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Wetd

WETD
City of license Alfred, New York
Branding 90.7 FM the Leap
Frequency 90.7 MHz
Format Variety
ERP 3,200 watts[1]
HAAT 91.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 63129
Transmitter coordinates
Owner State University of New York
(Alfred State College)
Website http://WETD.FM [1]

WETD (90.7 FM) is a college radio station broadcasting a Variety format. Licensed to Alfred, New York, USA. The station is currently owned by State University of New York.[2]

History

In the early 1960s, Alfred State College students tinkered with radio paraphernalia, providing entertainment to Happy Valley. A few Engineering Technology faculty and staff took an interest, and soon WETD (W Engineering Technology Department) was an official radio station broadcasting at 10 watts from the Engineering Building. There were strict programming and hours of operation… it was a character building time for WETD, but mostly engineering based.

By the late 1960s, music and radio were a powerful means of social awareness, which drew more than just engineers to the studio. In the 1970s there was campus-wide involvement by students from all curricula, resulting in Alfred State College Student Senate funding the operation as a student club/organization.

In the 70s, the station moved its operations to the basement of the Orvis Activities Center, with much needed equipment improvements… new turntables, cassette and reel to reel tape decks, cart machines and a 50 watt transmitter. But visibility was an issue, so plans were drafted in the 1990s to move the studios to the Orvis Activities Center with much more transmitter power and technology options. WETD received a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase power from 350 watts to 3.5 kilowatts. On Aug. 14, 2013, the WETD Main Studio was moved to a prime 4th floor location in the new $33 million Student Leadership Center (SLC) at Alfred State College. [3] WETD DJ's & alumni welcomed visitors September 27, 2013 during ASC's Homecoming / Family Weekend. [4]

Today, WETD is actively involved in the local communities through on-air radio interviews and event announcements, and off-air through DJ events and community service projects. In March 2008, WETD identified and then raised from fellow students over $1,100 for needed children’s supplies at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville (town), New York, and was later awarded the 2007-08 Community Service Award by the Alfred State College Student Senate. In November, 2008, WETD DJ’s assisted in raising over $1,500 for Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County's Breakfast with Santa program, and then volunteered to serve as Santa's Helper for these students and their families at the breakfast.[5] Currently, out of 80+ ASC clubs and organizations, WETD has been awarded the Community Service, now called the Civic Engagement Award, 5 out of the past 8 years.

WETD students are committed to providing the best variety of music and programming within the FCC's FCC regulations, as well as meeting the communities needs both on-air and off. WETD holds educational membership with the New York State Broadcasting Association (NYSBA) and the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI). In August, 2013, WETD was approved as Associate members of the Wellsville (NY) Chamber of Commerce for years of volunteer service at the Main Street Festival and the Great Wellsville Area Balloon Rally Clambake.

References

  1. ^ "FCC Engineering Data for WETD". FCC Engineering Data for WETD. FCC. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "WETD Facility Record". United States  
  3. ^ http://www.askcbi.org/?p=4101
  4. ^ http://www.alfredstate.edu/news/2013-09-03/radio-station-relocates
  5. ^ Alfred State U. Press Release

External links

  • Query the FCC's FM station database for WETD
  • Radio-Locator information on WETD
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WETD
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