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City of license Henrietta, New York
Slogan The Pulse of Music
Frequency 89.7MHz
First Air Date 1961 (600 AM)
Licensed Power 910 Watts
Format Non-Commercial / Educational
Height Above Average Terrain 125 feet (38 meters)
Transmitter Location Ellingson Hall (50A)
Former Callsigns WRIT
Advisor Carol Reed
Phone Numbers
Office +1.585.475.2000
Requests +1.585.475.2271


WITR is an FM radio station operated by students, broadcasting on 89.7MHz. WITR is expected to get a new on-air studio on the main floor of the Student Alumni Union by Fall 2014.[1][2]

About Us

Name

Pronounced W-I-T-R, or "witter".[3] WITR is the radio station's call sign, which stands for W Institute Technology, Rochester. Until the mid 1970s WITR was an AM station whose call sign was WRIT.

Mission

Facilities

Studio A

Studio A is the main broadcast studio for WITR. DJs preview and play music to be broadcasted over the air either by CDs, vinyl, or a digital library. Studio A has a guest studio connected to it for guest appearances, such as band interviews and ask Destler, or for additional DJs to be on the air at the same time.

Studio B

Studio B is for DJs or members to preview and review CDs, vinyl, and music in the digital library. Studio B also has equipment for DJs to record themselves to place into the automation system within their respective times if they are unable to make their show.

Studio C

Studio C is the recording Studio for WITR. Local bands will come and record sessions to be used for Rochester Sessions. Underwriting, announcements, and public service announcements are recorded and edited in Studio C by WITR's production team.

Studio X

Studio X is WITR's new broadcasting studio located in the SAU Atrium, next to Nathan's Soup. Studio X is expected to open in mid February 2015.

Music Library

The music library houses the estimated 28,000 records and 40,000 CDs owned by WITR.

The Pit

The Pit houses all of WITR's servers, audio processing equipment, and broadcast analysis tools. The Pit is also used by the engineering department to store and fix equipment in the station.

History

Studio X

Annual Events

ChipFest

WITR, CAB and EGS come together and host one of Rochester Chip's monthly events right on campus. Rochester Chip has 'promoting artists and groups who use the sound chips of retro computers and video game consoles to create new original music.' [[1]]

Spring Festival

WITR's Big Day Back

Music

WITR boasts the second largest vinyl record collection in New York State.

Shows

Current Shows include The Pulse of Music, Bad Dog Blues, Dimension Latina, House Rhythm Radio, Reggae Sounds, Rochester Sessions, Skank On, The Answer, The G Spot, Indestructible Beat, Raised on Rock, Smash 'em Up, Top 20 Countdown, The Echo Chamber, Bleacher Banter, Sunrise Lounge, Sad Jams, and Folk You.

Previous Shows include but are not limited to Dysfunctional Noise, Normal Happiness, Jamtower Radio, Headbanger's Haven, Density Wave, Jazz Cafe, The Newsroom, Fever of 1518, The D Zone, Exploring Classical, and The 13th Floor.

WITR also broadcasts RIT Men's and Women's Hockey, the university's two Division 1 altheatic teams. Mens hockey is broadcasted over the FM airwaves, while the Women's hockey is played over the second stream available at witr.rit.edu. However, Both have their audio feed played over the America One [2] college hockey tv programming.

Current Shows

The Pulse of Music

Girl Power

Bad Dog Blues

Dimension Latina

House Rhythm Radio

Reggae Sounds

Rochester Sessions

Skank On

The Answer

The G Spot

Indestructible Beat

Raised on Rock

The Echo Chamber

Smash 'em Up

Top 20 Countdown

Bleacher Banter

Sunrise Lounge

Folk You

Sad Jams

Student Government Representative

Years Representative
2003-2004[4] Justin Ricci
2004-2005[5] Mark Zuniga

Awards

Year Award Organization Position
2011 MSO of the Year 2010-2011 RIT
2013 MSO of the year 2012-2013 RIT
2014 MSO of the Year 2013-2014 RIT
2014[6] Best College Radio Stations The Princeton Review 9th

References

  1. Saffran, Michael. The University Magazine. August 2010. http://www.rit.edu/news/umag/fall2010/35_WITR.php
  2. Sound Waves - New WITR studio will increase station visibility
  3. Reporter: RIT abbreviations
  4. 6th Annual Student Government All Governance Awards Banquet Program, April 25, 2004.
  5. 7th Annual Student Government All Governance Awards Banquet Program, April 24, 2005.
  6. Princeton Review names RIT among best colleges

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