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The University Magazine

WITR goes digital, thanks to two enterprising students

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Senior year brought a special challenge for Jarret Whetstone ’08, left, and Craig Ceremuga ’08.

After Craig Ceremuga’08 (photographic technology) and Jarret Whetstone ’08 (information technology) received their diplomas in May, they left knowing they had made a lasting contribution to the

RIT campus.

Ceremuga and Whetstone were two of the leaders of WITR, RIT’s student-run radio station. Both have been involved with the station throughout most of their tenure at RIT, logging countless hours in the station’s studio on the lower level of the Student Alumni Union.

“I don’t know what I’d be doing if I wasn’t doing this,” said Whetstone, WITR’s engineering director, shortly before graduation. “Working at the station has been great and I found it very satisfying.”

During the past year, Whetstone and Ceremuga spearheaded an effort to convert all of WITR’s technology from analog to digital. It was the first time the station was renovated since 1993.

“We wanted to do something about it so that future students wouldn’t have to deal with it,” says Ceremuga, WITR’s general manager.

Ceremuga and Whetstone started thinking about pushing for the transformation to digital last year. They wrote a proposal and began soliciting quotes. The proposal went before a number of people and organizations, including Vice President for Student Affairs Mary-Beth Cooper and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Jim Watters.

Once their new equipment arrived, Ceremuga and Whetstone worked with incoming WITR engineering director Justin Morse, a second-year bioinformatics major, to install it. In addition to classes, each student logged close to 30 hours a week for two weeks to complete the installation.

“The renovation makes it a whole lot easier to run the station,” Whetstone says. “We went from thousands of wires to about 20. Everyone after us can now get more enjoyment out of it.”

Ceremuga agrees.

“The station is much nicer now, it’s great. Now we have one of the most sophisticated stations in Rochester when it comes to technology. We feel that this is kind of something special that we’re able to leave behind for RIT.

John Follaco