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I quit reading these "battle" comments about halfway through. I believe people are missing the point. The article was not about the people that work at the station, past or present. It is about how WUTK is considered a part of the University of Tennessee campus, and some students are required to participate at the station due to JEM classes, and yet, this radio station receives no funding from UT. The station is left to fend for itself in order to stay on the air. We, as a whole, struggle to keep WUTK on air with underwriting, donations, and the new C.D. “ReDistilled.” It's not a fight for recognition of the "little" people; it's a fight for the entirety of the station, the big picture.I’m almost positive that any competent individual can understand that any radio station, media outlet, or job environment for that matter, is not a one man show, but Benny Smith is the face of WUTK, so who better to interview for the article?
Are any of us down there because we want recognition for our responsibilities at the station or because we want experience? I can only answer that question for myself. I'm down there to gain experience for the “real” world, life after college. I will walk away from WUTK with a better knowledge and understanding of what the music business is really about, and I know that there is not a better place for a college student in Knoxville to gain that experience than at WUTK. I am proud to be a part of the station, recognition or not. And I say “thank you” to everyone that has taught me more about the business of radio and music.
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