WHUP is fortunate to have a stellar group of IT wizards in our volunteer ranks, and they’ve been especially busy of late upgrading our systems and increasing our technological capacity. Led by Linux developer and alternative beverage magnate Jamey Kirby, we recently completed the process of updating the operating systems on the networked computers that we use in our production and broadcast studios. He’s also implemented new archiving and backup systems for greater stability. The equally accomplished IT mastermind and itinerant clogger Jan Gittelman has successfully upgraded our automated broadcast system and migrated our massive database of in-house-curated music known as WHUPtunes to a new server. Chief engineer and strategist Johnny Shepherd has installed new firmware in our transmitter, put out a few fires and generally kept an eye on the evolution of WHUP’s program delivery technology. Our marketing guru Erin Campbell has streamlined our communications and public-facing platforms and is working with webmaster Peter Grandstaff on our next big project – to build a searchable archive of our live music sessions and shows that will make it easy to find and listen to content not available anywhere else.
These are complex tasks that are usually invisible to our listeners (unless something breaks), but without our IT team keeping us on the cutting edge WHUP would be a shadow of the community radio station we have become with local programming reaching a global audience. A tip of the cap and a toast to Jamey, Jan, Johnny, Erin and Peter!