1938 – Advocacy for a station at Colgate begins

On December 2, 1938, The Colgate Maroon featured its advocacy for a radio station at Colgate on its front page. It reports the initial reaction from students and faculty as…

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1950 – The Station is Born

In May 1950, the student activities council approved the funds to build a new radio station. The announcement, however, came the next semester in the Maroon. On September 20, 1950, it…

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January 17, 1951 – The First Broadcast

Thomas, the program director at the time told Colgate Maroon it would be “A gigantic opening show featuring administration heads will be the first broadcast of WCU, Thursday, February 1,…

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1959 – WRCU and the Yankees

In 1959, WRCU became the only college radio station in the nation to carry the Yankees’ daytime ball games.

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WRCU in the 1970s

Throughout 1970s WRCU was predominately a “Progressive Rock” station. Bill Schwartz, GM in 1979, remember the programming being modeled after WNEW FM in New York City. In 1970, station management…

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1973 – WRCU Moves from Spear House to Kendrick-Eaton-Dodge

In 1973, WRCU finalized its move from the basement of Spear House to the basement of Kendrick-Eaton-Dodge (now known as Curtis Hall). Dennis Valentovic, GM ‘73, described the difference between…

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1979 – WRCU Upgrades to a 1000-watt Transmitter

Before 1979 WRCU broadcasted 10-watts through the telephone lines. When the FCC began phasing out 10-watt educational signals students began seeking funding for the upgrade. GM 1977-1978 Al Yellon recalled…

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WRCU & Colgate Athletics

Over the years, WRCU has broadcast many of Colgate’s sporting events. The sports that were followed were typically football, hockey, and basketball, but coverage varied by how good the team…

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2013 – WRCU Raises $5.1 Million in Colgate Fundraiser

On Colgate day, December 13, 2013 WRCU teamed up with Colgate’s Office of Communications to broadcast special programming aimed at raising $1 million for financial aid. 

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