ECSU Public Radio WRVS Celebrates Airwaves with SuccessFest 2021 Fall Membership Drive – Elizabeth City State University


Elizabeth City State University’s public radio station WRVS 89.9 FM is making waves this week with its SuccessFest 2021 fall membership drive. The biannual membership drive and weeklong radio station kicked off on Sunday October 31 without tips, only treats.

According to ECSU’s director of radio and television services, Melba Smith, the biannual fundraising campaign aims to raise $ 10,000. As the membership drive and radiothon runs through Friday, November 5, donations throughout the year are welcome and encouraged.

“Donations from our listeners and our community base are so important because they help WRVS remain eligible for grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which allows us to give back to the community with specialty programming and many more. resources, ”Ms. Forgeron said. With continued financial support, WRVS also plans to produce and present local news on a regular basis.

Giving is easy with online access HERE, by texting WRVS at 41444, or by calling 252-335-3515.

“Funds raised during SuccessFest also support student training, community outreach, quality programming and general station operations,” said Ms. Smith.

WRVS is the only broadcast facility locally providing programs such as NPR and original programs including “Conversations with the Chancellor”, “Around Town with Hez Brown”, “High School Game of the Week”, and more. The station has served northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia for over 35 years.

WRVS trains high school and middle school students interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. The station has been a training ground for many ECSU students who now work in the industry as qualified and professional broadcasters in renowned media organizations across the country.

When it was launched in 1986, WRVS operated as 90.7 FM, an 18-hour, 10,000-watt station. The station was created by former ECSU Chancellor Jimmy Jenkins.

In 1990, the station received several improvements, including a new transmitter providing an effective radiated power of 41 kW as well as a new frequency of 89.9 MHz. On July 3, 1996, the station shut down for weeks due to water and smoke damage to equipment caused by an electrical fire that occurred on the Williams Hall floor. The station signed again in October and then switched to a jazz-based format under the name “Jazzy 89-Nine”.

In 2003, the station reverted to its original and current format based on Urban Adult Contemporary, then moved from an 18-hour format to broadcast 24 hours a day. On September 25, 2008, WRVS-FM, 89.9 completed its digital conversion and on September 28, 2008, started its digital broadcast stream using HD radio from iBiquity Digital Corporation. MT Technology.

In August 2020, WRVS gave new life to its old format by announcing the launch of Jazzy 89.9, a new radio station offering jazz music via its HD2 signal. The station has expanded its jazz offerings on WRVS-FM to provide listeners with a 24/7 platform. A full schedule of shows is available at

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