Though most listeners will never see it, UTA Radio was in need of a facelift. “We’ve always had the tools, software, and equipment to provide students with the latest in streaming and broadcast training,” says Lance Liguez, faculty advisor for UTA Radio. “This renovation addresses the feel and look of UTA Radio with an updated, professional appearance.”
With funding provided by UT Arlington’s Facilities Management and the College of Liberal Arts and assistance from University administration, the student-run, online radio station received its much-needed upgrades. The entire on-air studio was dismantled and then renovated with new acoustic treatments, furniture, flooring, lighting, a DJ station, and computers.
Jeff Johnson, director of maintenance operations and special projects at UT Arlington, describes the remodel as a passion project.
“The renovation looks super,” he says. “It’s a class lab, a student hangout area, a study, a lounge—really, everything is designed for multiple uses. The College of Liberal Arts has a strong radio program, and phenomenal students go through it every year.”
Dana Gibbs Villalobos (’21 BA, Broadcast Journalism) says UTA Radio is a great place to get real-world experience. As a multimedia journalist for the station, she hosted a weekly show, “A Date With Dana,” featuring hip-hop and R&B music.
“My favorite aspect about being a part of UTA Radio is you really get the hands-on experience for what it’s like to work in a radio station,” Villalobos says.
Heard worldwide on utaradio.com, iHeart Radio, and the Radio F/X app
UTA Radio sends its signal to iHeart Radio, which is then used for the website and the Radio F/X app.
Vinyl is back! The station’s growing collection really shines each spring during Vinylthon.
Shhh! New acoustic treatments absorb unwanted sound and look great, too.
UTA Radio’s digital playlist, generated 24/7/365, provides the best in indie rock and student-produced content.
A new focal wall in the space displays years’ worth of student radio show flyers.
The console, or board, allows for various sources to stream out. A red light means you’re on!