Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hobart and William Smith Colleges' radio station, home of WEOS-FM and WHWS-FM, has officially moved to the Scandling Campus Center. Originally located in a house on Hamilton Street, the station is now situated next to the Post Office.
"I'm ecstatic about this move to a more centralized location - not just because it's brand new with top-notch equipment, but even more so because more students will walk by and wonder, ‘What's that?' That's all some people need to spark a passion they would have otherwise not known they had for music, the arts and radio broadcasting as a whole," says Station Manager Greg Cotterill, who has worked for the Colleges since 2003. Since then, Cotterill has elevated college radio at HWS to include news, podcasts, arts events, music and full sports coverage.
Located on Hamilton Street since the mid-1990s, the Colleges' radio station made the much-needed move, while providing more student housing at its former location. Focus groups and student surveys were conducted to help determine the station's new space, ensuring its future accessibility and involvement with the HWS student population.
The state-of-the-art radio station is now equipped with three new recording studios, two of which will be able to broadcast simultaneously. One recording room has an observatory window through which students may watch and listen in on interviews, sports, news or arts being broadcast daily from the Scandling Campus Center.
"I'm eager for more excitement," says Erica Randazzo '15. "The central location will bring new faces, more involvement and strengthen the station's camaraderie. Now people will be more aware that the Colleges' radio stations exist."
Heavily involved in the school radio stations herself, Randazzo is a summer intern, working with a stipend from the New York State Broadcasting Association to further familiarize herself with the world of radio. She also will be the program director for the HWS station WHWS for her upcoming senior year, orchestrating different programs, scheduling and artists. Randazzo also has her own radio show called "Alphabet Soup," which plays an eclectic mix of tunes.
WEOS, also known as Finger Lakes Public Radio, is broadcast on 90.3 FM to the town of Geneva, and on 89.5 to the surrounding Finger Lakes region. WEOS programming is primarily National Public Radio with a focus on talk shows and news, live local concerts, lectures and discussions, as well as all Hobart football and lacrosse games. All WEOS sports broadcasts are also available on the internet, streamed live at www.weos.org with radio play-by-play provided by Ted Baker, Terry Muffly and Assistant Dean of Hobart College David Mapstone '93.
Meanwhile, WEOS' low-power sister station, WHWS-LP, is broadcast on 105.7 to everyone within a 20-mile radius of Geneva. WHWS is primarily run by HWS students, as well as local volunteers. The station has many different programs ranging from 100 watts of college radio broadcasting music with student and local DJs, to Spanish-language programs late into the night (also broadcasted in Spain). WHWS 105.7 also broadcasts all HWS home sports games, and both home and away games for William Smith lacrosse, all of which are streamed live at www.whws.fm. Radio play-by-play is provided by Joe Lasky, who invites interested students to join him in the broadcast booth.
Any students who are interested in getting their own radio show or simply want to be involved with the stations can attend the general meeting on Sept. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Coxe Hall. For those who cannot attend, sign up will also be available at the annual Involvement Expo on the Quad, where there will be a WHWS 105.7 College Radio table. The Expo will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 5. Interested students can also email Cotterill at email@example.com.
In the photo above, Greg Cotterill, manager for WEOS and WHWS, shows off the new Scandling Campus Center space for the Colleges' radio station to Orientation Coordinators Dana Williams '16 and Paul Ciaccia '15.