Union’s radio station WRUC (Wireless Radio of Union College) was ranked 12 in the Princeton Review’s 2016 list of the most popular college radio stations in America.
Managed by Frank Chiarulli Jr. ’17 and Anat Tewari ’19, WRUC is entirely student-run. “The First Station in the Nation” began broadcasting on Oct. 14, 1920.
WRUC has sponsored numerous shows and events on campus throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but has, according to Talha Janjua ’19, “fallen off the radar” in recent years. Over the past few months, however, this has begun to change.
Last term, WRUC held a listening party in Old Chapel, where DJ’s took turns playing their favorite songs.
College radio provides an eclectic mix of programming – a variety which was prominently featured at this event, with everything from rap and pop to techno and alternative.
WRUC says that they expect more of the same moving forward.
Starting this February, WRUC will be having one listening party a month, which will be hosted by Sorum House. Music Director Justice Park ’19 notes that the goal of the listening parties is “to cultivate a music scene on campus.” The listening parties have the potential to expose people to new music, and will offer a laid-back environment where people can bond over music.
WRUC has also recently overhauled its website, which can be accessed by visiting wruc.union.edu.
The website features all things WRUC: the station’s history, the show schedule, a link to listen to shows and even a clickable casette that plays music.
The website also features the station’s new music blog. Blog Manager Paul Bacchi ’20 mentioned the “free-form” nature of the blog, which offers a wide range of content from DJ interviews and opinions of musical genres to reviews of new songs and albums.
As the social media manager for WRUC, Patrick Gardner ’17 will be using the WRUC Facebook and Twitter pages to advertise upcoming events and the WRUC new music blog.
The goal of this initiative is to help WRUC become more well-known, and have more people attend our events.
Long-term goals include using the station’s website to receive feedback on what people listen to and what they would like to hear on the air, adding a call-in feature to interact with DJs and the general audience, and possibly even having live bands perform during shows.
If you are interested in getting involved as a DJ, E-Board member or even just writing for the WRUC blog, stop by the E-Board meetings Thursday nights at 7 p.m. in the WRUC office, located on the fourth floor of Reamer, room 401.