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Major technical upgrade in the works for WRVU-91.1-FM

Major technical upgrade in the works for WRVU-91.1-FM

The end of an era is at hand: No longer will there be dead air on Vanderbilt's "91 Rock" at off hours such as holidays, finals week and whenever DJs miss their shifts. The voice of citywide treasure WRVU-91.1-FM has begun a technical upgrade that will result in two promising developments. First, the paper playlists that DJs used to keep track of their programming will be replaced by a computer program that will enable any listener to search a database to find out the specifics of every track the station plays. Second, this same system will enable listeners access to a randomized jukebox of MP3s of material played on the station's programs when no DJ is around.

All of which means that 24 hours of daily programming soon will be available at WRVU. John Brassil, Web site manager at 91.1, calls it "the best thing to happen to the station since it began streaming programming over the Internet." It's certainly a development whose time has come. Look for the new system to be up and running in the weeks ahead.

—Jason Shawhan

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