WRST-FM, the radio station on the UW Oshkosh campus, is celebrating its 51st anniversary with an open house.
The studios are on the fourth floor of the Arts and Communications Center on the UWO campus. Hours are 3 until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21. Parking is available on Algoma Boulevard and Vine Street near the facility.
WRST is the oldest FM station in Oshkosh, and went on the air April 20, 1966, with only ten watts of power and a schedule of four and a half hours each weekday. The original broadcast facility was a converted lumber company office on the edge of campus. Since the beginning, the station’s mission has been to provide training to students interested in media careers while at the same time give listeners a service that is complimentary to other radio offerings.
Today, the station operates 24/7 with student-produced music, news and sports programming as well as programs from Wisconsin Public Radio. The station is also heard worldwide through internet streaming at www.wrst.org.
The station has won regional, national and even international awards over the years and thousands of UWO students have benefitted from their involvement at WRST. Station alumni are in media careers from coast to coast.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.