WUMR, The Jazz Lover
A Better Start Than Most
The city of Memphis has only one jazz radio station, and it is located on the campus of the University of Memphis. WUMR's signal stretches across the city of Memphis and can be heard online around the world.
General Manager Malvin Massey estimates that the station has listeners not just in Memphis, but in 25 countries across the world.
"We wanted to create a station that provided something our city needed, and could be enjoyed around the world."
WUMR is mostly run by volunteers and students. For some, this is their first shot at working for an FM station. Not many college campuses can offer a station like WUMR to its students. The Jazz Lover has many facets such as a sports department that allows students to broadcast home games for Tiger football and basketball.
"I think the most important thing is getting the real world experience. Being out there at the games, is not only an honor and a privilege, but it gives you the real feel of actually being out there and doing the work," said Greg Williams, WUMR sports team member.
The station is a non-profit organization, which means they rely on donations and multiple radiothons throughout the year to keep the station afloat. The next radiothon begins on November 29th. It takes around 130 volunteers to successfully complete a radiothon.
Opportunities to become a disc jockey, a sports reporter, or a producer are always available. For more information, contact Chris Davis, the program director of the station at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Grant Milner
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Title IX, More Than Just a Set of Rules
"It's just a game." The common cliche that every kid hears growing up is still true, but sports can change a person's life. Today, there are nine women's sports teams on the campus of the University of Memphis, meaning over 150 young women are receiving an education thanks to athletics.
"Honestly, it's a great opportunity that they have here and I just hope these women don't take it for granted because it is something that has been worked on for a long time," said Kristin Rusboldt, Coordinator of Student Athlete Development.
Women at the University of Memphis have had success both on and off of the field. The U of M has sent two former women's basketball players to the WNBA, and has seen five straight Conference USA Titles from the women's soccer team.
Lynn Parkes, an Associate Athletic Director at the University of Memphis, believes being a student athlete is the best preparation for the rest of life's journey. "Studies have proven that young girls and young men who grow up in sport, are more self assured, and end up generally progressing farther in their careers."
2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX. In the last 40 years, women in college sports have increased by 450%. A bill that was passed to prevent sexual discrimination has turned into a gateway toward a college degree. Most fans notice the wins and losses of teams, and judge an athletic program based on those numbers alone. More importantly, these athletic programs are preparing student athletes for the rest of life's difficult journey by providing them with an education. Not every teenager gets that chance.
Flip on a television today. You will find a number of women's sports available for viewing. It wasn't always this way. Next time you hear the phrase "it's just a game," remember where that game can take a young person. Most student athletes wouldn't trade the opportunity he or she has for anything.
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Tigers Look to Build on Past Success
The University of Memphis basketball team is primed for another great season. The Tigers return a host of upperclassmen led by Joe Jackson and Tarik Black, who hope to take the Tigers beyond the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008.
The Tigers made an early exit last season, falling to Saint Louis in their opening game of the tournament. Losses like that are what keep guys motivated throughout the offseason to keep getting better.
"It's going to be a great season. We juniors, we've got a lot of upperclassmen and we've been working real hard," said Joe Jackson.
The Tigers also return sophomore small forward Adonis Thomas, who will likely be a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Thomas had a fantastic freshman year, that end prematurely with an ankle injury.
Coach Pastner will rely heavily on Thomas this season to be the elite scorer that he was in highschool.
Memphis has a fantastic schedule this season, facing opponents such as Louisville, Tennessee, and a possible matchup with Duke in the "Battle for Atlantis" tournament.
But for some of the guys, like Tarik Black, having fun on the court will lead to success.
"Its all about having fun. The last couple of years, we have burdened ourselves with expectations," said Tarik Black, forward for the University of Memphis.
The city of Memphis has been waiting a long time for a run deep into the NCAA Tournament. Josh Pastner believes that improved team chemistry, along with a core of experienced players, will take them to the next level.
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