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WGSU 50th Anniversary


The following history of the early years at WGSU is excerpted from a station manual published in 1968.


Radio activities at the State University College at Geneseo began in 1951 when a Radio Production Workshop was instituted under the auspices and supervision of the Speech Department. On April 15, 1951, equipment sufficient to furnish a small control room in the Administration Building was ready for use. Programs were sent via a line to a speaker located elsewhere in the building.

In 1953 the Student Government appropriated funds for the purchase of a wired-wireless (carrier current) transmitter. This provided a means of transmitting electrical impulses (according to Federal Communications Commission regulations) for a distance not greater than 250 feet from their point of origin using cable or telephone lines for carrying the current. The Radio Club was instrumental in the development of WGTC, as the station was then called.

The third phase in the development of radio at Geneseo started in 1962 when an application was filed for an Educational FM station Construction Permit. The construction permit was granted. Then the station license application was completed and sent via the State University legal staff in Albany to the Federal Communications Commission in Washington on February 18, 1963. Finally, in 1968, on Feburary 18, WGSU(FM), with permission from the Federal Communications Commission increased its power from 10 watts to 1850 watts of effective radiated power and moved from 88.1 mc. to the present location of 89.3 on the FM band.

Thus WGSU(FM) is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to the State University of New York. It is under the supervision of the Division of Speech, State University College at Geneseo. A full time Station Manager/Program Director and three faculty members of the Division of Speech exercise immediate control over a student staff which operates the station. All matters of policy are the responsibility of the Station Manager in consultation with his faculty colleagues.

WGSU(FM) engages primarily in educational rather than instructional (in-class) broadcasting. It aims to serve the Geneseo student body as well as the larger surrounding community. To achieve this goal, the station operates AM carrier-current transmitters in all of the existing dormitories on campus by means of telephone lines. Programming reaches the larger community by means of a 1000 watt FM transmitter whose signal can be received on the average within a forty mile radius.

The programming schedule of WGSU(FM) has expanded from one hour of news and music per day in the early days to the current schedule of over 100 hours of varied programming per week.


Watch the 50th anniversary celebration at Geneseo!


’83 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Chris King ’83

’83 Friday Flashback | Pete Borini ’84 & Mike Khoury ’86: “Your First Time” (1983)

’84 Friday Flashback | Craig Harris ’84: “89FM Birthday Countdown Promo Script” (1984)

’84 Friday Flashback | Terry Owen ’85: “WGSU Music” (1984)

’84 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Pete Borini ’84

’85 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Keith Kobland ’85

’91 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Christine Lisi ’91

’13 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | President Christopher Dahl

’71 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Dave Slade ’71

’61 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Robert Freiurger ’61

’61 Monday Morning Golden Anniversary Greeting | Chris Pruszynski

’82 Friday Flashback | Summer Sounds

’83 Friday Flashback | WGSU - It's Got Everything!

’82 Friday Flashback | Sheriff's Radar Report


An undated photo showing the studio as it used to be in the early days of WGSU. (courtesy Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo - Archives and Special Collections).

’13 A citation issued by SUNY Geneseo recognizing WGSU's 50th anniversary

’13 WGSU was specially recognized in an on ice ceremony during an Ice Knights game

’79 Michael Nass, class of 1979, in the WGSU studio

’89 A list of the top 35 songs from the summer of 1989

An album review of "Saturday Morning Cartoons Greatest Hits"

’95 A top 30 countdown from March 1995

Rules for an on air game called "Rock and Roll Dice"

’77 Quentin Johnson '78 at the mic and board - and spinning some vinyl - in 1977.

A WGSU Programming Meeting.

’84 The WGSU main entrance as it looked in 1984.

’84 Our current faculty advisor, Michael Saffran, covering the Reagan campaign's stop in Rochester back in 1984.


’84 In 1984 WGSU put together a 20th anniversary music countdown. Listen to a playlist of the top songs!

’68 Read about the history of WGSU in a station manual (PDF) from 1968.