WVRU is the bees’ knees

If you haven’t heard of it yet, WVRU is the campus radio station for RU. It’s also run by students here on campus. Although most of the students in the broadcasting club are also participants at the radio station, they are always looking for new additions outside of student media. At Club Fair, WVRU had its own table with CDs scattered all over it.

WVRU rocks at Radford University! Graphic from Radford website
WVRU rocks at Radford University! Graphic from Radford website

When I asked for more details, I was told that they were one of RU’s radio stations. It’s compiled of student DJs. When walking into the interest meeting in September, I didn’t know what to expect of WVRU. The people running the station informed us that we could go through the training throughout the fall semester and begin working at the station during the spring semester. There are also opportunities for scholarships, and internships.

The meeting was informal, but included stating our semester availability for training days. The group then walked over to Porterfield for a tour of Studios A, B, and C. Students were given the opportunity to learn at the radio station and gain real radio-host skills. The training was to be a meeting once every week for most of the remaining semester.

The station has several programs that include a large helping of jazz music, death metal, and student shows of varying genres. There are also BBC news breaks, PSA’s, and a few promos. The station is public, so no sponsers, means no commercial breaks. WVRU’s station is also available for online listening. You can easily find it on RU’s website by doing a quick search.

During the training, those of us who stuck through the whole process learned the basic operations a DJ performs. This included knowing our way around the studio and learning how to work the equipment. At the end of the training period, students are tested on their ability to understand the regulations of the studio and what’s expected of them. There’s also a hands-on test to ensure that each student is able to show that they can correctly transition from one song to another and control the sound correctly.