WNUB-FM Celebrates 50 Years of Norwich University Radio with Countdown and Celebration


Oct. 19, 2017

Norwich University officials announced that beginning on Thursday, Oct. 19, WNUB-FM will count down 50 days until Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, when the university’s radio station will celebrate 50 years on air with a reception and prizes in the Wise Campus Center’s The Mill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the public are invited to join the Norwich community in this noteworthy anniversary milestone. The Dec. 8 event will feature an onsite live broadcast hosted by longtime disc jockey Dex Rowe, who has 47 years in radio and will be showcasing the music from over the past 50 years WNUB has been on the air. Rowe began volunteering at WNUB in 1992. He currently hosts the weekday morning oldies show from 9-11 a.m. and the weekend evening oldies and Variety Shows (syndicated worldwide) on WNUB. Rowe is also the Saturday morning anchor on WDEV AM-FM, Waterbury, and is the recipient of three awards for radio production from the Vermont Association of Broadcasters.

The public is also encouraged to listen to WNUB-FM in the greater Northfield area at 88.3, via the RadioFX app, or to livestream it at: libarts.norwich.edu/WNUBstream/. Each day until December 8, WNUB will air historical world, national, Norwich, and music facts as part of Dex Rowe’s 50-day countdown.

The station, led by then-general manager Leo P. Soucy, ’69 (pictured), joined the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and the National Association of Educational Broadcasting in 1967 and began operating on Dec. 8 of that year. The station currently airs programming continuously, 24/7, and offers a dozen or so mostly evening live radio shows with hosts. Depending on the semester, 12-25 students participate in running the station as part of Norwich’s Bachelor of Science in Communications.

Over the years, WNUB-FM has expanded its programming to reflect its burgeoning philosophy of reaching beyond the campus and into the local community with programs such as weekly news and sports updates from the Northfield News and public affairs programming including Norwich Odyssey, the Norwich Writers’ Series, and interviews with all five of the 2016 Vermont gubernatorial candidates.

Other changes have included significant additions to the music playlist and additional special event broadcasts such as coverage of Town Meeting and all three days of Northfield’s Labor Day weekend celebration – the state’s largest – airing continuous coverage from the stage for 10 hours that Saturday and Sunday and three hours Monday afternoon.

For more information, please contact Doug Smith at dsmith@norwich.edu. Learn more about pursuing a major in Communications at Norwich University at Norwich.edu.

Editor’s note: The above photo was taken by Homer E. Smith and shows student Leo P. Soucy, ’69, broadcasting WNUB in December 1967, the year Norwich’s radio station launched. Photo is provided courtesy of Norwich University Archives.

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