Here at The Goshen News, we have never been shy about singing the praises of our local college radio station, 91.1 The Globe, a.k.a. WGCS. The station is run by Goshen College students under the direction of station manager Jason Samuel, a Philadelphia native who came back to his college alma mater in 2004. We’re so glad he did.
Under Samuel’s tutelage, GC students have transformed the proud little station into one of the beacons of the college radio industry. Not bad for a college with fewer than 1,000 full-time students. Upon Samuel’s arrival, college leaders took the brave step of changing WGCS’s format from classical music — which it had been since the station’s inception in 1958 — to the more worldly Americana.
Gradually the station began building a reputation as a progressive stop on the dial to hear new musical artists — including Umphrey’s McGee, Mumford and Sons, The Deep Dark Woods and many other Grammy-quality musicians — that before The Globe had no real home in the Michiana radio world. If you were listening to The Globe Tuesday afternoon you would have heard “Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan, an 11-minute and 23-second epic from 1965’s “Highway 61 Revisited.” Not something most stations would dare try to get away with these days. If you were listening around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon you would have heard “Jump Into the Fog” by The Wombats, a song that is barely a year old.
If you haven’t listened to The Globe before, now is a good time to start. There really does seem to be something for everybody there. It introduces old classics to young listeners and new artists to older listeners.
This past Saturday in New York City, the staff of 91.1 The Globe, was awarded the Abraham and Borst award by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for being the “Best College Radio Station.” Oh, by the way, that’s in the whole country. Not bad. Consider also that it’s the second time in the past three years that GC has won the award.
The Globe is also a top 10 finalist for an mtvU Woodie Award that “highlights the best college radio stations in America.” Fans can vote online up until March 14. Winners will be announced March 17 starting at 8 p.m. Don’t be shy. Go online and vote. GC is going up against stations from the University of Pittsburgh, Cal-Berkley, Seton Hall and Michigan State, among others.
The bottom line is our entire community benefits from Samuel’s hard work and vision, as well as the talented GC students who have boosted our city’s profile to the masses. This is not an overstatement. It is the truth. Congratulations, Globe staff and thanks for opening up our world.
Vote for 91.1 The Globe for an mtvU Radio Woodie Award highlighting the best college radio stations in the nation at http://www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2013/college-radio-woodie/