Students Launch Rhodes Radio

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Publication Date: 11/19/2007


In the ’70s and ’80s, WLYX-FM radio at Rhodes was a prominent contributor to the college music scene. Artists such as R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were featured on the station as well as original programming that appealed to the many facets of college life.

At the close of the ’80s, unfortunately, WLYX ceased operations. But now, a group of students have taken up the charge and started a new station called Rhodes Radio.

Jen Gaffney, the station’s general manager, began recruiting members as soon as the fall semester began. From there, a group of 30 students formed the inaugural Rhodes Radio staff and immediately set to work on becoming an institutionally-approved organization.

Through guidance given by the Publications Board and the Office of Student Involvement, Rhodes Radio established itself in less than a month. Now, the staff has switched its focus to regaining the listenership and esteem enjoyed by WLYX during its heyday.

Over 20 shows are already in the works, including a reggae hour, a show offering advice for romantic relationships, and sessions hosted by CODA (Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts) and the Kinney Program. Even professors are getting in on the act, like Dr. Richard Vernon’s “8-bit Symphony,” which showcases video game music.

The station streams through the internet (http://www.rhodesradio.org/), making it accessible to listeners both on and off campus. Beginning next semester, Rhodes Radio will begin broadcasting through a micro-watt transmitter that emits a low-wattage signal only over the campus. The goal, however, is to become a FCC-licensed station that broadcasts city-wide.

“Radio is a great way to share information and discuss ideas. This station has the potential to become a defining part of life at Rhodes,” says Gaffney. “We just want people to take advantage of that.”

To tune in, go to http://www.rhodesradio.org/. A programming schedule will be published regularly in the Sou’wester as well as on the Web site.

(Information compiled by Christina Cooke, Rhodes Student Associate in the Rhodes Communications Office)