By Isabel Weinger Nielsen | College of Liberal Arts
December 5, 2014
WNUB is now streaming live, and anyone from anywhere around the world can listen. It is available on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops at libarts.norwich.edu/WNUBstream/. Whether you are alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, prospective students, or friends of Norwich, you can listen to a variety of music, entertainment, news and information programs wherever you are. And, if you’re in the Northfield area, you can still tune to 88.3 FM to hear WNUB on the radio, 24 hours a day.
Professor Doug Smith, who manages WNUB and teaches Broadcasting Techniques, Radio Production, and Introduction to Mass Media, worked with Norwich’s Information Technology Services to get the project off the ground. Streaming began this past June, at a bit rate of 128 Kbps-MP3 quality. He hopes streaming will serve as a means for alumni to stay in touch with Norwich as well as interest and attract prospective students to the Communications program.
WNUB-FM, on the air since 1967, is the community radio station of Norwich University and operates in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts’ communications major. Students gain hands-on education in radio, print journalism and television documentary production. According to Professor Smith, the idea to stream WNUB began when families wanted to hear their Norwich student on the radio.
Each semester, Norwich Communication majors take to the airwaves with live two-hour shows on Sunday through Thursday evenings. In addition to music, weather, and announcements, listeners can also hear one to three minute educational programs such as The Academic Minute, Radio MD News, A Moment in Time, and Sound Beat, a 90-second show which provides a back story about a specific recording’s place in history.
WNUB is fortunate to have local community members as DJs for several shows. Northfield’s own Dex Rowe hosts a five-minute local news program The Northfield News, Monday–Friday at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. He also hosts The Weekday Oldies from 9–11 a.m., Monday – Friday, and The Weekend Oldies from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Other music shows hosted by Northfield residents include Other Voices, Other Rooms–Music by Mark, Fridays from 8-10 p.m., A Night in My Backyard, Fridays from 8 p.m.–12 a.m., and The Morning Jam with Joe, Saturdays from 7–9 a.m.
Special campus events are also covered, such as the Writers Series, through 30-minute interviews with visiting writers hosted by Jacque Day.
Convocation was recorded and rebroadcast in August. As listenership grows, WNUB may broadcast more live events on campus, such as graduation and sporting events. So tune in! View the complete program schedule.