival Marathon. Marathon got its name 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. Our current Marathon features three sets of DJs who each agree to stay on air and broadcast for 24-hours straight. WTUL hosts fun events and requests donations for two weeks leading up to the actual Marathon broadcast.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
WTUL relies on the money raised during Marathon to augment the budget the station is given by Tulane University Undergraduate Student Government. The money raised will be used for the following expenses and projects:
Digitization: we’ve digitized our incomparable music collection of 50,000 LPs to protect the 59 years of music we have amassed thus far. Now we’re moving on to developing a system for playback and file storage of that music. We’ve also started the process of digitizing our huge collection of reel-to-reels and 8-tracks and 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 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
Support for travel and training: our members can learn more about music and radio at conferences and through online seminars
Music: replenishing our collections and replacing damaged or missing items
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 unplanned serious equipment malfunctions
Giving has its benefits too! You get awesome WTUL-branded goodies and help keep us going strong for generations of DJs and listeners to come!