VT Radio Station Gets Help, Seeks More
May 15, 2007 at 7:38 AM (PT)
In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded at VIRGINIA TECH on APRIL 16, a tremendous amount of support has been extended to the students and staff of the university. In the weeks following, officials from CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO, the SOCIETY OF BROADCAST ENGINEERS (SBE) and many other companies teamed up with the campus radio station, WUVT (90.7 FM), to support the station’s aged transmitter.
Since the beginning of the spring semester, the current transmitter has experienced extensive technical difficulties due to its age and undesirable environmental conditions. CLEAR CHANNEL SVP/Engineering STEVE DAVIS and SBE Pres. CHRISS SCHERER expressed their desire to return the station to its full licensed power as soon as possible.
WUVT Chief Engineer KEVIN STERNE helped return the station to partial power after the malfunctions began. On APRIL 16, STERNE was in NORRYS HALL during the VT shooting. He sustained a gunshot wound, but the doctors have since said that he will make a full recovery.
CLEAR CHANNEL is donating a HARRIS Z5 transmitter, transmitter building, antenna sufficient to generate 10 KW ERP, and engineering help to WUVT to assist in the upgrade at PRICE MOUNTAIN.
WUVT is still looking for cash donations or in-kind donations of equipment or services still needed. If you believe you can provide assistance, please contact GM KIM FOLEY at (540) 231-9880 or Kimfoley@vt.edu.