Listeners tune in for WVMM’s 15th year
Managers Jered Penrose ’07 (left) and Jim Cheney ’05 broadcast music from WVMM’s new headquarters in Larsen Student Union.
Messiah’s very own radio station, WVMM, just marked its 15th anniversary, celebrating many successful years as a resource for learning, entertainment, and spiritual enrichment on the campus and beyond. The station, outfitted with commercial-quality equipment, broadcasts its programming to an audience of 2,500 to 3,000 listeners every week.
First hitting the airwaves on October 6, 1989, the “V” has broadcast from a number of venues around campus. Its recent move from the basement of Miller Hall has landed it in its most accessible location: Larsen Student Union.
With more than 1,000 CDs from which to choose, the station’s DJs never need to scramble for songs to play and are often free to select some of their personal favorites. For student DJs, working at the “V” provides significant hands-on experience in the broadcast/radio field.
The station recently acquired the right to air regular updates from the widely respected BBC World News Service. Listeners can now tune in to hear BBC programming between 7 and 11 a.m. every weekday. With a frequency that reaches beyond the local community and into Harrisburg and its surrounding area, the station hopes to soon provide round-the-clock broadcasting as it continues to be a vital mode of communication and education for DJs and listeners alike.