WKNC wins Best in College Radio award

June 9, 2011
By Sylvia Adcock
(Image courtesy of NC State Student Media)

(Image courtesy of NC State Student Media)

Here’s a reason to tune in to 88.1 FM on your radio. The Independent Weekly has named WKNC, NC State’s student radio station, the best college radio station in the Triangle. WKNC was also a finalist in the category of non-profit radio.

The students who run WKNC are passionate about the station, said Bradley Wilson, coordinator of student media advising. Programming ranges from indie rock during the day to specialty shows including “All Things Acappella,” “Chainsaw Rock” and “Shut the Punk Up.”

The station runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during the summer months when students all but disappear from campus. About 150 students work at WKNC, and the jobs are so popular there’s a waiting list. Perhaps not surprisingly–considering the popularity of all-nighters among the college-aged–the most sought-after shift is 3 a.m.

Today, WKNC broadcasts at 25,000 watts and can reach 1.1 million listeners in central North Carolina. That’s up from 10 years ago, when the station was at 10,000 watts.

Check out what else the station is doing at http://wknc.org/.

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