Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Who We Are 2013

February 28, 2011

A window to our world

Goshen College's WGCS helps showcase our community to the area

GOSHEN — It’s 7:09 a.m. on a Tuesday and 21 degrees in Goshen. Earlier in the day, Trisha Handrich fell on the ice.

Handrich is talking about the mishap. In a sense, she’s telling the world about it.

The “On Air” light is on in the studio at 91.1 The Globe, the Goshen College radio station. On a good day, listeners can hear WGCS in about a 40-mile radius around campus. Online at globeradio.org, it streams live 24/7.

People can hear Handrich in Bristol, Ind., and Bristol, England.

Handrich is a GC senior and the student station manager. She’s seated at the microphone, talking to listeners of her “Breakfast Blend” morning show. They probably know her as Sadie Kruise, her on-air alter ego.

This morning, Handrich will broadcast a sports report. She’ll promote the student-run “Java Junction” coffeehouse and provide weather updates (“It’s going to get warmer.”) And her audience will hear a lot of music — Gregg Allman, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Green Card, MGMT and Spoon, to name a few.

“I get really excited about music,” the Bethany Christian High School graduate says, and The Globe is an outlet for her.

Earning the Sadie Kruise seal of approval is “Librarian” by My Morning Jacket. The “On Air” light is on again.

“Yes, you can sway back and forth and fall in love with a song,” Handrich says in introducing the tune. “I give you permission.”

‘A cool place’

The Globe broadcasts music, news, sports, a Sunday church service and much else. It also says something about Goshen.

Station general manager Jason Samuel, 40, thinks the message is positive.

“That Goshen is a cool place that you want to be,” he said. “We (at The Globe) love what Goshen is doing, what Goshen’s become. Say what you want about these economic times or problems in the world, Goshen’s a really nice place. There’s a real sense of community here.”

A record label representative told Samuel she’d heard so much about what’s going on here that she wants to check it out.

“She wants to see what it’s all about,” he said. “...People are always calling up asking, ‘Where can we play in your town?’”

The Globe promotes local art, music and other creative efforts, and Samuel feels the station is fair representation of the cultural scene that’s happening here.

Part of that scene is First Fridays, Goshen’s monthly downtown entertainment and business showcase. The event has an admirer in one of Handrich’s regular listeners who calls in from South Bend.

“She loves the fact that Goshen has First Fridays, and she wishes South Bend would do the same,” Handrich said. “...We’re involved in the community, so I think we portray the Goshen community through our radio station. Bringing artists to First Fridays, for instance, that you might not hear about — but they’re awesome.”

Samuel is a Philadelphia native who’s been in Goshen since he was 18. He’s watched the Maple City evolve.

“Goshen itself has become more culturally progressive,” Samuel said, “with art galleries and photo galleries and pottery guilds, woodworkers’ guilds, First Fridays and the theater downtown.”

Many of the people making changes in Goshen, according to Samuel, are Globe listeners and supporters.

“You try to find a town of 30,000 that has a downtown like we’ve got and that has a radio station like we’ve got,” Samuel said. “You’re going to be looking a long time.”

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