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Brenau's WBCX shakes up format
More live shows, student involvement

For The Times

Paula Stuhr The Times

WBCX-FM station manager Scott Fugate records a show at the station, located in the Jacobs Building on the Brenau University campus in Gainesville.


  • Station Web site: www.brenau.edu/about/ wbcx

  • E-mail: sfugate@lib.brenau.edu

  • Phone: (770) 538-4708


  • Smooth Grooves: Mondays-Fridays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: A relaxing counterpoint to the workday. Currently provided via Jones Satellite network. Plan is to switch to local programming.

  • Mellow & Melodic Mondays: Monday evenings 6 p.m. to midnight:

    Mellow environment to soothe, reflect, relax, heal and renew. 6-8 p.m.: Mark Dove's "Cafe Jazz," 8 to 10 p.m.: Blair & Anita Bennett's "Hi Fidelity," 10 p.m. to midnight: Ashley Boyce's "Finally Female," midnight to 1 a.m.: Charity Schlereth's "Originality"

  • Traditional Tuesdays: Tuesday evenings 6 p.m. to midnight:

    A nostalgic mix of traditional American music and programming from the first three quarters of the 20th century. 6 to 7 p.m.: Paul Abert's "Musical Memories," 7 to 8 p.m.: Paul Abert's "Jukebox Jamboree," 8 to 10 p.m.: Scott & Ray White's "Poets & Troubadours," 10 p.m. to midnight: Shona Hood's "Dark Roast"

  • World Wise Wednesdays: Wednesday evenings 6 p.m. to midnight:

    An opportunity to travel to exotic locations and cultures, learn about new and exciting places, people and languages, and enrich your multi-cultural literacy. 6 to 8 p.m.: Gary Kennett's "Caliente," 8 to 10 p.m.: Amanda Scott's "World Wind Wind-up," 10 to 11 p.m.: Robyn Crosa's "World Soul," 11 p.m. to midnight: Robyn Crosa's "Roots Rock Reggae"

  • Timeless Thursdays: Thursday evenings 6 p.m. to midnight:

    Timeless music that has staying power beyond cultural fads, trends or dance crazes; to increase musical literacy and appreciation, as well as to reflect, relax and learn how to listen beyond the beat or lyric. 6 to 8 p.m., 8 to 10 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight: Vanessa Hyatt's "Taste of Classics"

  • Funky Fridays: Fridays 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.:

    Upbeat soundtrack for your private or public party; to move your feet, stimulate your energy, expand your mind, make you laugh, get in a groove, reflect on good times past and start your weekend. 1 to 5 p.m.: Sean Miller's "The Jazz Pulse," 5 to 7 p.m.: Scott Fugate's "Funky Friday Free For All," 7 to 10 p.m.: Moe Lyons' "Mo Betta Jazz," 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Chet White's "Ground Level," 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.: Vinnie Farrell's "Funksion Junction."

  • Soulful Saturdays: Saturdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

    Uplifting, inspirational, soulful groove to accompany a day of relaxation and renewal. 7 to 10 a.m.: Baz's "Spiritual Saturday Morning," 10 a.m. to noon: Baz's "The Baz Blast," noon to 2 p.m.: Jodine Dorce & Precious Lowe's "Jodine's Corner," 2 to 4 p.m.: Troy Brown, Tasheka World & Akeyla Brown's "Soulful Sounds"

  • Straight Ahead Saturday Nights: Saturday evenings 5 p.m. to midnight:

    Beautiful and romantic mix of classic, mainstream and progressive jazz rooted in the traditional genre. 5 to 6 p.m.: Public Radio International's "Jazz From Lincoln Center," 6 to 7 p.m.: PRI's "European Jazz Stage," 7 to 11 p.m.: Mark Dove's "Sounds of Jazz," 11 p.m. to midnight: PRI's "Jazz Inspired"

  • Late Night Lounge (in development): Midnight to 6 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays:

    Providing a format for those that want to groove, chill or party throughout the night in their own after hours nightclub. Currently midnight to 1 a.m.: Charity Schlereth's "Originality"

  • Funky Fridays Late Night Lounge:

    Midnight to 1 a.m.: Chet White's "Ground Level," 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.: Vinnie Farrell's "Funksion Junction"

  • Symphonic Sunday: Sundays from 6 a.m. to midnight:

    Beautiful, spiritual, soul-swelling soundtrack to accompany a relaxing day. 6 a.m. to midnight: Vanessa Hyatt's "Taste of Classics"

    Source: WBCX-FM

  • The manager of Brenau University's radio station is shaking up the airwaves, aiming to offer live shows 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    "North Georgia has more of a mix of cultures and races in it than most people realize. We have people from all over the world, and now we will have music from these countries for everyone to listen to," said Scott Fugate, station manager. "With this wide selection, people will have an opportunity to be exposed to something different, something they might never get a chance to hear except through this station."

    The station, now known as "Brenau University's Eclectic 89.1 WBCX," has been playing smooth jazz and classical music, coming mostly from a satellite feed, since the late '90s.

    Fugate says the time is right for changes.

    "I came to work here a little over two and a half years ago, coming from a background where I was accustomed to hearing from the audience, whether positively or negatively," said Fugate, whose career before coming to the station included being an actor.

    "But there was no input from listeners here, so I started asking around to find out what people thought of the station ... come to find out the listeners wanted more," he said.

    Over the years the station had become more and more reliant on prerecorded shows and satellite-distributed feeds.

    Fugate said it's time to make a new connection with listeners.

    People are tuning in from northern Atlanta up into areas of North and South Carolina, he said.

    "I started hearing from a lot of people that one of the reasons people listened to the station was to have background noise, white noise, to listen to," Fugate said.

    "I don't want people to listen to our station because it doesn't annoy them. That's like saying I like this kind of art because it doesn't have any color, or I like eating this type of food because it has no flavor. I want people to listen to this (station) because they like the music being played. Because they feel a connection with the music being played."

    The plan is to bring more types of music into the programming and cut satellite-dependent programming.

    "Students were completely cut out of the programs and the station by the satellite. With that gone, the students will be able to have more of an educational, hands-on experience," Fugate said.

    Another goal for the station is to have live and prerecorded streams available for listening via the Internet, allowing people to listen to their favorite shows at any time.

    "I'm excited about this change; we're moving further away from static jazz and into something with more feeling, more emotion," said Ashley Boyce, a Brenau senior who serves as student operations manager at the station. "It's really nice to see this change."

    Boyce serves as host of "Finally Female," which features songs by female jazz artists who are not widely known.

    "We're on a mission to create something for everyone listening," says Gary Kennett, host of the "Caliente" show, which plays a variety of Latin jazz mixes, such as Afro-Cuban jazz. "I'm the kind of guy (who) likes to mix things up, create and hear new sounds that aren't necessarily mainstream. That's why I like Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban music, two separate things brought together to create something totally new."

    Music formats will be on a daily schedule, along the lines of television programming. Each day will have a different type of music being played.

    "With these multifaceted formats, we will be able to give everyone a little of what they want," said Mark Dove, DJ for the "Straight Ahead" jazz show on Saturday evenings. "We'll be playing music from female artists, the European jazz stage, the coast of South America and everything in between," he said.

    E-mail: lifestyles@gainesvilletimes.com.

    Originally published Sunday, February 20, 2005

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