the basicsWVAU, American University's student-run radio station, currently broadcasts on American University's
campus cable system. On the air 24 hours a day during the regular school year, WVAU shares
Channel 30 with the Student Confederation's Information Channel. We anticipate broadcasting over
a radiating cable system to the main campus dorms by June 1998. The station is located behind the
Media Production Center (formerly the Broadcast Center) next to the administration's radio tower.
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a brief history of time, wvau styleMarch 20, 1945: Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees meeting minutes: [American
University] President Douglass reported that the Federal Communications Commission had reserved [FM] channels for assignment to educational institutions. Upon motion of Dr. Morgan,
seconded by Dr. Ashby, [a] resolution was adopted authorizing President Douglass to submit an
application. This was a beginning step in radio at AU.
October 1945-1952: AU negotiates
with the Evening Star Broadcast Co., which results in them
January 15, 1947: WAMC, as the student station was then known, went on the air.
ca. 1949: The WAMC equipment was stolen one night, thus shutting down the station.
Fall 1951: WAMU, then a student
station, goes on the air. Staff member included Ed Walker and
1952: WAMU changed its frequency
to 610 AM and moved into its first permanent studios in Leonard
Fall 1954: Broadcast Center was
completed one week before classes began and WAMU began
1961: WAMU-FM went on the air at
88.5 [MHz]. Roger Penn, AU class of 1957 and 1960; George
1964: WAMU-AM was hooked up to all
of the residence halls including the Wesley Theological
Fall 1964: WAMU-AM's format went
to Top 40. Other programming included "Campus Newsbeat," a
1965-66: As the Vietnam War became
controversial, WAMU covered the first major Washington
October 1969: As the first moratorium
against the Vietnam War was held, WAMU anchored the
May 1970: WAMU-AM provided live
coverage as a student takeover of Ward Circle in protest of the
1970: Congress formed National Public
Radio and [the university administration's] WAMU-FM
early 1970s: WAMU-AM's music went to a progressive format.
1973: As Watergate unfolded, AU
was the only university in the nation to have a student radio White
November 1974: With reporters in
key locations in Washington and New York, WAMU-AM broke
January 1975: WAMU-AM's new format
of "Schizophonic Sound" debuted with commercial music
March 1975: WAMU-AM broke the story of President Williams resignation.
1985: WAMU-AM's call letters changed to WVAU.
February 1987: The Confederation
Media Commission (CMC) voted to shut down WVAU for a period
February 1, 1988: WVAU returned
to the air with the nickname EAGLE 102. During its shutdown, the
1993: The news department, which had ceased to exist, was re-created.
1993-94: The SC purchased coaxial
cables which students can borrow from the station and hook up
1994: WVAU begins Broadcasting on
the audio portion of Channel 7 of the new AU cable television
March 1995: WVAU's exclusive, live
coverage of the SC elections reaches maturity as listenership of
Fall 1996: All of WVAU's 24 hour a day programming slots are filled for the first time in the decade.
1997: WVAU is slated to return to
TDR and work continues on the FM broadcasting system, with the
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