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Another Milestone For U.T. Dallas: Internet Radio
'Radio UTD' Began Online Streaming Of Music Earlier This Month
RICHARDSON, Texas (Feb. 11, 2003) - For the first time in its 34-year history, The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) is making waves - airwaves, that is - via its new radio station.
Well, sort of. After all, Radio UTD is an Internet station.
The student-run, web-based station launched on the World Wide Web Feb. 1. Located at http://radio.utdallas.edu, the station at first will broadcast every day from 5 to 10 p.m., with the goal of adding additional hours in the future.
UTD does not have a school of communication (where university radio and television outlets traditionally are housed), but students long have pushed for a radio offering. The Internet radio idea was developed and proposed last spring by Student Government Association (SGA) Senator and head of SGA's technology committee Justin Appleby, a senior who also is a McDermott Scholar at UTD. After reviewing a student proposal, administrators approved the idea and gave the go-ahead.
According to Jay Miller, UTD student media advisor, a web-based station, as opposed to the studio variety, eliminates many of the upfront costs of a traditional one, including obtaining a Federal Communication Commission license or an FM frequency.
"After researching the idea, we discovered an Internet station was fairly easy to implement and that it was affordable, particularly after several issues concerning royalties paid to artists for playing their music over the Internet were resolved recently," Miller said. "The students are dedicated to producing a high-quality offering, and I'm confident Radio UTD will be a great success."
According to Miller, programming will be music-driven for the time being, but the long-term goal is to expand into a source for campus news, sports and entertainment programs like talk or interview shows. The station currently has about 25 student disc jockeys and hopes to have as many as 35.
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