Matt Piven notes these two articles about WCFM.

Before you can get on the air at Williams College’s radio station, you have to first complete an hour of “community service,” which can involve time in the station’s library filing compact discs and LPs.

For some of the station’s student members, it might be their initial encounter with the latter.

That is one reason why WCFM is aggressively seeking more “seasoned” broadcasters to take an active role at the commercial free station, which broadcasts at 91.9 FM and “Webcasts” through a variety of online outlets.

“We have a large asset which consists of 25,000 vinyl records at the radio station,” Williams senior Matt Piven said. “People in town tend to be older, and our collection of music goes back several decades.”

Local residents also can provide stability. Unlike college students, the average community member will still be around in four years.

“Training a senior who’s in his second semester to have a show is much less productive than training a community member who’s going to be around for 10 or 20 years,” Piven said.

Great stuff. The more integrated Williams is with the local community, the better. Kudos to Piven and the other WCFM folks for these efforts.

Budding broadcasters aged 18 and over receive four hours of training before taking a certification test, Piven said.

“It’s quick and easy,” he said. “I don’t know if anyone has ever failed it.”

Then after completing the hour of community service, the would-be Wolfmen are free to talk, take calls and spin records – as long as they comply with the station’s policies.

How many Williams students would understand that “Wolfmen” reference?

Are there any options for remote broadcasting? I would love to create a podcast about All Things Eph and then have it broadcast on WCFM. Of course, I could do the same thing now and just put it on EphBlog, but having it on WCFM would a) be fun and b) increase the likelihood that various Williams professors/administrators would answer my questions.

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