Time To Tee Up For WUSM

Proudly celebrating its 65th birthday, WUSM-FM 88.5 is as feisty and edgy as ever, still radiating the energetic and youthful vibe that grew it into the broadcasting powerhouse it is today.  Voted “Best of the Pine Belt” radio station for five years running, WUSM brings the community a wildly diverse roots playlist that appeals to all ages. The nonprofit station showcases music from local, regional, national and international artists to amplify the culture of the Greater Hattiesburg music-loving community.

Since 1953, WUSM has evolved from a classical AM radio station into the steadfast contributor of news and music, broadcasting from The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Mass Communication and Journalism. Despite its continued success, WUSM cannot thrive on good music vibes alone. With fundraisers like A Round for Southern Miss Radio, WUSM raises money through sponsorships and donations from generous people and businesses throughout the community.

With enthusiasm and leadership, the 2018 WUSM Golf Tournament chair is Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHattiesburg. This year’s event will be held Monday, April 30, at Hattiesburg’s Timberton Golf Club with a shotgun start at noon. Participants will enjoy a grab-and-go lunch and an excellent 19th hole experience with fun and festivities in between. After course play, live music and a crawfish boil round out the day.

Dorsey was named VisitHattiesburg’s executive director in October 2017, and she brings more than 20 years of marketing and leadership experience to the tourism commission. Through Dorsey’s and her team’s efforts, VisitHattiesburg’s new website recently earned “Tourism Promotion of The Year” from the Mississippi Tourism Association.

“The VisitHattiesburg team actively markets Hattiesburg as a tourism destination to visitors and groups for both business and leisure travel,” Dorsey said. “Last year, Hattiesburg hosted more than 1.8 million visitors, making it Mississippi’s third most visited city.”

Knowing the strengths of the Hattiesburg community and the valuable role WUSM plays in the market, Dorsey is the perfect fit to serve as this year’s A Round for Southern Miss Radio chair. An avid WUSM listener, Dorsey appreciates Mean Willie Green and the many student DJs who work hard to play the “best music ever recorded.”

Now in its eight year, the golf tournament is the station’s largest and most important fundraiser. The money raised from sponsors provides hands-on student experience, necessary equipment upgrades and repairs, and enables the station to serve as an independent community voice.

As USM’s student-led station, WUSM provides understanding and experience to undergraduate and graduate students about the radio industry. With an amazing 60,000 song music library, students work behind-the-scenes of WUSM and broadcast live, assisting in all aspects of the radio station.

For sponsorship or participant inquiries for this fun-filled event, contact Mandy Nace at 601.266.4196 or at amanda.tilley-@usm.edu. Register online for the 2018 golf tournament at southernmissradio.com.­