WFVS-LP is a non-commercial educational low-power radio station licensed to the Fort Valley State University’s Broadcasters Club. The 100-Watt Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulated station covers a radius of about 3 miles and streams on the internet at Fort Valley State University homepage. The station serves the educational, cultural, and social needs of the FVSU students, staff, and faculty and the surrounding community. It is also simulcast with the university’s 30 Watt AM Carrier Current radio station WFVS AM530. Shirley L. Ellis, the University’s television station manager initiated the process to start the station and the Broadcasters Club was granted a permit to begin constructing the station in June 2003. Construction of the station was completed in August 2004 during which time the station began broadcasting on frequency 104.3. Ellis authored a Title III Grant to get the initial funding for the station. The station prepares students to become professionals by integrating hands-on experience with classroom instruction. Students receive hands-on training in all aspects of radio broadcasting including programming, production, promotions and management. Students serve as on-air personalities, music directors, producers, program directors and editors on the station. By working as a member of the student radio station volunteer staff the students are prepared for professional-entry level positions in radio broadcasting. The station complies with FCC guidelines and operates under the same standards as commercial radio stations. It is managed and operated by the Fort Valley State University Fine Arts, Humanities and Mass Communications Department. The station is instrumental in the department’s efforts to teach students mainstream radio broadcasting. Using the on-air slogan “The New Power Jamz … Middle Georgia’s Best Music Mix,” the station is formatted to play a mix of several music genres, including Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Hip-Hop. The station also broadcast daily special programming that includes national news and sports, entertainment-oriented shows, health and inspirational programing from the America Urban Radio Networks (AUN) and the Sheridan Broadcasting Networks (SBN) and Anderson Communications. During football season live play by play action of Wildcat Football is broadcast on the station. Since its inception, the station has received several awards Black College Radio (BCR) organization including the 2008-2009 Black College Radio Station of the Year. The station is also associated with national professional organizations including the National Black Programmers Coalition (NBPC).


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