"After talking to then-GM Ainsley Wagoner and former media adviser Chris Thuringer, we decided a sculpture was a wonderful idea. We also thought contacting Garry Bibbs was the best plan of action to keep the project housed in the university. The three of us met with Garry and talked about the possibilities and options. We gave him some loose ideas/guidelines (like community, music, history etc.), and then he came up with a few options. We shared those with the station (directors and DJs) to get a feel for what was the favorite," Connors Manke said.
"Once we went through a few edits and revisions, Garry moved forward with his proposed sculpture, " Connors Manke said. "It was a long process, so to finally see it installed is something special. For me personally it is a piece that is meant to honor all of the people who did so much work to make WRFL a reality AND build it into such a vital and important part of the university and Lexington community."Allen said , "Watching the thing go up today, it’s basically like seeing, 'OK, this is like the new level.' We’ve grown to this point. It is pretty great to see it happen with such an indentifying piece of art. Using the old antenna shows how long we’ve been doing it. And I love that when you’re walking down there you see a turntable, which is the classic DJ symbol and on the other side you see our city. It’s an amazing thing to see this go up on our campus and town." WRFL faculty adviser, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Studies John Clark and former Media Adviser Chris Thuringer worked on the upgrade approval that lead to the new tower for years, managing construction bidding and physical installation supervision of the new, bigger, taller tower, which was completed in June 2010 and sits atop the Patterson Office Tower. The station's signal now reaches deep into Central Kentucky, allowing listeners in cities and counties surrounding Lexington to listen to WRFL's eclectic programming by students and community volunteers. Allen said that Wednesday's installation of the work serves as kind of a "soft opening" for the public art. A more formal unveiling will take place at theAugust 26 "Know Your Own" festival in that space featuring all local bands. We are going to have a moment during the proceedings to let Garry speak and other people who were involved." "The whole idea is to just celebrate the station. It will be the last day of K Week and so it will be connected to campus, we’ll have our new logo to roll out and the whole idea is to really press the "Start" button on the next 25 years." You Might Also Like East End smART with Professor Garry Bibbs Ace 7.28.2009 Hello Lexington: WRFL's New Tower, Can You Hear us Now Ace 6.23.2010 WRFL: Class of 2010, They Say It's Your Birthday Ace 3.3.2010 FreeKy: WRFL 20 Year Anniversary Ace 4.24.2008 This Year’s Models: Professor Garry Bibbs is a ‘Pied Piper’ for the Arts Ace 12.17.1997