Online stations such as Fox 101.9 FM and Rivertown Radio have both stepped up to show support for local artists and events in recent months and with the technology making it easier than ever there are a number of other aspiring broadcasters working to grow an audience online.
The latest indicator of this growth will come Friday as WCCU, the student-run internet radio station located on Coastal Carolina campus, pairs with a number of local acts for a benefit show at Cool Daddy's Bar & Grill in downtown Myrtle Beach.
The WCCU Radio Benefit Concert will take place at 8 p.m. Friday night and will feature five of the area's best bands in a variety of genres including soulful party rockers Drew Jacobs and the Sauce, hip-hop mainstays Shamroc –N- DJ Qp, punk rockers The Slobz, indie rock group American Parts and Columbia-based electropop group Death to Paris.
Cover for the event is $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to revamping that station's equipment, in order to continue WCCU's revamped programming outlook over the past year.
The station, which streams live 24 hours a day at wccuradio.com, was started by a group of students in 2009 but until recently has suffered from a lack of support from the student body and the community at large.
"They had little to no money to start this project and not much community backing. Unfortunately the station soon fell apart due to lack or funds and support," writes Amelia Diemer, a senior communications/Graphic Design major who serves as the station's marketing, advertising & web manager.
In 2011, a group including Diemer, program manager Lindsay Chavez and station manager Matt Paris took over operation of WCCU. Since that time Paris, himself a local musician, has graduated and served as an intern at talk radio station 99.5 WRNN and is currently employed by local ESPN affiliate 93.9 The Team.
With Chavez taking the lead as station manager since that time, the WCCU staff and its contributing DJs and members have once again began to grow.
"Since we took over, we have recruited more than 10 DJs for the station and have a diverse set of shows," says Diemer. "Awareness is slowly growing and we are happy the community is supporting a college radio station."
The station hopes that event's like Friday night's benefit will be a step toward getting more involved with local music and will to continue to build that community support.
According to Diemer, the station is currently in the process of revamping its website, which should be ready to go by February.
The station's on-air shows will resume beginning next week, as CCU is just returning for spring semester and WCCU gives it DJs the first week of classes off to get settled back in.
Though shows are always subject to change, this list of last semester's programming provides a good feel for the types of shows WCCU is offering:
- Krave: House music mixes by Tommy Giardino
- Matty P in the Morning: Morning talk show on hot topics, call-in comments, and interviews.
- Feel Good Talk Radio: Talk show with Brian Harrison w/ music and topics to put people in a good mood.
- ChantsTalk: Sports talk show with Chanticleer writer TJ Sundburg,
- PNN @ CCU: The Positive News Network talks about sustainability, green energy, positive topics, and good things happening on campus.
- The Weekend Kickoff: Campus & community events for the weekend, where to go, how to get involved, etc.
- The Real Situation: Talk show where DJs take phone calls, interview professors and students and talk about current issues.