|Slogan||Radio Free Kenyon|
|Format||College Radio/Freeform radio|
The first Kenyon College radio station, WKCO, was conceived and built in 1947 by returning war veterans who used their knowledge to plan and build all of the equipment themselves. The original transmitter was replaced in 1961 when Jonathan Katz (’62) designed and built an AM transmitter which was replaced two or three years later by a small commercial unit. In 1972, WKCO moved to a 10-watt FM broadcast. After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) abolished 10-Watt FM stations, WKCO upped its wattage to 100 watts. At that same time, WKCO expanded its operations in Farr Hall and began broadcasting seven days a week. With the addition of UPI wire services, WKCO began hourly news broadcasts and added a half-hour Sunday evening news program. The station's format was mostly rock, some classical music and regular news broadcasts. The transition to FM broadcasting was overseen by station manager Greg Widen, and the expansion of the station's program schedule was initiated by station manager John Boffa. The 1970s represented a period of significant growth at the station once the FM broadcast capability expanded its listener range to as far as Mount Vernon, the nearest town larger than Gambier, where Kenyon is located. Internet streaming broadcasts were added in the early 2000s and are currently available via the station's website.
- The WKCO homepage
- Query the FCC's FM station database for WKCO
- Radio-Locator information on WKCO
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for WKCO
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