As WVKC moves to digital streaming, Co-General Manager Samantha Smith looks to improve radio station accessibility for students and community members not directly affiliated with the station.
Currently a junior, Smith spent most of last year organizing the extensive record and CD archives owned by WVKC. The archives have held volumes of music on the fourth floor of George Davis Hall for some time, but have been out of reach to the majority of the student body, who have not known about the collection or have been unable to navigate the stacks.
Another feature of the station’s headquarters that will receive increased attention will be the ability to listen to and record music. Improvements made to the lounge area have been aimed at making the space more welcoming to new visitors.
To maximize the functionality of these features, new microphones have been purchased for the broadcast and recording studio. A new turntable was purchased for the lounge area so that students can listen to records.
Smith said that she hopes that the lounge, library and recording studio will become a place for students not directly involved with WVKC to “come up, sit down, plug in headphones and listen to what’s available.”
Once the library has been staffed, students and community members will be welcome to come and enjoy the music collection and recording abilities WVKC has to offer.
Since the switchover to digital streaming, little else has changed for the WVKC staff apart from a new stream encoder that has been installed in the broadcast studio and has not impacted the day-to-day operations of the station. All shows for WVKC still broadcast from the studio; an item that both managers agreed was the subject of much confusion within the student body.
NPR affiliate Tri-States Radio, which has taken over the 90.7 FM HD1 stream, has brought on reporter Jonathan All to work in the station.
Neither Smith nor fellow WVKC Co-General Manager Arthur Pascale have met All, though they say he seems like a “cool guy” who will take care of the 90.7 frequency.
Students should notice a significant improvement in the Internet streaming quality of the broadcast, made possible by the new stream encoder in the broadcasting room which will utilize NPR’s servers and bandwidth in Washington D.C.
“[WVKC] is still streaming online, but better than before,” Pascale said.