Starting today and continuing through October 19, Boston College's radio station, WZBC, is hosting their biannual fundraiser.
The funds raised from donations this week keep the station up and running at its high caliber. WZBC has been the host of hundreds of bands over the years, and is one of the most highly respected college radio stations in the country.
Taken from WZBC's mission statement:
"Originally founded as WVBC, the voice of Boston College, the radio station began in 1960 as a carrier-current AM station, broadcasting solely to the university commnity through the electrical wiring of on-campus buildings and dormitories. After operating in this capacity for 13 years, Boston College Radio took a big step by applying for a license to open and operate WZBC-FM, a nine watt, educationally-oriented station at the frequency 90.3. With the advent of WZBC-FM, the radio station expanded its listenership to begin serving the outside community. Through locally based programs, WZBC proposed to link area residents with the university.
WZBC has seen tremendous growth since its inception in 1973. A power increase was given to WZBC in 1974, bringing the station up to its current output of 1000 watts and allowing once again for an expansion in listenership. Another important touch was added in 1979 when our broadcast signal became stereo. However, arguably the most important change in WZBC history occurred later that year, or perhaps the following one (depending on whom you ask), when the station changed its format to something called modern rock. The frequency formerly home to James Taylor and his ilk became inundated with innovative new bands which commercial radio would not touch. At approximately the same time, WZBC also began broadcasting more experimental music under the moniker, No Commercial Potential, thus changing the future of WZBC irrevocably. Since the initial format change, WZBC has grown to become one of the most influential and respected college stations in the country.
As it stands now, WZBC is actually two fully functioning broadcast entities. Besides the FM frequency, there is also WZBC-AM, which operates on a carrier-current, much like the station's predecessor, WVBC."
If you are in interested in donating, you are encouraged to do so:
by phone: 617-552-4686
or online: www.wzbc.org
Any questions can be directed to WZBC's General Manager, Alexis Murphy, by email at [email protected]