WEGL 91.1 FM is known as the Auburn University student radio station. First aired in 1971, WEGL 91.1 FM broadcasts to Lee County, Chambers County, Macon County, Russell County and Tallapoosa County in Alabama. It also reaches to Muscogee County, Ga.
Some students might be are under the impression that WEGL is available to only Radio, Television and Film students. This is a myth and proving this myth incorrect is Billy Mahoney. Mahoney, a senior in marketing, has had his own radio show for the last three years.
“It’s a really good time, it’s a lot of good people and you go in and have a lot of fun. You can do a little comedy if you want, play whatever songs you’d like,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney said his show has given him the ability to play music he likes, talk about football with his friends on air and learn more about radio.
Mahoney said he suggests other Auburn students get involved. Being part of a radio show and famous radio station is something students can be proud of. Mahoney said, “We [WEGL] were voted in the top four college radio stations in the country last year.”
“It’s been a lot of fun. You can get really creative with it and kind of do whatever you want,” said Mahoney. “Sometimes we get in there and my boy coach and I talk about Monday Night Football, maybe what the line might be that particular week. “
Football is a popular topic for Mahoney since “The Mahoney Show” usually airs Monday at 7 p.m., right when Monday Night Football begins.
Mahoney became involved with WEGL 91.1 FM through some friends he refers to as DJ Frosty and Baby James. “DJ Frosty and Baby James trained me when I was a sophomore,” Mahoney said. “You have to take a test and get certified, but once that happens you can just kind of roll with it and sign up for a show every semester.”
The station used to be located at the top of the Haley Center on campus. Now, the broadcasting studio is found in the new Auburn University Student Center.
A short blog about Mahoney and his show can be found at http://bit.ly/buAC1T
Visit WEGL’s Web site at wegl.auburn.edu to see a schedule of the students that will be on the radio on any certain day. Blogs, a link to MySpace, history and contact information are also available on the Web site.