A few weeks ago you ran a story about WRCM (via the Quad), alma mater’s student-run radio station and the fact that it has gone silent.
I sent you the reply that is copied below. I was hoping you’d be able to include in this week’s JJ in the hopes it might bring some old WRCM listeners or colleagues “out of the woodwork” – but see that it was not included. Any particular reason – or did you spike me because I commented on your skepticism over the president’s birthplace? :-)
Last week’s reply…
Dear f John,
I once again suggest you loosen the tinfoil hat regarding the president’s birthplace, etc…. :-)
Did want to comment on WRCM. I was involved with the station throughout my four years at alma mater, Fall ’68 – Spring ’72. When I arrived the station facilities were on an upper floor of De la Salle Hall, but moved to Thomas Hall shortly thereafter. The station was, as described, a carrier current station. During my years there was significant expansion to get transmitters in all of the dorms. This included the West Hill campus (the old sanitarium) in Fieldston. West Hill included some outside, overhead power lines which expanded the coverage area. You could sometimes hear the station driving north on the Thruway/Major Deegan around Moshulu Parkway. Club football was also enjoying a resurgence at the time and WRCM frequently provided play by play coverage of the away games. The cafeteria food service providers were often sponsors of the coverage and there were frequently clever limericks written as “commercials” for the food service sponsor. There were several on air marathons – including one from
the lounge of Jasper Hall. For those who remember the “No Say-No Pay” demonstration against a tuition increase in the spring of 1970, WRCM provided extensive coverage from “Jasper Liberation City” on the Quad. Those were heady times… I’d never heard anything of an FCC crackdown before this story. It is truly sad to hear that the station has gone silent.
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Toner, Mike (MC1972)
First all, if I “spiked” everyone who disagrees with me, there’d be nothing here. I really didn’t see your submission otherwise it would have been in there. Don’t get enough input, so I always wonder if anyone reads this.
Then the radio station is a sad story. But if the students don’t care, not much anyone can do.
Finally, with respect to my “tin foil hat”, I don’t know where the President was born or much else about him. There are just “questions” that deserve an answer. Like did he claim “foreign student” status to get in to these various schools. What’s wrong with that question and why no answer? Remember, I’m a “proofer”; not a “birther”. :-) Subtle difference.
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