WECS

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WECS
City of license Windham, Connecticut
Broadcast area Eastern Connecticut
Frequency 90.1 FM MHz
First air date 1982
Format Variety
ERP 430 watts
HAAT 116 meters
Class A
Facility ID 18298
Transmitter coordinates 41°41′0″N 72°13′1″W / 41.68333°N 72.21694°W / 41.68333; -72.21694
Callsign meaning Eastern Connecticut State
Affiliations Connecticut Public Radio
National Public Radio
Owner Eastern Connecticut State University
Webcast WECS Live Stream
Website wecsradio.com

WECS (90.1 FM) is a College radio station based in Windham, Connecticut, on the campus of Eastern Connecticut State University. The station broadcasts on 90.1 MHz with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 430 watts at a height above average terrain (HAAT) of 116 meters.

WECS began in the 1970s as a turntable mounted in a 3x4' square of plywood which sat atop a work sink in a janitor's closet in an old dormitory. This was not a licensed station. It ran at approximately 10 watts and was a pirate broadcaster. At the time, Eastern Connecticut State University was not yet accredited as a university. In the late 1970s, a movement was afoot to get a legitimate radio station for the communications department. This was orchestrated by former WCBS announcer Prof. John Zatowski.

By 1982, test broadcasts had begun, and by 1984, WECS-FM was on air. In the succeeding decades, a number of long-time DJs have come and gone: Joe Standby, Bash, Robbo Retro, Alf ("The Alternative Xperience"), Mark E. Ramone, Beechnut, James 'DJ Ras J' McGurk and others. Marko, Hack, and Jeffrey Nash remain. Former member of Federal Bison and current student, Gabriel Silverman, has had a show on WECS in every decade since 1999. Despite the stations relatively minor stature, a good number of its staff have moved on to work in the media industry.

At present, WECS is a National Public Radio affiliate and John Zatowski the general manager. In July 2008, WECS moved into its brand new state of the art air studio.

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