WNUB-FM Celebrates 50 years (and other news)

WNUB-FM Celebrates 50 years (and other news)

Photo: Doug Smith, WNUB manager and adjunct professor of Communications

Beginning on October 19, WNUB-FM counted down 50 days until December 8, 2017, when the university’s radio station celebrated 50 years on air with a reception and prizes in the Wise Campus Center’s The Mill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The daylong event featured an onsite live broadcast hosted by longtime disc jockey Dex Rowe, who has 47 years in radio, and showcased the music from over the past 50 years WNUB has been on the air. You are encouraged to listen to WNUB-FM in the greater Northfield area at 88.3, via the RadioFX app, or to livestream.

WNUB-FM joined RadioFX in the fall: “Delivering the power of social radio to college stations through their very own custom mobile app experience.” 

Four years ago, the very first episode of “Norwich Odyssey” aired on WNUB. The show is back in a brand-new format, with three new producers on board: Daphne Larkin, Crystal Drown, and Nick Fischer. Jacque Day returns as founding host and producer, and WNUB intern, Cadet Will Dow ’18, rounds out the party of five. Listen to the podcast

WNUB received capital equipment funding (approximately $4,200) for a UPS and three batteries to keep the WNUB Jackman Hall transmitter and associated equipment on the air during lengthy power outages.

The Broadcasting Techniques class made its annual pilgrimage to the Burlington area to visit and tour the facilities of Vermont Public Radio, Hall Communications Radio Stations, and WCAX-TV.  The more than a dozen students in attendance were incredibly impressed with the nearly new and lavish VPR building and studios. The afternoon DJ at Hall country station WOKO welcomed us into the studio to be a part of her afternoon drive-time show and really showed us all how a 30-year radio personality puts on an entertaining and informative radio show. Lastly, WCAX News Director Roger Garrity greeted us in the lobby and talked to us about the station’s history and recent change in ownership. He then walked us through the newsroom and on to the studio where we able to watch the live newscasts in progress, which all of the students really enjoyed seeing in person.