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It was déjà vu for Rob Gimler, '89 – today, support specialist in IT Support Services; back then, up and coming undergraduate and disc jockey at WBIM radio, 91.5 FM. So, it's no surprise that when he was asked to oversee the WBIM radio station upgrade he was thrilled. "is project was near and dear to my heart," he said. "As lead technician for the upgrade, I got back to my roots. I was able to sit at the same console I sat at as a 19-year-old DJ. It was pretty exciting for me to help the station come into the mainstream as far as radio goes." "Coming into the mainstream" sounds so simple, but the project was, like many projects are, complex and demanding on the part of each collaborator. Mr. Gimler worked hand-in-hand with Peter George, '84, technical engineer, and was pleased with the way the project came together. When all was said and done, state-of-the-art computer technology; upgraded production room equipment, audio processing and mixing stations; back-up transmitter system – you name it. ey got it! "e process was fantastic," said Mr. George of working with IT on the upgrades. "Rob is very-down-to-earth, and he really knows his stuff. I'm a seasoned professional, but I've learned so much." "It was a lengthy process," said Mr. Gimler. "But now our students can go from Bridgewater to any professional outlet anywhere in the country." Seniors Amanda Brennan, Jaime Wheeler and Becca Foster are thrilled with the upgrade. It's not just the state-of-the-art headphones and microphones that make the experience of hosting a show so much better, it's also the ambiance – the fresh paint, the new chairs and carpeting. ey all agree that the vibe in the station is "very cool." Also noteworthy is the fact that WBIM does not only attract students interested in pursuing broadcasting careers. Case in point: Amanda is a psychology major; Jaime is pursuing a double major in sociology and history; and Becca, anthropology – which is to say, the WBIM upgrade benefits all BSU students regardless of their endgame. OPPORTUNITIES. COLLABORATIONS. RESULTS. 13 A Sound Investment WBIM Radio Upgrade

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