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WUTK station manager Benny Smith is trying to create his own revenue streams in small ways, most notably through the recently release local CD 'ReDistilled,' which features a broad selection of local bands covering the music of other, older local bands.

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WUTK station manager Benny Smith is trying to create his own revenue streams in small ways, most notably through the recently release local CD "ReDistilled," which features a broad selection of local bands covering the music of other, older local bands.

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  • 'I'd seen what the station could do with 128 watts; now it had 1,000 watts. There were exciting things happening downtown, and we needed to be a part of it,' says WUTK station manager Benny Smith of his early time at the station.
  • WUTK station manager Benny Smith says the station requires a minimum of $5,000 per month just to keep it afloat. That's just enough to cover his own salary and other fixed costs.
  • WUTK station manager Benny Smith is trying to create his own revenue streams in small ways, most notably through the recently release local CD 'ReDistilled,' which features a broad selection of local bands covering the music of other, older local bands.
  • There is some hope the station's lot will improve, funding-wise, in the guise of a proposed endowment fund that would give the station a small nut of annual funding, in addition to providing a safety net in times of crisis.

Station Manager Benny Smith struggles to keep UT's WUTK afloat with no funding from the university.

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