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WXDU 88.7 FM
PO Box 90689
Duke Station
Durham, NC 27708
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WXDU's Mission
WXDU, as a member of the Duke University Union, exists to inform, educate, and entertain both the students of Duke University and the surrounding community of Durham through quality progressive alternative radio programming. WXDU seeks to give its staff the freedom to pursue their personal aesthetic within the framework of a cohesive format. WXDU aims to provide the listener with an alternative viewpoint untainted by commercial interests. WXDU resolves to maintain good relations with the music industry without compromising its integrity and nationally recognized commitment to quality programming. WXDU resolves to remain a laboratory where all members are free to make and learn from their mistakes.
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1.  What is WXDU?
2.  How can I listen to WXDU?
3.  Can you play a song request for me?
4.  Can you air a public service announcement for me?
5. I heard some information I needed on a PSA and didn't have the chance to write it down. Who do I contact?
6.  How can I get my music on the air?
7.  How can I become a DJ for WXDU?
8.  Are there other ways to get involved at WXDU?
9.  What was that song you played yesterday afternoon?
10.  Where can I learn more about the station’s history?
11.  Can my band play live or do an interview at WXDU?
12.  Can WXDU DJ at my on/off campus event?
13. Can WXDU give tickets away to an event I'm hosting?  What about, from my venue on a regular basis? 
14.  I have another question that’s not answered here.  How do I get in touch with you?


1. What is WXDU?

WXDU, as a member of the Duke University Union, exists to inform, educate, and entertain both the students of Duke University and the surrounding community of Durham through quality progressive alternative radio programming. WXDU seeks to give its staff the freedom to pursue their personal aesthetic within the framework of a cohesive format. WXDU aims to provide the listener with an alternative viewpoint untainted by commercial interests. WXDU resolves to maintain good relations with the music industry without compromising its integrity and nationally recognized commitment to quality programming. WXDU resolves to remain a laboratory where all members are free to make and learn from their mistakes.

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2.  How can I listen to WXDU?
You can listen to WXDU on your FM radio if you tune into 88.7.  The station is on Duke's East Campus, but the transmitter and tower are out in the Duke forest closer to Hillsborough.  You can usually pick the signal up pretty well in Durham and slightly to the east.  Weather patterns can sometimes affect clarity.  You can also listen to WXDU programming via the internet.  You can listen by clicking on the "Listen Now" link in the top right corner of this page.  We stream our live broadcast in 2 main formats, MP3 (mainly for iTunes users, but you can listen on many other media players) and Ogg Vorbis (read about Ogg Vorbis files HERE).   Decide which format you prefer and click it to open it in your chosen media player.  WXDU also has a few programs that are available as free podcasts via iTunesU.  You can check those shows out on the Podcasts page of directly in the iTunes store by searching for WXDU.

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3. Can you play a song request for me?

Sure! Send us your requests...

...over the telephone by calling 919-684-8870 or -8871

...or over the web:  see the link on the left

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4. Can you air a public service announcement for me/my organization?

We’ll be happy to assist in raising awareness of events and issues for your organization.  Keep in mind that we are a non-commercial educational radio station, so we can’t advertise, but we can definitely give information about events and issues that benefit our community.  Please email psa@wxdu.org with all your information.  You can also mail us information about your group/event.  Send it via snail mail to WXDU PSA Director, PO Box 90689, Durham, NC 27708.  Be sure to include dates, times, locations, event descriptions, contact information, and any other relevant material.  Please allow some time for us to get your PSA up on the air.

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5. I heard some information I needed on a PSA and didn't have the chance to write it down. Who do I contact?

You can call up the DJ on the air and ask him for the details.  The number is 919-684-8870 or 919-684-8871.  If that DJ is no longer on the air, you can email our Public Service Announcement Director.

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6. How can I get my music on the air?

Send us your music.  If its good, we’ll play it. 
Mail it to us at WXDU Music Director, PO Box 90689, Durham NC 27708. 
Once we receive your music our Music Staff will listen to your record and if we like it, we'll play it.  Please allow us some time to review it before you start calling our Music Directors.  You can reach them at 919-684-2957.  Please don't call the request line.  Please feel free to include info with your music submission (i.e. track lists, album artwork, etc), but don't worry about sending a press kit.  Its not needed.  If you are touring, let us know well in advance, so we can try to help you out.  Please keep in mind that we can't (and don't want to) play everything.

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7. How can I become a DJ for WXDU?

Training groups for new DJs are formed 3 times a year, during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Training takes about 6 weeks. You do not have to be a Duke student or have any experience to train-- just a love of many kinds of non-commercial music! If you'd like to be included in our next training group, contact our training director at training@wxdu.org

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8. Are there other ways to get involved at WXDU?

We’re always looking for volunteers to pitch in here at WXDU.  Becoming a DJ is just one way to get involved.  If you are interested in learning more about music and also helping us select the music that goes on the air, then you might want to come join Music Staff.  They meet at the station every Sunday at 6pm.  You can contact our Music Directors at music@wxdu.org.  If you are interested in promotions, station operations, news/talk programming, or public affairs you can join our Community Affairs Committee.  They meet every other Monday at 6:30pm at the station.  You can contact our Community Affairs Director at promotions@wxdu.org.  If you’re not sure where you might fit in, just email our General Manager at gm@wxdu.org, and they’ll be happy to talk with you.

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9. What was that song you played yesterday afternoon?

We post our playlists from the last 10 days on the air HERE.  Also, we have past playlists, listed according to the DJ, HERE.  Finally, you can go to the schedule and click on the day and time you are looking for.

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10. Where can I learn more about the station’s history?

You’re in the right place!  Check out the following...

Seizing the Sound
A documentary project about WXDU, by Karen Cirillo.  Includes photos and interviews with WXDU staff.

Remembering WDBS
Some history on Duke's college radio station, courtesy of Jeff Miller.

WXDU Photo Gallery and Flickr Group.
A horrifying document of legal alcohol and meat substitute consumption, slatternly and incubic behavior, and moderate aerobic activity. Pray, turn your eyes away before you are irrevocably scarred! If that's not enough, we're on myspace, facebook, and friendster.

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11.  Can my band play live or do an interview at WXDU?

We occaisionaly host live bands for performances or interviews at the station.  Most of these are local bands as part of the Local Music Show on Sunday afternoons.  You can contact our Local Music Director about availability.  If you are an out of town band, you can contact our Music Directors or our Program Director.

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12.  Can WXDU DJ at my on/off campus event?
WXDU DJ's like to get out into campus and the community.  While we can't fulfill every request, with enough advanced planning, WXDU can often help out.  Contact the Promotions Director with information about your event.

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13. Can WXDU give tickets away to an event I'm hosting?  What about, from my venue on a regular basis?
WXDU regularly gives away tickets to events and venues all over the triangle.  If you'd like to add your event, contact our Giveaways Director.

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14.  I have another question that’s not answered here.  How do I get in touch with you?
Duh, check the contact us page.

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