WREK is operated, managed, and engineered entirely by the students of Georgia Tech. If you’re a student at Tech and you’re interested in getting involved with the station, come check us out!
We actively recruit every fall during FASET and with tables / info sessions during the first few weeks of class, but we also accept students who walk in and are curious about the station.
Frequently Asked Questions about getting involved at WREK
- Where is the station located on the Georgia Tech campus?
- The WREK studio is located above Subway on the second floor of the Student Center Commons. You can enter through the Student Involvement Center on the second floor and ring the doorbell to get into the station. During the school year, there are usually people hanging out (it’s a cool place to spend time between classes) or doing their shifts. We’re always happy to give a tour and tell you more about getting involved with the station.
- What kind of music does the station play?
- WREK’s format is very diverse. Typically, music programming is organized into block formats including classical, jazz, rock, rap, blues, reggae, traditional, experimental, and international music from around the world. Specialty shows are generally aired at night during a regular weekly time slot. Such shows focus on a particular genre of music like African, ska, punk, noise, indie rock, funk, r&b, classic rock, heavy metal, blues, avant-garde classical, and big band jazz.
- Does WREK have any programs that are not music oriented?
- A different public affairs program airs most weekdays at noon. Sports programming is seasonal. Earth & Sky, a daily update of what’s going on with the planet and stars, airs several times a day. We also have a daily news segment that is produced in our studios. Our full schedule is available here on our website.
- How do I, a Georgia Tech student, get involved with WREK?
- Simple. Stop by the station at any time and ask to fill out a DJ application; you don’t need any fancy credentials or experience, but we do need just a little bit of info about you. The Operations Manager will get in touch with you soon about the next training session.
- The first step to working at WREK is attending a training session. A training session is a one time event where you are taught the fundamentals of running a radio station and how all the equipment works. After attending a training session, your status becomes that of “dummy-op” or “apprentice.”
- As a dummy-op, you pick a one hour weekly shift and you get to learn and practice fundamental tenets of spinning records, announcing, and running the station. You get real air-time with another WREK DJ showing you the ropes as you go along.When you feel that you are ready to go solo (usually after 8-10 weeks), you will record your last hour of on-air dummy-op’ing on to a CD. The operations manager will review the CD, and if it seems that you know what you are doing, then you will be scheduled to take an oral examination with the Operations Manager. The op-man will quiz you on your knowledge of WREK equipment operations and station policy. Passing this test grants you a WREK T-shirt, and you become an official DJ operator of the station.
- How much time am I required to commit as a WREK DJ?
- We require operators to have at least one weekly shift each semester. A shift is usually a one hour weekly time during regular rotation (Classics, Jazz, Blue Plate Special, Rock Rhythm Roll, Atmospherics, Overnight Alternatives, or Weekend Cornucopia). Shifts are scheduled at the beginning of the school semester and last through the end of dead week. These shifts only cover regular rotation programming, not specialty shows.
- However, we always encourage people to get more involved and spend more time at the station!
- Do ops get paid?
- Operators and specialty show hosts don’t get paid during the semester, as we are a volunteer station. However, during some hard-to-fill times (such as the weeks between semesters or over winter break), we offer a small stipend. This has encouraged marathon 12-hour shifts and can be quite fun!
- Additionally, most executive staff members are also paid a small stipend to help maintain the station. Executive staff members include positions like General Manager, Chief Engineer, and Business Manager, among others.
- If I am an op, can I play whatever I want?
- Not really. In general, the WREK music directors have auditioned hundreds of records and CDs that are to be played during the regular rotation formats. Several tracks from each CD are considered to be part of the regular format. Ops are expected to choose selections for air play from this set. In addition to choosing selections from the pre-programmed set, WREK ops are entitled to a “free-cut” every half-hour. A free-cut is an op’s choice and can come from any record or CD in our library (40,000+ records and CD’s) as long as it fits the format of that particular shift.This tends to be an ongoing topic of debate, since WREK constantly has new people coming on board who really really really want to play The Cranberries, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Nine Inch Nails. Playing artists such as these defeats the purpose of WREK. For more information, check out or philosophy.
- Are there other jobs at the station I can do if I want to do more than just spin records?
- WREK always needs more people to help out with automation, production, sports, business, news, publicity, programming, and engineering. If you are interested in any of these fields, talk to the Operations Manager after attending a training session.
- How can I get my own specialty show?
- In the course of working at WREK, you may discover that a certain style of music you are familiar with is not being represented within the WREK programming. After working at the station for at least a semester, you may formally propose a show to the programming board. The guidelines for doing such are detailed in the WREK Policy Guide.The usual first step is to make a sample tape or try a Sunday Special.
Every Sunday evening from 7pm-9pm, a different op is able to put on a one-time special representing a particular artist, band, genre, or theme. Some Sunday Specials have been prototypes for regular specialty shows. Sunday Specials are open to all ops who wish to sign up for one.
- I am a professor / staff member / employee of Georgia Tech, can I get involved with WREK?
- Absolutely! WREK is always interested in members of the Georgia Tech community, and we currently have several shows sponsored by GT employees. On Wednesdays, Inside the Black Box is a science show run by Pete Ludovice (a professor in the Chemical Engineering department) and Bill Hunt (a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department). Lost in the Stacks, Georgia Tech’s Research Library Rock n Roll Radio Show, airs on Fridays at noon and is run by Charlie Bennett and Ameet Doshi from the Georgia Tech Library.
- Contact the General Manager or Operations Manager if you’re interested in being a part of WREK.