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Shepherd radio now available to the world

November 21, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - From the Evil Hour to High Noon, fans of Shepherd University's WSHC 89.7 FM now can stay in tune with the eclectic strains of college radio even when they are far from home.

The radio station, which began broadcasting 24 hours a day about five years ago, has debuted on the Web, faculty adviser and station manager Buck Lam said Sunday. With a few clicks of the mouse, listeners can dial into www.897wshc.org and enjoy genre-jumping outside the mainstream.

According to Lam, the station, which bills itself as "the 'Alternative' to repetitive radio," has two rules.

"One is if the other station ... won't play it, we will," Lam said. And, no repeats.

Lam said students have asked the 950-watt station to go online for two or three years. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, Lam said people in Hagerstown, Middletown, Md., Winchester, Va., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., hear the radio station's all-day, all-night broadcasts.

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Now, the station will be available to the world.

"We think that it will be very beneficial and will probably bring us some students from all over the country that have never even heard of us," Lam said.

About 45 people work at the station, where students get hands-on experience while sharing their music selections.

Shows include Vinyl Tap, which features music still played by a needle, the Evil Hour hosted by disc jockey "Evil" and High Noon featuring country and western music in the middle of the day.

During flagship program Skinny, disc jockey and former radio music director James Pilato remixes, splices, cuts and re-creates one song over the course of an hour, Lam said.

Listeners not only can enjoy music they will not hear anywhere else, the station also offers new musicians a place to find an audience, Lam said.

"We can be what radio was designed to be ... years ago," Lam said.

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