Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Old School

Invisible airwaves crackle with life...  Rush, "The Spirit of Radio"

Bucknell University sold its radio frequency to WVIA.  That's all well and good.  I'm sure Bucknell will put the money to good use.  WVIA's programming, popular in some circles, can now be heard in Union County.  The university and WVIA pledge to work together on projects and train young broadcasters.  Wonderful!

Bucknell's radio station now becomes an internet/streaming only affair.

And, there's the rub.

I chose to go to Marywood College (now University) because it was close and (at the time) inexpensive.  A big draw was the fact Marywood had a real, live radio station.  Back then, it was a puny ten watts at 91.5 FM, but it was still a chance to be "on the air."  A potential audience of thousands.  That was big to me.  There is nothing like the rush of opening a microphone, and having your voice, AM or FM, travel out in to the universe.  I still pause when I see a radio tower and antenna, and marvel at how it all works.  Thank you, Murgas and Marconi!

Times have changed.  There was once a stigma that cable was a child of an inferior creator to broadcast.  Not any more.

The stigma that internet and streaming are inferior to broadcast is also going away.

No matter where you are, make the most of what you have.

Before I graduated, WVMW's power was upped to 100 watts.  It's now 1800 watts at 91.7 FM, and has a nice coverage area.