By Lauryn Maze
Volunteer State Community College’s radio station, also called WVCP, airs over 88.5 FM. The radio station is in the Ramer building in Suite 169.
The station first went on the air Jan. 4, 1979 and recently invited alumni to see the building. Howard Espravnik, station manager, and James Milliner, chief operator, run the station with Volstate students and volunteers from the community.
The station is also home to radio and TV broadcasting majors. Students get hands on experience working for the radio. The program emphasizes a professional work environment to prepare students for work outside of the station.
They arrive as early as 4 a.m. to get prepared for the day at the station. Students get experience in all areas of the field including on air operations. Students must also follow the rules of the Federal Communication Commissions and strict station format policies. Students also have opportunities to go on to intern at outside stations or agencies.
The station has three main objectives: providing news and public service announcements, giving Volstate students professional radio training and giving information on academic and non-academic activities.
WVCP plays a number of genres of music from hard rock to classic hits. Music plays all week with exceptions for specialty weekend shows. Classic Hits play 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Classic Rock plays 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Modern Rock and Metal play 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. It features a twenty minute news section Monday through Friday at noon. This is reported by students of the college
who give local and state news along with the weather. Students can also submit any news or events to WVCP@volstate.edu.