Concord University’s WVCU Radio Hitting the FM Airwaves

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 30 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University is home to West Virginia’s newest radio station. WVCU “The Cure” has been granted licensure by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Concord’s application has been approved to build and operate an LP-FM educational station on the Athens campus.

The announcement was made today (April 29, 2014) during a 10 a.m. news conference in the Rahall Technology Center.

Soon listeners will be able to tune into the student-managed station by turning their radio dials to 97.7. Construction is underway and expected to be complete in fall 2014. Live broadcasts and streams from the student-managed station can currently be heard online at

“This is a big day for Concord,” Dr. Kendra Boggess, interim president, said. “We’re celebrating another educational opportunity for our students today and for years to come.


Dr. Kendra Boggess


“As administrators, faculty, staff and students, we’re excited because we know 97.7 will enhance Concord’s already strong broadcasting program,” she said. “Being a part of the radio station is not only a fun, worthwhile activity for our students while they are on campus, it also offers firsthand experience that is a wonderful resume builder. The station will provide hands-on experience in broadcasting as well as in the elements of actually running a federally regulated non-profit organization.”

Dr. Boggess noted Concord’s “proven track record of producing graduates that excel in all forms of communication from print media to radio to television.” She also stated that WVCU’s licensure is a positive development for the community. “We consider this another way that Concord is serving the region,” she said.

Dr. Boggess acknowledged the leadership of Jessica Lilly, an adjunct instructor in Concord’s Division of Fine Arts, for her “tireless dedication and commitment in bringing 97.7 to life.” Lilly is also southern West Virginia bureau chief for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

“I’m honored to carry the torch of this project that’s been in the works for years,” Lilly said. “This has truly been a group effort with, at times, students pushing the hardest, and that’s what makes it so special.”

Jessica Lilly

Concord junior Jared Kline, WVCU news director, is among the students committed to the station’s FM presence.

Jared Kline


“It’s been spectacular to see the growth of the radio station since I’ve been involved over the past few years. Having an FM-station will not only make students more career ready but also promote growth of Concord University’s involvement in the community,” he said. “Through strenuous effort put forth by students, professors and the university, our broadcast program is continuing to become more respected and engaging.”

Also during the news conference, Merrily McAuliffe, WVNS-TV news anchor and a graduate of Concord’s Communication Arts program, presented a contribution on behalf of The West Virginia Broadcasters Education Foundation to the radio station project. Along with this year’s $7,000 donation, the Foundation contributed $8,000 in 2013.


Participants in the check presentation are from left, Jessica Lilly,

Dr. Kendra Boggess and Merrily McAuliffe



Concord’s relationship with West Virginia Public Broadcasting has also been an invaluable resource in making this long-term initiative a reality.

Business sponsors include Wes Hinkle State Farm Agency; Queens Pizza and Sub; Aramark; the RiffRaff Arts Collective; Nonna’s Italian Kitchen; and Cheap Thrills Records. Some Concord University faculty and staff that have been instrumental in bringing the FM station to Concord include Alvin White, media specialist and William Bailey, newly named radio and television manager.

Following the news conference, tours of the radio station, which is currently located in the Rahall Technology Center, were conducted.


WVCU DJ Austin Bess on the air during media tour


WVCU is programmed and operated by Concord students and administered by the faculty of the Communication Arts Department within the Concord University Division of Fine Arts. Listeners are treated to a diverse yet fresh blend of music, news, public affairs, and sports. Content can be created by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

For additional information on WVCU “The Cure” go to; email; or call 304-384-6044 or 304-384-5981. Follow the station on Facebook at and on Twitter @WVCUConcord.

You may watch and download video of the announcement at


Concord University Photos by Lance McDaniel