It’s been an exciting semester for WVBR and CornellRadio.com at the new studio on Stewart and East Buffalo, and its location in the heart of Collegetown has contributed to one of the largest recruitment classes the Guild has seen since the move to the Cow Palace! Both WVBR and CornellRadio have completely filled their on-air time slots everyday from 6am-2am, thanks largely in part to the Guild taking on over 100 new member. These numbers put us in contention for the title of Cornell’s largest student organization.
The roots of large trees on our front lawn were growing into and threatening the structural integrity of the foundation, but this problem has now been addressed. ASI Renovations, our contractor, completed work on the station three weeks ago, and Ithaca building inspectors have assured us that the problem is fully resolved. This should be the last major renovation that needs to be done to the facilities for the foreseeable future, and it’s truly amazing to think about how far the building has come in just one year’s time.
Our efforts to improve the infrastructure of the station have continued beyond the confines of 604 E Buffalo St as we’re now looking to improve our ability to transmit our signal from Hungerford Hill. For the first time in 20 years, we have purchased a top-of-the-line transmitter and are waiting on its delivery. Although we will operate at the same power as we did with the last transmitter, the new transmitter will be able to deliver a clearer, stronger signal. Additionally, we are working toward erecting a new transmitter tower. The current one has been in operation since the ’60s and was originally designed for an AM signal. It was never designed to be used as long it has been in operation, and it’s about time that we continue our efforts to improve our facilities by replacing it.
Our collaboration with Big Red Sports Network has also been reaching new levels of success. BRSN has collaborated with our Sports Department to release short sports segments throughout the afternoon drive time. These “Sports Flashes,” as they’re called, focus on highly local sports content and provide us with stimulating content to draw new genres of listeners in. BRSN has also added a few shows to our weekend stable – from Saturday from 9-10pm, “FiRED Up” features in-depth, entertaining discussions that add a social spin to Cornell Sports. On Sunday, “Sports Roundup” continues to produce fantastic radio content with the assistance of the Big Red Sports Network crew.
Last but most certainly not least, the News Department has been recognized as the Guild’s “Most Improved Department” this year. The schedule for newscasters has been filled to capacity, but apart from the quantitative success the department has achieved, the quality of both radio and web content has improved immeasurably. Matt Fossen’s work on improving the station’s web content in particular deserves special recognition, and the department now produces “enterprise pieces,” which are short news articles that have arguably eclipsed the journalistic quality of other campus media organizations’ productions.