Wednesday, November 5, 2014

On Air: WCVP Continues Long Tradition of College Radio

Amy Mitchell sits at the radio station console.
In the age of Pandora, Spotify, and various podcasts, getting your news and music fix from the radio might seem old-fashioned, but radio is alive and well at Vol State.

Since 1979, WVCP-FM 88.5 has been the voice of the campus, and students such as Amy Mitchell are carrying on the tradition of bringing solid content to the station's audience.

"It's like the information station of the college. We usually try to keep things updated with news stories about what is going on both on and off campus," Mitchell said.

The station broadcasts with 1,000 watts and has a weekly audience of about 12,000-13,000 listeners. WVCP's signal covers much of the greater Nashville area, including Goodletsville, Portland, Antioch, Mt. Juliet, and Lebanon.

More than 20 DJs make up the station's crew, making sure they are bringing a variety of entertainment to the ears of whoever might be listening. On weekdays, the shows tend to center around rock and news programs, while the weekend shows focus on a more niche crowd.

Whether the DJs are working around the clock to ensure the station never goes silent, working in the radio environment is always a good time, according to first-year student Darren Kurtz.

"We do take what we do seriously, and we do want to make good content for people to listen to, but at the same time it's fun," he said.

The station has always been led by volunteers, and there's always plenty of room for more to join, according to associate professor and station manager Howard Espravnik.

"We use volunteers that are students, and we also use volunteers from the community outside of Vol State," Espravnik said.

A student can either enroll in a practicum class for credit or volunteer their time for a show. Espravnik said the station is looking for volunteers to do play-by-play reports from sporting events, as well as campus reporters to report on the goings-on of the campus.

If you're interested in becoming a volunteer or signing up for credit, visit Espravnik in room 165 of the Ramer Administration Buidling, or email wvcp@volstate.eduClick here to listen to the station's live stream.

For more on the radio station, check out the video below:

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