In 1974, the on-campus signal of Carnegie Technical Institute’s WRCT moved from AM 900 to 88.3 FM whose power carried the signal off campus. While WRCT really turns 60 this year, the station is celebrating 35 years of FM presence. It has been 15 years since the power was increased and the station can be heard up to 15 miles from Oakland. ‘RCT is home to an eclectic free-form format, some amazing in-house public affairs programming as well as “Democracy Now” and “Free Speech Radio News” from the Pacifica Network. WRCT became the flagship radio station of The Saturday Light Brigade in 2003 and has been home to a little oldies program called “Radio 9” – which features some classic WRCT jingles created by radio-loving students in the 1960s – since 2001. (And as if that weren’t bad enough, this editor was a volunteer news anchor for the station and frequently on Radio 9 between 2003 and 2007.)
WRCT will celebrate on Saturday with station DJs spinning the music at Shadow Lounge and AVA – both in East Liberty.
Meanwhile, it was April 1974 when WYEP-FM (91.3) signed on from a South Oakland basement. The station will feature several special events throughout the remainder of this month.