In case you haven’t noticed, things have slowed down here a bit on The Rotation. That’s because the semester is wrapping up, and the editors and writers are going home, not to mention they stopped liking music. I made that last part up. We’ve got some teary-eyed farewelling to do.
Tiare and I are finishing our time as Music Directors– Tiare is going on to do wonderful things in Florence, and I’m melting into the apocalyptic glory of second semester senior year. Chatty Cathy is sticking around as Music Director for another semester, and she will be joined by two new music directors, the ever talented and endlessly ambitious Mike McClain and Emma Forster. Congratulations to the both of them on being elected.
This semester, building on the work of your future General Manager Caroline Klibanoff, we created something really special. In just a few short months we reviewed new records, shot dozens of videos, interviewed touring acts, made weekend playlists, highlighted talent at Georgetown, and got attention from the biggest media outlets in Georgetown and DC. Oh, not to mention that WGTB as a whole also hosted a handful of successful events. Oh, also we have radio programming that airs 24/7. As far as I can see, we’ve got the most diverse media base of any organization at Georgetown.
More importantly, though, we began to shake the stereotype that Georgetown is a black hole for independent music. There’s a group of us– small but growing– seriously committed to exploring music not captured in Georgetown Program Board’s abysmal draft pool for the Spring Concert. Our writers have worked tirelessly to probe the Georgetown community for talent otherwise gone unnoticed, as well as to bring to the Georgetown community talent otherwise gone unknown. And since this was all brand new, they trusted us and poured their efforts into this thing whose product they were entirely unsure of.
I’m not saying we know exactly what we’re doing, or exactly what we want our publication to look like, but we’ve got a damn good start.