90.3 FM WMSC , Montclair State’s campus radio station, celebrated the 6th annual College Radio Day on Nov. 4th with 30 continuous hours of live broadcast.
The concept of College Radio Day was created by Rob Quicke, General Manager of WPSC at William Paterson University, who wanted all listeners and participants in college radio to unite. The mission was intended to raise a greater awareness of how college radio is still alive and kicking. This event featured unsigned, local and independent artists throughout the 30 hours of broadcasting.
“This is a day that all college stations unite and put out their best work to show the rest of the world that there’s value in having an on-campus station,” WMSC Station Manager Juan Contla said. “College radio day has really grown here at Monclair State and at WMSC. I remember back my freshman year when I first joined this day we only celebrated by playing music out of the boombox in the quad and handing out CDs.”
The WMSC radio team got the party started at 7 p.m. on Nov. 3rd with its on-air pre-show. The Kick-off Extravaganza followed at midnight. WMSC provided a special live broadcast from the Red Hawk Diner and had New Jersey Broadcasters Association President Paul Rotella and Quicke on the air.
“It is a celebration of a terrific outlet for on-the-job training. I love being on the air and it is great how everyone can come together to discuss their passion for radio like I do,” said junior Nick Flaherty, who has a flair for sports media and broadcasting. Flaherty has been actively involved with WMSC since his freshman year as a sports commentator.
Adding to the day’s jam-packed agenda, there were live studio sessions with eight full bands and seven acoustic acts.
Senior and WMSC news director Sammie Williams said, “I am so happy to be able to be a part of this incredible celebration. Especially because I get to celebrate my last college radio day with the people who are not only my friends, but my family.”