We have a smarter schedule system now—one that plugs into the site in a few places. You’ll notice it on the sidebar, telling you what show’s on now and which ones are coming up. You’ll notice it in the Now Playing box at the top of the screen if the show on the air doesn’t use the playlist system. You’ll see it elsewhere, too, including our fancy new schedule page. And the best part is, it’s all editable through the WordPress dashboard—so changing the schedule is easier than ever. Tristan built this from scratch.

If WNUR is going to exist ten years from now, it’ll be primarily on the Web.

We’ve got a chat, too. If you click the “chat” link above the now playing box, it’ll show up in a pop-out window. This was something I’d wanted to implement for a while; we have an AIM screen name, which obviously nobody uses any more, but I knew we could find a better way for online listeners to interact with DJs on the air. We’re going to encourage DJs to participate in the chat during their shows, so hopefully this’ll help put a personality to the voice coming out of your speakers.

That’s just the start of the changes we’ve made, but I think it covers the highlights. I honestly think this is one of the best college radio station websites on the Web today, and hopefully it encourages more people here at the station (and around the world) to consider the ways college radio needs to evolve to stay relevant. We’ll be talking more about what we think this means in the weeks and months to come, but here’s the takeaway: if WNUR is going to exist ten years from now, it’ll be primarily on the Web.

What we’ve got now is a great template, but it won’t do us any good without compelling content you want to look at—without interesting things to read and watch and listen to. That’ll be an ongoing challenge. So while the launch of the new website is exciting, you know as well as I do that it’s only the start. Hopefully you’ll stick with us for some of the cool stuff we’ve got planned.

WNUR-FM, Evanston-Chicago. Stay tuned.

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