Mountain Lion Radio Showcase Held For Concord University’s WVCU

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 30 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement                                                                                                                                                                                 

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s WVCU Mountain Lion Radio was showcased in a special event on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. The noontime celebration was held at the J. Frank Marsh Library.

WVCU began broadcasting on May 1, 2015. The new LP-FM radio station was granted licensure by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. Concord’s application was approved to build and operate an LP-FM educational station on the Athens campus.

The station, which has been launched by Concord University’s Broadcasting and Journalism Program, is located in Room B19 of the Marsh Library. Listeners may tune into the student-managed station by turning their radio dials to 97.7. Live broadcasts and streams from WVCU can also be heard online at

 “The radio station will give students hands-on experience in running a radio station,” Jessica Lilly, an adjunct instructor in Concord’s Division of Fine Arts, said.

Lilly has been instrumental in making the radio station a reality for Concord University’s campus.

“The station will also provide opportunities for the community to stay in tune with Concord University and even get to know new music,” Lilly said. “The vision of this station is a vision for the community. We hope student productions will help provide a service to people in the region.”

The West Virginia Broadcasters Educational Foundation has contributed $15,000 to the radio station project through donations in 2013 and 2014.

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

Business sponsors providing additional support include: Wes Hinkle State Farm Insurance, Cheap Thrills Records, Custom Dreams Tattooing, Aramark Higher Education and The Riff Raff Arts Collective.

Concord University faculty and staff, along with Lilly, that have offered vital support to the radio station project include Alvin White, Media Specialist, and William Bailey, Radio and Television Services Manager.

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.

To learn more about WVCU go to; email; or call 304-384-6044 or 304-384-5981. Follow the station on Twitter @WVCUConcord and on Facebook at


Photos and Additional Information Below:

Jessica Lilly, Adjunct Instructor in Concord’s Division of Fine Arts, welcomes guests.


Concord alumnus David A. Barnette offers remarks. Mr. Barnette

 is a member of Concord University’s Board of Governors and legal counsel

 for the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.




  • WVCU began broadcasting May 1, 2015.


  • WVCU serves Concord and the town of Athens with original programming, news, weather and emergency alerts.


  • WVCU broadcasts at 11watts and can be tuned in up to 5 miles away.


  • WVCU has a power backup and continues to transmit during power outages and serve as a source of information for the community.


  • WVCU can receive and transmit over 50 different types of emergency alerts including:


-Severe Weather Alerts

-Natural Disaster Alerts

-Civil Emergency Alerts

-Local Area Emergency Alerts

-FEMA Alerts

-Homeland Security Alerts



Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.