Westfield State’s Community Radio celebrates one year anniversary
After a 30 year absence of community radio, Westfield State University’s station 89.5 WSKB is going strong a year after its launch.
Established in June 2014 in response to a need for local programming, 89.5 WSKB’s Community Radio runs daily Monday-Saturday offering a wide-range of local morning entertainment. An antenna upgrade last year has increased and improved the station’s range, enabling listeners to hear the station from the Connecticut border to the south, Northampton line to the north, Chester State Forest to the west, and Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 6 (Interstate 291) to the east. The station can be streamed 24/7 atwww.wskb.org or via the Tune In app. Videos of past shows can be viewed online at https://vimeo.com/channels/wskb.
“We are very pleased with the first year of Community Radio at Westfield State University,” said Mike Knapik, executive director for University Advancement. “We have brought back a communication channel that had long been absent from the greater Westfield community and created a true partnership with students and professionals from the city to provide education and to create content.”
Community Radio currently runs 6-10 a.m. throughout the summer with additional programming held Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Harry’s Summer Showcase with student Harry Cliff ’15) and Friday night 5-7 p.m. (Static Graffiti with Tony Rodriguez).
The station has a new student station general manager, Harry Cliff ’15 of Barnstable, Mass. Cliff joined the Radio Club in 2012 and became involved with Community Radio earlier this summer. Cliff said Community Radio has become a staple in the Westfield community
Throughout the summer, WSKB is having a contest to encourage Community Radio support. Photos will be posted on the WSKB Facebook page of cars spotted around town with WSKB bumper stickers. If your car is spotted, call or visit the Westfield State Foundation office on Broad Street to claim your prize.
Community Radio will officially celebrate its anniversary on Tuesday, September 1 with a live broadcast at the Park Square Green in downtown Westfield in conjunction with HOOT (Helping Out Our Town) Day.
WSKB is a student-run radio station led by Student Station General Manager Harry Cliff with assistance from faculty advisors Professor Mark Nimkoff and Professor Michael Filas. Community Radio support is provided by Baystate/Noble Hospital, United Bank, and Westfield Gas & Electric. For underwriting opportunities, contact the Westfield State Foundation office at 485-7353.