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Benny Smith knows his stuff. That goes without question. Nobody has ever said to me that Benny doesn't know what he's doing. And if they did, I would be the first to say that that's incorrect. Benny is a smart, business savvy guy who has very strong ties to some very important people in the Knoxville area. And he's used them to make the station a million times better than it used to be. Brock and Jay aren't disputing this fact. The point they are trying to make is that student volunteers are an essential part of the station. That's all. And it's unfortunate that this article did not make that one of the focal points. Hell, even the editor of MP admitted that. I don't think you should have to work down there for 30 or 40 hours a week to deserve credit. Or that it should matter how much money you bring in to the station. These are not the values that make college radio a great institution. Learning, volunteering and getting to know your fellow students should be at the forefront of ANY college radio experience. I think every student who's walked through that door to volunteer deserves credit, no matter how much work they put in. You have to remember one thing, COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE SELFISH. This is not a news flash. And I include myself in that. But it is unrealistic to expect that a student volunteer every shred of free time they have to a college radio station that they aren't even getting paid to work at. And to go as far to say that if they don't work 30 hours a week down there, they don't deserve any credit, is ignorant. Some college students have to go to class, and work jobs just to put themselves through college. And free passes to shows are a great perk of working there, there is absolutely no doubt about that. But they don't pay the bills. So if you have to limit your hours you spend at WUTK because you have to work to make the money that provides your education or even enhances your college experience, then I don't think that you should get any less credit for the work you do.
Wade - WUTK Alumn
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