Rogelio Castillo

Riding the Airwaves


When Rogelio Castillo became involved with the campus radio station, WUMD, there were 10 student DJs. Under his leadership as general manager, there are 45 – and a programming schedule that includes shows from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. each weekday. The station has a mobile sound team, which DJs events regularly for a small fee. Because of his work, WUMD is not only back on the map, but is an example to other student organizations that want to expand their influence.

Rogelio is a non-traditional student who returned to college after nearly a decade away from school. He found balance with his coursework and WUMD responsibilities all while being a father and working two jobs. He hopes to work in public relations for major league baseball or the automotive industry, or as a news producer for radio or TV.

“Rog demonstrates all that is UM Dearborn – a place of opportunity, hope, and the ability to integrate classroom learning and real work experience to make true change,” says Amy Karaban, of the student activities office. “Rog is really one of the leaders and best.”


"I would have to say my involvement with WUMD College Radio as the General Manager is what I'm most proud of here at UM-Dearborn. We have worked with other student organizations with different projects. We have also offered a service for students to use our audio equipment for various student projects. We have trained deejays to host a variety of shows for students to listen to. We increased our activity on social media websites."