A MassMail subject line caught my eye this week. It read “UIC Radio Wins Best College Music Station”. Did you know UIC had a radio station, let alone an award-winning radio station? With the tagline, “Blazin’ 24/7”, UIC Radio has been around for about ten years and just won the best college music radio moniker at the 2010 Chicago Music Awards.
It’s an on-line station that broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from studios on the third floor of Student Center East. Check out its website at www.uicradio.org. BTW They are always looking for more DJs and folks who want to get involved with the station.
There has been a lot of talk during this Master Plan process about moving the campus to develop a more 24/7 quality. “Blazin’ 24/7” is already there.
Graduate students from CUPPA (College of Urban Planning and Public Administration) presented some great concepts to the Master Planning groups in December. One of them was to relocate the UIC Radio studio to Lecture Center B or E with windows to the Quad. Heck, several of the local TV and radio stations downtown have moved their studios to the ground floor with windows where passersby can look in and talk show hosts and newscasters can look out.
Enlivening the Quad with a 24/7 radio station and maybe a café on the other side would activate the space so much more than those big blank concrete walls that dominate the north and south sides of the Quad now. Walls that now act as barriers could become a warm and welcoming presence throughout the day and into the evening hours.
The CUPPA students also recommended putting up a cinema marquee over the doors to one of the Lecture Center auditoria and regularly show movies at night. It’s another wonderful way to extend life on campus beyond those spent in the classroom.
Think about your first walk across the Quad during one of those tours. Think about what it would be like if there were a brightly lit radio station on one side, a lively café scene going on on the another, and a big-time movie marquee announcing that night’s feature film on a third.
Let’s do it.
Question of the Week: What do you think? A radio station fronting the Quad? Good idea?
The CUPPA students’ “UIC Evening Campus Plan” can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.uic.edu/master_plan/Documents/CUPPA/CUPPA_552_Final_Report.pdf.
Until next Friday…