Friday, January 25, 2013

WUVI 1090 AM Marks Grand Opening

UVI President Dr. David Hall, center-left, gathered with supporters, UVI Communication students and others instrumental in the founding and operation of the student radio station WUVI 1090 AM at the station’s grand opening on Jan. 24.
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Tune in to WUVI 1090 AM Daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Station Manager April Fale-Knight gives a rundown
of the WUVI programming. Program Manager Leslyn
Tonge and Dr. Alexander Randall look on.
WUVI 1090 AM, the new student radio station at the University of the Virgin Islands, held its official grand opening at the WUVI studio in Penha House on the St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

The station, which went live on Jan. 9, is on the air daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. broadcasting from a 250-watt transmitter on St. Thomas. In addition to the Virgin Islands, the WUVI signal reaches from Dominica in the south, to Puerto Rico in the east. Plans for streaming it on the web are in the works. It features a wide range of programming focused on regional music, cultural events, and UVI and local news. It is designed to bring the intellectual content of the University to the people of the region. 

UVI's Communication Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences has oversight of WUVI. Dr. Alexander Randall serves as chairperson of UVI's Department of Music, Communication, Art and Theatre.

WUVI functions as part of UVI’s curriculum, allowing students to learn how to manage, operate and produce programming for a functioning radio station. WUVI’s radio frequency is being leased from WGOD for five years.